Greenwich, Conn.: May Gardeners Market. Rain or shine. Vendors for home & garden. For information, call at 203-869-9242 or visit www.gecgreenwich.org 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St.
Pocantico Hills: Sheep Shearing Festival 2014. Watch farmers shear our flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Learn about wool and sheep at education booths. Observe professional weavers and spinners. Try your hand at carding, combing and felting wool. Individual tickets are sold out; special ticket packages are still available.Youth (2-14): $15; adults $25.10 a.m. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road, 914-366-6200.
Dobbs Ferry: Garden Club of Dobbs Ferry Plant Sale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Dobbs Ferry Railroad Station.
Somers: EcoBeneficial Gardening 101: Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Yard. Kim Eierman explains how the design choices you make and the plants you select make a huge difference in creating a healthy ecosystem. 11 a.m. $25. Lasdon Park and Arboretum, 2610 Amawalk Road. 845-278-6738.
Yorktown Heights: Better Late Than Never: Garden Planning. Workshop on how to quickly get your veggie garden ready in time for the summer season. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. 1 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Yorktown Heights: Kids Cook at Hilltop. Children ages 8 to 12 will learn how to make simple delicious health veggie snacks with Chef Maria Reina. 10 a.m. $15. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
North Salem: Open Days Program Garden Tour – Westchester. Explore two private gardens in Bedford and North Salem, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Begin at Duck Hill; directions to Bedford garden will be provided or call for details. Note times and admission varies at each location. Highlights include woodland walks, extensive cutting garden, unique foot bridges, vegetables, herbs, and orchards. 10 a.m. $5-10 per garden; children 12 & under free. Duck Hill, 23 Baxter Road, 888-842-2442.
Stony Point: Organic Vegetable and Small Fruit Growing Classes offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland. This five-part series is for homeowners who are planning to start growing organic vegetables and fruit. Class dates are: 4/29, 5/6, 5/13, 5/20, and June TBD. Visit website for more information: http://www.rocklandcce.org/ev ents.htm. Register by April 25 with Ellen Chorba at Cornell , 845-429-7085 ext 117. 7-9 p.m. $50 for all five session series. Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Rockland , 10 Patriot Hills Dr., 845-429-7085, ext. 117.
Briarcliff Manor: Spring and Summer Wildflowers, with Carol Gracie, author and lecturer who has worked for the Nature Conservatory and the New York Botanical Garden. 11:45 a.m. Free. Briarcliff Manor Garden Club, which is accepting new members, 48 Macy Road, 914-432-8529.
Mahwah, N.J.: DIY: Edible Gardening, with author and gardener Greg Carbone from DIY Backyard Farms. 7 p.m. Free. Library, 100 Ridge Road.
Nyack: Talkin’ Tea Part II. Join teagevity for a hands on tea brewing discussion & demonstration on loose tea. We supply the tea, you bring your questions and together we will cup, taste and discuss various tea infusions. Free. Tea and cups courtesy of teagevity, purveyors of organic loose tea & tea gear. Register by calling the Library at (845)358-3370 ext.214 or by visiting our events calendar at www.nyacklibrary.org or email teagevity@ gmail.com 7 p.m.-8:45 p.m. Library, 59 S. Broadway
Greenwich, Conn.: Tour of Two Historic Properties: Reeves-Reed Arboretum & Greenwood Gardens. Lunch at Basilico’s Italian Restaurant. The Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s formal gardens include the Keller Azalea Garden, Rock Garden & the old Wisner House. Designed by a partner of Frederick Law Olmstead in 1889 and enhanced with design trends of the 20th century. Greenwood Gardens was restored and re-opened 2013. The gardens were commissioned in 1912 and subsequent owners added Italianate gardens with tiles and tea houses. Registration required. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $125. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., 203-869-9242..
Chappaqua: Chappaqua Garden Club Plant Sale. Perennials and annuals and Mother’s Day gifts. Free gift wrapping. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9; 8 a.m. to noon May 10. Chappaqua Train Station, 108 Allen Place
Greenwich, Conn.: Barnys Greenwich. Spring Trunk Show & Garden Boutique. Trunk show, garden and plant boutique, flower arranging, and potting demonstration. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 954 Lake Ave.
Ossining: Teatown’s Plant Sale. Master gardeners will be on-site to answer questions. First pick: 4-7 p.m. May 9, $10 admission. Regular sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10, free. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road.
Briarcliff Manor: Briarcliff Manor Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. Hanging baskets, flats of annuals and vegetables, Mother’s Day baskets, perennials, homemade baked goods. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine. Wells Fargo Bank, 1050 Pleasantville Road, 914-432-8529.
Tarrytown: Plant Sale. Features plants selected from the gardens of three different garden societies: annuals; unusual perennials and herbs grown at Lyndhurst; rock garden plants; containers and troughs; native plants; deer resistant varieties and vegetables as well as plant and tree advice. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Lyndhurst Estate, 635 S. Broadway
Yorktown Heights: Mother’s Day Herb Planters. Hilltop Hanover’s planters are filled with wonderful aromatic herbs that will produce throughout the summer and fall. Each eco root pouch (planter) is made from reclaimed plastic bottles and filled with fragrant organic herbs, including: garlic, chives, rosemary, English thyme, pesto basil, Italian dark parsley and oregano. It will look wonderful indoors or out. Order today, pickup May 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $5-$45. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Chappaqua: Open Days Program Garden Tour – Westchester County. Explore three private gardens in Chappaqua and Hastings-on-Hudson, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Hours vary. Begin at the Vanchiswar & Mani garden or see website for additional locations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 per garden; children 12 & under free. Garden of Shobha Vanchiswar & Murali Mani, 76 Castle Rd., (888) 842-2442.
Greenwich: Open Days Program Garden Tour – Fairfield County. Explore the private gardens at Sleepy Cat Farm in Greenwich, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Features 13 acres designed in collaboration with Charles J. Stick. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 per person; children 12 & under free. Sleepy Cat Farm, 146 Clapboard Ridge Rd., (888) 842-2442.
Pleasantville: Pleasantville Garden Club Plant Sale. Annual vegetables, herbs, and flowers along with a wide variety of member grown perennials and gifts for Mother’s Day. 8-11:30 a.m. Memorial Plaza, next to train station, (914) 631-7203.
Greenwich, Conn.: Dahlia Potting Workshop. 10:30 a.m. $55. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., 203-869-9242.
Palisades: Container Gardening for Spring and Summer. Vivienne Dieckmann, Master Gardener with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will share the principles of growing annuals, perennials, and organic vegetables on a deck, patio and other small spaces. 2-3:30 p.m. Free. Library, 19 Closter Road, 845-359-0136.
Greenwich, Conn.: Organic Composting, Vermiculture, Bokashi. Master Gardener Nick Mancini will teach you how to build an inexpensive bin, make you aware of the difference between hot piles versus cold composting, and which bins are best for each process. He will discuss vermicomposting and the Japanese way of composting called bokashi. One lucky person will win a bunch of red wigglers to start a wormery. Registration required. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $35 plus material fee. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., 203-869-9242.
Katonah: Mints Are Like Stray Cats, by Arthur Tucker. Spring meeting and lecture, sponsored by the N.Y. Unit of the Herb Society of America. Coffee and registration at 10 a.m., lecture at 10:30, and an herbal luncheon at 12:30, featuring raffle baskets, a plant sale and garden shop. RSVP by May 7 to firstname.lastname@example.org; seating is limited. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Suggested donation: $15. Red Barn at John Jay Homestead, 400 Route 22
Greenwich, Conn.: Wildflowers and the Primrose. Rain date: May 22. A sight to behold are the primrose in the wetlands of the Pinetum. Planted more than 75 years ago, these beauties are breathtaking when they are at their peak in the spring. Visit the 50th Anniversary Wildflower Trail and learn about the lore and adaptability of our native woodland wildflowers. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Registration required. 10:30 a.m. Free. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible St., 203-869-9242.
Yorktown Heights: Couples Cooking with Krista Espinal, sous chef at the Birdsall House in Peekskill. She specializes in locally based farm to table cuisine, new American fusion that is applied with classic French techniques. Bring a bottle of wine and someone special, and savor the satisfaction of a home-made meal. Limited to 12 couples, registration is required. $95 per couple. 7 p.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.: Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club Annual Plant Sale. The sale will feature home-grown perennials, specialty and native plants, annuals, garden-related treasures, herbs, houseplants and baked goods. There will also be a children’s activity table. All proceeds benefit the club’s horticultural scholarship. Rain date: May 18. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Town Green, Warren Place, 201-652-0729.
Yorktown Heights: Vegetable Kits for Every Gardener. Geared toward novice growers, these carefully crafted vegetable kits containing Hilltop Hanover seedlings and Hudson Valley Seed Library seeds plus a one-hour lecture on gardening techniques, will provide you with everything you’ll need to start growing on your own. Workshops : 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m., or just pick-up between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Registration required; $45 per kit. 10 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., 914-962-2368.
Ossining: Walking Tour of Historic Sparta Neighborhood, Ossining. The tour is free, but participation is limited to 20 people. For a reservation, contact email@example.com. 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Jug Tavern, 74 Revolutionary Rd., 914-945-0674.
Chappaqua: 11th Castles of New Castle House Tour. All five homes are filled with the unusual, the charming, and the striking furnishings. Buffet luncheon at Crabtree’s Kittle House for $25. Information: www.newcastlehs.org or call Betsy Towl at 914-238-4666. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $75 nonmembers. Horace Greeley House, 100 King St.
Bronx: Breaking Ground: A Talk on Ellen Shipman. “The Dean of Women Landscape Architects” spent her youth on frontier outposts before her family moved East. After marrying Louis Shipman, she moved to the Cornish Art Colony and began creating Colonial Revival gardens. By 1920, Shipman established a thriving practice in NYC. Notable projects are Longue Vue House and Gardens in New Orleans, and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Includes a visit to NYBG’s Ladies’ Border, designed by Shipman in the 1930s. 10 a.m.-noon. $20. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., 800-322-6924.
New City: Soil Preparation. Come and learn how to prepare the soil and create a flourishing and productive garden in our new vegetable field. Farmer Shane Hardy (or Jose Romero Bosch) will walk you through preparing a bed with the right mixture of compost, existing soil and amendments. 10 a.m. $15. Cropsey Community Farm, 220 S. Little Tor Road. 845-634-3167.
Chappaqua: Open Days Program Garden Tour – Rocky Hills. Explore the garden at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, open to the public for self-guided tours to benefit the Garden Conservancy. No reservations required; rain or shine. Highlights include tree peonies and extensive plantings of rhododendrons and azaleas, a carpet of forget-me-knots, a fern woodland, rock garden, and a natural brook bordered by primula. 2 p.m.-6 p.m. $5 per person; children 12 & under free. Rocky Hills, 95 Old Roaring Brook Rd., (888) 842-2442.
Yorktown Heights: Ecological Gardening. Come join Doug DeCandia, Food Growing Project Coordinator at the Food Bank for Westchester, for this workshop on how to set up an ecologically responsible backyard vegetable garden. Topics will include pest management, composting practices, harvesting and pruning techniques. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children ages 8-12. 10 a.m. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., (914) 962-2368.
Stony Point: Free Demonstration Garden Tours at Cornell. Visitors can tour the beautiful gardens and learn which plants grow best in the Lower Hudson Valley. Gardens include: The Ralph Snodsmith Perennial Garden; Hillside and Shade Garden; Fern Garden; Herb Garden; Native Plants; and the Rain Garden. Rain or shine on the last Sunday of each month thru October. Children welcome. 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Free.10 Patriot Hills Ln., (845) 429-7085.
Greenwich: Getting the Most out of your Vegetable Garden. Location: 668 Lake Ave. Join Alan Gorkin for a walk through the teaching vegetable garden at Lake Avenue Farm to see first hand how to get the maximum yield from your vegetable garden. He will focus on companion and succession planting, followed by questions and answers. Registration required. 10 a.m.-noon. $35. Plus Material Fee. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, (203) 869-9242.
Yorktown Heights: Beekeeping for Beginners. Second in a 3-part series. Topics include bee communication and behavior, swarm management, bee-friendly plants. Registration required; $20 per person, $5 for children under the age of 12. Hilltop Hanover Farm, 1271 Hanover St., (914) 962-2368.
Valhalla: Great Native Plants in Containers. Kim Eierman shares the best choices of native plants to use successfully in containers, how to plant them properly, and keep them healthy for many years to come. Native container gardening is the new frontier — beautiful and eco-beneficial. 10 p.m. Westchester Community College – Classroom Building, 75 Grasslands Rd.
Bronx: Breaking Ground: A Talk on Beatrix Farrand. The only female founding member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Farrand was born in NYC. She received estate commissions and developed an elegant style with rich architectural detail. Farrand completed more than 110 gardens, including projects for the White House & The Morgan Library, but notable surviving works are Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.; the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Maine; and the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at NYBG. Includes a visit to the Rose Garden. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. $20. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., 800-322-6924.
Mount Vernon: A tree grows at St. Paul’s. Walking tour of the historic grounds of St. Paul’s, exploring the history and variety of trees at the site. 1 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., (914) 667-4116.
Greenwich: Grandiflora Garden Tour. For information or to purchase tickets, call 203-869-9242 or visit our website www.gecgreenwich.org 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ticket prices are available on our website. Garden Education Center of Greenwich, 130 Bible Street, (203) 869-9242.
Bronx: Rose Garden Festival. Come June, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden is a sea of warm color, flush with reds, whites, yellows, and pinks of more than 4,000 blooming plants. In celebration of the delicate beauty that defines this collection, as well as the peak of its seasonal color, stop by for two days of live music, plant care demonstrations and tours with expert rosarians, and light summer refreshments in the shade of the garden’s overlooks. 10 a.m. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd.