2012 Programs

The programs listed below are presented by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation. Choose an item below for more information or scroll down.


A Garden of One’s Own

Sundays, April 15th & 22nd, at the Morrill Homestead Education Center

This two-part workshop is geared to help you envision, design and create a garden that suits your own unique situation, desires and limitations. Starting with an overview of possibilities and inspirations, we will look at what makes a “good garden” and in turn begin to apply certain ideas and principles to our own sites. We will explore elements of design – color, rhythm, pattern – and of course plants and plant communities. Between classes you will be asked to do an analysis of your project/site, begin to formalize your ideas and gather images that support your thinking. Our final class will be spent working with your ideas to create a design you can begin to implement. This is a hands on workshop. Please feel free to bring whatever materials, books, or imagery that serves to inspire or articulate your vision.

Susan Howard is a horticulturist by trade. She runs Pyrus Horticultural, a garden design-installation consultation business with her partner Donald Dreifuss. Their work includes interior and exterior plantings, historical restoration, rehabilitation, herbaceous borders, containers, seasonal plantings, and events.

To register call Therese at the Homestead, 802-765-4288, or email: director@morrillhomestead.org

$200.00 for both classes. 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Rustic Furniture (Sat) & Rustic Trellis (Sun) Workshops

Saturday & Sunday, June 16th & 17th
In these one-day workshops at the Morrill Homestead you will take saplings and with simple joining techniques make an outdoor trellis or piece of furniture. They may be as simple or as intricate as you choose and time allows. No woodworking experience is necessary. Presented by Mark Ragonese and the League of NH Craftsmen. To reserve a place or for more information, call Suzanne, 603-643-5384

$120.00, materials included. 10:00 – 5:00 PM


Gallery in the Garden-Farms, Fields, Flocks and Feathers

Friday, July 6th, 5:30 PM
Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Land Grant College Act- an ongoing exhibit featuring local artists. The exhibit will be open weekends from 11:00 to 5:00.

PREVIEW 2012 mini paintings.

A silent auction of miniature 4″×4″ paintings will include works by these artists:

Ed Koren                          Jennifer Brown
Micki Colbeck                David Macaulay
Nancy Dean                    Dierdre Dennis
Andrea Doughtie          Kate Emlen
Kit Farnsworth              Katharine Fisher
Jim Gardner                   Libby Gardner
George Lawrence        Ann Leeds
Jo Levasseur                 Andy Newman
Ann Semprebon           Bob Bauer
Gerry Bergstein            Gail Boyajian
Laura Clark                     Kelly Coffin
Ned Coffin                       Randy Coffin
Lisa Kippen                   Mary Louise Pierson
Patsy Root                     Deborah Frankel Reese
Pace Kendall                 Sherry Saint-Germaine
Bea Alexander             Margaret Lampe Kannenstine
Martha Davis                Lianne Thomashow

Mini paintings from the 2011 event


Drawing and Watercolor Workshop for children and teens

June 25-29,  9 a.m.-12:00
Explore the fantasy of nature and architecture through drawing, writing, mapping,
watercolor painting and more. Make your own handmade books for sketching and
finished work. A great opportunity to imagine history while creating something new!
Taught by Jennifer Brown and Anmari Kicza

For kids ages 8-13, June 25-29,  $75

July 9-13,  9 a.m.-12:00

This advanced class will focus on watercolor painting. We will explore color, value and methods to create depth in paintings.
We will use quick studies to practice our new ideas in handmade books. Working from ideas and skills documented in our books along with direct observation of the environment. Students will also have time to complete finished paintings.

For kids ages 10-15, July 9-13,  $75

To register for either or both classes, call Therese Linehan at the Homestead 802-765-4288 (please leave a message) or email: director@morrillhomestead.org


The Morrill Symposium

Honoring the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s Signing of

the Morrill Land Grant Act

Saturday and Sunday, August 11 & 12, 2012, Strafford, Vermont

2012 will mark the Sesquicentennial of Lincoln’s signing of the Land Grant College Act which helped to create universities in every state, making higher education accessible to millions of working class and minority Americans.  This piece of legislation, written and championed by Senator Justin Morrill of Strafford, Vermont, effectively changed the direction of higher education, creating for the first time universities that gave students a practical education in areas such as engineering, agriculture, economics and the sciences.

The Friends of the Morrill Homestead will host a two-day Chautauqua-like symposium, on August 11 and 12, 2012, to explore what led Senator Morrill to conceive the Land Grant legislation and, of greater importance, to look at the issues facing education today and what we as a country can do to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Click here for more information on the Symposium.


Seeing Color: Watercolor Landscape Painting Intensive

August 25-26, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00-3:00

In this two-day intensive, watercolor painters of all levels will work en plein air at the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford, VT.  Painting from life, students will learn by rendering the gardens, buildings, and woodlands onsite. Sessions will include demonstrations, lectures, studio time, and critique.

Enroll in one or both classes. Materials list provided.
Taught by Kathi Smith of AVA Gallery. For teens and adults.
Please contact AVA Gallery to register (course #: S12A22), 603-448-3117


Tuition: $190/AVA members; $215/non-members


Fiddleheads, Lamb’s Quarters, Nettles and Nuts: Wild Edible, Medicinal, and Poisonous Plants

Sunday, September 23rd, 1:00-2:30

Can someone really become immune to poison ivy after drinking milk produced by a goat that has eaten that plant? What did young Quaker women use for rouge when their parents forbade them from wearing makeup? Which has more vitamin C-a glass of orange juice or a glass of pine needle tea? On this walk we’ll share Colonial and Native American folklore and information to learn about the myths and realities concerning the use of wild edible, medicinal, and poisonous plants. We will also sample many of these delectable treats. If Socrates had attended this workshop he may have realized that you can drink tea made from the boiled needles of the hemlock tree, but not from the small herbaceous plant called poison hemlock.

Michael Caduto—well-known as co-author of the Keepers of the Earth series—has written and taught extensively on herbalism and has studied the uses of plants among the indigenous peoples of the Northeast. His other books include Native American Gardening and Everyday Herbs in Spiritual Life.

A 1.5-hour walk, including stories and sampling plants in the field as well as prepared wild edibles.

$10 adults – $5.00 under 14.


19th Century Apple and Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 7th, 11:00-4:00
Press cider in an antique press, sample cider, taste heirloom apple varieties, play period games, hike the lookout trail, play Valley Quest, lunch. Rain or shine.

$8 adults – $3.00 under 14.


These programs are presented by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead in partnership with the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.