Would the birthplace of American Landscape Design disappoint when it come to gardening events. I don’t think so. We have a number of yearly events to feed the gardener’s imagination and a never ending roll out of seasonal classes, workshops, fairs, and festivals. There’s far too much for one gardener to detail – I do have a garden to tend, after all. But here are some highlights that are not to be missed. I’ll occasionally add some featured events and I’ll certainly be writing about them in Hudson Valley Scoop, so check back often.
If you have an event you’d like me to cover, let me know. I’d welcome hearing about it. And if you want to ask me about any of the events I’ve posted hear, I’d love to hear from you about them too. See you there!
Capital District Flower Show
If it’s March it must be flower show season and we don’t have to travel far to get our taste of spring. 17,000 sq. ft. of display gardens, 150 garden themed business and booths, a floral arranging competition and lots of great talks by local experts. All this and it’s a fundraiser for Wildwood Programs, too.
Held at the Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
Hudson Valley Garden Fair
Keep an eye out for the Hudson Valley Gardening Association’s annual Garden Fair. It started in 2013 (and I was lucky enough to attend as a speaker, thank you HVGA) and moved to the grounds of Montgomery Place in 2014. I hope, and have every reason to believe, this event will only grow and become a destination for HV gardeners.
There are lots of demos by local businesses and master gardeners and a very tempting assortment of plants and garden goodies for sale. I highly recommend it and will be sure to write more about it each spring, as the date approaches.
Hudson Valley Garlic Festival
Can you catch that scent in the air? Can you believe a fair that started on the lawn of Pat Reppert’s Shale Hill Farm has grown into an annual festival that attracts thousands? The crowd is a little overwhelming, but there’s so much to distract you from all the jostling. Garlic ice cream, garlic-shaped earrings, garlic bulbs. Seriously, garlic is in evidence everywhere, but even if you are not a lover of the stinking rose, there’s plenty for you oddities to enjoy, too. It’s always held the last weekend in September.
Takes place at Cantine Field, Washington Avenue Extension, Saugerties, New York 12477
Saturday September 27th 10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday September 28th 10 AM – 5 PM
Adams Annual Lawn and Garden Show
Everyone in the mid-Hudson region knows about this annual event at all 4 locations of Adams Fairacre Farms. It is such a treat to finally smell damp soil, after a long, cold winter.
The shows tend to be in late February and early March, so we can’t do a lot of plant shopping and planting, but you see spirits being lifted in every face. We know it won’t be long before we’re outside in the dirt.
Adams Harvest Festival
The Lawn and Garden Show is a prelude to the season and the Harvest Festival caps it off. As with every Adams does, this is a fun family event, with a petting zoo, face painting and lots of fall goodies.
2014 Harvest Festival Schedule
Poughkeepsie – Sunday, October 12th, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Kingston – Monday, October 13th, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Newburgh – Saturday, October 18th, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Wappinger – Sunday, October 19th, 11:00am – 4:00pm