Gardening and Environment

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African Violets 101

Saturday, January 16, 1–3pm
Learn how to grow and care for an African violet. Get your hands dirty when you remove a baby plant from its mother leaf and re-pot it to take home. Handouts and a discussion will teach you how to care for your new African violet. Led by Nancy Carr and Donna Vogelpohl of the Columbus African Violet Society.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Indoor Winter Edibles

Tuesday, January 19, 6–7:30pm
Don’t let winter hinder your green thumb (or your palette)! Learn easy techniques to grow micro-greens and lettuce inside, explore indoor mushroom growing kits and become versed in windowsill herb production. Take home your own seeds to start.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Basic Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, January 23, 10:30am–12:30pm
Thursday, January 28, 5:30–7:30pm
Learn the basics of butterfly gardening including the differences between host plants and nectar plants, the roles of exotic plants and native plants, and other butterfly needs. Participants will receive native plant seeds and a list of butterfly host plants and nectar plants. Led by Conservatory butterfly expert, Chris Kline
$15 members; $20 non-members

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

Start From Seed

Tuesday, March 1, 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 members; $25 non-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.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Basic Garden Design I (Four-Week Series)

Saturday, March 19, 26, April 2 and 9, 10am–12pm
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

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