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Enfield Shaker Museum Village GardenersBecome a Village Gardener

Become a Village Gardener this summer and learn new skills! This popular program, under the direction of our Garden Coordinator and other experts, covers all phases of herb gardening. Soil preparation, garden planning, composting, mulching, propagation and use of herbs, harvesting, and herb crafts will be covered. Each week we gather in the spirit of community to care for the garden, now in its 29th year. There will be discussion on the growth, maintenance and use of the herbs and plants.

The program includes special workshops available only to the Village Gardeners based on topics of interest, and discounts on other garden workshops. Each gardener will be enriched with herbal and gardening knowledge which they can then incorporate into their own garden.

The program officially runs from May through October. Each Village Gardener is asked to contribute at least two hours per week to the maintenance of the garden. Village Gardeners meet every Tuesday morning at 9:00 am and/or an additional time mornings or evenings based on your own schedules. The Garden Coordinator and other experts will post additional times during the week when they will be working in the garden and available to help and answer questions.

Village Gardeners are encouraged to volunteer at the annual Harvest Festival which takes place the last Saturday in September.
If you are interested in becoming a Village Gardener, please complete the linked form below and return the form via email or mail or call the Museum with questions for more information.

Garden Schedule is as follows:

  • Sign up: NOW!
  • Kick off and orientation: April 11, 2017
  • First Tuesday in the garden: May 16, 2017
  • Harvest Festival: September 30, 2017
  • End of season celebration and potluck: Late October (date to be announced)

There is no charge for this program. Each Gardener is entitled to one free garden workshop from the list below and receive a 20% discount on Museum membership.

[ Village Gardener Form ]

2017 Garden Workshops

Saturday, May 13 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)
Preparing your Garden
Composting? Mulching? Fertilizing? What do they all mean? What are the best practices for creating a healthy environment for your garden and new plants? If you have questions about these ideas and more, this is the workshop for you! Come join our garden experts as we discuss the ins and outs of getting your space ready for your new plants. We will discuss soil testing, adding nutrients to the soil, best practices and more. Using the Shaker Museum Herb Garden as our classroom we will get out and dig/sift/add and prepare a bed for planting. Please wear garden appropriate attire and bring along any tools that you use (not the whole shed please) and be ready to get dirty! This workshop is weather dependent.

Cost: $20 per person. $17 Museum members. Class size limited to 20.

To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, May 21 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Herbal First Aid Kit Workshop

Join instructor Susan Daniel, an organic farmer and oil enthusiast for an introduction to the world of natural herbal remedies and how they can be easily produced.
Cost: $30 per person. $25 for Museum members.
To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, June 11 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Flower Essences Workshop

Join Susan Daniel, an organic farmer and oil enthusiast, as she discusses and helps you create essential oils and flower essences that can be used in the home for a variety of purposes. This workshop will feature fresh flowers and be a wonderful way to begin the summer season.

Cost: $30 per person. $25 for Museum members.

To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, June 15 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Flower Arrangement Workshop – Taught by Marcia Knapp

Join us for a workshop on the art of arranging flowers. This workshop will feature all the main aspects of flower arranging including cutting, design, care and maintenance. Please bring a vase of your choice and garden shears.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 for Museum members.

To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Tuesday, July 25 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cooking with Herbs Garden Walk

Join a Museum educator for this workshop on the importance of herbs and cooking. This family workshop will begin with an introductory walk in the garden. Participants will then switch over to the Great Stone Dwelling kitchen for a session on using garden herbs for everyday tasty recipes.
Cost: $25 per person. $20 Museum members.

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Tuesday, August 22 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Medicinal Herb Garden Workshop

Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, for a session on the medicinal properties of herbs both common and unique.
Cost: $20 per person. $17 Museum members.

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Tuesday, September 10 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Cooking with Herbs Garden Walk

Join our Garden Coordinator for this workshop on the importance of herbs and cooking. This workshop will begin with an introductory walk in the garden. Participants will then switch over to the Great Stone Dwelling kitchen for a session on using garden herbs for everyday tasty recipes.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 Museum members.

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, October 5 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Herbal Wreath Making

Create a masterpiece from the everlasting flowers and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished wreath, great for decorating your home or as a thoughtful gift. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors and clippers.
Cost: $35 per person. $30 Museum members. Class size limited to 6.

To register by September 27, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, October 8 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Backyard Medicine and Blending Your Own Tea

Join organic farmer and essential oil enthusiast Susan Daniel for an instructive workshop on using everyday herbs to make your own healthy and tasty teas.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 Museum members.

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, December 7 5:00 – 7:30 pm

Holiday Wreath Making

Join a Museum Educator to create a masterpiece from evergreen branches and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished wreath, great for decorating your home or adorning doors during the holiday season. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors, clippers and any decorative items you would like to add to your wreath.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 Museum members. Class size limited to 6.

To register by December 1, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

 


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