So You Want to Have a Vegetable Garden!

Event Details

So You Want to Have a Vegetable Garden!

Time: March 23, 2013 from 8:30am to 4pm
Location: Old Sturbridge Village
Street: 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
City/Town: Sturbridge
Website or Map:…
Phone: 800-SEE-1830
Event Type: gardening, workshop, osv
Organized By: Old Sturbridge Village
Latest Activity: Mar 12, 2013

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Event Description

Home vegetable gardeners and expert horticulturists will gather at Old Sturbridge Village on March 23 for the Village's fifth annual garden workshop, "So You Want to Have a Vegetable Garden!" The goal of the full-day symposium is to share practical knowledge to assist the home gardener.  Botanist Judith Sumner will deliver the keynote address, "Botanical Mysteries." Sumner, who has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, teaches medicinal botany at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum and is the author of The Natural History of Medicinal Plants.

Other speakers will include Old Sturbridge Village garden researcher Christie Higginbottom, soil expert Dawn Pettinelli, and master composter and recycler Mary Jane Tynan. Gardeners attending will receive a free packet of Old Sturbridge Village heirloom seeds. Cost of the day-long workshop, sponsored by Southbridge Savings Bank, is $35 per person; $30 for OSV members. Attendees may also register for a "Local Harvest Luncheon" on the day of the workshop. Luncheon price: $16. Details: 800-733-1830,

Old Sturbridge Village horticulturists note that backyard vegetable gardening is on the rise today, as more and more people choose to grow their own vegetables and eat non-processed "real" food or "slow food." Demand for heirloom seeds is also growing, and each year OSV gardeners save seeds from historical plant varieties and make them available through the museum gift shop.

The March 23 Old Sturbridge Village Gardening Workshop will cover topics including: when to plant; how to start seeds indoors, how to establish garden beds, how to compost with kitchen waste, and how to select vegetables for the beginning garden. Workshop participants are also invited to attend four free follow-up gardening demonstrations during the spring and summer on these topics:


  • April 27: Planning and Preparing the Garden I - prepping garden beds, sowing spring crop


  • May 25: Preparing and Planting the Garden II- making  hills for vine crops, planting bush and pole beans, setting transplants


  • June 22: Managing Crops I - thinning, weeding, cultivating techniques and proper watering


  • August 10: Managing Crops II - recognizing and solving disease and insect problems, plant nutrition, planting fall crops and harvest/storage techniques.


Old Sturbridge Village celebrates life in the 1830s, and is one of the country’s largest living history museums. Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass. The Village is open year-round, but hours vary seasonally. Winter hours are Wed. - Sun. 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (the Village is open on all Monday holidays); Admission is: $24 for adults; $22 for seniors; $8 for children ages 3-17; children 2 and under are admitted free. Each admission includes free parking and a free second-day visit within 10 days. Woo Card subscribers get 25% of adult daytime admission; college Woo cardholders receive 50% off adult daytime admission. For event details, visit or call 800-SEE-1830.

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