August 27 – September 1, 2023
Join us as we celebrate the 89th anniversary of Garden Holiday with this year’s theme of ‘A Storybook Garden’. Step into the magical world of childhood classics and contemporary cinema as we bring to life stories such as The Little Mermaid, The Wizard of Oz, The Lorax, and more. Engage in a variety of vibrant events, including hands-on workshops on creating beautiful bouquets, flower crowns, and terrariums. This year, we are thrilled to introduce our first after-hours “paint-a-pot” event in collaboration with Mohonk’s Greenhouse Team. But that’s not all – we have a range of exciting events lined up, including a Buttercream Flowers Demonstration with Executive Pastry Chef, Audrey Billups, Mindful Mixology and Botanical Infusions with Natasha Stanton and Nina Smiley, a mesmerizing ballet performance, and enchanting Fairytale Garden Movie Nights amidst the story-inspired flowerbeds. We invite you to join in the wonder and discover the magic of ‘A Storybook Garden’!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
SUNDAY, AUGUST 27
Welcome and Garden Tour
Join Mohonk’s Garden Supervisor, Clinton Claussen and Head Gardener Mathilda Bofinger for a guided stroll into the gardens to begin your stay. While meeting our Garden Holiday Team, make sure to pick up your welcome letter, annual-themed pin, and a cup of tea!
Pianist Robin Spielberg
A globe-trotting performer with over 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Robin Spielberg is hailed as one of America’s most popular contemporary female pianists/composers. Robin will perform enchanting pieces for solo piano from her vast repertoire of popular American melodies and original favorites.
Live Music with Summerhouse
Bringing together a mix of jazz and pop to the boat dock, Summerhouse features vocalist Brian Silver (Pitch Perfect), pianist Anthony Cecconie, bassist Christian Maletta, & drummer Harrison Letterii.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28
Miniature Marvels: Terrarium Workshop*
Terrariums were very chic during the Victorian era. Join Mohonk’s Greenhouse Supervisor Michael Allsop and take the opportunity to re-create your own moss-terrarium to enjoy for years to come. *Advance sign-up required, space is limited.
The Story of Plants and Their Names
Join Garden Supervisor Clinton Claussen on an exploration of plants and their botanical names. Clinton will share some of the interesting and strange stories of plants and their names. He will also share some of his favorite plants’ stories and examples of where to find them in the gardens.
More details to come!
Fariytale Garden Movie Night: ‘The Wizard of Oz’
Join us among the colorful flowerbeds of fairytales as we watch them come to life during this evening’s movie night. Popcorn is complimentary.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
Centerpiece Arrangements Workshop*
Let this year’s Storybook Garden inspire you create a unique array of flowers and greens as we welcome back our friends and florists from Green Cottage. These centerpieces will be on display for this afternoon’s Victorian High Tea Garden Party. *Advance sign-up is required, space is limited.
Flower Crowns Workshop with Circle Creative Collective*
Create a one-of-a-kind crown from a variety of flowers to wear to our annual Victorian Tea Garden Party. *Advance sign-up required, space is limited.
Victorian High Tea Garden Party
Enjoy Mohonk’s traditional afternoon teatime in our award-winning show garden. Listen to the melodic sounds of flute and guitar, and please be sure to wear your favorite garden party hat or flower crown!
Open to overnight resort guests only.
Chiu Family Salon Concert
Known for his innovative and engaging programs, acclaimed concert pianist Frederic Chiu occupies a special place in the world of classical music and in the hearts of Mohonk regulars. This evening’s salon style features the large Chiu family, paying tribute to Patricia Smiley Guralnik on for her birthday, founder of Mohonk’s summer Festival of the Arts and features several of Pat’s favorites including works by Chopin, Debussy and Prokofiev.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
Your Family’s Garden & Behind the Scenes
Aromas, colors, and seasonal blooms remind us all of loved ones here and past. Lead by Head Gardener Mathilda Bofinger, share stories and garden memories that keep your loved ones alive in the interpersonal relationship that we share. This will be followed by “look behind the curtain” on what makes Mohonk’s Greenhouse work.
Buttercream Flowers Demo with Executive Pastry Chef, Audrey Billups
Join Mohonk instructor Brenda Marafioti for a class of all levels. this class will focus on balance and proper alignment of some of the basic yoga poses. A blend of gentle flowing yoga and standing poses to improve strength and flexibility. Guests must be 16 years or older to participate.
Mindful Mixology with a Botanical Twist*
Adding mindfulness to mixology, we invite you to fully experience the senses as you co-create some cocktails with us! Learn how using botanical flavors in simple syrup and/ or adding a touch of fruit will change the profile of a drink as you create your own cocktail, noting subtle shifts in taste develop along the way. Join Nina and her co-host Natasha Stanton, Mohonk Mixologist, to explore your personal palate as you play with some classic cocktails – mindfully, of course!
*Note: Pre-registration is required with a $45 per person program fee for admittance to the tasting. Space is limited. Participants must be age 21 or over to attend.
Barn Dance Night
8:30pm – 10pm
Enjoy a cozy summer evening on the mountaintop accompanied by local vendors, lawn games, and live entertainment. Our Barn Dances at Mohonk’s Historic Barn Museum feature song and dance led Eric Hollman. Bring your family and dance the night away as we lead you through an evening of fun you’ll never forget. No experience is necessary, and perfect for all ages!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31
‘A Storybook Garden’ Garden Tour
Take a morning stroll with a member of Mohonk’s garden staff for an official tour around this season’s colorful version of the garden as they talk about the techniques required to complete this complicated endeavor year after year.
Yoga in the Garden
Join Mohonk instructor Brenda Marafioti for a class of all levels. this class will focus on balance and proper alignment of some of the basic yoga poses as well as meditative practices. A blend of gentle flowing yoga and standing poses to improve strength and flexibility. Guests must be 16 years or older to participate.
Ballet Performance: Celebrating the Garden
Veritas Dance Company brings a colorful and dynamic performance in celebrating Mohonk’s Garden Holiday. Tonight’s selections include ‘The Roses’ choreographed by Susan Zichittella, ‘Primrose’ choreographed by Erin Burton, and ‘Bootstrap Blues’ choreographed by Lara Ganz.
Fariytale Garden Movie Night: ‘The Lorax’
Join us among the colorful flowerbeds of fairytales as we watch them come to life during this evening’s movie night. Popcorn complimentary.
Greenhouse After Hours: Paint-A-Pot*
Experience the Mohonk Greenhouse after hours for it’s first Paint-A-Pot Night, led by Greenhouse Supervisior Michael Allsop. Make sure to stop by tomorrow morning to complete your terra cotta pot with a new bloom! *Advance sign up required, space is limited.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
New Month with a New Bloom
As Garden Holiday comes to a close, stop by the Greenhouse to complete your painted flowerpot with a new September bloom to bring home.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
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