This annual event offers a series of garden themed workshops taught by volunteer master gardeners and local garden experts. The topics range from “Attracting Birds and Butterflies to your Garden with Native Plants” to “Garden Thugs: Dealing with Invasive Plants” to “Worm Composting and Build-Your-Own Worm Bin” … and lots more. There are 16 workshops being given. But beyond all the great gardening knowledge to be gained at this event, there’s some celebrity star power involved.
To ramp up the fun this year, the key note speakers are Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, better known as “The Fabulous Beekman Boys”. They are wonderful speakers, as I can attest first hand, having heard them speak at a Bed and Breakfast Conference several years ago. Here we are in Charleston, SC, in 2014.
I was delighted to meet them in person, as I had visited their Mercantile shop in Sharon Springs, NY, where they got their start. I identified with their story of having purchased a weekend house (farm in their case) in the country, only to encounter a major recession which necessitated a change of plans, and the invention of a business. When you visit the Inn, I will tell you my story. For more on theirs, visit their website.
To register for the Spring Gardening Day, click on the link above. The cost is just $30 per person for 2 workshops and the Beekman Boys’ talk, or $15 if you just want to hear Josh and Brent. Registration closes Friday April 6th. Walk ins are welcome, but you may find the class you want is full. The event is at Columbia Greene College, a beautiful 25 minute drive from the Inn. And of course, book a room at the Inn! Hope to see you soon.