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Become a Village Gardener

Become a Village Gardener this summer and learn new skills! This popular program under the direction of Emeritus Museum Herbalist Happy Griffiths, and Garden Coordinator Lindsay Smith, covers all phases of herb gardening. Soil preparation, garden planning, composting, mulching, propagation and use of herbs, harvesting, and herb crafts will be covered. There will be discussion on the growth, maintenance and use of the “herb bed of the week” (culinary, medicinal, dye and everlasting) followed by a hands on activity using one or several of the herbs. Each “student” 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 9:30 am and/or an additional time on one evening. Gardeners are free to set their own work schedule. The Garden Coordinator will post the times during the week when she will be working in the garden and available to help and answer questions.

Enfield Shaker Museum Village GardenersVillage Gardeners are encouraged to volunteer at the annual Harvest Festival 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 Garden Coordinator at the Museum with questions for more information.

Basic Garden Schedule is as follows:

Sign up: NOW!

Kick off meeting: Late April (date to be announced)

First week in the garden: Week of May 11, 2015

Harvest Festival: September 26, 2015

End of season celebration and potluck: Late October (date to be announced)

Detailed schedules will be sent to all who sign up.

There is no charge for this program. Each Gardener is encouraged to become a member of the Museum, although not mandatory.

[ Village Gardener FormMicrosoft Word Document ]

2015 Garden Workshops

May 10, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Planning and Planting an Herbal Garden

Starting an herb garden and feel overwhelmed with all the choices? Want to get the most bang for your buck? Have limited space? Only have a windowsill? This workshop is for you! Come join Emeritus Museum Herbalist Happy Griffiths and Garden Coordinator Lindsay Smith as they discuss how to plan and plant an herb garden that suits your needs! Both medicinal and culinary herbs will be discussed. For best results, please bring an idea of the space you have to plan a garden. (Try to notice sunlight and shade (hours and strength) and any other important environmental factors of your space.) You will walk away with a confident plan for planting your garden. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by April 30: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

July 21, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Edible Flowers

Learn how to make a beautiful edible flower salad with citrus dressing and use flowers to garnish your summer desserts! This workshop will begin with a short presentation on edible flowers, then we will gather edible flowers from the herb garden, head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare some tasty treats with our harvest.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by July 19: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

August 19, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Museum’s Herb Garden)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Summertime Refreshers

With summer in full swing, temperatures are soaring. What better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing herbal drink or treat? This workshop will explore the Shaker Museum Herb Garden while discussing the history and benefits of using herbs and plants in our diets. After gathering some fresh herbs, we will head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and learn how to make some great summertime treats.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by August 17: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

September 20, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Museum’s Herb Garden)

Harvesting and Preserving Flowers and Herbs

This workshop will start off in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden where we will be discussing best practices for harvesting and preserving flowers and herbs. We will discuss the pros and cons of different techniques and of course practice harvesting plants. We will then go back to the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare our harvest for drying, and further discuss all the possibilities of using dried flowers and herbs. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by September 18: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

October 11, 2015 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Teas and Tinctures

Fall is root season! Autumn is a time of harvest and abundance, and as the earth itself grows cooler, digging for nourishing, medicinal roots gives us a close intimacy with the season and its generosity. In this workshop we will be discussing the uses of tinctures and teas and the best practices for harvesting and drying. We will then collect roots and herbs from the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and practice the steps to making teas and tinctures in the kitchen. ** Please note: this class is informational only and does not imply medical knowledge. Use of teas and tinctures as medicines are at the individual’s sole discretion and responsibility.**

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by October 9: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

November 16, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Herb Condiments and Complements

Liven up your holiday table and menus with wonderful condiments and complements prepared from the herbs from your garden. Create your own herb butters, mustards, vinegars and seasonings from dried herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by November 14: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

November 20, 2015 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Garlic and Onion Workshop

These members of the Allium family are staples in any recipe… but how about making them the stars! In this workshop we will discuss a brief history of the Enfield Shakers’ onion business, how to grow garlic and onions, the many harvestable stages, storage and of course recipes that highlight these pungent bulbs!

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by November 18: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

December 3, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Holiday 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 16” 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 members. Class size limited to 20.

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


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