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January 2019

Admission Days

Monday, January 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission through Feb. 28.  During this time only, Garden admission is $6 for adults and seniors and $4 for children. *Please note the Garden Shop will be closed Jan. 15-17, 2019

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February 2019

Beekeeping for Beginners
and Advanced Beginners

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 11:00 am - Saturday, March 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

In this beekeeping for beginners and advanced beginners class, learn best management practices and techniques to help keep honey bees healthy and productive in urban areas, suburban and rural settings using all-natural, bee-friendly methods.  Participants learn about the many aspects of beekeeping, observe a bee hive up close, learn how to install and care for honey bees and get complete instruction about setting up their own apiary (bee yard). Instructor Jesse The Beekeeper from EastCoastHoney provides a series of hands-on…

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Advanced Watercolor Techniques
for Botanical Illustration

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Advanced Watercolor Techniques covers drawing and painting fruit and vegetables, as well as refining students’ skill sets in design, composition, use of color and painting technique. The focus is on understanding shape, volume and correct light source. Sessions address textured surfaces, shine and moisture drops. Instructor: Betsy Lyon

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Basic Floral Design
Part 1

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - Tuesday, March 5, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

Learn how to create the basic shapes and styles of floral designs—the building blocks for true creativity.  This course will introduce you to techniques and styles commonly used by professionals.   Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements. A section on cut flower care and handling is included, along with a text.  All materials provided; students need to bring sharp floral snips. Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

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Floral Design
in the Asian Manner

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

The textures and colors of the winter landscape lend themselves to the refined line and minimalism of Asian-style floral design. Instructor Laura Anne Brooks shows you how to blend material from the winter garden with florist materials. All floral materials provided. Students bring sharp floral snips, and two kenzan (floral frogs).

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Beginning Botany
for Gardeners

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

Learn about the ‘secret life of plants’ with instructor Joey Thompson.  This class introduces you to the way plants make food, grow, and reproduce.  Includes a copy of the class text, Brian Capon’s Botany for Gardeners. Follow up later in the year with “Intermediate Botany.”

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Boxwood Care

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

Can’t see out your windows or use your sidewalk because your boxwood have taken over? Learn best management care for your boxwood from planting, pruning, rejuvenating older plants, to scouting for pests and current information on Box Blight. Instructor Laurie McMinn has worked with boxwood for over 18 years and will also demonstrate plucking on some hedges on the grounds. Come dressed for the weather and for walking.

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Vegetable Gardening

Saturday, February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn the basics of gardening the earth-friendly way! Organic gardener Heather Veneziano discusses how to ‘go green’ with your garden, including soil amendments, plant maintenance and pest control. Heather focuses on growing vegetables in our area, with an emphasis on heirloom varieties that grow well in the Richmond area. Take home a packet of seeds to start your spring garden.

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Lunchtime Lecture:
Arranging from the Winter Garden

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

David Pippin looks to the winter garden for a surprising selection of color, line, and texture with which to design, highlighted with a thoughtful selection of floral materials. Includes lecture/demonstration and a buffet lunch.

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March 2019

Member Appreciation

Friday, March 1, 2019 - Sunday, March 31, 2019

We appreciate our Garden members and celebrate them all month long throughout March. This year we have some exciting new member benefits; see what’s happening each week (below).

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