Putting Your Garden to Bed with Master Gardener Ben Pauly A Billings Backyard Series Presentation Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 am
WOODSTOCK, VERMONT . . . Gear up for autumn gardening! The Billings Backyard Series presents Putting You Garden to Bed with Master Gardener Ben Pauly on Saturday, August 21 from 10 – 11:30 AM.
After a great season of gardening, how can you set yourself up for success next year? Ben Pauly will show you the best practices to end your season well by putting your gardens to bed. Ben will also discuss the joys of autumn gardening and how to make the most of the growing season.
This presentation takes place at Billings Farm & Museum and is followed by a 30-minute Q&A period. The workshop costs $15/person; $10/BF&M Member. Space is limited! Reserve your spot at www.billingsfarm.org/classes-workshops/ or call 802-457-2355.
After the workshop, be sure to explore the Sunflower House in full bloom. Designed by Ben Pauly, the almost 20,000 square-foot maze-like structure is home to thousands of sunflowers and over 100 different varieties ranging from 18 inches to 14 feet in height.
About Ben Pauly. The Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Master Gardener, Benjamin Pauly was born a gardener and raised on 10-acre farm in Minnesota. Summers were spent tending plants and his love for working the land grew from sculpting the homestead to residential landscape designing during the summers as he completed his masters in architecture. An escape from the winters led him to do natural resource management and organic farming as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. Craving the rhythms of the seasons of Vermont, Benjamin has developed a love of holistic gardening that includes cut flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and plants that support wildlife and beneficial insects.
Billings Backyard is a series of workshops designed to teach sustainable living skills to adult participants and is underwritten by a generous grant from the SpringRiver Private Foundation Trust. Each workshop includes hands-on demonstrations and concrete steps for incorporating these skills into everyday life. Upcoming workshops:
September 11: Making Jam with Billings Farm’s Chef Emery
November 13: Felted Soapmaking with Fiber Artist, Tiana St. James
December 4: Holiday Gifts from the Kitchen with Billings Farm’s Chef Emery
Visiting safely. For the continued safety of our staff and guests, all guests over the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering in all indoor spaces. For outdoor spaces, mask wearing is optional for fully-vaccinated persons; unvaccinated persons must wear masks when around people and unable to maintain 6’ physical distances. No entry is permitted without a face covering. Visit billingsfarm.org/safety for details.
Billings Farm & Museum, now in its 39th season, is open daily, 10AM-5PM, through October 31 and weekends 10AM-4PM, November-February. Find the Special Events Calendar, daily schedules, admission pricing and membership information at billingsfarm.org. Celebrate Billings Farm’s 150th Anniversary with a visit this season and support its education mission at billingsfarm.org/donate.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is committed to providing educational opportunities and experiences to our visitors, whether here in Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are through our online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit us on billingsfarm.org, and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/ and Instagram at instagram.com/billingsfarm/.
Photo: Ben Pauly