FREE UPCOMING CLASSES

We present FREE garden classes during our March open house to help customers plan and prepare their gardens. Full details are below. No purchase is necessary to participate in these classes but pre-registration is required.
You can register for one class or all with one form from our registration page.
TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166. Then, watch for our separate confirmation email.


Saturday March 7

Limited Availability!

10 a.m. – Principles of Shrub Pruning for structure and sustainability

with Tom Ingersoll and Melissa LeVangie, Massachusetts Certified Arborists.
Are your shrubs a crowded mass of leafy-stems? Do they have few flowers and look dead in the center? Proper pruning from planting through maturity can help improve form and aesthetics, boost disease and pest resistance, and maximize fruit and flower production. Tom and Melissa will explain and entertain while demonstrating various techniques for enhancing the structure and health of your favorite shrubs, ornamentals and hedges.


2 p.m. – Apple Tree Pruning Demonstration

with Marc Fadding, Certified Arborist, Horticulturist and Owner of Marconica, Inc., Glendale, MA.
Proper pruning of fruit trees encourages health, invigorates growth in both the tree and its fruit, and improves the aesthetics of your property. Learn the timetables for pruning and protective spraying as Marc demonstrates.


TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Sunday March 8

1 p.m. – Managing Invasive Plants

with Jess Toro, Native Habitat Resotration, LLC; Stockbridge, MA.
Through Native Habitat Restoration, LLC; Jess and co-owner Sari Hoy assist landowners, conservation organizations and municipal agencies remove invasive plant species from sensitive environments and landscapes, and restore the diversity and function of native habitats. Jess has the latest research and strategies for clearing small to large areas of Japanese knot-weed, Bishop’s weed, Purple Loosestrife, Oriental Bittersweet, Phragmites grass, Garlic mustard and Creeping Charley and more. If you aren’t sure what your plant is, bring in a photo and sample (in a sealed plastic bag) to get specific advice.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Saturday March 14

10 a.m. – Seed-starting Savvy

with Sue Lavallee, Coast of Maine Organic Products.
Sue will share her tips, successes (& failures), and wisdom harvested from many years of seed-starting. Learn tips like pre-planning on paper, what seeds to choose, what type of soil and containers, and how to avoid seedling ‘assasins.’
Snow date is 10 a.m. on Sunday March 15 and will be announced by Ward’s Nursery if necessary.


2 p.m. – Summer-flowering Bulbs: Bold and Beautiful!

with Ron Kujawski, Garden Writer, Author, and Consultant; Great Barrington, MA.
Among the boldest and most colorful flowers in summer gardens are the so-called summer-flowering bulbs. Often unknown to beginner gardeners and under appreciated by veteran gardeners, these “bulbs” are among the easiest plants to grow. What are they; how are they best used; how are they to be cared for? Get answers to these and other questions about summer-flowering bulbs.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Sunday March 15

1 p.m. – Spring Garden Problem-Solving

with Erin Benken and Morgan Gasperini, Ward’s Nursery Staff Horticulturists.
Did you have problems last year with pests or mold?  Severe die-back in shrubs or trees?  No flowers on your flowering shrubs? Are deer eating everything? Do you run from roses in fear and trembling? Bring your concerns and join the Ward's expert staff and other gardeners like yourself who have spring garden problems to solve.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Saturday March 21

10 a.m. – Container Gardening

with Jenna O’Brien, Viridissima Design, Becket, MA.
The art of the container comes from creating combinations that can handle the same environment while making an impact of contrasts and similarities. You’ll catch Jenna’s enthusiasm watching her slides filled with planting ideas and the basic principles about designing a container; then, you will participate in the creation of one from Ward’s current plant offerings.


2 p.m. – Planning & Enjoying a Vegetable Garden

with Brehan Bruce-Cole and Pat Parkins, Gardens of the Goddess, Becket, MA.
Learn the strategies for starting your vegetable garden and maintaining it. From healthy soil to pest prevention, Brehan and Pat will help you enjoy homegrown from early spring through late fall.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Sunday March 22

1 p.m. – Principles of Tree Pruning for structure and sustainability

with Tom Ingersoll and Melissa LeVangie, Massachusetts Certified Arborists.
Are your landscape trees out of control and looking more like shrubs? Proper pruning from planting through maturity can help improve form and aesthetics; boost disease and pest resistance; and maximize fruit and flower production. Tom and Melissa will explain and entertain while demonstrating various techniques for enhancing the structure and health of your favorite trees.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Saturday March 28

10 a.m. – Bakers' Dozen of Herbs

with Sandy Merrill, Gardens by D’esign, New London CT.
Herbs may be the easiest plants to grow – so don’t baby them! They love sun and rocky, quick-draining soil. Most were just ‘weeds’ that someone noticed smelled nice when touched, and through trial and error, discovered how versatile herbs really are. Sandy will share tastes, scents, special qualities, and pest-control hints for 13 popular herbs.


2 p.m. – Compost & Soils

with Don Ward III, The Don Ward Company.
Great gardens start with great soils. Introducing organic material with rich compost can improve your plants’ ability to take up soil nutrients and better support their root systems. Don will explain how to make your own compost and will share more about the different bagged soil choices available at Ward’s Nursery & Garden Center.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.



Sunday March 29

1 p.m. – Right Plant, Right Place

with Generoso Gallo, Berkshire Greenscapes, Pittsfield, MA.
Generoso will explain the strategy of choosing the right plant for your conditions and building your garden designs around those considerations. You will learn how to interpret and uncover the meaning of “full shade” vs. “partial shade” or “quick-draining but evenly moist”. He will share how soil chemistry affects and forms plant communities for a full season of colorful impact in your garden.

TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE, visit the store or call 413-528-0166.

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