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Happy New Year to one and all,
As we look forward to another year in the garden I realize just how lucky we are to be able to share our love of the great outdoors with all of you. We have lots of plans for this year
and hope you can share them with us.

We open the gardens on April 26th. but prior to that I will be participating in the Garden Faire in Abingdon, Earth Day events around the region as well as classes at the farm. For a complete listing of our events please check the website at www.beagleridgeherbfarm.com.
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As winter finally arrives be sure to keep up with winter chores:If you do feed the birds make sure you keep the feeders filled during these cold months. There are squirrels, birds, chipmunks and any numbers of critters who are depending on this so once
you start do NOT stop. If possible, add a water source, which does not freeze. For those of you who are in the mode of.. " It is to cold to go out" buck up, pull those boots on and get
busy. You created this dependency, so now you have to continue until spring.
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If you are planning, a new garden or revamping an old one be sure to check out the garden tips link  at our website www.beagleridgeherbfarm.com . The Gardening Tips link contains
the following articles- Planning and planting an herb garden, Wildlife Gardening, Seed Starting 101,and several other tutorials for getting ready for 2008-A great gardening year.

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We have a complete list of Saturday workshops scheduled for this year and I have attached the list below.  In addition  Andrea Morrison will be joining us to teach two Watercolor
Workshops-“Painting in the Garden”. Students that took her class a few years ago have raved about it and we are lucky enough to have her teach two classes this year. Be sure to
check our events page at www.beagleridgeherbfarm.com to find out about updates.

Our calendar of dates for the year have also been uploaded so  you can make plans to join us for one, or all, of our Open Houses this year. For those of you visiting from a distance let us know if you need overnight accomodations. Cripple Creek Cabins, Trinkle
Mansion Bed and Breakfast or Davis Bourne Inn would provide that extra special overnight stay for you.
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Saturday Workshop Schedule

All classes will begin at 1:00 ( except for april 26th when we have a morning, 10:00 class and then an additional 1:00 class)

April 26- Herbal Bath Salts and Spa Treatments- learn how to make a variety of these products for gifts or just to pamper yourself.

April 26- Spring Wreath Making-  make a seasonal wreath which will adorn your walls or table. Bow making included.

June 28- Herbal Teas- blend herbs to create a perfect cup of tea and enjoy a high tea in the garden

July 19- Herbal vinegars and oils- using herbs from the garden learn to blend the perfect herbal vinegars, marinades and dipping oils.

August 16- Harvesting and preserving what you have grown- how to dry herbs and preserve the flowers from your garden and how to use them

Sept 20- Fall decorating- Using dried natural items from the garden and woods make fall decorations for the home

Oct. 18- Herbal Seasoning blends- Learn to make your own herbal butters, healthy spreads and appetizers

Nov. 15- Decorating for the holidays- using fresh and dried materials,  learn how to make and decorate garlands, swags, and wreaths.
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For those of you in snow country do not forget our Butters and Lotions for dry skin and if your honey wants to get you something special for Valentines Day have them check out
the any of the  “Pamper Me” Baskets in the catalog section on the website www.beagleridgeherbfarm.com. All orders placed by Feb. 5th will get FREE shipping and a Valentine card.

If you are local be sure to check in at the Rural Retreat Wineryto purchase out products or place orders for Valentine Gift baskets.
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Enjoy this down time; read, plan or dream about what you hope to accomplish in the garden this year. I look forward to a wonderful 2008 and seeing you at the farm this year.

More next month,
Ellen and Gregg