Lectures & Events

2017 Calendar of Events

Each year, White Flower Farm hosts a series of lectures and special programs featuring staff members and well-known horticulturalists. You'll have fun learning, talking with White Flower Farm staff, touring our display gardens, shopping from a special selection of plants, and visiting scenic northwestern Connecticut. All talks are held rain or shine in our lecture hall, which is located up the hill behind our retail store on Route 63 in Morris, CT. Lecture attendees may drive up the hill to park closer to the event.

All lectures and workshops start at 10 a.m., unless otherwise noted, and take place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot.

Most events are free. If not, the fee is noted next to the event.

Street Address: 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT 06763

Location: On Route 63, 3.5 miles south of the center of Litchfield, CT

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Hours: Daily 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. during the gardening season.

 

 

Saturday, April 22 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Trees: How to Choose, Plant & Care for Them - Talk & Walking Tour
<strong>Saturday, April 22 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.</strong> Trees: How to Choose, Plant & Care for Them - Talk & Walking Tour

In honor of Earth Day, take the mystery and apprehension out of purchasing, planting, and caring for a beautiful tree. We’ll help you enjoy all the benefits of a mature tree by discussing the basic practices that create the right conditions for good tree health. We’ll touch on uses for ornamental trees in your home landscape as well as the practical uses of evergreen and shade trees. Wear your walking shoes as our talk will be followed by a tour of the many specimen trees located in our scenic property. Not to be missed! This workshop starts at 10 a.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Reservations appreciated. Free.

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Sunday, May 14 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Mother's Day Gift
<strong>Sunday, May 14 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.</strong> Mother's Day Gift

Treat Mom to a leisurely stroll around our display gardens where spring bulbs will be blooming. Each Mom receives a FREE 4” plant while supplies last! Free.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 19–21 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The 12th Annual Great Tomato Celebration
<strong>Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 19–21 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.</strong> The 12th Annual Great Tomato Celebration

Every year in the end of May (the weekend before Memorial Day to be exact), White Flower Farm brings its vast selection of Tomato and vegetable seedlings from the greenhouses and puts them up for sale on the lawn next to our Store. We chose this date because it's the ideal time for planting in our area -- the threat of frost has usually passed and it's the best time to get edible plants in the ground to give them the longest possible growing season.

The outdoor sale will be held for three days, Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21 in the field adjacent to the White Flower Farm Store. Hours are daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase.

Location: White Flower Farm, 167 Litchfield Road, Morris, CT 06763

What's for Sale?

This year we’re offering over 130 varieties of Tomato seedlings, including treasured Heirlooms and the top-rated modern hybrids (all non-GMO), along with everything else you’ll need for this year’s kitchen garden – from savory herbs and veggie plants to garden products. We’re thrilled to welcome special guest Craig LeHoullier, tomato advisor for Seed Savers Exchange and author of Epic Tomatoes, who will be speaking and available for Q&A on May 19th (details below).

Shop early for the best selection! Click here for a list of Tomato varieties being offered. Please note that this list is subject to change and that we cannot guarantee availability of specific varieties.

Growing Supplies

In addition to plants, there will be a wide selection of fertilizers, mulch, containers, ties, stakes, and more.

More Than Just a Plant Sale

White Flower Farm's staff experts will be on hand each day to answer your questions. For those looking for more information about growing Tomatoes and other vegetables, there will be lectures and demonstrations on Friday and Saturday.

Friday, May 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nationally recognized Tomato expert Craig LeHoullier, tomato advisor for Seed Savers Exchange and author of Epic Tomatoes, winner of the Garden Writers Gold Award for Best Book in 2016, and Growing Vegetables in Strawbales, talks Tomatoes and answers your questions. Free.

Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. White Flower Farm Nursery Manager and Tomato grower extraordinaire Barb Pierson offers Top Tips for Growing Tomatoes and Veggies. Free.

Saturday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m. Join chef Charlene Goodman Dutka, owner of Ciesco Catering of Torrington for Grow It, Cook It, Eat It - a live cooking demonstration focused on Tomatoes. Free.

Please note: if you plan to use a gift certificate or merchandise credit at our retail location, you must bring it with you. We will not able to retrieve any account information at the event.

Saturday, May 27 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event
<strong>Saturday, May 27 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.</strong> Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event

Decorate your patio or entryway the easy way! Shop for colorful annuals with a knowledgeable horticultural assistant then sit back as our staff members assemble your unique planter combo. Fees start at $45, which includes 1 decorative container, up to 5 annuals, soil and labor. Additional fees apply for extra plants, container upgrades, or multiples. This event sold out last year so reserve early. The workshop starts at 10 a.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Reservations are required.

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$45.00
Saturday, May 27 - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event
<strong>Saturday, May 27 - 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.</strong> Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event

Decorate your patio or entryway the easy way! Shop for colorful annuals with a knowledgeable horticultural assistant then sit back as our staff members assemble your unique planter combo. Fees start at $45, which includes 1 decorative container, up to 5 annuals, soil and labor. Additional fees apply for extra plants, container upgrades, or multiples. This event sold out last year so reserve early. The workshop starts at 11 a.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Reservations are required.

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$45.00
Saturday, May 27 - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event
<strong>Saturday, May 27 - 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.</strong> Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event

Decorate your patio or entryway the easy way! Shop for colorful annuals with a knowledgeable horticultural assistant then sit back as our staff members assemble your unique planter combo. Fees start at $45, which includes 1 decorative container, up to 5 annuals, soil and labor. Additional fees apply for extra plants, container upgrades, or multiples. This event sold out last year so reserve early. The workshop starts at 1 p.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Reservations are required.

Register
$45.00
Saturday, May 27 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event
<strong>Saturday, May 27 - 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.</strong> Third Annual Container Planting - Make & Take Event

Decorate your patio or entryway the easy way! Shop for colorful annuals with a knowledgeable horticultural assistant then sit back as our staff members assemble your unique planter combo. Fees start at $45, which includes 1 decorative container, up to 5 annuals, soil and labor. Additional fees apply for extra plants, container upgrades, or multiples. This event sold out last year so reserve early. The workshop starts at 2 p.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Reservations are required.

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$45.00
Saturday, June 10 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Growing Roses Made Easy
<strong>Saturday, June 10 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.</strong> Growing Roses Made Easy

Advances in the breeding of Roses means today’s varieties are easier than ever to grow. Discover exciting new offerings as well as classics that can act as workhorses in a mixed bed or a foundation planting, or stand alone to create a focal point in your garden. Growing, pruning and fertilizing tips will be discussed along with how to combine Roses with perennials and annuals for stunning displays of color in your home landscape. This workshop starts at 10 a.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Reservations appreciated. Free.

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Saturday, June 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. White Flower Farm Annual Open House
<strong>Saturday, June 17 - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.</strong> White Flower Farm Annual Open House

Mark your calendar to help us celebrate our 67th Anniversary at our Annual Open House. Take a guided tour of our gardens, enjoy fruit, tea sandwiches, and fresh iced tea as you mingle with a company of friends and members of the Wadsworth family, owners of White Flower Farm. While you’re here, we hope you’ll take the time to shop for great additions to your garden and landscape. Free.

Saturday, July 1 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Lavender - Growing & Craft Event
<strong>Saturday, July 1 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.</strong> Lavender - Growing & Craft Event

Do your Lavender plants struggle year after year? Learn the important cultural considerations required for growing Lavender successfully. We’ll discuss how to use Lavender in your home gardens then you’re invited to craft a beautiful Lavender accent for a favorite spot in your home. Nothing beats the fragrance and timeless beauty of Lavender. We look forward to helping you be successful! This workshop starts at 10 a.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot. Fee: $20. Reservations required.

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$20.00
Saturday, May 6 - 10 a.m. Grow It, Cook It, Eat It - Workshop & Luncheon
<strong>Saturday, May 6 - 10 a.m.</strong> Grow It, Cook It, Eat It - Workshop & Luncheon
SORRY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

The garden-to-table movement has gained in popularity as more of us become interested in sourcing the best and healthiest food for our families. Join us for a fun-filled morning of activities that will inspire you to grow more of your own food. We’ll start with a tantalizing cooking demonstration on the varied uses of herbs presented by chef Charlene Goodman Dutka, owner of Ciesco Catering of Torrington. Next, we’ll move to the greenhouse where you can plant your own container of kitchen herbs. We’ll finish with a savory lunch cooked fresh by our guest chef. Drinks and dessert are included. Sounds delicious! Reservations are required. Plants, container and soil provided. Fee of $50 includes the demonstration, greenhouse tour, make-and-take herb container, and lunch. This workshop starts at 10 a.m. in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot.

$50.00
Saturday, May 6 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Grow It, Cook It, Eat It - Workshop Only
<strong>Saturday, May 6 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.</strong> Grow It, Cook It, Eat It - Workshop Only
SORRY THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

The garden-to-table movement has gained in popularity as more of us become interested in sourcing the best and healthiest food for our families. Join us for a fun-filled morning of activities that will inspire you to grow more of your own food. We’ll start with a tantalizing cooking demonstration on the varied uses of herbs presented by chef Charlene Goodman Dutka, owner of Ciesco Catering of Torrington. Next, we’ll move to the greenhouse where you can plant your own container of kitchen herbs. We’ll finish with a savory lunch cooked fresh by our guest chef. Drinks and dessert are included. Sounds delicious! Reservations are required. Plants, container and soil provided. Fee of $35 includes everything except lunch. This workshop starts at 10 a.m. and takes place in the Farm’s lecture room located in the upper parking lot.

$35.00
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