Eleven free garden lectures and demonstration will be conducted throughout the day, on the half hour. Bring a picnic lunch. For more information, directions or a schedule, call the nursery at (508) 252-4002 or visit www.tranquil-lake.com.
10:00 Cutting Back, Spring Pruning and Coppicing Your Tree and Shrubs
The day begins with a pruning demonstration with horticulturist Warren Leach, co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery. Learn how and when to cut back shrubs and trees, ornamental grasses and vines as he takes you through the nursery garden "Cutting Back, Spring Pruning and Coppicing Your Tree and Shrubs." He will show you how to cut back trees and shrubs to keep them in scale with the garden, thin out overgrown shrubs and trees, rejuvenate older plantings and encourage prolific bloom in the future. Spring is the best time to prune summer blooming shrubs that flower on new growth. It is also the time to severely cut back and manage certain trees and shrubs to produce exuberant new growth. When coppiced, towering trees become supple shrubs. Cutting back or pollarding also dramatically increases the size of emerging foliage. These specialized pruning techniques will allow you to shape your trees and shrubs, so that they can be used in many versatile ways.
10:30 The Art of Digging and Drum Lacing A Tree
Have you ever wanted to move a tree from one place to another in your yard, but didn’t have a clue how to go about digging the tree? In their demonstration "The Art of Digging and Drum Lacing A Tree", seasoned nurseryman and horticulturist Philip Boucher will join Tranquil Lake Nursery’s landscape foreman Andy Balon to show you how to hand dig a tree and craft a drum-laced root ball that can easily be moved without injuring the tree roots. They will discuss appropriate root ball size, while showing how to dig, burlap and drum lace the tree, known as Seven Son flower or Heptacodium miconoides. Then they will extract the heavy tree from freshly dug hole by hand to be moved to its new home. (On-going throughout the day)
11:00 Ornamental Trees and Shrubs to Add a Long Season of Bloom
Horticulturist and garden designer Warren Leach will share some of his favorite woody plants for the perennial garden in his garden talk "Ornamental Trees and Shrubs to Add a Long Season of Bloom." Warren many designed gardens, including those at Tranquil Lake Nursery are known for the emphasis on distinctive woody ornamentals with abundant display, spatial depth and a long season of interest. Meet a variety of common and lesser know trees and shrubs that will offer multiple seasons of interest in the border, providing fragrant flowers, distinctive foliage, fruits and seeds, attractive and invaluable accents throughout the season. Warren will share his design and horticultural knowledge offering inspiration and a palette of choice varieties to add to your garden that will thrive under a diversity of cultural conditions. He will offer suggestions for placement in the border, plant combinations, maintaining plant habit and more. Plan to add a few more of these sensational garden accents to your borders this year.
11:30 Favorite Daylilies and Companion Plants with Bloom June to September
The fields and gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery feature more than 300 varieties of Siberian Iris and 3,600 varieties of daylilies. Both are low maintenance perennials. The Iris begin blooming in late May and continue through the month of June and daylilies start as early as May and continue until frost. Nursery co-owner Philip Boucher will share his love and knowledge of these special flowers at in his garden talk "Favorite Daylilies and Companion Plants with Bloom June to September." Phil will showcase a wide variety of early blooming daylilies in early ever color, height and form and the many beautiful and diverse Siberian Iris and other late spring and early summer and garden companions that will bloom along with daylilies in the early-summer garden.
12:00 Wattling and Weaving Garden Fences and Structures
Spring branches bend, providing material that can easily be used to construct woven garden fences and partitions. Horticulturist Andy Balon will demonstrate this old time craft of weaving these pliable twigs and stems into a practical, low cost yet elegant and sculptural garden fences and other structures, taking you step by step through the process during his demonstration "Wattling and Weaving Garden Fences and Structures." Learn which twigs are best to use and how to create these strong and attractive garden barriers, arbors, trellises and seats.
12:30 Favorite Herbs for Fragrance, Tasting and Garden Ornamentation
Debi Hogan, horticulturist and avid herb garden has been growing herbs in the gardens, containers and window boxes for more than twenty-five years. She will share her love for herbs in her presentation "Favorite Herbs for Fragrance, Tasting and Garden Ornamentation" offering tips on favorite cultivars, tips for growing, drying techniques, how to prepare for culinary use and overwintering.
1:00 Sustaining Your Garden with Tough, Hardy Plants that Offer Big Seasonal Impact
Deborah Swanson, gardener and former U. Mass Extension Horticulturist will offer a selection of tough yet choice hardy woody and herbaceous plants that will provide a long season of beauty from sune to shade in her garden talk "Sustaining Your Garden with Tough, Hardy Plants that Offer Big Seasonal Impact." A dedicated gardener and educator whose extensive gardens are filled with a bounty of distinctive perennials and woody plant, Deborah will discuss the ornamental qualities of her favorites. Many of these plant have also been selected as award winners for northern gardens by the Arnold Arboretum, Worcester County Horticultural Society's Cary Award Program and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Styer Gold Medal Award Program. She will also discuss their cultural requirements and offer suggested garden combinations.
1:30 Creative Arrangements from the Spring Garden with a Japanese Flair
Gilbert Moore, a talented gardener and flower arranger from North Smithfield, Rhode Island will share his talents in his demonstration "Creative Arrangements from the Spring Garden with a Japanese Flair." Gil will compose several summer arrangements in a diversity of containers, showcasing his unique design style. For several years now, he has been studying Ikebana, the art of Japanese Flower Arrangement and he will review a few basic principles and demonstrate a couple of Japanese-style arrangements that can easily be made from simple flowers and branches you will find in the your garden. He will also share tips for selecting containers and tell you how to condition flowers and foliage picked from the spring garden.
2:00 Planning and Planting a New Hosta Garden
Warren Leach, garden designer and co-owner of Tranquil Lake Nursery will take you step by step through the design and planting process of making a new garden in his Garden Design Tutorial "Planning and Planting a New Hosta Garden." Focusing on color, texture and scale, he will show how to make plant combinations for focal point impact as well as refined pairings of foliage and flowers. Warren will stress good soil amendment procedures as well as planting techniques for a choice selection of Hostas and their companions.
2:30 Constructing a Path through the Hosta Garden
Warren Leach and Andy Balon, Tranquil Lake Nursery landscape foreman will demonstrate "Constructing a Path through the Hosta Garden." Garden Paths offer an essential function in exploring a garden as well as providing structural ‘bones’ to the well designed landscape. The display gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery feature many paths with artistically detailed surfaces. Warren and Andy will show how to use various materials, from stone, gravel and even pine needles. They will demonstrate an aesthetic approach to path configuration and construction.
3:00 Design Tour of the Gardens of Tranquil Lake Nursery
Garden Designer Warren Leach, will end the day with a "Design Tour of the Gardens of Tranquil Lake Nursery." Over the past twenty five years, Warren designed and built all the nursery gardens. They were designed to offer flowers and foliage that provide interest from early spring through fall. There are also many built garden features such as paths, bogs, benches, purple posts, fences, stone walls and more that captivate visitors as they wander around the grounds. During this garden tour Warren will spotlight favorite plants, horticultural techniques, and design features that he has used to solve problems and create beautiful display.
Tranquil Lake Nursery grows more than 3,600 cultivars of daylilies and more than 300 varieties each of Siberian and Japanese Iris.
You will also have the opportunity to wander among the gardens at Tranquil Lake Nursery, where you will see a diverse variety of perennials, grasses, shrubs and vines. The gardens include a number of perennial borders, mixed perennial and shrub gardens, an ornamental vegetable garden, a thyme bench, container herb garden, an entry garden, an ornamental grass garden, a pond-side water garden, a purple garden designed to attract hummingbirds, a bog garden, a dry-scree garden, spectacular container plantings brimming with annuals and perennials, a pool with a water rill and a new rain garden and bog water garden. All plants discussed during the day will be available for sale.
20th Annual Open House and Summer Garden Festival
Coming up this summer: Tranquil Lake Nursery's 20th Annual Open House is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Open House is free and open to the public. This year the event will feature chefs, flower arrangers, herbs, container gardening and a gathering of talented garden speakers and garden demonstrations. The day will be filled with workshops on daylilies, perennials, herbs, cooking with daylilies and more...10 acres of daylilies will be at peak bloom.
Directions to Tranquil Lake Nursery
From Rhode Island and Connecticut:
Rehoboth is located about 8 miles due East of Providence. To reach us take Route 95 to Route 195 eastbound out of Providence. Stay on Route 195 to the first MASSACHUSETTS exit. A large 'Raymour and Flanagan' furniture store on the right tells you that your exit approaches. Go left off the ramp onto Route 114A northbound. Stay on 114A until it intersects with Route 44. Turn right (eastbound) on Route 44. Stay on Route 44 approx. 3.7 miles to Winthrop Commons on your left. Turn left on River Street immediately after passing Winthrop Commons. Follow River Street across Broad Street (4 way stop). Tranquil Lake Nursery is the fourth driveway on the right after Broad Street.
From Fall River and Cape Cod:
Take Route 195 westbound to exit 3, Swansea and Rehoboth. At the end of the ramp go left on Route 118 North. Follow 118 North approximately 8 miles to the Route 44 intersection. Turn left onto Route 44, travel 1.5 miles, passing the Rehoboth Schools. Take the next right onto Danforth Street. Then take the first left onto River Street. Tranquil Lake Nursery is on the left about .4 miles down River Street on left.
Boston and Route 495: Take Route 128/93 or 495 to Route 95 southbound towards Providence. Continue on Route 95 to the exit for Route 123 eastbound (Exit 3A - Attleboro & Norton). Follow Route 123 through 5 traffic lights. At the sixth light, follow Route 118 South. Continue on Route 118 for approximately 9 miles to the Route 44 intersection. Turn right onto Route 44. Travel 1.5 miles, passing the ehoboth Schools. Take the next right onto Danforth Street. Then take the first left onto River Street. Tranquil Lake Nursery is on the left about .4 miles down River Street on the left.
Phone: (508) 252-4002 or (508) 336-4426
Fax: (508) 252-4740 or (508) 336-0682
Web Site: www.tranquil-lake.com