Lectures & Workshops

Lectures

Long a noted speaker in his former engineering career, Mal greatly enjoys presenting the many virtues of his favorite plant to avid garden clubs, horticultural associations, plant societies and at major conferences. While New England locations dominate his lecture list, he has also spoken in Atlanta, Augusta (GA), Birmingham (AL), and Memphis. Notable among his many lectures to date were his addresses at the 2005 Hydrangea Conference in Thomsen, GA, 'Hydrangea 2007‘ - the first ever international conference held in Ghent, Belgium, the 2009 Master Gardeners Spring Conference in Hyannis, MA, the 2012 and 2013 Bartlett Arboretum Master Gardeners Conferences in Stamford, CT, and the 2014 Collectors’ Plant Fair near Sydney, Australia.

Check 'Events' for a complete listing of Mal's lectures for this year. Possibly there’s a near-by location where you might be able to attend. And you can contact him directly via phone or e-mail to arrange a session for your organization.

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Workshops

Hydrangea Farm offers popular hands-on Workshops for gardeners to gain advanced knowledge of specific plant cultural learnings. Pruning and Propagation are much favored subjects and are well attended sessions.

We typically limit our 'classes' to a maximum of 10 per instructor to insure a thorough experience. Reservations are required for all workshops and a modest fee is charged.

Pruning Workshops are offered in April – during the early period of bud-break on the Cape and Islands. Our cool (even cold at times) temps in early spring and extended slow growth gives us the entire month for pruning all hydrangea species. So sign up and bring your favorite pruning shears so you can get right into it. We also share our thoughts on hydrangea fertilizing and bloom color control.

Propagation Workshops are held in July, typically in conjunction with group garden tours. But small independent groups can also schedule a workshop. It’s a busy month for us for making more plants with lots of good cutting material available. The techniques we share are totally geared to the home gardener. No personal tools are required but you will be taking home your own rooted 'babies' to care for.

Check 'Events' on our website for dates and details.

Remember – 2014 is a Transitional Year for Hydrangea Farm