The Lodge at Woodloch Expands Its Gardening “You-niversity”

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In addition to new ongoing garden classes, Garden Week is announced for August, 2013. The expanded Gardening Program offers classes, one-on-one consultations and the opportunity to spend time in the garden "digging in."

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As the private land surrounding the award-winning destination spa, The Lodge at Woodloch expands, so does the garden programming. Master Gardener, Alison Peck, was one of the first staff members at The Lodge at Woodloch more than seven years ago. At the time, her main purpose was to help ensure that the grounds were pristine. In addition, she created a small Chef’s Garden at the entrance of the property which has provided gourmet restaurant, TREE, with the freshest produce and herbs. The Chef’s Garden also welcomes guests in a warm, colorful and natural way. Peck’s role has since evolved as the demand for fresh ingredients has multiplied.

For the past two years, the garden program has grown with more gardens, more herbs and produce, and more guest interest. Due to growing guest interest, a plaque outside the Farm-to-Table Garden notifies guests when “the gardener is in,” providing the opportunity for one-on-one time with the expert. New classes and workshops for guests are blossoming this season, including: a Bog Talk, Companion Planting Workshop, Gardening Q&A Class, Gardeners Tools, Green Thumb Therapy, the Gardener Is In Consultations and Wildcrafting (including the wildly popular Terrarium Class).

Alison shares her passion and expertise for organic gardening practices with practical tips and recommendations that will help even novice gardeners to bloom. To help showcase the Farm-to-Table Garden at its best, The Lodge at Woodloch announced Garden Week August 2-8, 2013. Seven days full of special garden-focused programming, speakers, spa treatments, cooking demonstrations and garden cocktails.

The star seasonal spa treatment kicking off for the remainder of the harvesting season is the new Gifts from the Garden Body Treatment. This customized body treatment combines dried herbs harvested from the destination spa’s own garden and is designed to address the specific needs of each guest. The 100 minute treatments includes a consultation, scrub, bath and massage. Prior to their treatment, each guest will meet with a therapist to review all herbs that have been harvested to create a custom blend for the treatment. The guests may even use a mortar and pestle to grind the herbs into their own scrubs or herbal bath pouches. The ingredients selected by the guest will then be used in his or her treatment. Of course, which herbs are available will be completely based on Mother Nature and when the herbs are ready to be harvested from the garden.

The highlight of the week will be the intimate interaction with “Garden Celebrity” and author, Patricia Lanza the special guest speaker sharing her philosophy of Lasagna Gardening. The Garden Week Offerings Include:

Friday, August 2nd
Farm Fresh Cooking Demo- 3:00pm
Farm-to-Table Garden Party- 5:00pm-7:00pm
Lasagna Gardening…The Basics with author Pat Lanza- 8:00pm

Saturday, August 3rd
Garden Tour- 9:00am
Farm Fresh Cooking Demo- 11:00am
Lasagna Gardening in Small Spaces with author Pat Lanza- 8:00pm

Sunday, August 4th
My Garden Doctor…A Love Story- Book Signing with author Pat Lanza- 10:00am
Farm Fresh Cooking Demo- 3:00pm
Bringing the Outdoors In…Decorating With Nature with Master Gardener Alison Peck- 8:00pm

Monday, August 5th
Behind The Scenes of the Farm-to-Table Garden- 10:00am
Seed Saving with Master Gardener Alison Peck- 8:00pm

Tuesday, August 6th
Healthy Cultural Practices and Companion Planting Program with Master Gardener Alison Peck- 10:00am
Farm Fresh Cooking Demo- 3:00pm
Evening Garden Tour- 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 7th
Gardener’s Tools Workshop with Master Gardener Alison Peck- 10:00am
Farm Fresh Cooking Demo- 3:00pm

Thursday, August 8th
The Gardener Is In with Master Gardener Alison Peck- 10:00am
Garden Cocktail Creations Class- 3:00pm

About The Lodge at Woodloch:
The Lodge at Woodloch is one of the finest full-service luxury destination spas in the U.S., offering complete spa programs, treatments, outdoor adventure activities, golf, classes and packages in a pristine mountain retreat environment. Located on over 150 wooded acres with a private lake in the Lake Region of Northeast Pennsylvania, The Lodge provides an oasis for personal awakening and renewal just 2 ½ hours outside of New York City. The exclusive property features 58 luxury accommodations and a 40,000-square-foot spa. Additional information and reservations are available toll-free at 1-866-953-8500 or on the Web site at thelodgeatwoodloch.com.

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