Events/Workshops 2014

Open House

Sunday, April 6th, 10 am to 3 pm

Come wander our warm, sunny Hinesburg greenhouses and take home some early season, cold-hardy plants and ready-to-eat salad greens to brighten your mud season! Join us for coffee, tea, and treats. Purchase a gift card, and take advantage of our Plant Club discounts.

Opening Day

Friday, April 18th, 8 am to 6 pm

Say hello and celebrate the end of a long winter. We can’t wait to see you, and the plants will be eager to meet their new owners. Door prizes, refreshments, and good cheer all day.

Evening Tour and Cocktail Tasting

Friday, April 18th 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Join us for a fun evening event to celebrate our opening day. At 6:00, join owner, Julie Rubaud, for a tour of the greenhouses, and see what you can plant right away, like onions, broccoli, bok choy, and lettuces. We will be joined by Todd Hardie, of Caledonia Spirits, who will be featuring cocktails made from his world-famous gin and vodka and herbs you can grown in your own garden. Cash bar. Complimentary herb-themed appetizers and Caledonia Spirits tasting. CLICK HERE TO RSVP.

Make Your Own Springtime Planter

Saturday, April 19th, anytime between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

After such a long winter, let’s get creative and pot up a colorful planter! Pick out a pot from our selection or bring your own, add the plants that suit you, and pot it all up. Create a planter that can decorate the inside of your home, and then transfer outdoors when freezing nights have subsided. Kids welcome. Cost is $5, plus materials.

An Heirloom Lunch With Mara Welton, president of Slow Food Vermont and Julie Rubaud, owner of Red Wagon Plants

Saturday, April 26th 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

What is an heirloom plant variety? Come to Red Wagon Plants for a discussion of Julie and Mara’s favorite heirloom vegetables. Learn about the challenges and rewards of growing them, and how to best prepare them in simple delicious meals. A handmade heirloom-inspired lunch is provided. Cost is $10. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side, with Melanie Brotz, Community Herbalist and Educator

April 27th, Sunday, 1:00-3:00

Take a walk on the wild side, and become familiar with some of Vermont’s most common and prolific edible “weeds”.  We’ll take a ramble around the Red Wagon grounds, noting the useful and nutritious plants that abound.   You’ll also learn about a number of healing herbs that grow all around us, and how to use them.  We will end the workshop by sharing a delicious Wild Spring Green Salad harvested during our walk. Please bring a bowl and fork! Cost is $10.

Melanie Putz Brotz, teaches Wild Food Foraging classes and Practical Herbalism classes to students of all ages.  Her offerings range from one-time plant walks to 6-week training Programs providing. She is a registered dietitian, nutrition educator, and community herbalist with 20 years of experience as a field guide for herbal studies in Vermont. Melanie is an avid wild foods enthusiast, and thoroughly enjoys sharing her plant knowledge with others. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Mushroom Cultivation in the Garden
With Ari Rockland-Miller, co-founder of The Mushroom Forager

Thursday, May 1st, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Join us as we create a landscape that produces a bounty of sun-loving, gourmet mushrooms while nourishing soil fertility and boosting vegetable yields. Participate in hands-on inoculation of king stropharia (garden giant) mushroom beds, creating a foundation for a thriving perennial polyculture in your garden. All workshop attendees take home mushroom spawn for their own garden. Cost is $20.

Ari Rockland-Miller is co-founder of The Mushroom Forager based in Burlington, Vermont. Over the years he has found hundreds of pounds of gourmet and medicinal wild mushrooms, and he loves sharing his knowledge with blog readers and participants at his mushroom foraging and cultivation workshops. Together with his partner, Jenna, he has facilitated dozens of presentations and hands-on workshops to over 1,000 mycophiles throughout the Northeast. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Earth Day and Green-Up Day Celebration at Mt. Abe High School Garden

Saturday, May 3rd, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Join the Mt. Abe Environmental Action Group for a community environmental celebration. There will be games and activities for kids, and Red Wagon Plants will be on-hand giving out plants and gardening tips. Celebrate spring by making your own planter, free of charge!

5th Annual New North End Plant Sale at Bibens Ace Hardware

Bibens Ace Hardware, Burlington, VT

Saturday, May 17th 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

This is a great opportunity for Burlington folks to buy our plants without making the trip to Hinesburg. We’ll be on site with our plants and staff to answer your gardening questions and help you choose plants. This event is a fundraiser for the Burlington Area Community Gardens Scholarship fund. Your dollars will help hire interpreters and expand garden plots to assist refugees with growing their own food. You can find more information about BACG here.

6th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale

Red Wagon Plants, Hinesburg, VT
Saturday & Sunday, June 7-8th
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join us for the 6th Annual Sweet Potato Slip Sale at our greenhouses. This event is a fundraiser for the Vermont Community Garden Network. They pot up thousands of sweet potato slips, then we take care of them until the sale, when they have roots and are ready to go into the warm soil in the garden. Some of our customers have reported growing sweet potatoes as big as footballs!

Effective Organic Pest Controls with Charlie Nardozzi

Saturday, June 14th 9:30 am to 11:00 am

Now is the time to get your garden ready to control insect, disease and animal pests before they turn your plants into lunch. Often prevention is more effective than spraying later on. Learn about common pests in the vegetable and fruit garden and some safe, effective organic controls to stay on top of them. Visit Charlie’s website to learn more about gardening in Vermont, Cost is $10. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Catch the Buzz: Promoting Pollinators in the Garden With Hope Johnson

Saturday, June 21 10:00 am to 11:30 am

This year, National Pollinator week is June 16th to 23rd. This informational session helps in the important mission of addressing the issue of declining pollinator populations. Learn about the best cultural practices, appropriate pollinator plants (including vegetables, flowers, herbs and shrubs), and nesting requirements in your home garden and landscape to support native pollinators and honey bees. Enjoy local honey samples from Vermont beekeepers. Cost is $10. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.




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Linda Leo February 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I would like to hear about upcoming events I have ever been to your greenhouses

admin May 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I have added you to our email newsletter list. Thanks so much for your interest.

sue gleason May 16, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Just wondering if you have african basil and how I can get some?? Thanks. Sue

admin May 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

We are currently out of African Blue Basil. It came down with a bad case of fusarium wilt, so we had to dispose of it. We love that plant and wish it weren’t the case!

Pat Wilcke April 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

Will you be trying African Blue Basil again this year — if so, when would it be available?

admin April 5, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I am not sure about the African Blue Basil. The supplier that we usually get our cuttings from was sold out when I placed my order. We will let you know if we are able to find another source.

Joanne Bottger June 6, 2014 at 8:09 am

Do you sell topsoil? I am planning to buy sweet potato slips on Sunday and I need some good topsoil to grow them in.

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