Category: Home, Garden, Design

Spencertown Academy Presents “Why Start Plants From Seed?” Virtual Talk by Mary Ann Iaccin, Mar 21

Spencertown Academy Arts Center  launches the 2021 Hidden Gardens Virtual Lecture Series with a talk by Master Gardener Mary Ann Iaccino titled “Why Start Plants From Seed?” on Sunday March 21 via Zoom. The lecture will be about an hour, followed by a Q&A with participants. 

Mary Ann Iaccino“The pandemic created a booming interest in home gardening—from ‘Victory Gardens’ to growing vegetables in pots on rooftops. In our area, fenced vegetable gardens and raised beds cropped up everywhere last year,” says Madaline Sparks, Academy board member and co-chair of Hidden Gardens. It looks like the trend will continue, so we want to offer a little help to those who are trying for the first time or just want a refresher about starting plants from seed.”

“Starting your own vegetables and flowers from seed can be an economical way to fill garden space and enjoy a much wider variety of plants than you could find in any nursery,” says Iaccino. “There’s nothing more fun and hopeful than planning one’s summer garden when it’s still bitter cold outside.”

This lecture will cover getting a handle on where to start, and pin down the information found on seed packets and in catalogs. It will also investigate how to meet environmental conditions that are needed for seed germination at home and go through the process of starting seeds to transplanting strong seedlings into the garden.

Iaccino has been in the education field as a high school biology teacher, a museum educator, and as an adult education instructor. She started as a Master Gardener Volunteer in the 1990s when she lived in Dutchess County. After moving back home to the Hudson area in 2005, she joined the Master Gardener Volunteers of Columbia-Greene counties participating in presenting programs and workshops.

Additional topics and dates will be announced soon. The annual Hidden Garden Tour will take place on August 28, 2021 and, in addition to properties with beautiful landscapes and flower gardens, will feature various vegetable gardens.

DATE/TIME: Sunday March 21, 2021 /  1pm – 2:30pm

ADMISSION: Tickets are $10
To register, visit 
www.spencertownacademy.org

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facebook.com/SpencertownAcademy
Phone: (518) 392-3693

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At Edith’s Table: Food and Dining in Wharton’s Life and Work


In this illustrated online talk, writer and food historian, Carl Raymond will present an overview of how food and dining are represented in Wharton’s major fiction and memoir.

Attendees will get a sense of how Wharton used food and dining to convey character and background in passages from some of her most memorable work.  Raymond will also present examples from Wharton’s own life including food memories from her childhood as well as insight into how she designed her own dining rooms and her thoughts on entertaining. In addition, attendees will come away with a glimpse of how dining functioned in the overall Gilded Age society and how it defined social class.

Carl Raymond is a writer and lecturer on food and social history.  He has spoken nationally as well as in Europe on various aspects of American and British food history and culture for organizations such as the Royal Oak Foundation, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the English-Speaking Union as well as various museums and societies. He has written for the publications of the Royal Oak Foundation as well as the Culinary Historians of New York and was a contributing writer on SAVORING GOTHAM: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City (Oxford University Press).

DATE/TIME: Thursday, February 11, 2021 / 4pm – 5pm

LOCATION: The Mount Online
Streamed live via Zoom

TICKETS: $20 General; $15 Mount Members
Available online here

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Stair Galleries’ Online Auction, Thursday Morning, Nov 19

Stair Galleries is holding an  Online Auction this Thursday Morning, November 19th.  

As winter approaches, we naturally return indoors and refocus on our interior living spaces. Perfect for updating any home, our November 19th sale offers a selection of fine art, furniture and decorations from traditional to early 20th century, including porcelain, rugs, lighting, paintings and works on paper. We are pleased to offer works from the Collection of Michael G. Moye, Greenwich, CT and Property from the Collection of Ezra & Cecile Zilkha, complemented by property from many private collections and estates.

Stair will be accepting phone bids, absentee bids and live online bidding for this sale.

To view the full catalogue, visit stairgalleries.com

DATE/TIME: Thursday, November 19, 11:00 am

LOCATION: Online
To register for bidding by phone or absentee click here.
Register for live online bidding via Bidsquare.comInvaluable.com or LiveAuctioneers.com.

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For inquiries regarding the items in this sale please contact Stair at 518.751.1000 or internetrequests@stairgalleries.com.
stairgalleries.com

 

 

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Master Gardener Fall Plant Sale, Oct 5

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The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Columbia and Greene Counties is the organizer of a Fall Plant Sale, Workshop and Garden Advice event happening on Saturday, October 5.

Locally-grown perennials will be available for sale. Due to the invasive jumping worm occurrences reported in both counties and the lack of a proven, researched-based solution to the problem, this event will be strictly plant sales as opposed to swaps conducted in prior years. Master Gardener Volunteers will be using best practices to provide both annual and perennials grown from seed in sterile soils to prevent further broadcast of worm cocoons into our soils.

Master Gardeners will be available to answer gardening questions and preform pH tests on garden soil samples. The cost is $2.00 for first sample and $1.00 for each additional sample.

A hands on workshop about Putting the Garden to Bed will be held at 10:30 am and Winterizing Your Garden Tools will be held at 11:00 am.

DATE/TIME:
Saturday, October 5, 2019 / 9am – 12pm

LOCATION:
Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia & Greene Counties
Extension Education Center
479 NY-66

Hudson, NY 12534

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ccecolumbiagreene.org
facebook.com/CCEColumbiaGreene
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The 2019 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

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The leaves are already changing in Columbia County. If you want to know when the peak leaf-peeping time is in your area? Check out the 2019 Fall Foliage Map. Each year, SmokyMountains.com publishes this interactive, online map that bills itself as the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. On their site, you can use the slider under the map of the US to see when the leaves will be at their peak across the country.

Check out the map now, at smokymountains.com/fall-foliage-map

 

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