11:00-12:00 • Pruning 101: Trees, Plants & Shrubs
Pruning is one of those necessary evils of good garden maintenance. Do it incorrectly, and you risk creating an ugly, misshapen shrub or tree, or worse, and unhealthy one prone to diseases. Do it correctly, and you never really see the results – you only see the splendor of your shrubs, vines or trees, aging gracefully, growing in a natural form and adding beauty to your garden. No flying saucer shapes here!
Presented by Peter Hoag, Arborist and Owner, P.C. HOAG & CO., LLC.
12:15-1:00 • About The Cary Award
The Cary Award is a program to promote outstanding plants for New England gardens. Named in honor of Shewsbury plantsman Ed Cary, it highlights woody landscape plants that have proven their performance in New England.
For over 20 years the Worcester County Horticultural Society and Tower Hill Botanic Garden have been extolling the virtues of outstanding trees, shrubs, groundcovers and woody vines. Beginning in 1997, and with the aid of the northeast’s foremost plant experts*, the Society has awarded over 57 plants its highest honor with the Cary Award. These plants are specifically chosen for their sustainable attributes, pest and disease resistance and hardiness in USDA zones 3-6. All provide extended, or multiple seasons of interest and are readily available in the nursery trade. The award winners can be seen at the Tower Hill Botanic Garden, headquarters of the Society, where they are integrated amongst the inspiring gardens.
Any person may nominate a plant they think is worthy of receiving this award. The award is given to the plant, not the person nominating it.
Presented by Jeff O'Donal, of O'Donal's Nursery, Inc.
1:15-2:15 • Jackson Madnick’s “Ultimate Green Home, Health & Lawn” Workshop
How to make your home / work environment healthier, minor lifestyle changes to live 25 years longer & dogs live 5 years longer. Plus Lawn secrets to better existing lawns or overseed Pearl's Premium Grass, to mow only once a month, have less weeds without chemicals & 75% less water.
Presented by Jackson Madnick of Pearl’s Premium Grass. His work has been commended by two different White Houses and the United Nations, among others.