Friday October 3 - Sunday October 5, 2014
Concluding first Secrets of the Season Workshop
The Art of Fall Garden Clean Up
At the Bennerup Garden, Berlin,
You and your perennial garden can benefit from a good fall
clean-up. Every hour you spend in the garden in fall can save you
two or more spring hours, give you months of pleasure in the
winter, and give your plants the very best start into the new
season. This hands-on workshop in a gorgeous garden provides
you the pro's secrets regarding what to do, when and how to make
your garden a thing of beauty even through the winter. (Two related
sessions make it a whole season of secrets. See May 2-4 and July 18-20.)
Bennerup of Sunny Border Nurseries in Berlin, Connecticut
invites you to
garden with her and friend Janet Macunovich in the 3 acre
Bennerup garden. You'll learn techniques and be able to practice
them in areas in sun and shade, mixed borders as well as annual,
vegetable and alpine beds, working with plants of newest vintage as
well as long heritage. (A quick tour of the
What we will we do and learn:
• cutting back,
• problem diagnosis and solutions,
• and much more we cannot list here...
... because this is the real deal. You will be working right
alongside pros in one of the best gardens in the country, right
with us to make the plan and then flex as we must to address the
practicalities of nature.
*Those who love new plants -- us! -- will have special fun in
design, as one of the
objectives Sunny Border nursery Director Pierre Bennerup has set
for this garden is to display and trial the newest of the new
Right: Pierre, his passion for and contributions to the
perennial garden were recently covered in American Gardener
magazine. Take a peek!
The Bennerups work together on their gardens: A dream, a
discussion, a delight to be around to see it happen!
Friday welcome and warm-up (optional): 5:30 -
8:00 pm at the Bennerup garden. Refreshments, tour, meet the
instructors and other gardeners, and start formulating your best
questions and dreams for Saturday.
Strategy session, explanations and demonstrations,
9 - 10:30 am
Small group hands on activities,
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Luncheon and discussion of tactical corrections,
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Small group activities, 1:30 - 3 pm
Wrap up review, questions and divvying of any "spoils", 3 - 4
Sunday self guided tour of area horticultural
10 am - 4 pm, a fun and idea-ful tour of lovely, innovative
gardens small and large.
Right: Lunch with friends is a priceless delight... included
in this registration fee.
Friday welcome and warm-up: $40.00 Optional.
Saturday workshop: $175.00
Sunday self-guided tour: Free. Optional, but we must be notified
in advance if you will make the tour.
Registration does not include the cost of your travel to or
lodging in Berlin. Berlin is 30 minutes southwest of Hartford.
There are lovely, reasonably priced, places to stay nearby. A list
of accomodations will be provided with your registration
confirmation. Contact us if you would like the accomodations list
Register now by sending an email with
• your name,
• mailing address,
• the number of people in your party,
the date of the workshop you plan to attend,
• telephone number,
• any special dietary needs and
• whether you plan to attend the optional Friday and Sunday
Email that to BerlinWorkshop@GardenAtoZ.com. Simple as that. We
will send you a bill!
What you should bring:
Tools. One of the best things about working with other gardeners
is the chance to see and try different tools. Some of the
instructors' hand tools will be available for trial and general use
but we strongly suggest you bring your favorite hand tools, such as
a spade, fork, trowel, pruning tools and weeder.
Gardening clothes, including a light rain jacket and warm jacket
or sweatshirt. Rain can alter our activites, and in the case of an
electrical storm we take our work indoors, but we may be outdoors
in a light rain. Temperatures are generally cool comfort in Berlin
during the day in early October but mornings can nip so plan to
layer with a sweatshirt or jacket.
Right: We layer, yes we do!
A quick tour of the Bennerup
Green greeting as you pull in.
Who says the color's done by Labor Day?
There are so many colorful plants to see that you should
skirt the door, detour through the cool shade, peek toward the
pool, then go see what's to harvest in the kitchen garden.
It's hard to stop and only peek in at the gate to the formal
garden, no matter the season. (Below: left, October; right,
In the spring the woods are full to bursting with
leopardsbane (Doronicum caucasicum, below, left) and other
beds are readying themselves for a later show.
It's a plant collectors' garden. Everywhere, plants you know
and many you don't, each in its niche.
This is a garden to enjoy and one with endless secrets to teach