Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Can you believe summer is coming to a close, the kids have headed back to school and it's already time to start thinking about fall? I can't!!! It just seems like yesterday that we were starting our seeds for the perfect garden (before it was taken over by weeds!) Anyway...fall is just around the corner and so are some great activities at Ashcombe. We have activities for kids and adults -- always something for everyone to enjoy.

Here are some upcoming events for September....

Hypertufa Workshop ~ Saturday, September 10, 10:30-12 noon Host Michael Larkin will guide each

participant to create a round container (made of peat moss, perlite and Portland cement) that can be used on a patio or in the garden year round. Each participant will take home one 14” container and detailed instructions on how to create many more. Please bring a pair of sturdy rubber gloves and dress to get dirty! Pre-registration and payment required. Fee: $30.00

Children’s Homeschool Class: “Garden Bugs” ~ Wednesday, September 14th, 10-11am In this fun class, each child will make adorable decorative bugs from paper, pipe cleaners, beads and magazine pages. Please wear old clothes. Ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required. Register at Ashcombe or online at hahaofpa.org. Fee: $5.00

Basic Orchid Care ~ Thursday, September 15th, 6pm Patti Suhocki will lead this informative program

on orchids. Be sure to bring your questions! Each participant will receive a starter orchid.

Pre-registration and payment required. Fee: $15.00

Birdscaping In Your Backyard - Creating A Habitat ~ Monday, September 19th 6-7:30pm with Michael

Larkin. In this session, we will discuss how to create a bird habitat in your yard. Learn which plants are needed in your landscape to create a place for the entire life-cycle of a species, from fledgling to adult, what foods are necessary, water sources and how to provide a place for raising young. Also learn some helpful hints for winter cover. You will take home instructions on how to create a backyard bird habitat and a recipe to make your own suet. Pre-registration and payment required. Fee: $5.00

“Gardening For All Four Seasons” with George Weigel ~ Satu

rday, September 24th, 10am It takes some planning to have a yard that looks good in all four seasons. This program gives strategies and ideas, then takes a season-by-season closeup look at some of the best plants that peak in each season as well as top plants that give more than one season of interest. Pre-registration and payment required. Fee: $5.00

Children’s Homeschool Class: “Using Herbs In Recipes” ~ Wednesday, September 28th, 1-2m In thistasty class we will whip up some herbal dishes and have fun tasting them. Please wear old clothes. Ages 5 and up. Pre-registration required. Register at Ashcombe or online at hahaofpa.org. Fee: $5.00

Adult Terrarium Workshop ~ Thursday, September 29th, 6pm Learn how to make your own

terrarium from start to finish. Bring your own container or purchase one here. Pre-registration required. Class fee is dependent on supplies used.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Tomato Festival
Saturday, August 13th, 9am - 3pm

Due to inclement weather and hail damage, tomato and pepper tasting will be extremely limited. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.

(Programs will be held under the pavillion in the garden area.)

Canning Basics with Nina Redding from the Cumberland County Extension
Office 9:00am. FREE. Pre-registration required.

Saucy Salsa Class with Dennis Mawhinney. Learn how to grow tomatoes and make your own salsa. 11:00am. FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Taste test over 30 varieties of tomatoes all day long!

Pepper taste testing all day long!

The Largest Tomato Contest Judging will be at 2pm. Pre-registration
required to compete.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

THE BEAUTY OF BUTTERFLIES - Saturday, August 6th

Remember -- this Saturday is Ashcombe's annual BUTTERFLY DAY! Enjoy great displays, special guests and a long-awaited butterfly release at 12 noon. If you're hungry, support our local fire company...Monroe Fire Company will be here selling their delicious barbecue chicken dinner. Come enjoy all the fun!!!