Gardening and Environment

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Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

Sundays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8 and Saturday, October 17 (9 week course), 9am–6pm 
Earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate after completing this 72-hour course. The curriculum covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates, including the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design & construction, energy conservation and generation. Explore the social and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants. Guest speakers include Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms, featured in Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food, Inc.  Led by Caitlin Bergman of Copia Farms

Pack a lunch or visit the Garden Café. Six classes will be held at the Conservatory and three classes at Copia Farms in Johnstown.
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Gourds 101

Saturday, September 19, 2–3pm
Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about gourds. Explore the three main types of gourds and the basics of growing, cleaning, drying and crafting them. View examples of crafted gourds and discuss venues where you might compete with your own creations. Taught by Christina Voise, Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society.
$10 members; $15 non-members

How to Make a Gourd Birdhouse

Saturday, September 19, 3:30–5pm
Discover the art and science of creating gourd birdhouses. Learn the specifications and siting for different bird species and make take-home (unpainted) gourd birdhouses sized for wrens and chickadees. Materials provided; bring a pair of needle nose pliers if possible. Taught by Christina Voise, Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society.
$25 members; $30 non-members

All About Garlic

Monday, September 21, 5:30–7pm
Plant your garlic the right way and get it in the ground this Fall. Learn the basics of planting garlic such as timing, maintenance, harvesting and curing. Explore different varieties, each with distinct characteristics and flavor. Take home garlic to plant!
$20 members; $25 non-members

Composting & Vermiculture 101

Wednesday, September 23, 5:30–7:30pm
Explore the basic techniques and science of composting and vermiculture (composting with worms) and learn different approaches and benefits. Take a tour of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. One class participant will win a composting kit.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Season Extension

Wednesday, September 30, 5:30–7pm
Learn techniques to produce edibles into the autumn and winter. Discover which methods will work best for you and which plant varieties are the hardiest for cold temperatures.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Put Your Garden to Bed

Wednesday, October 7, 5:30–7pm
Learn about the must-do tasks to accomplish before winter arrives, such as which plants to cut back, which to bring inside, and what you can grow over the winter.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Selecting & Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs

Saturday, October 17, 10am–12pm
Now is the time to plant spring-blooming bulbs. Learn about both common and unique beauties that you can add to your landscape for a colorful spring display. Receive hands-on planting experience and take home a small group of bulbs.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Start a Community Garden

Thursday, November 12, 5:30–7pm
Discuss the important steps to starting a successful community garden. Topics will include organization, sustainability, and garden design. Take home the information and resources you'll need to get started.
$15 members; $20 non-members