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January 2018

Beginning Botany
for Gardeners

Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

Learn about the ‘secret life of plants’.  This class introduces you to the way plants make food, grow, and reproduce.  Includes a copy of the class text, Brian Capon’s Botany for Gardeners. Follow up later in the year with “Intermediate Botany.” Instructor: Jill Spear, Department of Biology, University of Richmond and Department of Biology, University of Mary Washington.

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Botanical Illustration Sunday Studio:

Sunday, January 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Mentors and students work on certificate projects together in an informal setting.  Open to BI certificate candidates only.  

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Half-Price Admission Days: Jan. 15 – Feb. 28, 2018

Monday, January 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Jan. 15 – Feb. 28, 2018 Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission through Feb. 28 During this time only, Garden admission is $6 for adults and seniors and $4 for children.

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Basic Floral Design
Part 1

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

Learn how to create the basic shapes and styles of floral designs—the building blocks for true creativity.  This course will introduce you to techniques and styles commonly used by professionals.   Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements. A section on cut flower care and handling is included, along with a text.  All materials provided; students need to bring sharp floral snips. Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

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Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health:
January-February Session

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Wednesday, February 21, 2018 @ 1:00 pm

Mindfulness is the ability to have a non-judgmental awareness of events as they unfold in the moment.  It is a fundamental and ancient component of may Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.  In recent years, there has been substantial research on its use in the treatment of medical conditions and mental disorders, as well as its application in healthcare, education, and the workplace.  As a group, learn about and discuss the origins of practices, modern scientific underpinnings of research, and multiple…

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One-Pan Wonders
with Chef Anne

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

In this one-pan wonders class, Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala demonstrates how to make fuss-free suppers that are as delicious as they are easy to clean up.  Anne will show you simple dinner solutions for busy cooks by focusing on a fresh, flavorful sheet pan meal, a Dutch oven classic and a satisfying cast-iron supper.  Anne’s hour and a half demonstration is followed by a delectable lunch featuring some of the recipes discussed.

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Soils, Part 1:
Properties of Soil and Life in the Soil

Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about the life under your feet in this three-part series. In this class, instructor Karin Stretchko discusses the physical properties of soil, and explains that soil is far from inert, hosting a myriad of chemical and life processes. Parts 2 and 3 cover organic matter, sustainable gardening, pH, fertilization and plant nutrition. Take one or all three.  Instructor: Karin Stretchko, Agriculture Specialist, J. Sargent Reynolds Community College.

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February 2018

Beekeeping for Beginners
and Advanced Beginners

Saturday, February 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Saturday, March 3, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

In this beekeeping for beginners and advanced beginners class, learn best management practices and techniques to help keep honey bees healthy and productive in urban areas, suburban and rural settings using all-natural, bee-friendly methods.  Participants will build beehives, learn about the many aspects of beekeeping, observe a bee hive up close, learn how to install and care for honey bees and get complete instruction about setting up their own apiary (bee yard). Instructor Jesse The Beekeeper from EastCoastHoney will provide…

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Seasonal Garden Walk:

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Enhance your understanding and appreciation of the Garden with this specialized garden walk featuring seasonal aspects of the collection. Walks are offered monthly except January, July, and August.  Come dressed for the weather and walking in the Garden. (Formerly Ginter in the Morning)

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Planning and Planting a
Cutting Garden

Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

With many people concerned about the carbon footprint of commercially produced flowers or simply trying to save money, there is growing interest in cutting gardens. Lewis Ginter horticulturist Laurie McMinn discusses how to plan and design a cutting garden that is attractive, colorful, fragrant, and useful!

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