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February 2018

Organic
Vegetable Gardening

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

Learn the basics of gardening the earth-friendly way! Organic gardener Heather Veneziano discusses how to ‘go green’ with your garden, including soil amendments, plant maintenance and pest control. Heather focuses on growing vegetables in our area, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties that grow well in the Richmond area. Take home a packet of seeds to start your spring garden.

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Botanical Illustration Sunday Studio:
February

Sunday, February 11, 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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Winter Symposium and 49th CVNLA Short Course
Gardening with Purpose and Passion

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 8:30 am - Friday, February 16, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Wednesday-Friday, February 14-16, 2018 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Massey Conference Center Presented by Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Central Virginia Nursery and Landscape Association, and Virginia Cooperative Extension Remember how you felt the first time you encountered that beautiful plant that now is your always recommended favorite? What plants, when displayed together, make your heart beat faster and always stun you with their four seasons of unrivaled beauty? Where do you turn for that purposeful palette of form, texture, color,…

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Soils, Part 2:
Organic Matter and Sustainable Gardening

Saturday, February 17, 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 organic matter in soil, including the process of decay, factors that affect organic matter content, managing it, and amendments to the soil. Parts 1 and 3 cover the physical properties of soil, life in the soil, and pH, fertilization, and plant nutrition.  Instructor: Karin Stretchko, Agriculture Specialist, J. Sargent Reynolds Community College.

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Spring Pruning for Shrubs
and Small Landscape Trees

Saturday, February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Pick up tips on how to prune shrubs and small trees for good spring growth. Instructor Joel Koci of Arborcare, Inc., describes the basics of spring pruning, discusses appropriate pruning times for various woodies, and demonstrates techniques. Bring questions about personal pruning problems. Joel Koci is a board certified master arborist, and holds a Masters in Ornamental Horticulture from Virginia Tech. He is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional and an extension agent in urban forestry at Virginia State University.

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Advanced Watercolor
for Botanical Illustration

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

Williamsburg-based botanical artist Juliet Kirby leads this four-day watercolor workshop for advanced botanical artists.  Participants bring a plant of their own choosing.  Focus is on composition, accuracy, and direction of light.  Students provide materials: a list of recommended materials is sent after registration.  Lunch is on your own each day.

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Thursday Yoga in the Garden:
February-March Session

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 10:00 am - Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement, and posture in a tranquil Garden setting.  Small class sizes enable instructor Jacqueline Gooding to offer individual pointers and address multiple levels of experience.  Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, water and appropriate layered clothing for the season.  Classes take place in the Garden or inside Garden buildings, depending on weather.

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Lunchtime Lecture:
Tropicals for Winter with David Pippin

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

David Pippin shows you how to liven up the short, cold days of winter by going “wild and crazy” with branches and foliage from the winter garden and some bright tropicals to add a welcome dash of warmth.  Includes lecture/demonstration and a buffet lunch.

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Evening Yoga in the Garden:
February-March Session

Thursday, February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - Thursday, March 29, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

Learn yoga’s calming rhythms of breathing, movement, and posture during this evening offering in a tranquil Garden setting.  Small class sizes enable instructor Jacqueline Gooding to offer individual pointers and address multiple levels of experience.  Please bring a blanket, yoga mat, water and appropriate layered clothing for the season.  Classes take place in the Garden or inside Garden buildings, depending on weather.

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Roses 101

Saturday, February 24, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Join the Rose Garden Horticulturist, Laurie McMinn, for this introduction to rose gardening. Learn best practices for pruning, spend time in the Rose Garden for hands-on demonstrations. Laurie also discusses region-specific rose gardening and highlights some new, successful cultivars.

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