On Sunday, May 19 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Bethlehem’s Bellamy Ferriday House and Garden is hosting a Lilac Walk and Tea party. Participants attending this event will learn the history, care and culture of lilacs with Bellamy- Ferriday Site Horticulturist, George McCleary. A tea in the historic garden will follow the program on lilacs. Admission for the event is $12 for adults and $10 for members of the Connecticut Landmarks Association, $5 children, and $25 for families.
Guests will learn about the 14 varieties of lilacs in the Ferriday collection and their various colors, fragrances, flower and leaf size. One discussion will focus on ways to get your lilacs to bloom this will be especially helpful if you are having trouble getting them to blossom. Participants will also learn how to increase flower growth and to protect lilacs from powdery mildew organically. You can even take some lilacs home because lilacs from the Bellamy-Ferriday collection will be for sale.
Running concurrently with the adult lilac program is another program about lilacs for children ages 5 and up. Children will learn about these beautiful purple flowers through games and crafts.
About Bellamy Ferriday House and Garden
The house embodies the dramatically different passions of two extraordinary individuals, Rev. Joseph Bellamy (1719-1790) and Miss Caroline Ferriday (1902-1990). Today this 1754 home of Bethlehem's First Minister transformed into a 20th century country estate with antiques, a formal garden of historic roses, lilacs, and peonies and an orchard. http://www.ctlandmarks.org/?page=bellamy-ferriday-house-garden.
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