The Garden Journal

November - A Season of Rest and Thanks

November 2022

Peony Planting Class


October 29


$15 per person

No pets allowed Smoking of any kind is strictly prohibited on property.


“In November, the trees are standing all sticks and bones. Without their leaves, how lovely they are, spreading out their arms like dancers. They know it is time to be still.” - Cynthia Rylant

We’ve been hard at work doing daily posts on our social media channels, particularly Facebook, to help educate, maybe inspire, and alert our followers as to what is happening in our Gardens, what you should be doing in yours, and seasonal tasks. As we shift into a slower pace in the garden, and perhaps focus on more tasks that can be indoors or under cover, we are also busy looking ahead as to what we can offer in the way of workshops, events, and garden parties for 2023 and moving forward.

We would love some feedback, as we get so many requests to visit our gardens, but have found that when we do open them to the general public, we don’t quite get the visitation to justify the staffing that is required for hosting visitors to our site. This is a bit of a quandary. As much as we want to include open Garden days in our schedule, we haven’t quite figured out how to make it work: best days/times, etc. This is where you come in. Your support is crucial to our ability to grow and offer a robust schedule of workshops and events throughout the year to cover the mounting costs of running a garden of our size. It’s a lot of work!

We welcome any and all feedback, and look forward to hearing back from you. Here’s a great place to reach out directly:


Fall - Winter Garden Book List

Nature’s Best Hope, by Doug Tallamy

The Hummingbird Handbook, by John Shewey

The Flower Hunter: Seasonal flowers inspired by nature and gathered from the garden, by Lucy Hunter

Check out our Blogs!

Steve has been hard at work late at night into the wee hours of the morning, working on his cinematographer and film editing skills. He is very excited to present a series of Garden visit blogs he has been working on, and would love to share with our subscribers. The latest of the series is:


Farm to Table Dinner

Our Winter Farm to Table dinner is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 3rd. We are in a bit of a holding pattern with our barn remodel project, and hoping we can get the final adjustments made to host guests upstairs in our circa-1930’s restored barn. We are hoping to offer a few dance classes prior to the dinner, so that those who would like some dinner dancing can participate. We are looking forward to giving you a much needed break from the chaos of the holidays. Who doesn’t love a night off cooking and having to do the dishes?!?

We will send out an information email with all the details once we have confirmed, and we can’t wait to share the menu: it’s going to be so delicious!

Peony Planting Class


October 29


$15 per person

Garden Shop Hours*:

Closed for the Season

Please stay tuned for Spring opening

Visit us at:


Peony Planting Class

Come learn how we dig, plant and care for our peonies. Yes, this class is the end of October, but we don’t want you to miss out!

We will teach you what has worked for us, along with WHY we do what we do to get healthy plants, and massive blooms on our peony plants. We will share a full year of care on peony plants, from planting, to winterizing, and everything in between.

This is an active, outdoors class, where we will be walking and working in our peony fields. The grounds are uneven, so secure and stable shoes/boots are a must. No open toe shoes will be allowed on the grounds for safety reasons. Class is held regardless of weather conditions, we have planted peonies in sun, wind, rain and sleet. While this October has been unseasonably warm, there is a probability of some rain in late October.

Ticket link is here:


The Garden Shop

While the Garden Shop is now officially closed for visiting in person for the winter, our online shop is always open! Perfect for gift ideas, we can ship anywhere in the United States.

We are working to add all of our curated and specialty shop items (not available on Amazon - and we'd love any small business support!) to the website, in the Retail section. We will update our website, and notify via newsletter when the Shop and Gardens will reopen.


Garden Tasks

  • Plant NOW! Best time to plant trees and shrubs is in the Fall. Specifically October - March
  • Plant Spring flowering bulbs - NOW!
  • Dig up and relocate (Divide if necessary) plants
  • Care of Hellebores - trim off dirty & tired foliage
  • Plant out winter bedding: pansies, violas, heathers, cyclamen for winter color
  • Divide and Store Dahlias for the winter.
  • Maintain garden machinery and tools
  • Collect and Save Seed
  • Bring Pumpkins to Laughing Goat Botanical Gardens for our pigs and goats to enjoy!
  • Weed, always.

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Events


  • Men Make Dinner Day: November 3 (yes!)
  • Book Lover’s Day: November 5
  • Pumpkin Destruction Day: November 5
  • International Merlot Day: November 7
  • Veteran’s Day: November 11
  • World Kindness Day: November 13
  • Homemade Bread Day: November 17
  • World Peace Day: November 17
  • Thanksgiving (U.S.): November 24
  • Small Business Saturday: November 26
  • Tentative Winter Dinner - December 3, 2022
  • Proper Pruning Techniques - Winter 2023
  • Very Special Workshops planned for 2023
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