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March 2017

Intro to Basic Photography with Diana Lang

March 18, 2017 • 10:00 am
$65

This workshop is for the novice who has always wanted to take better photographs. Photographer Diana Lang will teach the basics of composition, lighting, and better understanding the settings on your camera. Take home two prints of photos you will take. Space is limited; reservations required. Diana Lang Photography’s offices are located at Calgo Gardens. Call Diana Lang at 609.462.1519 to register.

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May 2017

Ladies’ Night: Make a Designer Bracelet!

May 10, 2017 • 6:00 pm
$65

Make Your Own Glass Bead & Crystal Bracelet!

Artists Elizabeth Hopkins and Michele Brandon will guide you through creating your lovely bracelet. Fee includes materials, and complimentary food and beverages. Ladies’ Nights fill up fast! Please call Calgo to resister.

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June 2017

Living Bracelet Workshop

June 4, 2017 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$40

Succulents are all the rage in the home and now in the form of jewelry.

For this hands on workshop we will supply everything you need to make your own living artfully designed bracelet. Dana Vargo, a local farmer/florist and owner of Flowers From the Farm, NJ will guide you as you create something truly special.

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July 2017

Intro to Basic Photography & Dinner

July 12, 2017 • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$65

Have you always wanted to learn to take beautiful photos but perhaps didn't know all the functions available on your camera?

In this three hour course you will learn about composition, lighting and the settings on your camera. This event also includes dinner at the Tulip Tree Café at Calgo. Registration required.

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August 2017

Fall Plantings for Spring Blooms

August 23, 2017 • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$25

Spring blooms – not just daffodils! Hardy annuals thrive when they are planted during cool conditions.

This workshop will inform when to plant, what to plant and how to create a healthy environment to overwinter your hardy annual direct seeded flowers.

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November 2017

The Art of Foraging

November 12, 2017 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Free

Join us Sunday, November 12th for a free demonstration and discussion on how to forage for plant materials to create your own beautiful arrangements.

In this demonstration, presented by Calgo horticulturalist Pat Dixon, you will be guided on how to hand-tie a wreath using foraged material.

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Dried Winter Centerpiece Workshop

November 18, 2017 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$40

Enjoy creating your own dried winter arrangement that will last beautifully for several months. 

Join Dana Vargo, of Flowers From the Farm, NJ in the Calgo greenhouse for an afternoon of creative fun! Dana will guide you through this hands-on workshop to create your own dried centerpiece.

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December 2017

Create Your Own Hand-tied Wreath

December 2, 2017 • 10:00 am
$65

Create Your own Hand-tied Wreath in time for the Holiday Season! 

Add a personal touch to the holiday with a traditional wreath hand-made by you! We will guide you through designing and crafting your own hand-tied wreath, incorporating beautiful and aromatic seasonal elements.

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Handmade Foraged Centerpiece

December 10, 2017 • 11:00 am
$45
holiday season

As a follow up to our Art of Foraging demonstration held in November—when we discussed where to find foliage, berries, seed pods, and acorns to create an autumnal wreath—you are invited back to use your foraging skills to create a wonderful winter centerpiece. (Newcomers are welcome, but should read this post thoroughly and may wish to call for more information).

Calgo horticulturalist Patti Dixon will guide your efforts. We will provide the container, floral foam, and candles - you will provide your own evergreen boughs! Patti will show you how to trim the evergreens and build a long lasting seasonal arrangement. 

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April 2018

Air Plants 101

April 29, 2018 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$15

Join us for a discussion on the weird and wonderful world of air plants.

Learn about where they are from, how they survive, and tips and tricks to grow them successfully. We will also demonstrate different ways to display and craft with them. Each participant will go home with their own air plant creation.

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May 2018

DIY Terrarium

May 6, 2018 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$55

Just in time for Mother's Day, you can make a gift terrarium!

Garden terrariums make a fresh and interesting addition to any indoor space. We'll guide you through the hands-on process of building your own unique creation.

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June 2018

Create Your Own Living Wreath

June 2, 2018 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$50

Craft a beautiful living wreath that, with proper care, will last through the summer and into autumn.

Create a fern wreath choosing from our gorgeous assortment of ferns, or a succulent plant wreath using some of the many varieties we will have on hand. At home you can proudly display your wreath hanging on a wall or door, or lying on an outdoor table. 

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Succulent Propogation

June 3, 2018 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Free

Succulents are all the rage!

These low maintenance beauties are some of the most fun and interesting houseplants around. Join us for a demonstration to learn about different types of succulents, how to plant them, how to display them—and even better—how to divide them and make more!

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July 2018

Succulent Jewelry Workshop!

July 14, 2018 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
$40

In this workshop you will create a necklace and ring using live succulents.

Dana Vargo of Flowers From the Farm, NJ will lead the class and offer helpful hints on how to propagate your succulents. All participants will be given a tube of floral glue for your own future projects.

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August 2018

Painting with Coffee!

August 8, 2018 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$35

Yes, that's right, we mean you will use real coffee as a painting medium!

Our instructor, Carolyn Tischer Bartlett, was formally trained as a watercolorist at an early age. She later attended the Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut. In Bartlett's early career, she was known as a portrait artist and figure painter, today she is recognized as a landscape, still life, and animal painter.

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Ladies’ Night…Beaded Earrings!

August 23, 2018 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$55

Learn how to make beautiful and unique beaded earrings with local artist and "Magpie" jewelry line creator Lydia Santoro.

During this Ladies night, Lydia will teach you to create a pair of one-of-a-kind earrings using beads she specially chose for you to use in this workshop. All materials and instructions are included in the fee. 

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September 2018

Ladies’ Night…Mosaic Memorabilia Plaque!

September 12, 2018 • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$95

What a different way to express yourself creatively!

Join us for two enjoyable evenings to design and build a unique and personal mosaic. Please bring small items from your home that have meaning for you, or that you have been collecting for the right project—jewelry, keys, buttons, beads—all other tesserae will be provided.

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First Annual Scarecrow Workshop & Contest!

September 16, 2018 • 1:00 pm
$15

First Annual Scarecrow Workshop & Contest!

We will provide the structural supplies—wood support, straw, burlap, twine—and step by step instructions. Bring your imagination and some scarecrow fashion/clothing to dress your creation.

Scarecrows will be on display September 16-22. Judging will take place at our Autumn Art In the Garden Show on September 22 by popular vote. A $50 gift certificate to Calgo will be awarded to the winner!

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Solar Dyed Tote Bags

September 22, 2018 • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
$25

Our good friend & popular workshop leader Janice Shields is back with a fun new project! Using pressed leaves, flowers, and solar dyes you will create beautiful canvas tote bags. 

SolarFast dyes are colorless out of the bottle, but develop into beautifully vibrant and permanent hues when exposed to sunlight. You can select from several colors to blend, use a spray applicator or a sponge, so each will be unique. 

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November 2018

How to Divide and Store Dahlia Tubers

November 4, 2018 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
$10

Learn how to divide tubers and identify those that will and will not produce flowers/plants next year. 

Each participant will receive a viable tuber and enough storing medium for over winter protection.

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Finger Knit Blanket

November 8, 2018 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$90

You read correctly—knit a cozy warm blanket with your fingers—just in time for the fall chill-down and up-coming holidays.

The multi-talented Lydia Santoro (jeweler, Calgo workshop leader & Art Show vendor) will teach you to knit with your fingers and create this soft, on trend treasure. You will have four colors to choose from; please choose a color when registering.

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Ladies’ Night! Edible Centerpiece

November 14, 2018 • 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
$30

A fun ladies night where we will demonstrate how to create an arrangement using edible vegetables, herbs, and decorative materials.

This will make a great display for your Thanksgiving holiday table or as decoration on the kitchen counter.

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Mosaic Memorabilia Plaque

November 15, 2018 • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$95

Back by popular demand! 

What a different way to express your creativity. Join us for an enjoyable evening to designing and building a unique and personal mosaic. Please bring small items from your home that have meaning for you, or that you have been collecting for the right project—jewelry, keys, buttons, beads—all other tesserae will be provided. 

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Sprouts Workshop

November 17, 2018 • 2:00 pm
$15

Learn how to grow your own fresh alfalfa sprouts at home in less than six days.

Cody Parker of Drop the Beet Farms will teach you the basics of sprout growing in this easy 30 minute workshop. You will take home a sprouts jar kit, alfalfa seeds for several sprout harvests, and easy to follow instructions.

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Small Business Saturday • Celebrate with Us!

November 24, 2018 • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Small Business Saturday is the day to shop local! Join us for a day filled with mini sessions and workshops.

• Photographer Diana P. Lang - Mini Portrait Sessions • Tours of Drop the Beet Farms Aquaponics • Dress up Your Container Garden with Seasonal Greens • The Art of Bonsai • Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

Descriptions and pricing for each workshop are listed separately in this events section.

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Small Business Saturday: Oyster Mushroom Cultivation

November 24, 2018 • 3:00 pm
$35

This workshop will show the wonders of oyster mushroom cultivation.

Cody Parker from Drop the Beet Farms has eight years experience in mushroom cultivation, and will guide you through making your own mushroom kit!

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December 2018

Open House Day: Make a Boho Wreath

December 1, 2018 • 11:00 am
$28

Try your hand at something different—create your own Bohemian-style wreath for the holidays!

This hands-on workshop will include instruction and all materials needed: seasonal greens, beads, and decorative embellishments.

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Finger Knit Blanket – Date Added!

December 6, 2018 • 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$90

Due to an overwhelming response, we're adding another class!

You read correctly—knit a cozy, warm blanket with your fingers... just in time for the fall chill-down and upcoming holidays. The multi-talented Lydia Santoro (jeweler, Calgo workshop leader & Art Show vendor) will teach you to knit with your fingers and create this soft, on trend treasure.

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Create Your Own Hand-Tied Wreath!

December 8, 2018 • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$60

Add a personal touch to the holiday with a traditional hand made wreath.

We will guide you through designing and crafting your wreath, incorporating beautiful and aromatic seasonal elements such as coned cedar, noble fir, berried juniper, white pine, boxwood, pine cones, berries, and ribbon. Materials...

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Foraged Holiday Centerpiece

December 9, 2018 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$35

Grab your pruners and set off on an adventure to clip greens, berries, and branches to create a beautiful centerpiece that will last through the holiday season.

Feel like venturing off for your own finds before the class? Here are a few greens from which to cut that would be suitable for your container: evergreen, boxwood, holly, juniper, cedar, birch sticks, dried...

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April 2019

Create Your Own Easter Centerpiece

April 14 • 1:00 pm
$45

The perfect addition for your Easter brunch or dinner table.

You will be provided with spring blooming flowers, bulbs, and seasonal accents. Cost includes all materials as well as instruction.

Space is limited and registration is required. Call 732.919.7770 to reserve your spot.

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May 2019

Succulent Bowl Workshop

May 5 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$49

Just in time for Mother's Day!

Succulents are easy-to-care-for, sun-loving plants, available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, making them a perennial favorite of plant lovers!

In this workshop, led by Calgo’s Patti Dixon, you will be provided with all the materials and instruction you’ll need to create your own beautiful succulent planter.

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Terrarium Workshop

May 19 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
$49

Garden terrariums make a fresh and interesting addition to any indoor space.

We will guide you through the hands-on process of building your own unique creation.  All material and instruction will be provided.

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June 2019

Create Your Own Living Wreath Workshop

June 1 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$50

You will craft a beautiful living wreath that, with proper care, will last through the summer and into autumn.

You may create a wreath of your choosing, whether it's a fern wreath to display in a shaded area of the yard, a succulent wreath that will enjoy the sun, or a combination of annuals or herbs. Whatever you decide to make...you are making it your own to either display hanging on a wall or door, or lying on an outdoor table.

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How to Deal with your Deer Problem

June 15 • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how you can protect your investment and lessen deer damage.

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Make your own “Boobalicious” Tye-dye T-shirt!

June 22 • 11:00 am
$55

“Tye-Dye Amy” will take you, step-by-step,through creating your ONE-OF-A-KIND, summery, Boobalicious swirl design T-shirt! You will have a range colors to choose from—bright/sassy/subtle/chic—to reflect YOUR personal style.

Your fee includes a white “blank slate" Boobalicious top, that is pre-washed and pre-soaked in soda ash ready to dye, as well as
hands on instruction to create a one-of-a-kind swirl design. You MUST register by May 31 WITH your t-shirt size.

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Succulent Planter Redux

June 23 • 11:00 am
$59

Back by popular demand—with a bigger bowl!!

Succulents are easy-to-care-for, sun-loving plants, available in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, making them a perennial favorite of plant lovers! In this workshop, led by Calgo’s Patti Dixon, you will be provided with all the materials and instruction you’ll need to create your own beautiful succulent planter.

Space is limited. Please call 732-919-7770 to reserve your spot.

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July 2019

Forget Me Not Mosaic Stepping Stone

July 23 • 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
$125

This wonderful workshop will be taught by Nancy Frank who is skilled mosaic artist for over 15 years.

She will be conducting a two day workshop on
Tuesdays, July 23rd and July 30th, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
reserve your space asap because class size is limited.
No experience necessary!

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September 2019

The Life of a Monarch Butterfly

September 7 • 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

Learn how you can encourage Monarchs to your yard.

By creating and maintaining a Monarch Waystation; Calgo is helping to ensure the preservation of the species and the continuation of the spectacular Monarch migration.
Join Jean as she discusses the life of the Monarch. Observe the various stages of development that are currently here at Calgo. We’re hoping to release some butterflies as well.
Learn how you too can encourage Monarchs to your yard.

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Plant Swap!

September 15 • 12:30 pm
Free

Plant Swap!

Bring your pest and disease free perennials, houseplants or seeds and share them with fellow plant enthusiasts. We will also have lots of giveaways.

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Second Annual Scarecrow Workshop

September 21 • 10:00 am
$15

Unless you've been in a state of total denial, you're likely well aware that this August marks the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock!

In celebration of that iconic weekend of peace, love, and music we've decided to add a little artistic twist to this year's Second Annual Scarecrow Workshop by creating Woodstock-themed scarecrows! That's right, we said Woodstock-themed scarecrows!

Join us on September 21 and bring your imagination with you along with Woodstock-themed clothing and accessories in which to dress your creation.

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Autumn Wreath Workshop

September 22 • 1:00 pm
$38

Help us kick off the start of fall by creating a beautiful, handmade wreath to celebrate the season!

Join us Sunday, September 22 at 1pm, and we'll guide you through the steps necessary to design a fabulous 16” wreath that truly celebrates the fall season.

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November 2019

Holiday Warm-up —Mushroom Cultivation with Drop the Beet Farms

November 24 • 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
$35

Learn something new in this unique workshop led by Cody Parker of Drop the Beet Farms!

With years of experience in mushroom cultivation, Cody will show the step-by-step process of straw pasteurization, sterilization, and inoculation in this hands-on workshop.

The fee includes materials for two mushroom grow kits which participants will watch fruit up to three times! 

Registration is required. Please call 609-273-4042 or email dropthebeetsfarm@gmail.com.

This 90 minute workshop will take place in the Calgo Greenhouse, so dress accordingly.

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All Day Open House — Seasonal Kissing Ball Workshop

November 30 • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
$45

Forget the mistletoe... and go for a kissing ball instead!

In this fun workshop you'll create your own kissing ball using fresh, aromatic greens. The kissing ball, if kept out of direct sunlight and displayed outdoors, will last throughout the holiday season.

Space is limited... Click here to register now!

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