August 28 - September 2, 2016


Delight in hands-on workshops and demonstrations with the area’s finest horticultural experts. Mohonk’s gardens highlight a diverse array of flora both native and exotic. And be sure to join us at our annual Victorian Garden Party.

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Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark resort located just 90 miles north of New York City. Overnight rates include breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and cookies, nightly entertainment, and most activities, including hiking, boating, tennis, midweek golf, and use of the indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center in our Spa wing.

Garden Holiday Activities

Sunday | Monday Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Program Leaders

Sunday, August 28

4:00 p.m.  Welcome and Garden Tour
Meet our Garden Holiday team, pick up your welcome pin and packet, and have a cup of tea, followed by a guided stroll into the gardens led by Mohonk’s Garden Manager Andrew Koehn.

9:00 p.m.  Gardens of the World with Chad Nelson
Horticultural bon vivant Chad Nelson takes you on a photographic tour of select gardens from around the world. Be prepared to be inspired.

Monday, August 29

10:00 a.m.  Improve your Succulent Savvy
with Head Gardener Andrew Sinno
Andrew Sinno, head gardener at Mohonk, shares the secrets to successfully growing these popular garden denizens. In the “coral reef “ area of the show garden, Andrew will explore both container and bed-style culture of this resilient group.

11:00 a.m.  A Walk with Mohonk’s Gardeners
Join members of our garden staff and explore this year's "Under the Sea" themed show garden. Hear the behind-the-scenes take on all that's involved in preparing our gardens for the height of the growing season.

3:00 p.m.  Simple Succulent Workshop
with Greenhouse Manager Cindy Muro

Cindy Muro will show you how to create a simple succulent craft that is fun and easy to care for.

9:00 p.m.  Wow your Dinner Guests with Rustic Elegance
with Theresa Colucci

Watch as the Cliff View Room is transformed before your very eyes into a woodland wonderland. Floral designer Theresa Colucci will inspire you to expand your creativity as you entertain.

Tuesday, August 30

10:00 a.m.  Getting the Most out of Small Spaces
with Cory McCurdy

Intimate exteriors can be both aesthetically pleasing and functional at the same time. Cory McCurdy will explore utilization of available space, materials, views, and creation of outdoor rooms.

11:00 a.m.  Good Bugs Versus Bad Bugs
Welcome to the new world of battling pesky pests. Greenhouse specialist Catherine Martini shows you a new way of introducing biological predators to keep greenhouses clean and pesticide use down. This is being environmental with a capital “E.”     

2:00 p.m.  Got it made . . . in the Shade!
with Andrew Koehn

Join Mohonk’s own Garden Manager Andrew Koehn as he talks about proper planning and variety selection for fall color.

4:00 p.m.  Victorian Garden Party
Members of the Smiley family and Garden Holiday leaders will host afternoon tea in our award-winning show garden. Listen to the melodic sounds of flute and harp, and be sure to wear your favorite garden party hat!

9:00 p.m.  Mariachi Citlalli
Two years ago, this authentic Mariachi band surprised and delighted while playing all over the property. This year, join them for a special performance in the Parlor.

Wednesday, August 31

9:30 a.m.  John Kuhner – Rare Plants
Horticulturist John Kuhner will focus on gardening local plants, some rare in the wild, some rare in the trade. All are well worth the effort.

11:00 a.m.  George Crosby – Feed the World
Come take a look at how food is produced. George will take us from contemporary, high-end greenhouse food production all the way back to strategies to grow food in difficult-to-live-in parts of the world.

2:00 p.m.  Vinnie Simeone Presents a Getting Started Garden Guide
Vinnie is back with his new book New York & New Jersey Getting Started Garden Guide: Grow the Best Flowers, Shrubs, Trees, Vines & Groundcovers.

Thursday, September 1

9:45 a.m.  Garden Tour
with Garden Manager Andrew Koehn
Dive in with Andrew Koehn for an official swim around this season’s most ambitious effort  to date, the Under the Sea show garden.

11:30 a.m.  A Healthy Elixir, Yoga, and our Garden: Perfect!
Start with a specially-crafted healthy elixir, then enjoy a meditative session of yoga in the garden.

3:00 p.m.  Submerged Flowers
with Carol Cramer

Learn how to create stunning underwater centerpieces with Mohonk’s own florist Carol Kramer.

5:00 p.m.  Garden Holiday Reception
Join us for wine and light fare as we wrap up this year’s Garden Holiday Program.

9:00 p.m.  Music from Lindsey Webster and Keith Slattery
In today’s world of electronic music where programmed drum loops and auto-tuned vocals reign, Lindsey Webster is a breath of... fresh air. A refreshing take on R&B with a soulful presence; Lindsey’s vocals compare to the likes of R&B queens Sade, Mariah Carey and Anita Baker.

Friday, September 2

10:00 a.m.  Cassandra Barr Explores the World of Pollination
Take an in-depth look at the relationships between insects and plants and how this affects our everyday lives.


Chad Nelson is a landscape architect who travels the world with Collette and the Royal Horticultural Society of England, taking people to visit great gardens on four continents. Growing up in the rich horticultural setting of the Delaware Valley and "Chateau country" gardens such as Winterthur and Longwood, Chad has gathered years of observations on which bulbs perennialize best in our climate to create a personal garden that sings in all four seasons.

Theresa Colucci AIFD, PFCI is one of those unique floral educators that put not only time into educating the future of our industry but also into building her successful floral business Meadowscent! Throughout, Theresa has faced the saddening decline of collegiate floral design programs, going from teaching floral design at the State University of New York at Cobleskill and at the NY Botanical Gardens to becoming the SAIFD Advisor to the rural upstate New York school. As an SAIFD Advisor, Theresa still inspires future floral designers and growth in the industry.

Cory McCurdy is a designer for Folia Gardens based in Brooklyn, New York, specializing in high-end urban gardens, terraces, and green roofs. He is a graduate of Ball State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture and a former Mohonk gardener.

George W. Crosby, Ph.D. is an expert in irrigation, hydroponics, greenhouse management, botany, vegetable production, and developmental agriculture. His research focuses on the production of the multipurpose tree Moringa oleifera as a leafy green vegetable in the dry tropics. He volunteers regularly in Uganda, East Africa, and enjoys a unique partnership with farmers there.

John Kuhner has taught Latin on three continents, including a five-week stint this summer teaching at the Paideia Institute's Living Latin in Rome program. He is the current president of SALVI, the North American Institute of Living Latin Studies. His interest in Latin and the outdoors led him (eventually) to botany and gardening, and he has worked off and on for the past six years at Catskill Native Nursery. He enjoys scouring the country looking for odd and beautiful plants, from the Catskills to the Smokies to the banks of the Mississippi and far into northern Minnesota.

Vincent Simeone has worked in the horticultural field for over 27 years. He received an AAS degree in ornamental horticulture from SUNY Farmingdale, and a BS in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia. Vincent also obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration from C.W. Post-Long Island University in 2003. Vincent teaches horticulture classes at New York Botanical Gardens.

Andrew Koehn, garden manager and cornerstone of the horticultural mindset at Mohonk, brings over 40 years of gardening experience to the Mountain House gardens.

Carol Cramer has been a florist at Mohonk for 10 years and has been working with flowers for over 25 years. She is also an artist, showing regionally.

Cindy Muro, consummate propagator and grower of all things flora, is Mohonk’s Greenhouse and Garden Shop manager. She is in her 13th year of growing beautiful plants for the Mountain House gardens.

Andrew Sinno, Mohonk's head gardener, has worked in our gardens for over two years. He has a Bachelors in Plant Science from SUNY Cobleskill and has been in the industry his entire working life. He specializes in ornamental horticulture.

Cassandra Barr is an intern at the Mountain House from the New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture. She has been working in public and private gardens since the age of 14.

See you there!

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