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 2019

Home Gardens

The Beginner’s Perennial Garden | April 18

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!

Plants for Pollinators: Spring | April 27

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

Annuals and Perennials for Virginia Gardens | May 2

Learn which perennials and annuals, from full sun to shade, are tested performers in our area. Beth Burrell discusses site conditions and care for exciting combinations that will enliven your own garden paradise.

Basic Residential Landscape Design | July 13, 20, 21, 27, 28, August 3

This comprehensive course enables you to thoughtfully and responsibly create a landscape enhancing the architecture of your home and reflecting your personality.


Container Gardens

Spring Container Workshop | April 27

Garden horticulturist Dean Dietrich, responsible for the many spectacular container plantings in the Central Garden, 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 Dean’s guidance.

Spring Container Workshop Overflow | May 11

Garden horticulturist Dean Dietrich, responsible for the many spectacular container plantings in the Central Garden, 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 Dean’s guidance.

Container Bog Gardens Lecture/Demo | May 11 Cancelled

Dean Dietrich demonstrates how to plan a mini-wetland, from water management to planting techniques and plant selection, while offering suggestions for appropriate containers and plant sources.

Tropical Container Gardens Lecture/Demo | June 1

Heat and humidity loving tropical plants love Virginia summers! Change up your containers with the vibrant hues and bold shapes of tropical plants for a pop of the tropics this summer.  Instructor: Dean Dietrich


Edible Gardens

Summer Herb Garden Basics:

Join foodie, world traveler and herbal expert Mark Ragland for these sessions to help you make and maintain a successful summer herb garden.

Patio Vegetable Gardens | June 8

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.

Plant It Now! Fall Vegetable Gardens | July 27

Virginia’s long autumn makes this the perfect time to plant a late vegetable garden. Horticulturist Heather Veneziano describes how to plan a fall garden and which plants work best in our climate.


Restoring Nature’s Relationships with Doug Tallamy | June 23

Doug Tallamy explains why specialized food relationships determine the stability and complexity of the local food webs that support animal diversity, why our yards and gardens are essential parts of the ecosystems that sustain us, how we can use our residential landscapes to connect the isolated habitat fragments around us. It is time to create landscapes that enhance local ecosystems rather than destroy them.

 

The Summer/Fall 2019 season of classes will publish on July 31, 2019.

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