Gardening and Environment

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Start From Seed

Tuesday, March 3, 6–7:30pm
Expand your horticultural knowledge with the basics of seed starting. Learn garden season prep, garden design, companion planting and plant timing. Take home your own seed-starting kit.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Basic Garden Design I (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, March 7–28, 10:30am–12pm
Adapt the basic design principles of color, texture, scale, rhythm, repetition and form to create a landscape plan. Design a customized garden with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Sketch and add to your master plan in class, with take-home work each week. The final class features individualized sessions and specific guidance on your completed plan. Take home work required.
$60 members; $70 non-members (for four-week series)

Breakfast with Birds (For All Ages)

Saturday, March 14, 9–10:30am  Registration Closed
Interested in bird watching? Want to know how to identify birds within a garden landscape? Learn how to find birds in this class that includes a short presentation, hike and a scone from the Garden Café. Take home a birding guide.
$5 members; $8 non-members

All About Orchids

Sunday, March 15, 1–3pm
Explore the wonderful world of orchids, the largest and most diverse plant family on earth. Learn the basics of growing and caring for orchids in the home environment. Demonstrations will cover repotting, pest and disease problems, and care for specific types. Receive an orchid plant to take home.

$50 members; $60 non-members

Create a Certified Butterfly Garden

Saturday, March 21, 10:30am–12:30pm
Using photos and measurement of your home landscape, design your own butterfly garden that will meet the needs of specific butterfly species. Take home a butterfly plant starter kit that includes the plants necessary for a Certified Butterfly Garden.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Wattle & Willow Whips

Sunday, March 22, 10am–1pm
Rediscover the traditional art of creating garden structures with cut willow and other plant materials. Artist and basket maker Howard Peller demonstrates the wily tecniques for crafting an attractive and utilitarian tuteur out of willow. Hands-on participation included.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Plan a Year of Edibles

March 28, 10:30am–12pm
Plant a garden that will produce fruits and vegetables all year. Take home guidance for preparing your garden for the year, month-by-month planning, and season extension techniques.
 
$15 members; $20 non-members

Hummingbird Gardening

Thursday, April 2, 6–8pm
Hummingbirds are an entertaining addition to the home garden. Learn how to attract hummingbirds through wise plant selections, rather than feeders.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Unique Summer- & Fall-blooming Bulbs

Sunday, April 12, 10–11:30am
You might be familiar with spring-blooming bulbs that are planted in the fall, but there are many attractive summer- and fall-blooming bulbs that need to be planted in the spring. Surprise your garden visitors with not-so-common beauties for a colorful summer and fall display. Take home a few bulbs.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Composting & Vermiculture 101

Wednesday, April 15, 5:30–7pm
Explore the science, techniques, approaches, and benefits composting and vermiculture (composting with worms). Take a tour of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Garden Design II (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, April 18–May 2              
Continue to design your customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Completion of Basic Garden Design I (4-week series) is a prerequisite. Take home work required.
Saturdays, April 18–May 2 (three-week series), 10:30am–12pm
$50 members; $60 non-members

Mini Hostas: Tiny Show-Offs of the Garden

Sunday, April 19, 10–11:30am
Discover the wonderful miniature hosta cultivars available in the market, where to find them, and how to display them in the garden and containers. Hosta care and maintenance, including garden siting, soil mixtures, watering and pest solutions, are covered. Led by Elizabeth Veldey, Past-President of the Central Ohio Hosta Society.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Introduction to Permaculture

Sunday, April 26, 2–4pm
Create a layered food forest in your own backyard by working with nature, not against it. Gain an understanding of the key concepts in sustainable gardening where overlooked materials become free resources, yields increase, work is minimized, and the mutual support between people and the local environment is restored. Led by certified permaculture designer Caitlin Bergman, Copia Farm.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Garden Greens

Wednesday, May 6, 5:30–7pm
Bored with growing the same lettuce? The vibrant world of garden greens includes unique heirlooms and new varieties. Consider lesser-known vegetables that brighten up your salads, along with hardy varieties to grow into the cool season.
$15 members; $20 non-members

IPM at Home

Tuesday, May 19, 5:30–7pm
Learn easy, natural methods to manage garden pests. Examine how integrated pest management (IPM) develops a healthier and safer lawn and garden. Get hands-on experience and scout for pests in the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Bringing Back Monarchs

Thursday, May 21, 6–8pm
The population of the monarch butterfly has been in decline for several years. Help bring the monarch back to its once thriving numbers through wise plant selections in your home landscape. Take home milkweed plants.
$20 members; $25 non-members

The History & Hybridizing of Daylilies

Saturday, May 30, 10am–12pm
Explore the history and culture of daylilies and how colors and forms have changed over the years. Learn how daylily plants are selected for breeding, how to harvest the seeds, and how to grown the new hybrid seedlings. Techniques for hybridization are demonstrated. Tour the Conservatory's Ohio Hybridizers History Daylily Garden and take home a daylily hybrid. Led by Steve Williams, daylily hybridizer, Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society.
$20 members; $25 non-members

DIY Hypertufa

Sunday, May 31, 12–2:30pm
Learn how to make inexpensive hypertufa containers. Make a one-of-a-kind rustic concrete planter with a reusable mold to take home. Class held outdoors.
$45 members; $50 non-members