Gardening and Environment

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Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

DIY Hypertufa Trough

Sunday, July 9, 10am–12pm
Learn to make an inexpensive, one-of-a-kind hypertufa container in this hands-on program. Receive step-by-step instructions and create a beautiful, rustic planter (with reusable mold) to take home. 
Hands-on led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Getting To Know the Bees in Your Backyard

Thursday, August 3, 7pm
Lecture and book signing (following lecture) with Olivia Carril, co-author of The Bees in Your Backyard, A Guide to North America's Bees. Olivia will discuss the natural history of bees, emphasizing the ones most commonly seen in Ohio and how to recognize them. She will also provide tips on encouraging these important pollinators in your backyard. 
Free lecture. Registration required.

Bonsai Demystified (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, August 5, 12 & 19, 10am–12:30pm
Have you admired a bonsai tree and wanted to create and keep a bonsai of your own? Learn the art and horticulture behind successful bonsai growing from Columbus Bonsai Society masters. Topics include pruning, wiring, soil, watering, potting, care and maintenance. Each student will be provided with a tropical plant and bonsai container to create their own bonsai to take home. Class fee includes a one-year membership to the Columbus Bonsai Society.
Location: The Wells Barn
$65, $60 for members

Community Backyards Workshop

Saturday, August 5, 10–11:30am
Attend this free workshop led by Franklin Soil and Water to learn about improving water quality with rain barrels and rain gardens, why native plants are so important, and how composting improves soil conditions.


Interested in backyard conservation? The Community Backyards program offers one reimbursement up to $50 after you purchase an approved rain barrel, compost bin or native plant(s), or a $100 reimbursement on the purchase of native tree(s). Note: Not all participants will qualify for the $100 native tree reimbursement. See the website for more details.

Eligible residents will then receive a voucher at the conclusion of the workshop listing eligible rebate items. For more information on participating communities and eligible rebate items, please contact Kristin Hilson at (614) 486-9613 or visit www.communitybackyards.org.
Free lecture. Registration required.

Book Club – August

Monday, August 14, 6–7:30pm
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

In this National Best Seller written by Hope Jahren, named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2016, the secret life of plants is explored within the walls of her research laboratories and beyond. To read her describe the wonders of botany - “At its peak, sweet corn grows a whole inch every single day, and as the layers of husk shift slightly to accommodate this expansion, you can hear it as a low continuous rustle if you stand inside the rows of a cornfield on a perfectly still August day” - is to observe a true student of nature.
 
Refreshments provided. The book discussion is followed by an interactive wine tour of the Conservatory’s biomes with a Conservatory horticulturist.
Location: Meeting Room A
$15, $8 for members

Kokedama – Japanese Moss Ball

Tuesday, August 15, 6–8pm
Kokedama is a form of a centuries-old Japanese garden art that is a living planter as well as a distinctive display piece. A plant’s root ball is suspended in mud, which is then coated with soft green moss that may be affixed to a piece of wood, suspended from a string or nestled in a clear container. Create your own Kokedama to take home or give as a gift. 
Led by Karen Anderson of Fishers Gardens
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Fabulous Floral Design

Monday, August 21, 6–8:30pm
Learn basic floral design principles to create a summer garden arrangement to adorn your home. Sip wine to get creative juices flowing. All floral materials are included in the cost.
Hands-on led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn (Main Floor)
$50, $45 for members

Basic Garden Design I (Lecture)

Saturday, September 9, 10am–12pm
Learn the basic design principles of color, texture, scale, rhythm, repetition and form. Discover the process to create a customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Build upon this information and attend the Basic Garden Design I four-week workshop series.
Led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn (Main Floor)
$20, $15 for members

Extending Your Garden Season

Monday, September 11, 5:30–7pm
Learn techniques to produce edibles all year-round. Explore methods that extend the gardening season and procedures to yield indoor edibles. Discover which methods will work the best and which plant varieties are the hardiest for cold temperatures.  Explore the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus at the end of the class.
Led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

Fall Container Gardening Workshop

Saturday, September 16, 10am–12pm
Celebrate the autumn season by learning the basics of container gardening and create your own to take home. Topics discussed will include plant and container selection, plant requirements, soils and fertilizers and transforming containers from fall into winter for interest. All materials are included.
Hands-on led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn (Main Floor)
$50, $45 for members

Plan a Year of Edibles

Wednesday, September 20, 6–8pm
Find out how to plan and plant a garden that will produce fruits and vegetables all year. Receive month-by-month planning guidance and learn season extension techniques, as well as how to properly prepare your garden beds for the whole year.
Led by Christie Nohle, Conservatory Educator
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

Basic Garden Design II (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, September 23–October 14, 11am–1pm
Adapt the basic design principles to create your own landscape plan. Design a customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Draw and add to your master plan each week, with the final class devoted to individualized sessions and specific guidance on your completed plan. Homework advised.

Pre-requisite: Basic Garden Design I (Lecture)
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer
Location: The Wells Barn, Classroom 3
$70, $60 for members

Succulent Turtle Topiary

Sunday, October 8, 1–3:30pm
Learn all about the art of topiary and then build a turtle from moss and chicken wire. Plant your turtle with a wide variety of succulents to take home. All materials and tools are included in the class fee.
Hands-on led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$55, $50 for members

Bulb Layering: Creating a Dutch Garden

Saturday, October 14, 10am–12pm
Learn a fun technique to planting a succession of bulbs in a container for longer bloom time. All materials provided and you go home with a container of bulbs ready to bloom next spring!
Led by Leo Berbee Bulb Company Owners Henk & Marjolein Berbee
Location: Conservatory Meeting Room A
$30, $25 for members

Put Your Garden to Bed

Saturday, October 21, 10am–12pm
Find out the most important tasks to accomplish before the growing season ends. Discussion will include which plants need to be cut back and which are best left for winter interest and wildlife feeding. Part of the class will take place outside on the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus, so dress appropriately.
Lecture led by Christie Nohle, Conservatory Educator 
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

Advanced Garden Design (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, October 28–November 11, 10am–12pm
Continue to design your customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Homework advised.

Prerequisite:  Basic Garden Design I and II
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer
Location: The Wells Barn, Classroom 3
$60, $50 for members

Winter Outdoor Container Arrangement

Thursday, November 9, 6–8pm
Celebrate the winter season by learning how to change your fall containers outside to stunning creations to adorn your home for the winter.
Demonstration led by Christie Nohle, Conservatory Educator
Location: The Wells Barn, Main Floor
$20, $15 for members

Book Club – November

Monday, November 13, 6–7:30pm
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

From the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring comes a story of one family’s will to survive and flourish in America’s pristine Wild West. Set in the formative mid-1800’s from the back of a bumpy wagon, the Goodenough family work to tame the land, stake their claim, and sow the seeds of an iconic American culinary staple: the apple. Explore the original backlands of America from the comfort of your couch, apple pie in hand.
 
Refreshments provided. After the book discussion, participate in a hands-on culinary experience.
Location:  American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$15, $8 for members

Create a Thankful Arrangement

Monday, November 20, 6–8:30pm
Learn basic floral design principles to create a harvest arrangement suitable for any Thanksgiving table. Adorn your Thanksgiving table or take as a wonderful hostess gift. All floral materials are included in the class cost. Bring your own vase/container suitable for a centerpiece to create your own masterpiece.
Hands-on led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Festive Holiday Centerpiece

Saturday, December 9, 10am–12pm
Simple and easy DIY floral arrangement techniques will allow you to create your own special holiday centerpiece to last through the season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant parts are all included in the class cost. Make your own and take home.
Hands-on led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Festive Holiday Wreath

Saturday, December 9, 1–3pm
Learn how to create a wonderful DIY wreath suitable to adorn any front door throughout the holiday season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant parts are all included in the class cost. Take home your masterpeice.
Hands-on led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members