Be the envy of all your gardening friends and learn the tricks of the trade to getting your garden started indoors. You already have the seed catalogues and are dreaming about all the wondrous unique varieties to try, but are you ready to maximize your gardening potential? You aren’t going to find plants for Mexican Sour Gherkins, Tennessee Dancing Gourds, or Aunt Ruby’s German Green Tomatoes at the garden nursery, you have to start them yourself! Join Woodstock Inn & Resort’s Master Gardener Ben Pauly on this recorded Zoom presentation as he talks about the why’s and how’s of starting your own garden from seed including sources, materials, methods, planning, and variety recommendations.
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.
About Ben Pauly
Master Gardener Ben Pauly is the Creative Director of Landscape and Design for the Woodstock Inn & Resort. He grows, tends and nourishes the Kelly Way Gardens and the annual Sunflower House at Billings Farm.
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. When asked what is his favorite plants are to grow, his answer will change weekly with the weather as we float from spring cut flowers of forget me nots and alliums to the luscious heirloom tomatoes of high summer and then onward to the sprawling pumpkins and gourds of Autumn.
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