An Afternoon in the Gardens of Grasmere Park

April 12, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Need advice on how to tackle your garden beds, plants or shrubs this spring as they awaken from their long winter dormancy? Join Durand-Hedden for a ‘hands-on’ day in the gardens on the grounds of Grasmere Park. Experienced gardeners Helen Kensinger and Judy Halesky, and arborist Todd Lamm will explain how to plan, maintain and prune your spring garden. Proper techniques for cleaning out planting beds, preparing planting holes and planting and maintaining perennials and shrubs will be demonstrated. Visitors are invited to come with their gardening questions and, if they wish, to lend a hand as we begin to prepare the park grounds.

Two acre Grasmere Park is the setting for the historic Durand-Hedden House and once was part of the original 40 acre plantation that surrounded it. The public park is to be enjoyed for passive activities like strolling in the meadow or viewing the Maplewood Herb Garden. It was named for longtime Maplewood mayor Robert Grasmere through whose efforts the house and property were purchased by the Township.

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Next Event

April 28, 2019, 1:00 PM

Shuttles, Spindle and Flyer Wheels: Hand spinning and Weaving in the 21st Century

The Essex County Hand Spinners Guild will demonstrate the magical art of spinning fibers into yarn on hand spindles and spinning wheels, some antique or traditional in appearance, and some contemporary that have a modern look. Weavers will also demonstrate how cloth is made on a variety of looms. Visitors will also be invited to try their hands at spinning and weaving.


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