Adult Education

Gardening and Garden Design


Learn the basics, refresh your home gardening skills or learn something new with programs in this area.  Look for unique workshops, multiple-session classes, and inspiring lectures. 

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Class Schedule December 2014 - April 2015
NEW Winter Botany
| December 8, 15                                                             

This course reveals all of the characteristics that woody plants leave behind during the winter months. Learn to identify plants down to the species level.

NEW The Beekeeper's Year: Winter to Spring
| January 25, February 22, March 22, April 19                                                                      

Learn the basics of setting up your own backyard beekeeping by following and learning the common tasks that define the rhythm of the beekeeper’s year.

NEW Plants for Richmond Gardens Series

Sign up for individual classes or register for the entire series highlighting good plants for Richmond gardens. 


Plants for Late Winter
| February 7

Instructor Maggie Burgess discusses reliable, interesting plants that provide texture and color in the winter landscape.

Gardening with Deer
| March 26

Beth Burrell helps you learn which plants are most likely to be targeted by deer and points out ways to deter the animals--including chemical, biological, and structural controls. 

The Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course
| February 11, 12, 13                                                           

Three days of sessions covering topics of interest to green industry professionals and seasoned gardeners. 

Spring Pruning for Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees
| February 14                                                          

Learn how to prune for optimal shape and structure, and to prevent future problems.  Instructor: Joel Koci, certified arborist and Extension Arborist, Virginia State University

NEW Garden Basics Series

Sign up for individual classes or register for the entire series for novice gardeners. 

Digging In: Tips, Tools, and Time Time Savers
| February 19, 26, March 5                    

Instructor Beth Burrell discusses step-by-step advice on plants best suited for the Richmond area, site preparation, proper planting techniques, and the finishing touches.

Vegetable Gardening the Organic Way
| February 21               

Garden Horticulturist Heather Veneziano focuses on growing vegetables in our area, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties that grow well in the Richmond region.

Rose Basics Workshop
| March 21            

Join the Garden's Rose Curator, Jay Austin, for this introductin to rose garden basics.

Building Good Garden Soil
| March 28                                                    

Everything starts with the soil! Find out how to build your soil for spring gardening. Instructor:  Garden Horticulturist, Karin Stretchko. 

NEW Garden Design Series

Sign up for individual classes or register for the entire series covering garden planning basics and creating various types of gardens. 

NEW What's Your (Garden) Style?
| February 28, March 7                                            

Explore how specific garden styles can complement your home’s architectural style.  Instructor: Shelly Arthur

NEW Patio Vegetable Gardens
| March 14                                                                 

Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano shows you how to plan an abundant vegetable garden with containers, including best plant selections, techniques for growing up, not out, and more.

The Beginner's Perennial Garden
| April 23                                                        

This workshop introduces you to hardy perennials, simple starter plans, and the basics of soil preparation. Instructor: Beth Burrell

All Things Orchid
| March 14                                                                                                                                     

Calling all orchid enthusiasts! Spend a day with Tom Purviance and John Salventi of Parkside Orchids to learn what makes an orchid an orchid, orchid culture and care, how to grow orchids under lights, how and when to repot, plus more.

NEW Gardening with Kids
| April 25                                                                                                                

Children's Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano shares tips on kid-friendly gardening techniques and suggestions for plant selections gleaned from her experience in the Children's Garden and with her own young child. Note: This workshop is for adults. 


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