Opening for the season on March 31th. We will be open Friday and Saturday from 9-5! Come out and check out what is growing for the spring. It will be a great way to inspire you to get started. Also check out our brand new gift shop located where Rae's Roost was previously. We have a lot of new garden items and have a new line of Shabby Chic items for your whimsical repurposing garden ideas. Don’t forget to stop in for your Easter flowers, we will have a great selection to choose from. Our pansies will be in bloom, herbs will be ready for your windowsills and all of our seeds will be on sale for 20% off. Check out our new line Fruition Seeds that are organic and grown locally for the northeast. So come on out and get a taste of spring. We will be closed for Easter. Starting Monday, April 3rd we are open Monday – Friday 8-5, Weekends are always 9-5
What's New In Perennials
I have added about 30 new varieties this year. Below is just a few to get your blood flowing. On the perennial list you will notice that I added some old favorites that I am bringing back. Also any new perennials will have a * in front of the name to let you know they are new! I can't wait I really love what I picked. Enjoy!
Mukdenia rossii Nova Flame
Helleborus hybrid True Love
Lilium Asiatic Black Eye
Geranium Mdm. Langguth
Potunia Purple Halo
Salvia Wendys Wish
Echinacea Cherry Fluff
Iris x germanica Autumn Circus
Helleborus hybrid First Dance
Begonia Silver Swirl
Geranium Princess Balcon
Salvia Dancing Flame
Hosta Fire Island
Iris x germanica Jurassic Park
Sweetunia Johnny Flame
Thunbergia Arizonia Glow
This year I have added a lot of new Specialty Annuals. These that are pictured are just a few. I think you will be happy with the ones I have added.
NEW ROSES FOR 2017
To continue with the Downton Abbey theme we have added 2 new roses. They are beautiful and fragrant.
Asclepias Tuberosa Named Perennial Plant of the Year Perennial Plant Association decided to announce Asclepias tuberosa, or butterfly weed, as the 2017 Perennial Plant of the Year. As the common name suggests, the variety is a magnet to butterflies, as well as other insects and pollinators, including bees, wasps, ants, beetles and hummingbirds. The 2- to 3-foot plant does best in a sunny garden with average to dry soil, and is hardy to Zones 4 to 9. The vibrant orange, red and yellow blooms start to show in late spring through mid-July, and deadheading can promote a second push of color later in the season. Cross-pollination produces a dry green fruit that turns brown as it matures and splits open to release its seeds. Butterfly weed is a member of the Apocynaceae, or milkweed family, but unlike the rest of the plants in this family, it contains little milky sap.
The Herb of 2017
Cilantro/Coriander is an annual plant that grows approximately 1 to 3 foot in height and 1 foot wide. The plant will grow best in partial sun and well drained soil. The leaves can be harvested and used from early summer through midsummer. In July the plant will flower with small, open clusters of tiny pinkish white blooms. The flowers that remain on the plant will go to seed and the coriander seeds will be ready to harvest from August to mid September.
SUNFLOWERS SEEDS AT BAKERS ACRES
Many of you know that we grow and sell cut sunflowers here at Bakers Acres. This year we are selling our locally grown black oil sunflower seeds. We are also selling locally produce suet cakes.
Basic Fruit Tree Pruning Seminar
Sat. March 25 1-3 PM
Do you have fruit trees in your yard, but are not sure where to start when it comes to pruning them? You are not alone! Come out to Bakers’ Acres and join Jim Eve from Eve’s Farm Service as he describes the basics of pruning fruit trees. Jim is Bakers’ Acres scout for our orchard and is helping us to use less chemicals through IPM Techniques.
The seminar will cover the purpose of pruning and the fundamentals of fruit tree growth and fruit production. He will also coach you on how to decide what cuts to make and how much to take off of the tree. Dress warmly because we will be going outside after the class session to try your newly learned skills. The class will be held at the Baker’s Acres classroom and out in the orchard. This is a class you can take over and over and still learn more. Cost $15.00. Deadline Wed., March 22. Call 607-533-4653 to Register
New this year!
"Herbs and Birds Workshop"
Sat. April 1st. 1-3 PM
Registration is $5.00 deadline is Weds. March 28th Call 607-533-4653 to register
This is similar to our popular Holiday Workshop. We will have three ongoing stations with hands on activities.
The activities are the following: Herbal Dish Garden, Herbal Tea Making and Bird Seed Cakes.
Herbal Dish Garden - step into our herb house and we will have a bench with herbs that you can choose four from. We will provide you with a terra cotta clay bowl to plant your herbs in. Take your garden home to enjoy herbs in your cooking later. Kit price is $9.00
Herbal Tea Making - Come make your own blend of tea to enjoy on these cold wintery days. Choose from the many choices of herbs and spices that blend well with tea. Your be making two of your own unique blends to take home. We will be offering Moringa leaves. Kit price is $5.00
Bird Seed Cakes - As previously mention we are now selling bird seed. We will be using our seed to make special cakes for your birds. We will show you how to make these cakes and you will go home with three of your own to treat your birds. Kit price for three cakes is $3.00
Getting Started with Vegetable Gardening
April 22 10 - 11:30 AM
We have decided to offer a new class here at Bakers’ Acres. So many of you are starting to grow your own fruits and vegetables and are asking us a lot of good questions. So we called the leaders in this area, Cooperative Extension, and asked it they could help us out with this new endeavor. This class will help the beginning veggie gardener learn about garden siting, soil preparation, seed starting, transplanting, mulching, container gardening, and easy veggies to try first. Tomato issues such as late blight resistant varieties and determinate versus indeterminate will be covered as well. Class will be taught by Pat Curran from Cooperative Extension.
Cost $10 Deadline for registration is Wed. April 19th. Call 607-533-4653 to register.