A talk titled “Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Hydrangeas but were afraid to ask!” will be given by Barbara Conolly at Highfield Hall & Gardens on Sunday, July 18, at 1 PM.

Ms. Conolly is a certified landscape professional and arborist with a master’s degree in Public Garden Leadership. The talk will take place outside under a tent on the grounds of the hall and will cover the many varieties of hydrangea and their special characteristics. Topics addressed will include how to site different types of hydrangeas, the best pruning practices, watering needs, and the best methods of amending the soil specific to a variety. In addition, Ms. Conolly will talk about how to dry different varietal blooms and will take questions from the audience following the formal talk.

Barbara Conolly earned a bachelor of science in horticulture from Cornell University and was a fellow in the Cornell Botanic Garden Graduate program in Public Garden Leadership. She is a Massachusetts-certified Landscape Professional, a certified Landscape for Life Trainer and an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist.

Admission to the talk is $5. Pre-registration is required. Sign up through the hall’s website.

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