"Why Native Plants?" with Kirill Leshiner from One Natur
May
5
10:30 AM10:30

"Why Native Plants?" with Kirill Leshiner from One Natur

One Nature botanist, Kirill Leshiner will provide a quick introduction to using native plants in your landscaping. This 30 minute overview will include

  • What are native plants?
  • Why choose native plants for your landscape?
    • Support native wildlife and the local food web
    • Reduce the introduction of disease, invasive plants, and pests from outside habitats
  • A tour of the One Nature Garden Center
  • Introduction to native perennials, shrubs, and trees

Kirill will be giving this talk at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm on Saturday, May 5. Stop by for any session! 

This event is free and open. See you there! 

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DIY Backyard Design Workshop with Blair Patterson
May
19
10:00 AM10:00

DIY Backyard Design Workshop with Blair Patterson

Learn to make the most of your yard with One Nature landscape designer, Blair Patterson. With Blair's hands-on guidance and expertise, participants will

  • View One Nature landscape designs, to get your creativity flowing
  • Map out shade and sun lighting conditions on your property
  • Address obstacles on your property, like man-made features, existing plants, and structures
  • Learn to incorporate native plants and organic vegetable gardens into your yard
  • Create a practical Wish List for your property including native plants wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, pollinator gardens, rain gardens, tiny orchards, patios, raised beds, chicken environments, and more! 

Blair will help you finalize your ideas, so you'll leave with a solid design and a practical plan to start re-shaping your home habitat!

Participants are asked to bring photos and a survey or aerial photo (try Google maps) of their property. 

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Registration fee: $25

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Native Plants and Their Pollinators with Native Beeology
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Native Plants and Their Pollinators with Native Beeology

Join One Nature and local bee expert Timothy Stanley as we explore New York’s native flowers and their preferred pollinators.  From the earliest spring ephemerals to the last fall blossoms; flowers have devised unique methods to attract visitors to transport their pollen from flower to flower, ensuring genetic diversity.  This program will highlight our native bees, sometimes described as pollen bees.  They are not only extremely efficient, but have also developed unique techniques for pollinating flowers that honeybees are incapable of pollinating!  

Participants will not only learn about the flowers that attract pollinators but get tips on how to do it successfully. The single most effective means of helping pollinators is planting a wide selection of insecticide free flowers that bloom from early spring to late fall.  Audiences will leave informed, delighted, and ready to transform backyards into pollinator habitats.  

The founder of Native Beeology, Timothy J. Stanley is the Assistant Director at the Fresh Air Fund's Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill, NY. He is the Past President of New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA), currently serves on the Stony Kill Foundation Board of Directors, an avid photographer, and a lifelong student and teacher of the outdoors.

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Registration fee: $25

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Four Season Vegetable Gardening Workshop with Sarah Simon from Common Ground Farm
Jun
30
10:00 AM10:00

Four Season Vegetable Gardening Workshop with Sarah Simon from Common Ground Farm

Learn how to extend the garden season & provide food for your dinner table all year long! In our region it is possible to keep your garden active and bountiful through the late fall and even over the winter with a little determination and some helpful strategies. Topics will include planting successions, seeding schedules & seasonal variability, frost/cold protection, storage, plant varieties & pest management. Participants will leave with the skills to plant out fall & winter successions in the garden this year, and ideas for a garden building projects in the future.

Sarah Simon has been farming for the past four years at Common Ground Farm in Beacon, NY, where she is the Farm Director. Before moving to the Hudson Valley, she apprenticed on a farm in Maine that used creative season extension strategies to mitigate the very short growing season. Geeking out about soil science and creative small scale growing strategies is her favorite part of farming!

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Registration fee: $25
50% of your registration fee for this event will go directly to Common Ground Farm

 

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Butterfly Garden Workshop with Garden Coach Pamela Doan
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Butterfly Garden Workshop with Garden Coach Pamela Doan

Want to attract Monarchs and other butterflies to your yard? Butterflies need specific plants for each stage of their life cycle, and you can provide a beautiful, productive habitat for them. Learn how to enrich your landscape with plants for caterpillars to munch on, colorful native flowers as nectar sources in every season, and other pollinator treats like salt and rotted fruit.

There is so much you can do to support these beautiful and beneficial insects in your home habitat! This workshop will cover:

  • An overview of why habitats for pollinators, especially butterflies, are critically important to our regional environment.
  • Examples of butterfly behaviors and needs.
  • Introduction to native butterflies in the Hudson Valley.
  • Why native plants are the answer!
  • Native plant recommendations for your yard.

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Registration fee: $25

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Gardening and Climate Change Workshop with Garden Coach Pamela Doan
Aug
18
10:00 AM10:00

Gardening and Climate Change Workshop with Garden Coach Pamela Doan

Heavy downpours, extreme storms, drought, hotter temperatures, early spring and late frost... what’s a plant to do?! 

The Hudson Valley is already feeling the affects of shifting weather patterns caused by climate change. Learn what you can do to lower your carbon footprint of your yard, and how to help your plants adapt to changing weather conditions.

This workshop includes: 

  • An overview of recent changes in growing conditions in Hudson Valley.
  • Carbon footprint calculator for your garden.
  • Sustainable gardening techniques that are better for the environment.
  • Overview of how native plants contribute to a healthy and sustainable home habitat. 
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DIY Native Wildflower Seed Bombs
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

DIY Native Wildflower Seed Bombs

Come to the One Nature Garden Center to learn about spreading native wildflowers throughout our region! Seed "bombs" are a mixture of wildflower seeds, compost, and clay, and can be tossed into any landscape--maybe by the roadside, a median, or vacant lot.

We will be making seed bombs at the Garden Center every Sunday, between 12-5pm. 

Watch this time-laps video of seed bombs sprouting

This event is free and open. See you there! 

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DIY Native Wildflower Seed Bombs
Apr
15
12:00 PM12:00

DIY Native Wildflower Seed Bombs

Celebrate Earth Day by spreading native wildflowers throughout our region! Seed "bombs" are a mixture of wildflower seeds, compost, and clay, and can be tossed into any landscape--roadside, median, or vacant lot maybe.

Stop by the Garden Center anytime between 12-5pm on Sunday, April 15th AND April 22nd to create a hand-made seed bomb. 

Watch this time-laps video of seed bombs sprouting

This event is free and open. 

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Grand Opening Garden Party
Apr
14
5:00 PM17:00

Grand Opening Garden Party

Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the One Nature Garden Center at our Second Saturday Garden Party! Stop by to explore our native plant selection in our beautiful outdoor space next to Binnacle Books.

We will be joining in the Second Saturday festivities with live music by Beacon musicians Jesse Stacken and Jordan Shapiro, extended hours, drinks and snacks.

See you there! 

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