Gardening and Environment

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Pollinator Palooza

Saturday, July 11, 9am–4pm
Our future flies on the wings of pollinators! Explore pollinators of all kinds, from honeybees to hummingbirds, and learn about the effects of pollinators on the ecosystem from the experts who study them. Discover the intricate interdependence between flowers and pollinators, find out what is needed to attract pollinators to your garden, and more during this exciting day of education. Learn more.
$40 members; $50 non-members  Includes Lunch

Awesome Succulents for Young & Novice Growers

Saturday, July 25, 10:30am–12pm
Bruce Brethauer of the Central Ohio Cactus and Succulent Society will explore the many interesting and strange succulents of the world, including the Zipper Plant, Fairies Washboard, Mother of Thousands and others. Learn basic information on how to care for cactus and other succulents, and make your own take-home dish garden with three cool succulents. Plants and materials provided.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Japanese Art of Flower Arranging (Ages 8+)

Saturday, July 25, 1–3pm
The Sogetsu School of Ikebana will introduce you to the fascinating world of Japanese flower arranging. Make an arrangement to take home while experiencing the joy of joining your spirit with the beauty of Japanese flower arranging. Parents are welcome to attend and participate with children (ages 8+). Taught by Senior Master Riji, Myrna Cordray, Director of the Sogetsu School Columbus Branch, and assisted by Teacher Second Degree Sanyo, Michelle Rogers. All materials will be provided. Please bring scissors to cut flowers.
$20 members; $25 non-members

Bonsai Demystified (Three-Week Series)

Saturdays, August 15, 22 & 29, 10am–12:30pm
Have you admired a bonsai tree and wanted to create and keep a bonsai of your own? Learn the art and horticulture behind successful bonsai growing from Columbus Bonsai Society masters. Topics include pruning, wiring, soil, watering, potting, care and maintenance. Each student will be provided with a tropical plant and bonsai container to create their own bonsai to take home. Class fee includes a one-year membership to the Columbus Bonsai Society.
$60 members; $65 non-members

Permaculture Design Certificate Course (PDC)

Sundays, September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 25, November 1, 8 and Saturday, October 17 (9 week course), 9am–6pm 
Earn the internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certificate after completing this 72-hour course. The curriculum covers sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates, including the application of permaculture principles to food production, home design & construction, energy conservation and generation. Explore the social and economic structures that support a culture that cares for the planet and all its inhabitants. Guest speakers include Joel Salatin, Polyface Farms, featured in Omnivore's Dilemma, and Food, Inc.  Led by Caitlin Bergman of Copia Farms

Pack a lunch or visit the Garden Café. Six classes will be held at the Conservatory and three classes at Copia Farms in Johnstown.
$1,000  Register by August 30

Gourds 101

Saturday, September 19, 2–3pm
Learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about gourds. Explore the three main types of gourds and the basics of growing, cleaning, drying and crafting them. View examples of crafted gourds and discuss venues where you might compete with your own creations. Taught by Christina Voise, Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society.
$10 members; $15 non-members

How to Make a Gourd Birdhouse

Saturday, September 19, 3:30–5pm
Discover the art and science of creating gourd birdhouses. Learn the specifications and siting for different bird species and make take-home (unpainted) gourd birdhouses sized for wrens and chickadees. Materials provided; bring a pair of needle nose pliers if possible. Taught by Christina Voise, Publicity Director for the Ohio Gourd Society.
$25 members; $30 non-members

Composting & Vermiculture 101

Wednesday, September 23, 5:30–7:30pm
Explore the basic techniques and science of composting and vermiculture (composting with worms) and learn different approaches and benefits. Take a tour of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus. One class participant will win a composting kit.
$15 members; $20 non-members

Season Extension

Wednesday, September 30, 5:30–7pm
Learn techniques to produce edibles into the autumn and winter. Discover which methods will work best for you and which plant varieties are the hardiest for cold temperatures.
$15 members; $20 non-members