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 2017

Grasses, Sedges, Rushes | August 7, 8

This course is for the disgruntled multitudes who would like to gain a better understanding of grass, sedge, and rush terminology, classification, nomenclature, and most importantly, identification.  Instructor: Dr. Douglas DeBerry.  Contact Hours: 14

Fall Container Workshop | September 21

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.

Making “Fairy Gardens” Workshop | September 28

Following  a demonstration of plants and materials for miniature gardens,  create your own ‘little fairy landscape’.  Instructor: Beth Burrell

The Beginner’s Perennial Garden | October 5

This workshop introduces you to hardy perennials, simple starter plans, and the basics of soil preparation. Instructor Beth Burrell (The Giving Tree) shares her years of experience as a landscape designer—including how to create a garden on a site with bad soil!

Home Landscape Design for Beginners | October 7, 14, 15, 21, 28, 29

Instructor Trevor Buckley guides you in analyzing your property for its landscape potential and acquiring the technical knowledge and creative tools to develop a design.  Tools and techniques learned in this course can be applied to a small urban lot, a suburban home, or a farm–wherever you make a landscape!

Fall Pruning for Shrubs and Small Ornamental Trees | October 14

Pick up tips on how to prune shrubs and small trees to prepare them for winter and early spring growth.  Instructor Joel Koci of Arborcare, Inc., describes the basics of pruning, discusses appropriate pruning times for various woodies, and demonstrates techniques.

Building Good Garden Soil | October 21

Everything starts with the soil! Find out  how to build your soil for spring gardening.  Learn the characteristics of basic soil types, and how to analyze your own soils, including amendment techniques, drainage, and more.  Instructor: Karin Stretchko

Bees & Pollinators Series

Bee Helpers: Plantings and Practices to Attract Pollinators | September 9 

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

All About Honeybees and Beekeeping | September 23

As an introduction to the basics of beekeeping, Jesse surveys the importance of honey bee pollination to our food supply, how consumers can take personal action to protect honey bees, and explains to aspiring beekeepers various aspects of beekeeping as a hobby and a business.  NOTE: This is an informational class, not a how-to course.

Plants for Virginia Gardens Series

Vines and Groundcovers for Virginia Gardens | September 14

Vines and groundcovers add height, structure, and layers of interest to gardens while providing settings for showier plants. Instructor Beth Burrell reviews the use of these plants in the landscape and provides suggestions for use in our area.

More Perennials | October 12, 19, 26

This follow-up  to “The Beginner’s Perennial Garden” focuses on the next wave of tough, high-impact perennial selections.  Instructor Beth Burrell discusses how variety in color, shapes, sizes, textures and cultural needs factor into the overall design.


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