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 2015

Garden Basics Series:

Digging In: Tips: Tools, and Time Savers | April 16, 23, 30

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

Plant It Now! Fall Vegetable Gardening | July 25

Horticulturist Heather Veneziano describes how to plan a fall veggie garden and which plants work best in our climate.


Garden Design Series:

The Beginner’s Perennial Garden | April 23

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

Making a Meadow | May 5

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

Eat Your Yard: Edible Additions to Your Home Landscape | May 14

Beth Burrell shows you how to incorporate a wealth of edible plants into your home landscape.


Plants for Richmond Gardens Series:

Plants for Shade and Dry Shade | May 7

Learn which plants work well in Central Virginia and how to adapt to shade and dry shade conditions.  Instructor: Beth Burrell.

Plants for Late Spring / Early Summer | May 16

Instructor Maggie Burgess discusses reliable, interesting plants that provide ongoing color throughout the season.

Plants for Pollinators | June 11

Director of Horticulture Grace Chapmen discusses optimal plants to attract pollinators, including which are best for nectar sources, pollen production, and larvae hosts.

Plants for Summer | July 18

Learn about reliable, interesting plants that provide dependable interest during our hot, dry summers.  Instructor: Maggie Burgess.


Gardening with Kids | April 25

Children’s Garden horticulturist Heather Veneziano shares tips on kid-friendly gardening techniques and suggestions for plant selections gleaned from her experience in the Children’s Garden and with her own young child. Note: This workshop is for adults. 


Intermediate Botany | May 13, 20, 27

This course an in-depth overview of the tools and techniques used by botanists to identify plants to the species level, with a strong emphasis on family characteristics. Instructor: Dr. Douglas A. DeBerry.


The Beekeeper’s Year: Spring to Summer | May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16

Learn the basics of setting up your own backyard beekeeping by following the common tasks that define the rhythm of the beekeeper’s year.


Making a Fairy Garden Adult/Child Workshop | June 4

Create your own miniature container garden or “little fairy landscape” in this workshop designed for adults with children ages 6 and up.


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.

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

Explore our Gardening and Garden Design Certificate Program.

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