Plant Play: Make and Take Workshops

It’s time to get your hands dirty and play with plants! Using live plants provided by the Garden, our instructors will help you make your own plant creations to take home. Focusing on topics like living succulent wreaths, terrariums and more, each workshop provides information on how to provide ongoing care and maintenance to your plant creation. Part creative arts, part horticulture and part botany, the relaxed, social setting of these workshops make them perfect to attend with a friend, family member or date. You’ll have fun and learn something new about plants!

Classes are offered in-person, as synchronous (live) online programs, or using hybrid methods with both in-person and virtual content. Class delivery methods are denoted next to each listing as VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, or HYBRID.

Class Schedule January – April 2024

NEW! Bonsai for Beginners | January 27 OR May 11 IN-PERSON 

Conservatory Horticulturist Jayton Howard will dive into the origins and history of bonsai, how to care for and plant a bonsai and teach some basic bonsai training techniques. We’ll learn these techniques through the planting and training of your very own starter bonsai that you will get to take home with you and grow into a mighty bonsai. Jayton will provide all the information needed to successfully maintain and care for your starter bonsai.


Spring Succulent Wreath | February 24 IN-PERSON

Create a unique living wreath for spring with Melissa Tebbenhoff of Rusted Rabbitt. Using air plants and exotic succulents of your choice in spring hues, create a living work of art. Melissa guides you through the process of designing your wreath with an assortment of live plants and dried flowers. Melissa will provide all the information needed to maintain your succulents and your new living piece of art. 


NEW! Kokedama & Fun with Moss | March 15 IN-PERSON

In this fun workshop, Conservatory Horticulturist Jayton Howard will talk about the history of this form of garden art and demonstrate how to make a Kokedama. You’ll have fun with moss and get your hands messy as you make our own Kokedama to take home with you. Jayton will provide all the information you need to properly care for and maintain your Kokedama. 


Making Magical Terrariums & Micro-Gardens | April 19 IN-PERSON

In this workshop, instructors Jayton Howard (Conservatory Horticulturist) and T.J. Oliver (Kroger Community Kitchen Garden Horticulturist) will unearth the history of terrariums and discuss terrarium care. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands dirty as you make your own magical mini-garden in a small jar. The instructors will provide all the information you need to properly care for and maintain your terrarium. 


Succulent Driftwood Centerpiece | May 11 IN-PERSON 

Create a beautiful succulent driftwood centerpiece with Melissa Tebbenhoff of Rusted Rabbitt. Each participant will choose from a variety of different driftwood pieces from our very own VA shorelines. Several techniques will be demonstrated on how to create this unusual centerpiece before each participant makes their own with succulents. Melissa will provide all the information needed to maintain your succulents and your new living piece of art. 

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