Gardening and Garden Design Classes

Learn basic gardening skills, brush up rusty skills, or learn something new. Learn to design your home landscape and care for it.  Look for unique workshops, multiple-session classes, and inspiring lectures.

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Class Schedule
April-August 2018

Plants for Pollinators: Spring | April 7

Learn how to support honey bees and other important pollinators in your own yard through companion planting and pesticide-free practices. Elise Benhase looks at plants providing support to pollinators from spring to summer.


How Trees Work | April 14

Learn about the dynamics of tree life and their architecture. Instructor Joel Koci explains their complex lives. Take a walk in the Garden with Joel to discuss various trees and how they function.


The Beginner’s Perennial Garden | April 19

Perennials can provide almost year-round color in an easy-care garden. This workshop introduces you to hardy perennials, simple starter plans, and the basics of soil preparation. Instructor Beth Burrell


Beginner’s Perennials, Part 2 | April 26

This follow-up to “The Beginner’s Perennial Garden” focuses on the next wave of tough, high-impact perennial selections. Discover strategies for season-long pizzazz through foliage impact and long-lasting blooms. Instructor Beth Burrell


Annuals and Perennials for Virginia Gardens | May 10, 17, 24

Learn which perennials and annuals, from full sun to shade, are tested performers in our area. Beth Burrell discusses site conditions and care for exciting combinations that will enliven your own garden paradise.


Summer Container Workshop | June 14

Garden designer Beth Burrell shows you how to plan your container garden, from soil mixes and planting techniques to design tips and succession planting for seasonal color, then create your own container garden under Beth’s guidance.


Starting Seeds with Herbalist Practices | June 28

Herbalist Laura Baum discusses selected culinary, native, and Eastern Woodland plants associated with traditional herbalism practices and how to start them from seed.


Plant it Now! Fall Vegetable Gardening | July 28

Horticulturist Heather Veneziano describes how to plan a fall garden and which plants work best in our climate. Veneziano describes organic gardening techniques and provides pointers for those who want to grow vegetables year-round.


Plants for Pollinators: Fall | September 8

Learn how to support honey bees and other important pollinators in your own yard through companion planting and pesticide-free practices. Elise Benhase looks at plants providing support to pollinators in late summer and early fall

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