Hoosick Blooms

Garden & Farm Tour
July 21, 2018 ยท 9 am to 4 pm

HOOSICK, NY- The Hoosick Blooms Garden and Farm Tour offers a personal introduction to the beautiful and bountiful countryside of the Hoosick, NY region while benefiting the CiviCure fund to renovate the historic Wood Block Building on Main Street in Hoosick Falls. On Saturday, July 21 from 9 am to 4 pm, six private, diverse gardens and farms will welcome visitors on this driving tour and a demonstration and presentation by featured artist and botanical illustrator Wendy Hollender will be held at the unique Historic Barns of Nipmoose.

A boxed lunch option prepared by Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproomwill be offered for sale with ticket pre-purchase. Choose from a Mixed Meat sandwich, German potato salad, hand cut chips, a cookie and a bottle of water. For vegetarians we'll offer a Roasted Vegetable Sandwich instead, with the same sides. Hoosick Blooms will take place rain or shine. Tickets are available online in advance for $10; $20 with boxed lunch below as well as Thorpe's Pharmacy, Hobson's Choice Greenhouse, Iron Coffee, Wood Block, and Brown's Brewing Company's Walloomsac Taproom. Tickets purchased online after July 13th will not be mailed. Purchasers will be able to pick them up on the day o the event at the Wood Block Building at 5 Main Street in Hoosick Falls from 9am to 2pm. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $15.

Historic Barns of Nipmoose German barn and garden.

Private garden preview for Hoosick Blooms Garden & Farm Tour.

CiviCure and event co-chairs Kelly Brown and Marianne Zwicklbauer are delighted to present the Hoosick Blooms 2018 Garden Tour designed so that participants may go at their own pace with a map to these local gardens and have a chance to connect with the gardeners themselves. The six gardens on tour are unique in style and design. In West Hoosick, discover two neighboring gardens: one with rock walls, a terraced perennial flower garden, and a timber frame hop plant pergola next door to a bountiful vegetable garden well cared for by a husband and wife team, featuring pole beans, hostas, and many edibles. Belden Farm in East Hoosick highlights the permaculture method with an emphasis on growing edibles (including shittake mushrooms) and flowers that benefit one another. The Historic Barns of Nipmoose will provide the backdrop at lunchtime where Hollender will demonstrate and present her work. Gorgeous views from this property encompass pastoral lands and orchards, meticulous landscaping and plantings in classic, informal, and country style. With an easel in tow, Hollender will also work at the different gardens throughout the day offering tour participants a rare glimpse of the artist at work.

In April 2017 the Civic and Cultural Restoration Corporation (CiviCure), a non-profit arts and cultural organization became the new owners of the Wood Block Building. It came after years of fund raising efforts by the nonprofit organization in hopes of redeveloping the vacant upper floors of the 1880 structure originally known as Wood's Block Opera House. CiviCure's mission is to use art and cultural events to build ties and promote economic revitalization in the community and throughout the region. "Fundraisers like Hoosick Blooms bring CiviCure just a little closer to realizing this dream while showcasing our rich natural beauty tended by our many talented and dedicated citizens," says CiviCure President Barbara Sussman.

About Artist Wendy Hollender: Wendy Hollender, of Accord, NY, is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and serves as an illustration instructor at the New York Botanical Garden. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and books including a 2013 collaboration with author Dina Falconi on "Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook." Hollender's work has been included in many prominent exhibitions including at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew, London, the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History, and the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. For more information visit drawingincolor.com.

For more information contact Jayne Stokes, Grants and Program Manager at civicure@gmail.org, 518-925-3623.

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