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 botany, the setting of these workshops is relaxed and social. 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 May – August 2024

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. 

NEW! Living Succulent Birdhouse | June 29 | IN-PERSON 

Create a beautiful living succulent birdhouse with Melissa Tebbenhoff of Rusted Rabbitt in Williamsburg. Each participant will choose from a variety of homegrown succulents to create your living roof and will receive hands-on guidance along the way. This workshop will include an in-depth lesson on succulents and how to care for your living birdhouse.

NEW! Colorful Kokedama & Fun with Moss | August 9 | IN-PERSON 

In this fun workshop, Conservatory Horticulturist Jayton Howard will talk about the history of Kokedama and demonstrate how to make this fun mossy creation. You’ll have fun with moss and get your hands messy as you make our own Kokedama to take home with you. For this workshop, we’ll be using plants that flower and fun, colorful decorations and moss to make these Kokedama really stand out from the rest!

NEW! Living Succulent Wine Bottle Centerpiece | August 10 | IN-PERSON 

Create your own beautiful succulent centerpiece using recycled wine bottles in this new workshop! Melissa Tebbenhoff of Rusted Rabbitt in Williamsburg will provide step-by-step guidance as you design your centerpiece. This workshop will include an in-depth lesson on succulents, including flowering tips and tricks, and how to care for your living wine bottle creation. Get ready to have a great time and meet fellow plant enthusiasts as you combine your love for wine and plants in one delightful activity!

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