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Hollister House Garden ‘Barn Talks’

April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Hollister House Garden is pleased to announce their much-anticipated spring opening and program of ‘Barn Talks.’  The lecture series is designed to inspire and educate new and experienced gardeners.  Advance reservations are required for lectures. Masks are mandatory and social distancing measures will be in place.


The spring program of lectures is as follows:

Saturday, April 17:  Waking up Your Garden

Presented by Daryl Beyers, gardening certificate program coordinator at New York Botanical Garden and author of The New Gardener’s Handbook.

Spring cleaning is a crucial first step to get your garden looking its best. Beyers will review a checklist of earth-friendly gardening tasks focusing on three pivotal moments in the spring garden: Before Final Frost, At Final Frost, and After Final Frost. These tips and strategies will give your garden a head start on a great growing season.


Saturday, April 24: Designing Your Garden

Presented by Page Dickey, garden designer, writer, and lecturer. Her latest book, Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again, published in autumn of 2020, tells the story of leaving her beloved garden at Duck Hill and finding joy in a new adventure.

Page Dickey will illustrate and explain the key elements to consider before starting a garden: connecting the garden to the house, deciding on a style, the importance of paths and routes, terraces and hardscaping, and establishing “bones.” She will show how to plant a flower border step-by-step, discuss the magic of repetition in design and talk about having fun creating your new garden!


Saturday, May 1: Thinking Outside the Box: Using Excellent Plants in Creative Ways

Presented by Adam Wheeler, horticulture manager at Broken Arrow Nursery.  Adam holds a BS degree in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture from the University of Vermont. He lectures widely on plant propagation and the development of new plants.

Adam will share his knowledge of trees, shrubs, and conifers that are often overlooked when planning gardens.  He will showcase some of the unique varieties and cultivars available and emphasize creative ways to utilize more familiar species.  There will be a selection of plants from Broken Arrow available for purchase following his talk.


Saturday, May 8:  Mind Your Matrix: Successful Plant Combinations to Create a Living Landscape

Presented by Robert Clyde Anderson, garden designer, consultant and writer. A life-long gardener he has designed and maintained gardens and worked for nurseries while maintaining a two acre “laboratory” garden at his home in Stuyvesant, New York.

Robert returns to Hollister House Garden to share his methods of Matrix planting, the planting of three to five equally competitive plants that are vigorous enough to act as a “living mulch” around larger perennials and shrubs. He will talk about where the concept comes from, how it’s executed and specifics on matrix combinations for different eco-zones, i.e., dry sunny, dry shady, wet sunny, wet shady, etc.


Saturday, May 15: Life in the Studio: Inspirations and Lessons on Creativity

Frances Palmer has been making ceramics since 1987. Originally trained as an art historian, Frances worked as a printmaker before turning her talents to pottery, gardening, photography, and cooking.

Join Frances as she discusses the links between her exquisite pottery and the beautiful flowers that she grows just outside her studio in two bountiful cutting gardens.  The planting of her gardens has been organized for seasonal blooms beginning in early spring and continuing through to the last chrysanthemums in November. In this illustrated talk she traces how the ceramics and flowers are inextricably combined in her daily creative process.


Saturday, May 22: The Story of a Garden: Creating Coltsfoot

Presented by Juliet Hubbard, past curator of the native plant collection at New York Botanical Garden, Juliet now lives and gardens in northwest Connecticut where she pursues her passion for growing old-fashioned flowers, vegetables, and native plants.

Over the past sixteen years, Juliet and John Hubbard have created an enchanting cottage garden around the colonial house that has been in the Hubbard family for over 100 years. Local scenery frames a series of perennial and vegetable gardens which are formal in composition but softened by the informal planting of old-fashioned roses, peonies, irises, and day lilies. Further creating a sense of abundance are the drifts of self-sowing flowers. Juliet will share her story of designing, creating, and gardening at Coltsfoot.


Barn Talks are held on Saturday mornings from 10-11:30 am in the renovated 18th Century barn at Hollister House Garden. Reservations can be made online at

HHG members $25, Non-members $35

In addition to ‘Barn Talks’, the garden will also offer a full program of art and photography workshops. A complete listing of dates, times, and registration links for all upcoming events can be found at

Hollister House Garden is a non-profit corporation and one of only 16 exceptional gardens designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public. In 2010 Hollister House achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The property has also been named a Town Landmark Site by the Town of Washington.

Hollister House Garden is open to visitors April 23rd through October 9th. Wednesday and Friday hours are 1-4PM and Saturdays 10-4PM.  Directions to the garden’s 300 Nettleton Hollow Road location are also available on the website.  Contact:  Pamela Moffett, 860-868-2200




April 17
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Hollister House Garden
300 Nettleton Hollow
Washington, 06793 United States
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