- One of Jamie Fine’s gardens, from the Secret Gardens Tour in 2010 in Saugerties, includes thalictrum, cleome, two varieties of rudbeckia, amaranthus cruentus, butterfly bush, candy lilies, zinnias, phlox, Joe Pye weed, torenia, and an antique gazing ball.
Guided Garden Tour of Stonecrop's Systematic Order Beds
July 10, Stonecrop Garden, Cold Spring
The gardeners at Stonecrop value science as well as beauty. Within their sprawling 12 acres of plants and flowers is a systematic garden. The beds are composed of over 50 plant families and are arranged to follow their Phylogenetic tree, making it so that each specimen is located next to its closest biological relative. With the guidance of horticulturist Michael Hagen, learn about each plant's history and watch it evolve as you stroll through the gardens.
Ninth Annual Secret Gardens Tour
July 13, Saugerties
Upon purchasing your ticket, you will receive a map which will guide you to seven elusive private gardens. With each home garden boasting a unique combination of flowers, plants, ponds, and statues, you will get a rare peak into the style and personality of their owners. Since you can tour each site at your own pace, there's even time to stop for lunch: Along the route, Saugerties Farmers Market will be standing by with breakfast and lunch treats like waffles with fruit, hot sandwiches, and gluten-free chili. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Boys & Girls Club with a portion going to the Ulster County SPCA.
The Marketplace Flea Market and Auction Gallery Preview
July 14, William J. Jenack Auctioneers, Chester
Come browse collectables, clothing, jewelry, crafts, and more from over 40 vendors at Jenack Auctioneers's monthly outdoor marketplace. After a little shopping, pop into their auction house and get a sneak peak at their antique and fine art pieces. Pick your favorites—they are up for auction the following weekend.
Weed Walk Class
July 16, Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County, Middletown
Weeds are every gardener's nightmare. Now, the master gardeners at Cornell Cooperative can help you give a name to those dreaded pests. Wear comfortable shoes for a sunset walk along their grounds where your guide will teach you about common weeds and instruct you on how to identify them.
The Invasive Plants are Coming to Get You
July 18, Woodstock Rescue Squad, Woodstock
Molly Marquand, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) coordinator, will give a free lecture on CRISP's mission: identifying, educating the public about, and eradicating invasive species in the Catskills. Nonnative species that will be discussed in the lecture are barberry bushes, which affect the tick population in the area, Japanese knotweed, purple loosestrife, and kudzu, an invasive vine that grows one foot a day and strangles other trees and bushes. Marquand offers alternative plants native to our area that can be purchased at local suppliers such as the Catskill Native Nursery in Kerhonkson.
Mid Summer Garden Tasks Class
July 19, Midsummer Farm, Warwick
In celebration of Mid Summer Day on July 31, the farm's experts will offer tips and tricks for keeping your garden lush and beautiful for the duration of the hot summer months. Additionally, learn how to extend your garden's life even after the warm months. Gardener's call fall the "second spring," making it a perfect time to plant next year's flowers and greenery. Learn how to prepare your perennials for these fall months and enjoy your hobby during all seasons.