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The Spring of 2018 was tardy, but has finally arrived in the upper Hudson Valley and impatient gardeners can choose from some fun gardening and flower related events coming up.

hammock and gardens at Inn at Green River

Hammock beckons in the Inn at Green River gardens

From now through May 13, on the weekends or by booking a private group tour midweek, don’t miss the Wildflower Festival at Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, MA where you can hike the Cobble’s five miles of trails, and enjoy the wide variety of spring wildflowers in bloom. Bartholomew’s Cobble boasts great views and a wide diversity of flora and fauna. Gardeners will be thrilled by the opportunity to see 800 species of plants!

Also, right here in Hillsdale and Copake Falls, NY, check out the Saturday, May 5, 2018 Celebration of Food, Flowers and Gardens, a collaboration between local foodie and gardening mavens. Margaret Roach, well known garden writer, is opening her gardens in Copake Falls (just 10 minutes south of the Hillsdale hamlet) for self guided tours from 10 am-4 pm. She is also hosting a plant sale by Broken Arrow Nursery (gardeners note: you can even pre-order from their large inventory, and pick up your plants there), and making available discount coupons for garden tools for sale at the Hillsdale General Store.

Across the street, HGS Home Chef Shop is offering 2 cooking classes focused on herbs.  You can choose from “Confidence with Herbs”, with cook book author, Ali Stafford, from 11 am-1:30 pm, which includes a light lunch, and “A Chef’s Way with Herbs”, taught by Serge Madikians of Serevan Restaurant in Amenia, NY, from 2:30-4pm.

demonstration kitchen with counter, stools, ovens, sink, refrigerator

HGS Home Chef Demonstration Kitchen

Next door, the new Tiny Hearts Farm flower studio and showroom is having their grand opening, with free talks (registration required) and fresh, organic flowers, seedlings, and other floral products such as vases and frogs available for purchase.  (I am excited about their flower CSA.) And finally, you can order box lunches for the day, prepared by CrossRoads Food Shop and Casana T House, also in the Hillsdale hamlet. For more information and to register for classes and talks, click here.

Inn at Green River sand cherry blossoms

And don’t forget the annual Spencertown Academy Hidden Gardens tour coming up on June 16, 2018. Last year the Inn was honored to be included. 250 people toured the gardens that my bed and breakfast guests get to enjoy during their stay at the Inn at Green River. We created a plant list of the over 160 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals in our garden, including location, common and Latin names. If you would like a copy, just ask when you come stay at the Inn.

So book a room now for a May or June weekend, and welcome Spring 2018 into your life.

See our list of recommended things to do in Columbia County and our list of things to do in the Berkshires.

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