In Washington, Hollister House Garden announces new Barn Talks series

Deborah Brown leads a flower-arranging workshop.

WASHINGTON — Following a successful first year of programming in its newly renovated 18th century barn, Hollister House Garden announces a new series of educational workshops and lectures, “Barn Talks.”

The goal of “Barn Talks” is to engage, educate and bring together both amateur and professional gardeners. The roster of presenters includes horticultural industry professionals with decades of experience, who will share their passion and knowledge.

The Saturday series begins with “New England Orchard Revival: Resurrecting the Heirloom Apple,” presented by Peter J. Jentsch, of Cornell University. Additional “Barn Talks” include “The Living Lawn: Simple Steps to Organic Lawn Care,” with Chip Osborne, of Osborne Organics; “Creating a Landscape for your Table” and “Decorative Kitchen Containers,” with designer Chris Zaima, “and How to Create a Small, Productive Cutting Garden,” led by Elisabeth Cary, of Cooper Hill Flower Farm.

The annual Hollister House Garden Spring Plant Sale is planned for May 12 and features Broken Arrow Nursery, Falls Village Flower Farm, McCue Gardens and Something to Crow About Dahlias.

Recently the board of directors approved adding the position of program coordinator to plan and implement a series of lectures and workshops, thus reaffirming a commitment to making Hollister House Garden an important resource for the gardening community. The board welcomes Deborah Brown, of Roxbury, a longtime friend and volunteer, to this newly created position. Brown has worked in the horticultural field for over 30 years as a landscape contractor and as a garden/floral designer.

“Our goal is to make Hollister House Garden a center of learning and inspiration for all gardeners. We hope to present programs that offer both practical knowledge and insight, as well as those that affirm the joy of gardening,” Brown said.

The official opening day of Hollister House Garden is April 27. In addition to “Barn Talks,” the garden will continue to offer a full program of cultural and educational events like Music in the Garden, Twilight in the Garden, Photography in the Garden and more. A complete listing of dates, times and registration links for events can be found at

Hollister House Garden is a nonprofit corporation and one of only 16 exceptional gardens designated a Preservation Project by the Garden Conservancy, whose mission is to identify and preserve important private gardens across America for the education and enjoyment of the public.

In 2010 Hollister House achieved its prestigious listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The property has been named a Town Landmark Site by the town of Washington.