Gardening and Environment

To Register
Online under select class descriptions

Call: 614.715.8022
Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Bonsai Demystified (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, August 6, 13 & 20, 10am–12:30pm
Learn to prune, wire, soil, water, pot, care and maintain your own bonsai tree from Columbus Bonsai Society masters. Materials provided include a tropical plant and container to take home. Class fee includes a one-year membership to the Columbus Bonsai Society.
Led by Columbus Bonsai Society | Location: The Wells Barn
$65, $60 for members

DIY Hypertufa Trough

Saturday, August 13, 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.
Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle | Location: AEP Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Building Healthy Soils

Saturday, August 20, 10:30am–12pm
Learn the basics of composting, vermiculture and soil testing to create the perfect environment for plants to thrive. Tour the compost system at the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus.
Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle | Location: The Wells Barn
$20, $15 for members

Basic Garden Design I (Lecture)

Saturday, August 27,10am–12pm
Learn the basic design principles of color, texture, scale, rhythm, repetition and form. Discover how to create a customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.

Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer | Location: The Wells Barn
$20, $15 for members

Basic Garden Design II (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, September 10–October 1, 10am–12pm
Take your garden into your own hands. Design a customized landscape 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. Pre-requisite: Basic Garden Design I Lecture. 
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer | Location: The Wells Barn
$70, $60 for members

Fall Container Gardening Workshop

Saturday, September 17, 1–3pm
Celebrate autumn by exploring container gardening and create your own to take home. Topics include plant and container selection, plant requirements, soils and fertilizers and seasonal maintenance. Plants, soil and fertilizer are included. 
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Extending Your Garden Season

Thursday, September 22, 5:30–7pm
Produce edibles all year round! Explore best practices that extend the gardening season and yield indoor edibles. Discover which plant varieties are the hardiest for cold temperatures. Tour the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus at the end of the class.
Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle | Location: AEP Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

Book Club – September

Monday, September 26, 6–7:30pm
Heirloom: Notes from an Accidental Tomato Farmer by Tim Stark

Follow the strange and ultimately rewarding journey of Tim Stark, government consultant from Brooklyn turned heirloom tomato and chile pepper farmer in Pennsylvania. In his first makeshift greenhouse, Stark tended over three thousand green tomato plants. It is safe to say, ushering in heirloom vegetable varieties to the modern age has become his obsession. With tomatoes beautiful enough to be featured on the cover of revered Gourmet magazine and sold in NYC’s famous Union Square Greenmarket, Stark’s tale of preservation is motivating and inspiring. This Book Club meeting is accompanied by a presentation on growing and caring for heirloom tomatoes by a Conservatory horticulturist.
Location: The Wells Barn 
$15, $5 for members

Plan a Year of Edibles

Thursday, September 29, 5:30–7pm
Plan and plant a garden that will produce fruits and vegetables all year. Receive month-by-month planning guidance and learn season extension techniques.
Location: AEP Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

Advanced Garden Design (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, October 8–22, 10am–12pm
Continue to design your customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs.  Prerequisite:  Basic Garden Design Classes I and II. 
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer | Location: The Wells Barn
$60, $50 for members

Start a Community Garden

Wednesday, October 12, 6–7:30pm
Discuss the important steps to starting a successful community garden. Topics include organization, sustainability and garden design. Take home crucial information and resources you'll need to get started. 
Location: AEP Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

DIY Terrarium

Sunday, October 23, 1–3pm
Looking for fresh, fun, and easy décor? Terrariums are ideal. Plants, soil, pebbles, charcoal and moss are included in the registration fee. Participants may bring their own clear glass container, at least 8-inches in diameter and 10-inches tall, with loose-fitting lid or purchase one from Botanica Gift Shop.
Location: The Wells Barn
$40, $35 for members

Book Club – December

Monday, December 19, 6–7:30pm
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Winner of the Audubon Medal “for sounding the alarm about the health and societal costs of children’s isolation from the natural world,” this book explores the current generation of children and their nature-based education deficit.  Increased exposure to nature and the outdoors has shown to be beneficial to health, both physically and mentally. Discuss Louv’s suggestions on how to reverse “nature-deficit disorder” and help children gain appreciation for the natural world. This Book Club meeting is accompanied by a tour of the biomes by a Conservatory educator and a nature-based activity that Book Club members can pass along to children. 
Location: The Wells Barn
$15, $5 for members