Gardener's Workshop: Propagating from Cuttings & Field Trip to The Durfee Conservatory

Saturday, June 9, 2018

10am to 12pm

Join us for a special two-part workshop and field trip to  historic Durfee Conservatory.

First, on a private conservatory tour, encounter UMass Amherst's Durfee Conservatory's stunningly diverse collection. Highlights include seven historic camellias from the 1867 Durfee Plant House, a glass palace which Dickinson's niece described as "Aunt Emily's conservatory multiplied ever so many times." Special attention will be given to those plants beloved by nineteenth-century Americans, including scented geraniums.

Then, return to the Museum and join Marta McDowell, the Museum's 2018 Gardener-in-Residence, for a hands-on workshop. We will focus on propagating scented and species geraniums, which Emily Dickinson tended in her conservatory and included in her collection of herbarium speciments. We will have a brief lecture and demonstration that examines the techniques and skills required to grow these fragrant plants from softwood cuttings. Following the lecture, participants will cut, prepare and "stick" cuttings from some of the same varieties that Emily Dickinson grew. You will take your potted cuttings home to root and grow.

Meet at the Emily Dickinson Museum tour center. For directions and parking, click here. Complimentary shuttle to Durfee leaves at 9:45am.

Pre-registration required, as space is limited. Please email or call (413)-542-2034 to register.  Participants must register by 4PM on Friday, June 8.

$15 adults/$12 Friends/$10 Garden Volunteers (June 8 & 9).

Marta McDowell is the 2018 gardener-in-residence at the Emily Dickinson Museum. She teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens.  Timber Press has published her recent books including The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder: The Frontier Landscapes that Inspired the Little House Books in September 2017. All the Presidents' Gardens made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015 and won an American Horticultural Society book award. Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association and is in its sixth printing.  Marta is working on a revision of her first book, Emily Dickinson's Gardensdue out in a full color edition by Timber Press in 2019.