Brown Bag Lunchtime Talks

Free for members; bring a lunch to these informal talks, demos, and slide shows. And bring a friend to introduce them to RCGC! Pre-registration appreciated, register online below or call 585/473-5130 or email


Thursday, March 9, 12:15-1 pm: Early Spring Tour of Stonecrop Gardens and Storm King Art Center. This past April, Linda Muir and a couple of gardening friends went to the Hudson Valley to visit Stonecrop Gardens for its annual alpine plant sale, and the spring show of bulbs and alpines in bloom in the gardens and glasshouses. Then on to Storm King for its sculpture park, in particular to see British nature-based artist Andy Goldsworthy’s immense stone wall installation. Come for a slide-tour of the highlights of their trip.


Postponed: new date Thursday, April 13  April 6: Natural Easter Egg Dyeing. This Easter, why not color your eggs using nature's own dyes? The old-fashioned art of dyeing eggs with natural materials is back in style, and a great family craft project. Arleen Thaler will demonstrate how to dye Easter eggs in many beautiful and vibrant colors using natural ingredients that can easily be found in almost any kitchen or grocery store. Arleen and her natural crafts have been feature several times in the Democrat and Chronicle as well as national magazines such as Early American Life.


Thursday, May 4, 12:15-1 pm: What Was Hot – Or Not. Join garden designer Christine Froehlich for a slide presentation of some of the new annuals, perennials and shrubs she planted in last year’s gardens, along with a few she rediscovered in gardens she visited. Last summer was tough – a lot of plants Chris thought would perform well just didn’t cut it, while others did unexpectedly well. Find out about some up-and-coming, well-behaved, easy-to-grow plants that will add sizzle to your garden, where to buy them, and how to use them in your landscape – along with a few that simply didn’t live up to the hype.


Thursday, June 1, 12:15-1 pm: Wee Gardens. This is the perfect time of year to start your miniature gardens! Small-scale landscapes challenge our creativity and provide opportunities for exciting plant combinations. They are easy to assemble and maintain, and allow us to express a unique blend of personal aesthetics and style. Floral designer Alana Miller will demonstrate creating miniature gardens that are a delight for young and old, for indoors and out, using succulents, “steppables,” stones and miniature plants.

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