Successful hops planting

Thank you to the wonderful folks who helped plant hops over the weekend. Despite some persistent rain, about a dozen people showed up to learn about this historic crop and help plant the rhizomes which will produce mighty hops vines to be harvested in the fall. Thank you to Rick Scully for bringing this project to us, to Scott Russell and the South Royalton Market for providing the Rhizomes, and to Adam Krakowski for sharing his research of hops and its history in Vermont. What a great start to this project!

Landscape Design for the Natural Garden

Join this three-session workshop at the Justin Morrill Homestead in Strafford, VT featuring design with native plants for the residential garden.

Our instructor, Liz Krieg, is a landscape designer for Chippers, an instructor at the New England Wild Flower Society, and a certified organic land care professional. She will focus on native plants and native plant groupings appropriate for the site and our zone, and the techniques needed to draw a planting plan for a quality garden from start to finish. Each participant will walk away with a shovel ready plan.

Dates for this workshop are Sunday March 6, 1-3pm; Saturday, March 12, 1-3pm; and Sunday, March 13, 1-3pm. Participants should plan to attend all three sessions.

Cost: $150.00. Please email Margie Carpenter ( to register.

Class size limit: 15 participants, first come, first served.

Homestead Gallery in the Garden Opening Gala!

Friday July 2nd – 6pm

Join the artists for an evening of celebration. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a stroll in the beautifully restored gardens.

The exhibit open 11am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays July 3rd – July 18th.

UPDATE – The Friends of the Morrill Memorial Library will be holding their annual, MASSIVE book sale next door from 5-7!

2010 Schedule of Programs Now Available

The Friends of the Morrill Homestead are happy to announce the 2010 schedule of programs at the Justin Smith Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont. Click on a link below to learn more about any event, and don’t forget to check out the Google calendar of events.