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The Old Stone House is partnering with the Handmade in Brooklyn Collective to bring a unique artisan fair Pop Up to Washington Park!

We are hoping to hold our event on Saturday, May 2, 2020 from Noon – 5 pm in Park Slope’s town square to introduce your business to our lovely neighbors. Because of the current coronavirus situation, we will reassess whether we can move ahead with the event on April 17. If we must cancel as per NYC directives, we will issue refunds to paid registrants.

We’re looking forward to a busy spring day in the park, with live music to set the mood. We’ll also be hosting our annual OSH & WP Plant Sale which supports our beautiful gardens.

This celebration of the handmade is a perfect time to shop for something special for Mother’s Day; and with graduation right around the corner, everyone will be on the hunt for amazing artisanal items just like yours!

Best wishes navigating the coming weeks – take care of yourselves!

Please read the following information carefully:

– Application Deadline is March 23, 2020.
– This is an outdoor event with NO electricity, plan accordingly.
– Vendors must provide business cards and a professional table display.
– On site street parking is available.
– Non-refundable $20 Application Fee, if your business is selected this fee is deducted from your Booth Fee.
– Booth Fee is $80, includes a 10′ x 10′ area with 6′ table and 2 chairs (tables can be shared between 2 Vendors).

Disclaimer and Guidelines:

– Please know we are not responsible for the success of sales, weather, or number of attendees.
– Vendors must have their booths set up and ready for business by 12 PM on May 2, 2020.
– No refunds will be issued after April 24, 2020.
– OSH & HMB assigns booth spaces to vendors. Vendors may not change booth location or designated boundaries of any booth space. Vendors must place all supports within the boundaries of their assigned booth spaces.
– Vendors may not drill, dig holes, paint, or make any permanent alterations to the site.
– Vendors are responsible for the clean up and disposal of all products, displays, trash, and recycling.
– Vendors must take their entire booths — including carpets, display racks, storage containers, and decorations — home with them. All booths must be taken down by 6 pm.
– By filling out this application, your spot at the OSH & HMB Pop Up is NOT guaranteed until you receive an invitation via email and have paid your booth fee.
– OSH & HMB reserve the right to determine whether any product or service may be offered at this event. Only products and services that are listed on this application and approved may be included in your booth. Vendors may be required to remove products from their booth that are not on this application.

Complete Your Vendor Application Here:

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Bask in the beauty of Washington Park in Summer on this plant identification walk with Sam Lewis, OSH Director of Gardens.

On this happy hour tour of the gardens, Sam will share tips on how to spot 10 of our seasonal plants and his knowledge of their usefulness in the landscape. Enjoy a fun and informative Friday evening with cold beer included!

Were thrilled to host our first social event at OSH in 127 days! Participants please wear facial coverings, and be aware of maintaining an appropriate distance.

Space is limited, reserve your place today.

Join us during the Park Slope Farmers Market to get your own plants from the OSH garden!

We’ll have a variety of flowers and herbs to choose from including aster, lambs ear, iris, lemon balm, and comfrey.

All purchases support our environmental education programs and the maintenance of our beautiful outdoor spaces.

Please make sure to wear your mask and maintain a safe distance while shopping.


Take a tour of the gardens focused on our medicinal plants!

Learn how they were used in the Revolutionary era to treat wounds and illnesses, and get soothing tea blend made with our herbs to take home.

Led by Danielle Moore, herbalist with Herbal Underground NYC and Sam Lewis, OSH Director of Gardens.

Get your ticket here.


Inspired by the Old Stone House gardens, this meditative art/writing workshop invites participants to spend some time in the green spaces surrounding the Old Stone House while reflecting on life in Brooklyn at large.

Join artist Diane Exavier for a self-guided walk/bookmaking workshop. Participants will meet at the entrance of the Old Stone House where they will be offered a blank sheet of paper that they will transform into a small garden journal through an instant bookmaking exercise. Generative writing and sketch prompts, as well as reflective questions will guide participants through the gardens at their own individual pace. The event will end with a gathering of imaginings for Brooklyns future(s).

This event will be held outdoors (weather and COVID-19 guidelines permitting) with plenty of space for social distancing. Face coverings will be required. If conditions do not permit an in-person event it will be moved to a virtual workshop.

Please RSVP here.

This event is part of our Brooklyn Utopias: 2020 exhibition which features Diane’s work Each Body Remains a Miracle.

Join our friends from Private Picassos for this drawing workshop inspired by the grounds of the Old Stone House. Learn how to create your own botanical sketches!

Traditional drawing techniques will be demonstrated by our teacher, followed by ample time for each student to find the subject that excites them for their own finished drawing.

$25/student with sanitized materials
$18/student if providing own supplies, email info@privatepicassos.com for an invoice for this option.

Sign up here.

Bring some sunshine indoors with a bouquet from the OSH gardens!

Visit us at the Park Slope Farmers Market from 10 am – Noon to get a colorful arrangement for your home.

All bouquets are $10, proceeds will help us install a new irrigation system and support our environmental education programs.

Capture a sampling of plant life in The Old Stone House Gardens!

Having painted en plein air for almost 20 years Jessica is excited to share techniques, tips, and knowledge about the practice. Attendees will also be welcome to sketch or paint the Old Stone House or any aspect of Washington Park. Surfaces will be provided and some portable easels will be available. Jessica can consult on materials ahead of time if needed.

To sustain your attention on a plant is an opportunity to observe closely, make an indelible impression, and inspire a unique expression, and doing so outside brings one in harmony with the nature.

All drawing and painting mediums and skill levels are welcome!

Masks are mandatory and participants will work at safe distances.

Sign up here.

Local artist Jessica Dalrymple returns to OSH this month for our always popular Botanical Drink N Draw event.

Inspired by the upcoming Kings County Fiber Festival, this botanical drawing session will feature textile plants used to create natural dyes and fibers.

Artists of all skill levels and all drawing mediums are welcome. We’ll host two sessions: socially distanced in person at 5 pm, followed by an online meet up on Zoom at 7 pm.

Choose the class that works for you, mix a cocktail or mocktail, gather your favorite supplies, and join in the fun!

Reserve your spot here.

Get in the Halloween spirit with these Fairy House coloring pages!

Print and color the page of your choice to be entered in our festive coloring competition. Our top 10 favorite pages will be displayed in the gardens from October 25, and included in the Park Slope 5th Ave BID Halloween Scavenger Hunt.

Download the coloring pages as printable PDFs: Fairy House 1, Fairy House 2

To join in the competition, drop off your artwork at OSH from 11 am – 2 pm on October 14-18.
Pages must be submitted by October 18 to be considered for our garden display!

Fairy Houses drawn by local artist Annah Shipman.