2010 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.

 

Justin Turns 200!

Sunday, April 18th, 3 p.m.

Come celebrate Justin’s bicentennial at the Education Center. We’ll be decorating cupcakes and making party hats! $3, sliding donation. 3:00 PM

Rethinking Your Backyard: Creating Outdoor Spaces

April 27, May 4 and May 11th

Join Janet Cavanagh, Landscape Architect, for a 3-part series on how to design your own garden. You will learn how to make a plan, analyze your site, determine your landscape needs, and with a few design principals, you will be able to determine the arrangement of features such as terraces, walls, structures and planting beds which will shape your outdoor space. Whether your style is formal or naturalistic, you will learn to conceptualize your vision, enhance the natural features of your land, and begin to select the right plant for the right place for both beauty and food. Janet has spent 25 years designing gardens for clients all over New England. Classes will meet evenings from 7-8:30 PM at the Education Center. Cost: $75.00 for 3 sessions. Limit 15. Questions and/or reservations, please phone Margie Carpenter.
802-765-9630 or .

Pruning for the Home Landscape

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Pruning is an art; the difference between a plant that has been cut, hacked, shortened and one that has been pruned for its pleasing contribution to the landscape or garden. A classroom discussion of styles, techniques, and do’s and don’ts will be followed by a pruning demonstration on nursery stock and an overview of pruning as an element of design on the Morrill Homestead grounds. Led by Michael Dathe, horticulturist & designer with 35 years experience in his informal/natural New England style. Admission: $25.00 Rain or shine. 1:00-3:00 PM. Please for registration information.

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

Saturday, June 19 & Sunday, June 20, 2010

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, please call 603-643-5384. $120.00, materials included. 10:00 – 5:00 PM

Homestead Gallery in the Gardens: Cycles of Life

July 2 through July 18, 2010

An ongoing exhibit featuring local artists and their works that investigate life.

Homestead Gallery in the Gardens: Cycles of Life

July 2 through July 18, 2010

An ongoing exhibit featuring local artists and their works that investigate life. Join the artists for an evening celebration at the gala opening on Friday, July 2, 2010. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a stroll in Justin Morrill’s beautifully restored gardens. $5, 6 PM.

Picturesque Tea and Tours

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Come to the homestead for a lovely tea hosted by the Friends of the Morrill Homestead and Debbie Blanchard of High Tea for You. Included in the price will be a tour of Morrill’s Gothic Revival cottage and his restored gardens. $28. Pre-registration is required. Tour starts at 2 PM with Tea at 3 PM. Please for more information and to register.

Picturesque Tea and Tours

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Join a member of the Friends of the Morrill Homestead for a walking tour of Morrill’s Strafford and his Gothic Revival cottage. An autumn tea will be co-sponsored by Debbie Blanchard of High Teas for You and the Friends of the Morrill Homestead. $28. Pre-registration is required. Tours start at 12:30 PM with Tea at 2 PM. Please for more information and to register.

19th Century Apple and Harvest Festival

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Press cider in an antique press, sample cider, taste heirloom apple varieties, meet John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed), play period games, hike the nature trail, play Valley Quest, see traditional craft demonstrations and more. Rain or shine. $10/Adults, $3/Under 14. 11AM-4 PM.

Other Programs

The following programs have been offered in the past and may be repeated in the future. If you are interested in any of these events, please contact us.

  • Morrill Scholars – Morrill Scholars from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and their faculty advisors spend several days in Strafford each year. They learn about Senator Morrill, his Homestead, and living in Vermont today. While here, they participate in many activities including an archeological dig on Morrill’s underground irrigation system. [View Photo Gallery]
  • Open Studio
  • Craft Demos
  • Orchids
  • Painted Screens
  • Watercolors Class
  • Historic Drinks
  • School Visits

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