Gardening and Environment

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Advanced Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, February 27, 10:30am–12:30pm
Thursday, March 3, 5:30–7:30pm
Begin thinking like a butterfly: learn nectar preferences for specific butterfly species as well as the importance of not just planting a host plant, but planting it in the right spot to maximize butterfly usage. Led by Conservatory butterfly expert, Chris Kline.
$15 members; $20 non-members

All About Orchids

Sunday, February 28, 1–3pm
Explore the wonderful world of orchids, members of the largest and most diverse plant family on earth! Learn the basics of growing and caring for these amazing plants in the home environment. Demonstrations will cover repotting, diagnosing pest and disease problems, and special care for specific types. Receive an orchid plant to take home! Led by the Conservatory’s interior horticulturist, Dave Brigner.
$50 members; $60 non-members

Vegetable Gardening Series

Wednesdays, March 2–April 6, 6–7:30pm
Maximize your vegetable production throughout the year. Learn about composting, healthy soil, planting techniques and how to attract good bugs while deterring pesky ones.


March 2 Start Vegetables from Seed
March 9 Crop Rotation and Companion Planting  
March 16 Plan a Year of Edibles 
March 23:  Building Healthy Soil: Composting and Soil Tests
March 30 Integrated Pest Management 
April 6 Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden 

Led by Conservatory educators and horticulturists
$100, $75 for members (for series)
$20, $15 for members (per class)

Start Vegetables from Seed

Wednesday, March 2, 6–7:30pm
Learn the basics of seed starting and expand your horticultural knowledge. Examine preparation for the garden season, garden design, companion planting and plant timing. Take home your own seed-starting kit.
$20, $15 for members
Or, sign up for the full six-week Vegetable Gardening Series

Crop Rotation and Companion Planting

Wednesday, March 9, 6–7:30pm
Learn the knack of crop rotation to help manage soil health and fertility, reduce soil borne diseases and cut down on pests.
Led by Conservatory horticulturist Charlie Richardson
$20, $15 for members

High Value Crops

Tuesday, March 15, 6–7:30pm
Money sometimes does grow on trees! Whether you are an urban farmer, an aspiring hobby farmer or a backyard gardener, learn how to make a profit from your garden with crops that will give you the most bang for your buck.
Led by Conservatory educator Charlie Richardson
$20, $15 for members

Plan a Year of Edibles

Wednesday, March 16, 6–7:30pm
Plan and plant a garden that will produce fruits and vegetables all year. Receive month-by-month planning guidance and learn season extension techniques and how to properly prepare your garden bed for the whole year.

$20, $15 for members
Or, sign up for the full six-week Vegetable Gardening Series

Basic Garden Design I (Four-Week Series)

Saturday, March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, 10am–12pm or 1–3pm
Adapt the basic design principles of color texture, scale, rhythm, repetition and form to create a landscape plan.  Design a customized garden with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.  Add to your master plan in class, with take-home work each week.  Final class features individualized sessions and specific guidance. Led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle.
$60 members; $70 non-members

Building Healthy Soil

Wednesday, March 23, 6–7:30pm
Learn the basics of composting, soil testing and the fundamentals of healthy soils. One class participant will win a valuable compost kit.
Led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle.
$20, $15 for members

Raising Chickens for Eggs and Meat

Monday, April 4, 6–8pm
Tired of pale yellow yolks? Learn how amazingly easy it is to raise chickens in your own backyard and reap the benefits for health and cuisine. What kind of chickens to choose? How to care for new chicks and keep hens healthy? How about a coop? These questions and more are answered in this class designed for beginners. Handouts and resources included.
Led by Jeannie Seabrook, Glass Rooster Cannery
$30, $25 for members

Integrated Pest Management

Wednesday, April 6, 6–7:30pm
Learn easy, natural methods to manage garden pests. Examine the basics of integrated pest management (IPM) that will help you have a healthier and safer garden. Get hands-on experience and scout for pests in the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus.
Led by Conservatory horticulturist Patrick Hoehn
$20, $15 for members

Building a Potato Box

Saturday April 9, 1–3pm 
Learn about new potato varieties, how to build a sturdy potato box and create the perfect soil texture.  Take home plans and seed starters for a successful backyard harvest of organic potatoes!
Hands on, led by Conservatory educator Charlie Richardson
$25, $20 for members

Basic Garden Design II (Three-Week Series)

Saturday, April 16, 23 & 30, 10am–12pm
Continue to design your customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.  Completion of Basic Garden Design Class I series is a prerequisite.  Take home work advised. Led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle.
$50 members; $60 non-members

Container Garden Design

Saturday, May 21, 11am–1pm
Learn the basics of successful container gardening and discuss container selection, soil and fertilizers, and designing with a wide variety of plants. Create your own container in a moss-lined basket. All materials included.
Hands-on led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle
$50, $45 for members