Beat the heat by learning new crafts and drinking cold beverages.

The Voelker Orth Museum at 149-19 38th Avenue in Flushing will kick off its Garden Creativi-TEA summer workshop series with a practicum on terrarium making on Tuesday, July 12. Then, the weekly workshops will take place every Tuesday through August 9.

To run from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the historic house’s Victorian garden, the activities will bring together arts and plants with hands-on projects using recycled and natural materials. A special brew of iced tea will be served during each session, and participants will make something to bring home every week.

With the same time frame, the schedule is as follows:

  • July 12, terrarium making;
  • July 19, garden-inspired jewelry design;
  • July 26, painting and planting;
  • August 2, DIY nature journals; and
  • August 9, hanging mobiles.

All ages are welcome, and no reservations are required. However, children must be accompanied by an adult. Prices are $3 per person or $6 per family. On rainy and excessively hot days, the programs will take place indoors.

The Voelker Orth Museum offers programs reflecting the neighborhood’s history and diverse cultural and horticultural heritage, while also maintaining a bird sanctuary and beekeeping hives. Its Victorian garden contains plants and bushes from the late 19th century. They are maintained the old fashioned way, with time-honored gardening techniques, such as hand-pruning and the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides.

German immigrant Conrad Voelcker, who ran a printing business with his brother, built the residence in 1881.


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