FARM TOUR, Thurs, May 19, 6:30 -8:30 p.m.

$35.00

It’s peony time at the farm and that means our second farm tour! We have enough peonies to include in your ball jar bouquets this year and I believe that’s a first. The cold winter and cool spring made for wonderful spring flowers and peonies, snapdragons, sweet peas, and campanula will all be blooming and some of the field perennials will be making an appearance as well.  We’ll start at the Homeplace, 399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, 37617, where there may still be mock orange blooming. After Roy gives us a bit of history of the farm and Civil War happenings, we’ll check out the recently netted and ready to go dahlia beds. Because we overwinter our dahlias, some will have buds and will be blooming in late May. Then on the hoop house which has the cool flowers in so many pretty colors. You’ll see some easy to recognize blooms and some you haven’t met yet. Sweet peas will remind us that flowers can still have fragrance. This is a good time to see what’s coming soon as warm season annuals are getting stronger and talller and you’ll learn how and why we pinch the centers. Next we’ll head to Aunt Willies’ where most of the 150 peonies grow. Linda will show you how to cut blooms so they’ll last in the cooler til July and you can peek in the cooler and see full buckets already stored. So much pretty spring foliage here and lots of woodies and perennials ready to pop. Finally, a quick visit to the chicken coop/flower studio, cooler and bucket shed, workshop space, and Aunt Willie’s house with plenty of time to ask questions. We’re trying to add something different educationally each month and May is direct seeding. This is the perfect time to drop seeds as the ground is warming up and still time for flowers to germinate and grow into the summer. Linda will direct seed a few things and you’ll receive a handout of what’s good to seed this time of year.

Cost of the tour is $35 and includes lots of history, growing information, a ball jar bouquet, and time to relax on a flower farm. Bring nippers or scissors if you have them as you may snip a few blooms to add the ball jar already started for you. Ten percent of summer tour registrations will be donated to Remember the Children, an organization that is partnering alongside the local church in Romania to care for refugees that have fled from Ukraine.

Bring your questions and come ready to learn and hopefully make a friend or two along the way. See below for more details and payment.

We know this is the night before Yoga and Flowers on the farm, but there are plenty of flowers for both events.

 

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Tour will meet rain or shine so bring an umbrella if rain looks imminent but there are plenty of run down old buildings to duck into if we need to. We’ll begin at the Homeplace, 399 Bruce Doan Rd., Blountville, 37617 which is the driveway on the left just AFTER the hoop house. I’ll try to remember to put balloons on the mailbox.  Pull down the driveway towards the white farmhouse and park anywhere in the grass. There is no restroom at the Homeplace but there is at Aunt Willie’s. Tours generally last about 2 hours but you’re welcome to stay an extra minute to hike up to the cabin if there’s enough daylight. Cost is not refundable but if for some reason you’re unable to join us last minute, you can send someone in your place.