Monthly Archives: July 2014

Railroad Gardening ~ Hosted by Dennis Rose

Sunday, August 3, 2014 1:00 PM  at Joy Creek Nursery


There are many plants that are appropriate for a garden railroad. Finding them is like going on a treasure hunt. Dwarf trees, perennials, and ground covers give a railroad garden a unique personality. If you have room for a hedgerow of mixed plants, for example, search out small forms of hebes, azaleas, and even small-leafed Pieris japonica. There are many more gems still waiting to be found. Dennis Rose will show you how to begin your search and what to expect along the way.

This class is free and open to the public.

There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.

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Twilight in the Garden

On Saturday, August 23rd at 6:00 PM Joy Creek Nursery will celebrate our twenty-third annual evening open house, “Twilight in the Garden” from 6 – 9 PM.

This year we are very pleased to welcome one of our region’s very talented musicians: Singer/songwriter and finger-style country blues guitarist Mary Flower.


Listen to the lively music of Mary Flower as you enjoy our unique and scenic country nursery. Here you will encounter a lush landscape featuring many fine specimens of selected perennials, shrubs and trees. Enjoy the garden at its most beautiful – in the evening light.”

This event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.

There is a canopy on the patio in case of questionable weather so bring proper attire.

Parking is located in a dirt lot across the street and east of the nursery in a mowed field.

Everyone is welcome.



Small Water Features ~ with Nadine Black

Sunday, July 27, 2014 1:00 PM at Joy Creek Nursery

water feature

Having the glint of sunlight off water in your garden, as well as its liquid purl, is not difficult.   Nadine Black will present ways for adding this dimension to the your garden that can be easily implemented.

Free and open to the public.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.

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Troughs the Easy Way ~ with Christine Ebrahimi

Sunday, July 20, 2014 1:00 PM at Joy Creek Nursery


Unlike traditional hypertufa troughs made with cement, which are HEAVY and need several weeks to cure, polystyrene troughs are light, fast and last for several years. Join Christine Ebrahimi, plant enthusiast and rock garden lover, in learning how to create these aesthetically pleasing and MOVABLE troughs – perfect for the rock gardener or anyone interested in creating miniature environments for special plants.

Free and open to the public.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.


Basic Plant Propagation ~ with Leslie Gover

Saturday, July 19, 2014 ALL DAY


The Staff at Joy Creek Nursery highly recommends this class whether you are taking it for personal knowledge or school credit. Leslie brings a fresh and fun insight into what can sometimes be a frustration and mysterious process. 

Leslie’s goal is to demonstrate how plants reproduce so that the home gardener understands the best methods to use to refresh treasured plants in their own gardens.  Join Leslie as she covers the fundamental steps for making and growing-on rooted cuttings and scaling lilies.  Discover ways to look at the summer garden for other opportunities to increase you plants.  Spend the day learning about tools, techniques, timing and more.  You will take your own “propagules” home.

FEE: $50.00.  Registration required.  Limited to 25 attendees. 

Bring a sack lunch.  Dress appropriately for the weather.

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Versatile Alpines ~ Emma Elliott


Versatile Alpines: Common and Uncommon Uses for These Small Wonders of the Plant World ~ Emma Elliott

Sunday, July 13, 1:00 PM at the nursery
Alpine plants are traditionally grown in troughs and rock gardens but can also be used in other garden situations. Emma Elliott of Wild Ginger Farm will share some of her favorite alpines with an emphasis on their versatility and unexpected uses. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and join in a lively and fun discussion. Emma will bring plants from her nursery for sale.

This class is free and open to the public.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

There is a $10.00 class fee for ‘CEH’ Certification.

For details visit