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 January-April 2016

Winter Botany | January 11, 12

The Winter Botany curriculum focuses on use of dichotomous keys and familiarizing attendees with the technical terminology surrounding identification of plants in winter.  Instructor: Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry.

Garden Design Series:

Landscape Boot Camp | January 23, 30, February 6

Get ready to shape up your landscape in three sessions; learning to measure, plan, and budget, install your landscape, and pick up seasonal maintenance strategies.  Instructor: Sharon Baum.

Seasons of Your Landscape: First Time Homeowners | February 27

Get up to speed on the basics in this workshop:  learn how to establish curb appeal, evaluate your shade and wind break needs, and screen for privacy.  Instructor: Sharon Baum

Patio Vegetable Gardens | March 22

Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano shows you how to plan an abundant vegetable garden with containers, including best plant selections, techniques for growing up, not out, and more.

The Beginner’s Perennial Garden | April 14

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

Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners | January 24, February 7, 21, March 6, 20, April 3

Learn the basics of beekeeping by learning the common tasks that define the rhythm of the beekeeper’s year.  Instructors vary.

Winter Symposium and CVNLA Short Course: Horticultural Harmony: Toward Beautiful and Resilient Compositions | February 10, 11, 12

On Wednesday and Thursday, explore with green industry colleagues ideas about how we bring people and plants together to create more satisfying, ecologically sensitive, and sublimely beautiful environments.  Friday is devoted to Pesticide Applicator Recertification in categories 3A, 3B, 8, 10 and 60.

Beginning Botany | February 17, 24, March 2

Learn about the ‘secret life of plants’ with instructor Sheila Hayden.  This class introduces you to the way plants make food, grow, and reproduce.

Plants for Virginia Gardens Series:

Gardening with Deer | February 25

Beth Burrell helps you learn which plants are most likely to be targeted by deer and points out ways to deter the animals–including chemical, biological, and structural controls

Plants for Late Winter | March 5

Learn about reliable, interesting plants that provide ongoing interest as the seasons change—and are time-tested in the Garden’s collections.  Instructor: Senior Horticulturist Shannon Smith.

Plants for Spring | April 23

Pick up tips for selecting, placing, planting, and caring for reliable spring plants as well as the dark side—what problems are common to them.  Instructor: Garden Horticulturist Dean Dietrich

Garden Basics Series:

Vegetable Gardening the Organic Way | March 5

Garden Horticulturist Heather Veneziano focuses on growing vegetables in our region, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties that flourish in the Richmond area.

Digging In: Tips, Tools, and Time-Savers | March 24, 31, April 7

Instructor Beth Burrell provides step-by-step advice on plants best suited for the Richmond area, site preparation, proper planting techniques, and the finishing touches.

Tree Care Symposium: Getting to Big Trees: Practices for Life Stages | March 29, 30

This two-day symposium looks at practices that ensure that trees reach a healthy maturity and a long life span.  Registration opens January 4th.

Intermediate Beekeeping Weekend | April 2, 3

Delve into the inner workings of honey bee colonies, gain deeper understanding of honey bee biology and learn how to increase your colony’s productivity through re-queening strategies, splits, swarm prevention, queen and hive performance evaluations, and natural Integrated Pest Management.

Container Garden Workshop | April 28

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.


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

Explore our Gardening and Garden Design Certificate Program.

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