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New Festival Celebrates Local Gardening

  |   April 24, 2013  |  Comment


Hudson Valley Garden Association has announced the start of advanced ticket sales and pre-registration for Garden Fair, a one day festival and celebration of gardening in the Hudson Valley taking place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Orange County Arboretum in Montgomery, NY.

Featuring local and specialty plant vendors, non-profit garden groups, lecture program, free demonstrations, and guided arboretum tours, Garden Fair is destined to become a regional garden tradition that inspires and excites gardeners of all experience levels, from beginner to expert.

Garden Fair will bring attention to the wealth of gardening experiences available in the Hudson Valley by gathering everyone together in recognition of our thriving garden community of people, plants, places and knowledge,“ said HVGA co-founder, Rebecca Glembocki.

Over twenty vendors will be selling plants and garden wares of all kinds. Local perennial growers Lorjon Nursery and Shawangunk Horticulture will be there, as will Twin Ponds Nursery with wrought iron planters and colorful, mixed annual baskets. Organic vegetable seedlings will be available from Midsummer Farm, Silver Heights Farm and Greene Bee Greenhouse. Area landscape professionals like E.P. Jansen Nursery and Bloom Fine Gardening will be on hand, along with local deer repellant company, Deer Defeat. From nearby Connecticut, Broken Arrow Nursery will be selling unusual trees and shrubs and Cricket Hill Gardens specializes in tree peonies.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with and learn about the dedicated volunteers behind numerous area garden groups including the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, Newburgh Rose Club, Tri-State Hosta Society, Vanderbilt Garden Association, and local garden clubs. Many of the organizations will be providing free demonstrations throughout the day on a variety of garden topics.

The Garden Fair Lecture Program includes presentations from three exceptional women of horticulture. Nationally known, best-selling garden author Tovah Martin will speak on Lawn Alternatives. Hudson Valley landscape architect and contributor to many of the region’s historic landscapes, Kate Kerin, will discuss the history and future of Innisfree Garden in Millbrook. Marie Iannotti, About.com’s garden expert from Ulster County, will present “Great Tasting Heirloom Vegetables,” and be signing copies of her 2012 book on the subject.

Garden Fair is the inaugural fundraiser for Hudson Valley Garden Association, a regional garden organization founded in 2012 by local gardeners Laura Wilson and Rebecca Glembocki of Wallkill, NY. HVGA’s mission is to stimulate passion for gardening; to encourage and inspire gardeners through educational gardening programs and special events. They are committed to assisting in the success and growth of public gardens, garden organizations and local garden businesses in the region, and Garden Fair is just the beginning of HVGA’s plans to help establish the Hudson Valley as a garden destination for visitors.

Local sponsors of Garden Fair include Taylor Recycling and Walden Savings Bank, both of Montgomery, NY, the Tri-County Nursery Landscape Association and Luminary Publishing, publisher of Chronogram and Upstate House.

For more information, advanced tickets or to register for lectures visit www.hvgardenfair.com.


Date: Saturday, May 4th, 2013 – Rain or Shine

Location: Orange County Arboretum, Thomas Bull Memorial Park, Rt 416, Grove St Entrance, Montgomery, NY 12549

Time: 10am-4pm (Last guests admitted at 3pm)

Admission Fee: $8 in advance/$12 day of (Children 15 and under are free.)

Lecture Fee: $20 each, must pre-register

Contact: [email protected]

Website: www.hvgardenfair.com

Photo caption: Orange County Arboretum, photo courtesy of HVGA.


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