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Jump Start Your Summer Garden with Seed-Blocking!
Join me for a workshop on how to mix, press and plant seed blocks. Nurture your sets and plant on Mother’s Day. Learn how to successfully grow flowers in your garden. Help our butterflies and bees!
- Date: Saturday April 4, 2015 10-1 pm.
- Light lunch provided.
- Location: Dovecote Porch & Gardens 35 Flashpoint Drive Cashiers, NC. Instructor: Mary Palmer Dargan, rla. Small group.
- Fee: $25.
- For re-registration : [email protected] or call 828-743-0307.
About our workshop:
Action Steps for Planting on Mother’s Day
I find myself collecting seed packets like fine wine, putting them into the refrigerator for later use to preserve their freshness….Then, I get busy and forget to plant the summer flower seeds!
Do you have a stack of seeds ready to be planted? Do you love flowers, butterflies and bees? Hardy annuals like lychnis, queen anne’s lace and black eyed susans return each year after blooming. They rest in the mulch of your garden during the cold weather. Other annuals like zinnias and Bells of Ireland are more tender and not frost resistant. They need TLC to germinate and get their roots started in order to bloom early in our short, mountain growing season.
I plant tender annuals in early April and put them under lights in my warm attic; your warm basement or heated garage would do, too! Tender annuals need at least 16 hrs of light a day to stand straight and hearty. Their roots develop in the seed blocking media, so the baby plants are strong when planted and suffer no transplant shock. Planting medium, seed blockers, buckets, water and seeds will be available for the workshop. Plus, instructions on how to grow flowers successfully.
Why do we want to encourage planting hardy flower seeds? You remember these. They were in your grandmother’s garden. Each year they bolted effortlessly out of the ground and volunteered to populate summer borders…effortlessly. Or at least until your yard service came along, weeding and spraying them into oblivion. Or maybe the rabbits overtook.
I’m on a mission to reinvent your garden and mine. Have you ever tried a handprint garden? Its fun. Think like a 6 year old and put your hand on the soil, then put a hardy annual seed on each finger print. That keeps baby plants separated to grow well spaced. This genre of seeds likes to be cold for awhile. I recommend marking them with a well labeled plastic knife, or you will forget where they are. Our mission is to encourage native bees and butterflies to ravage these colorful blossoms this summer so both bees, butterflies and flowers can procreate. Now, I’m thinking of starting a seed library this fall.
So, if you are in the western North Carolina area, especially Cashiers and Highlands, please join us. If you prefer a video of our workshops to share with your friends, please watch and take part vicariously!
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Join us for two workshops as part of a series on Permaculture at Dovecote: Land. Life. Garden : LifeScapes for Your Home Environment
- Two three-hour workshops will be offered in April and then again in May: April 24, 2015 10-1pm and May 15, 2015 10-1 pm
- Location: Dovecote. 35 Flash Pointe Drive (a.k.a. McKinney Lane) Cashiers, NC 82717
- Cost: $125 per person includes light lunch each day & 1 field trip.
- Instructor: Mary Palmer Dargan,rla.
- Pre-registration required. (see below to order tickets)
- Includes a workbook and homework
Mary Palmer Dargan will be teaching the Nitty Gritty Fundamentals for Permaculture Newbies. Set up Your Property as a the Ultimate Home Environment. Join her for a workshop to empower your property as a true Land & LifeScape environment.
- Draw your dream garden with compost stations
- greenhouse huts
- potting areas
- work out the best practices for your property
- learn methods to preparing and plant your garden with hardy vegetables & annuals
- use handprint planting methods
- starting baby plants and dahlias for late spring & summer propagation
About Land-Life-Scapes : The Ultimate Home Environment:
The gentle joining of hands between your home environment, your family and nature is my passion. My professional practice as a landscape architect is defined by permaculture principles, but I never thought of it in those words. By taking time to engage with nature and observe how it functions best on your home property, you can design solutions that suit particular situation, avoiding wasting time, labor and resources. This workshop will empower your property as the ultimate Land & LifeScape environment.
For more information, contact: [email protected]
Mary Palmer Dargan. Licensed in landscape architecture, Dargan began her love affair with the environment as a botanist, and now specializes in creating sustainable home environments.
Her website — dargan.com — features many how-to videos for novice horticulturists, budding garden designers and homeowners and master landscape designers.“Timeless landscape design is more than selecting heritage trees and shrubs,” she says.“It is about coaxing the very best from your property so that you express its genius loci, or spirit of place. Did you know that your property has a genetic code just waiting to be broken? Each property is as unique as a fingerprint, but has a universal language.Perplexed about how to knit the dysfunctional parts of your property together? Learn the secrets of The 4 Part Master Plan, and see the forest for the trees.“Do you want to maximize your home environment’s value as you age in place, or hold its value when you move on? Lifelong landscape design has eight steps to creating the perfectly timeless oasis.”
Here’s Mary Palmer, at a fashion show featured at the recent Garden Symposium in Virginia.
Mary Palmer Dargan ( left center in blue) pictured with Executive DIrector of The Garden Club of Virginia Lynn McCashin ( right center in red) and fashion designer Lizzi London (center in black), and whose runway collection at the Garden Symposium debuted collections inspired by the timeless gardener, Audrey Hepburn