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 August-December 2015

Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes | August 10, 11

Gain a better understanding of grass, sedge, and rush terminology, classification, nomenclature, and most importantly, identification.  Instructor: Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry.

Beekeeping: Working Studios for Advanced Beginners | September 6, October 11, October 25, November 8

Brush up your beekeeping skills in these informal, in-hive sessions covering seasonal beekeeping tasks.  Register for sessions separately.

Plants for Virginia Gardens Series:

Vines and Groundcovers | September 10

Discover how vines and groundcovers add height, structure, and layers of interest to gardens while providing settings for showier plants.  Instructor: Beth Burrell.

Plants for Fall | October 17

Instructor Maggie Burgess discusses reliable, interesting plants that provide ongoing interest as the seasons change.

Making a Meadow | September 15

Learn how to plan, prepare, plant and maintain a wildflower meadow for your property.  Instructor: Laura Anne Brooks.

The Beginner’s Perennial Garden | September 24

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

Living and Non-Living Diseases of Woody Ornamentals | October 6, 13

Learn which diseases affect woody plants, including funguses (biotic) agents and non-living (abiotic) agents  that create soil and root disorders.  Instructor Joel Koci.

Garden Basics Series:

Fall Pruning for Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees | October 24

Instructor Joel Koci describes the basics of pruning, discusses appropriate pruning times for various trees and shrubs, and demonstrates techniques.

Building Good Garden Soil | November 14

Learn the characteristics of basic soil types, and how to analyze your own soils, including amendment techniques, drainage, and more.  Instructor: Karin Stretchko.


Interested in a gaining a thorough foundation in gardening and garden design?

Explore our Gardening and Garden Design Certificate Program.

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