Classes & More

Dull As A Hoe! Saturday, April 20th, 2019 from 1:00 -3:00
Get those garden tools ready for the season! Join us here at Fernwood Nursery to learn how to sharpen and maintain your garden tools. Whether it’s a trusty hoe, your essential digging spade, or those favorite pruners, come learn how to keep them sharp and at their best. Feel free to bring along your own gardening tools ( limit three, please) to get that hands-on opportunity to sharpen their edges. Sharpening materials will be on-site for your use and instruction will be provided. Complimentary scones and tea will also be available!
Class size is limited to 10, pre-registration and pre-payment required.
Class cost: $40.00. Please call (207) 589-4726 or email us at to register

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‘Ephemerals and Early Risers’
On Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 10:00a.m. to noon
Rick and Denise Sawyer of Fernwood Nursery will give a presentation on ‘Ephemerals and Early Risers’. The talk will focus on those plants which are first to emerge in spring within the woodland garden. Come join us for a walk and talk as we identify and enjoy the earliest of plants to bloom and learn how to incorporate them into your own landscape. Discover some of the woodland gems we grow and offer here at Fernwood Nursery…bloodroot, Hepatica, Anemones, and Dutchman’s britches, to name a few!
The program will take place in the gardens and studio of Fernwood Nursery from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Space is limited to 10, so pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Also, dress for the weather…it’s spring and it could be showery. Tea and a light lunch will be served. Class cost$ 40.00 with lunch included. Sign up by phone or email. Happy Spring! (207)589-4726 or email us at

Hyper-tufa Building Class ,
Sunday, May 19th, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00

What’s hypertufa? It’s a mixture of cement, peat moss, and perlite , which can then be shaped or molded into containers for planting. The result looks like a stone container but is much lighter. It can then be planted with a wide variety of plants…..succulents, small hostas, moss, just to name a few. Hypertufa ages beautifully, often attracting mosses and lichens that will grow on its surface. We have several here at the nursery that we’ve made and feel that they really add to the garden landscape. During the class, we’ll also discuss some of our favorite plant choices we use to fill our own hypertufa vessels here at the nursery. Class size is limited to 10, pre-registration and pre-payment are required. Class cost $45.00. Please call (207) 589-4726 or email us at

Our first ‘Brunch and Blooms’ series on Sunday, June 23rd from noon to 2:30. Join us for mid-day occasion featuring a farm to table brunch menu using ingredients grown, harvested, and thoughtfully prepared here at Fernwood. Stroll with us through the nursery and gardens as we share with you our own experience as growers, farmers, and stewards. The day promises to be a feast for the eyes and the belly. You’ll also leave with a little seasonally crafted gift, an essence of Fernwood for you to take home and enjoy at home.
When? Sunday, June 23rd from noon to 2:30. Cost $ 50.00 Space is limited to 10. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

Herbal Cocktails and Mocktails Class!

Increase your entertaining repertoire with a class on herbal cocktails and mocktails with Cari Balbo of Ridge Pond Herbals of Palermo and Denise Sawyer of Fernwood Nursery. We’ll spend the afternoon learning to make fruit and herbal infused vinegars and alcohols, syrups, and cordials, and discover the many ways you can use herbs to make deliciously refreshing concoctions! The class will provide recipes and instruction, plenty of ‘taste testing’, as well as an opportunity to create your own herbal infused cocktail to take home!
Join Cari and Denise in the beautiful gardens of Fernwood Nursery for a class that is sure to be both entertaining and educational ( and fun!)! All materials included. A few light appetizers are provided as well. This is the 2nd time we’ve offered this class and it’s now back by popular request!
Sunday, July 14th from 1:00 to 3:00 Class size limited, so please pre-register by calling (207) 589-4726 or emailing Class cost: $ 35.00.

Molded Hyper-tufa class

Sunday, August 11th, 2019 , 2:00-4:00 Cost: $70.00. All materials included ( hyper-tufa mold and supplies)
We’ve been asked over and over again to offer the ‘advanced’ hyper-tufa class using pre-made rectangular molds that you can take home with you. So here it is!
Join us here at Fernwood Nursery for a class on constructing your own hypertufa vessel using pre-made, re-useable rectangular molds. Hypertufa is a lightweight medium often used in molding pots, troughs, and planters. Learn the basic ingredients for a hypertufa mix and about the various forms that can be used to create unique and natural looking outdoor planters.
Take your hyper-tufa vessel home, keep the molds for later use, and plant it with your favorite selections!
Tea and freshly baked scones will be served.
Class limit 7 and preregistration required. Please call us at (207) 589-4726 or email us at

Come Identify Those Ferns!

On Sunday, August 11th, 2019 from 10:00-12:00, we will be teaching a class on identifying ferns. Rick will offer tips on identifying groups and individual species of ferns. We’ll also talk about their specific growing conditions, their uses, and how most ferns reproduce.
Class size is limited to 12, so please pre- register if you’d like to join us (, class cost: $30.00. As with all other classes and workshops here at Fernwood, tea and scones will be served!

10 comments on “Classes & More

  1. Would love to come to one or more of your classes/talks. I’m working mondays though, for the most part. I’ll have to play hooky. Plus, it’s a drive for me, but one well worth it to see and experience your place.
    Will you host any on weekends?

    • Hello Irene,
      We are just now working on our list of spring classes, aside from the native plant walk. I am sure we will be hosting some classes on the weekends. I know for sure we will be offering a hyper tufa class in June and quite possibly on the weekend. It should show in the next post. Also, if you call ahead and are interested in something specific, we can often arrange for small groups and a class or talk/and tea. First, will summer actually get here? ugh….it’s been a long one! Thank you for reading the blog and saying hello.

  2. looking for hosta Tom Schmid do you have it? Haven’t made my annual trek yet this year, but still intend to. Thanks
    Sharon Farrington
    Kingston NH/Vassalboro,ME

    • Hi Sharon,
      We don’t have Tom Schmid, but this is very similar to Regal Supreme, which we do have. Hope your gardening season is going well and thank you for checking in. Perhaps we will see you before the end of the season……fast approaching, as summer flies by us!

    • Thank you, kristine….it was great spending the day with so many lovely and enthusiastic gardeners! We loved it! Now if only this weird, cold, and snowy weather would move along….

  3. Hi Denise,
    So glad I made it to the planter class today, so much fun to create my own style vessel. I also had an excuse to shop for plants, and that I did. My favorite place!!

    Thanks again

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