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February 2018

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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Basic Floral Design
Part 2

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, April 3, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

This class continues Mimi Cassick’s beginning class:  expand your knowledge of composition, cut flower preparation, and mechanics for various types of arrangements.  Fee includes all materials except floral snips.

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Garden Indoors:
Dish Gardens with Succulents

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Use sand, rocks, and succulents to create a dish garden that will remind you of warmer climes during winter! Also learn unusual ways to incorporate favorite houseplants into interior mini-scapes. Bring your own container (details sent after registration), all potting materials and plants are provided.

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March 2018

March Madness

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Saturday, March 31, 2018

March 1 – 31, 2018 Garden members enjoy 15 percent off on purchases in the Garden Shop & Garden Cafe all month for March Madness. Garden members also receive 15 percent off in the Robins Tea House when it reopens on March 14.

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Seasonal Garden Walk:

Tuesday, March 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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How to Draw Stuff
(in the Garden)

Saturday, March 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, March 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm

For those who have always wanted to learn how to draw, or want to refresh unused skills, this is a fun, basic course.  Class time covers skills that can be used to go into the Garden to sketch what you see and enjoy.  Enhance your garden experience with art.  For beginners, this class offers a relaxed atmosphere.  This class is also good for parents of homeschoolers who want to build their own drawing skills.  Instructor: Paula Blair

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Putting Botanical Art to Work

Sunday, March 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Members of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) are committed to fostering the use and conservation of native plants, while pursuing excellence in botanical art. Join us for a presentation about their recent project and book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic and learn about how these contemporary plant portraits were created. We compare a sampling of these captivating native plant paintings to portraits of the same plant by 18th century naturalist and artist Mark Catesby. Proceeds from the sale of the books…

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Natural Connections: Interdisciplinary Strategies for Teaching and Learning

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 @ 8:30 am - Friday, March 16, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

Wednesday, March 14 | Pre-K–1st Grade Thursday, March 15 | 2nd–3rd Grade Friday, March 16 | 4th–6th Grade Fee Per Day: $45; includes workshops, morning coffee, lunch and classroom resources Pre-registration required. 8 hours professional development points per day Scroll down for online registration. To register multiple participants and pay with a Purchase Order, call (804) 262-9887 x322. Join us for the 2018 Educators’ Conference! This three-day collaborative conference provides valuable professional development opportunities for PreK–6th grade educators, administrators, and pre-service…

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Soils, Part 3:
pH and Fertilization

Saturday, March 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 soil pH and the many factors affecting it within soil chemistry, plant nutrition, and the nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium cycles, including fertilization and how to read fertilizer labels. Parts 1 and 2 examined the physical properties of soil, life in the soil, organic matter, and sustainable gardening.

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Introduction to Watercolor
for Botanical Illustration

Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - Saturday, April 7, 2018 @ 3:30 pm

Students learn about painting materials (papers and brushes), practice watercolor painting skills and complete exercises demonstrating core techniques. Complete one or more painting(s) of a simple botanical subject (e.g., leaf, nut, simple flower) of their choice, practicing the painting skills taught in the class. Accuracy of representation is emphasized as well as artistic expressiveness.  Instructor:  Hazel Buys.  Lunch is on your own each day.

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