The planting season kicks off with a new event in the King’s Garden, Friendship & Flowers. A week before the garden’s official opening, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the first blooms of the season such as lilacs, columbine, late-flowering bulbs, and more. The tranquil setting of the historic walled garden is made lively by numerous song birds heralding the spring season. This event is a spin-off from our traditional plant sale, offering a relaxed setting and the opportunity to visit with fellow gardeners. Guests will enjoy a continental breakfast and take home a selection of plants from the King’s Garden and local growers. Goodie bags for all plus door prizes add to the excitement.
Master Gardener Diane O’Connor will present her program “Language of Flowers”, highlighting the Victorian tradition of florigraphy – using flowers to send covert messages. The tradition dates back thousands of years, yet became wildly popular during the 19th century when a soaring interest in botany and the publication of numerous editions of flower language books coincided. Hundreds of versions in print, flowers having multiple meanings, and the positioning within a bouquet changing a flower’s meaning added to both confusion and intrigue. Diane will unravel the secrets of this by-gone messaging system in a 30-minute talk held on the central lawn of the garden.
A tour of the formal garden and the Discovery Gardens with Director of Horticulture, Heidi Karkoski, highlights what’s new in the garden this season. Plant selection, new theme areas and design concepts will be discussed on this guided stroll through the gardens.
“Friendship & Flowers” takes place from 9:30 AM – Noon on Saturday, May 17th. Tickets are $20 and are limited to just fifty guests. Advance reservations are required. Phone (518) 585-2821 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.