Gardening and Environment

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Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Vegetable Gardening Series

Wednesdays, March 1–April 5, 6–7:30pm
Start Vegetables from Seed
Learn basics of seed starting, garden design and plant timing.
Wednesday, March 1, 6–7:30pm
Crop Rotation and Companion Planting
Crop rotation helps manage soil health and prevent soil-borne
diseases. Improve performance by interpolating specific plants
that benefit each other.
Wednesday, March 8, 6–7:30pm
Plan a Year of Edibles
Prepare month-by-month plan to produce fresh, homegrown
produce all year.
Wednesday, March 15, 6–7:30pm
Building Healthy Soil, Composting and Soil Tests
Learn basics of composting, vermiculture, soil testing and more.
Wednesday, March 22, 6–7:30pm
Integrated Pest Management
Examine basic pest management tactics that will provide a
healthier and safer garden.
Wednesday, March 29, 6–7:30pm
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden
Learn about composting, healthy soil, planting techniques
and how to attract good bugs while deterring pesky ones.
Wednesday, April 5, 6–7:30pm

Led by Conservatory educators and horticulturists
Location: The Wells Barn
$100, $75 for members (series)
$20, $15 for members (per class)



Basic Garden Design II (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22, 10am–12pm or 1–3pm
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. Prerequisite: Basic Garden Design I Lecture.
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer
Location: The Wells Barn
$70, $60 for members

Much Ado About Monarchs

Saturday, April 8, 10am–12pm
Join monarch researcher Chris Kline as he discusses the history of monarch butterfly research, the current status of this imperiled species, the relationship between monarchs and milkweed, and how you can help the monarch. Take home milkweed seeds. 
Led by Chris Kline, Butterfly Ridge
Location: Meeting Room A
$20, $15 for members

Don’t Bug Out

Wednesday, April 12, 6–8pm
Learn how to control garden pests without the use of harsh chemicals. Participants will feel more confident as the growing season begins when they learn how to identify common garden pests and a few techniques to help prevent them. Create and take home a “brew” of natural insecticide.
Led by Charlie Richardson, Conservatory Educator
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$25, $20 for members

Gardening for Ages 50+

Thursday, April 20, 1–2:30pm
Enjoy a special gardening class created for Baby Boomers and beyond. Learn all of the wonderful benefits of gardening by employing ergonomic techniques, tips and tools to make this healthful activity as safe and pain-free as possible. Tour of Scotts MiracleGro Community Gardening campus if weather permits.
Led by Conservatory Educator, Christie Nohle
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

Teacup Fairy Garden

Saturday, April 22,  2–4pm
Create your own teacup garden with the new micro mini fairy collection. Includes, teacup and saucer, 1 plant, soil, stones, house, gnome, fairy, steps and birdbath.
Led by Karen Anderson, Fishers Gardens 
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$70, $65 for members

Growing Microgreens At Home

Tuesday, April 25, 6:30–8pm
Microgreens are a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy greens. In this class, urban farmer Rachel Tayse will demonstrate how to grow micro kale, peas, radishes and more at home. Make and take a tray of planted seeds that will be ready to grow in your home!
Led by Rachel Tayse, Harmonious Homestead
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$30, $25 for members

Advanced Garden Design (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, April 29, May 6 & 13, 10am–12pm
Continue to design your customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.  Prerequisite:  Basic Garden Design Classes I and II.  Homework advised.
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer
Location: The Wells Barn, Classroom 3
$60, $50 for members

History of Bulbs with Leo Berbee Bulb Co.

Sunday, April 30, 1–2:30pm
Learn the history of the flower bulb business and the life cycle of the bulb from the suppliers of the Conservatory’s Columbus Blooms bulbs. Henk Berbee is native to Holland and has over 50 years in the flower bulb business. His daughter Marjolein, also born in Holland, has 15+ years in the business. After the lecture, take a guided walk through the courtyards. Attendees will also receive a $10 gift card to the Dutch Mill Greenhouse Garden Center.
Led by Henk and Marjolein Berbee, Owners of Leo Berbee Bulb Company, http://www.berbeeus.com
Location: Veridian
$30, $25 for members

Book Club – May

Monday, May 15, 6–7:30pm
Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden by Alain Baraton

After a devastating storm damages nearly all 2,100 acres of the Palace of Versaille’s stunning grounds, Alain Baraton, gardener in chief at the palace, brings it back to life while detailing the history and evolution of the garden. Step back in time through this memoir of lavish parties, legendary historical figures and the eternal connection between garden and gardener.
 
Refreshments provided. The book discussion is followed by by an interactive wine tour of the Community Garden Campus with a Conservatory horticulturist.
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$15, $8 for members

Live Begonia Wreath

Saturday, May 20, 10am–12pm
Create a living wreath that blooms all summer to hang on a door or wall. All materials included. Bring gardening gloves and apron.
Hands-on led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Container Garden Design

Sunday, May 21, 1–3pm
Learn the basics of successful container gardening and plant selection, soil and fertilizers. Create your own container in a moss-lined basket. All materials included. Bring gardening gloves and apron.
Hands-on led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Make Your Own Ivy Topiary

Saturday, May 27, 1–3pm
Learn all about the art of topiary and then create a two-dimensional topiary using a wire form and ivy to take home. All materials are included in the class fee.
Hands-on led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Succulent Container Garden

Saturday, June 17, 10am–12pm
Create a low maintenance container with a variation of colors and textures with succulents and cacti.  Once planted they only require a sunny window and very little water. A perfect planter for the forgetful gardener! All materials are included. 
Hands-on led by Conservatory educator Christie Nohle
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$45, $40 for members

“Hive Q”: Exploring the Intelligence of a Honey Bee Colony

Thursday, June 22, 6-8pm
Did you know that a colony of Honey Bees can actually make decisions?! Explore some of the amazing “mechanics of thought” that bees employ at the individual and colony level to make decisions. Also get an overview of some of the biology and social structure of a hive and join a discussion about some of the things you can do to help our pollinator communities. Weather permitting, there will be a hive visit before the lecture!


Dave Noble is currently the Apiarist at Stratford Ecological Center in Delaware, OH. There he cares for the Center’s bee hives, runs the queen production and breeding program, and is involved with many educational programs including the Beekeeper Apprenticeship training program for new and aspiring beekeepers. The Beekeeper Apprenticeship is a comprehensive, 6 month long, bee-centered training program that emphasizes hands on experience and using the science of bee biology and behavior to develop beekeeping practices. Dave’s beekeeping philosophy is “Learn to listen to the bees and they will tell you what to do.”

Led by Dave Noble, Apiarist, Stratford Ecological Center
Free lecture. Registration requried.
Location: The Wells Barn

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

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

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