Gardening and Environment

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Festive Holiday Centerpiece

Saturday, December 10, 10am–12pm
Simple and easy Do-It-Yourself floral arrangement techniques will allow you to create your own special holiday centerpiece to last through the season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant parts are all included in the class cost. Make your own and take home.
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Festive Holiday Wreath

Saturday, December 10, 1–3pm
Learn how to create a wonderful Do-It-Yourself wreath suitable to adorn any front door throughout the Holiday season. A varied selection of greenery, cones, berries and other plant parts are all included in the class cost. Make your own and take home.
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$50, $45 for members

Book Club – December

Monday, December 19, 6–7:30pm
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

Winner of the Audubon Medal “for sounding the alarm about the health and societal costs of children’s isolation from the natural world,” this book explores the current generation of children and their nature-based education deficit.  Increased exposure to nature and the outdoors has shown to be beneficial to health, both physically and mentally. Discuss Louv’s suggestions on how to reverse “nature-deficit disorder” and help children gain appreciation for the natural world. This Book Club meeting is accompanied by a tour of the biomes by a Conservatory educator and a nature-based activity that Book Club members can pass along to children. 
Location: Meeting Room A
$15, $5 for members

Indoor Winter Edibles

Thursday, January 19, 6–7:30pm
Learn the techniques to grow microgreens, mushrooms and other edibles indoors during the cold months.  Take home seeds.
Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$25, $20 for members

DIY Terrarium

Saturday, January 28, 10am–12pm
Create a beautiful and low-maintenance terrarium.  A variety of plants are available for your selection.  All materials are included.
Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Winter Art Deco Floral Arrangement

Tuesday, February 7, 6–8pm
Create an orchid-inspired arrangement suitable to beat your winter doldrums or to give to your Valentine. Sip on wine to get your creative juices flowing. All materials included. 
Led by Conservatory Educator Christie Nohle
Location: The Wells Barn
$50, $45 for members

Book Club – February

Monday, February 13, 6–7:30pm
Tulip Fever: A Novel by Deborah Moggach

Here is a novel set in 17th-century Amsterdam in the middle of “tulipomania” when people across the country were in the middle of a tulip obsession. Following the tumultuous relationship between a painter and his subject, Moggach illustrates an intense, deceptive romance with morality called into question. This tale of chaotic obsession with blooms and lovers is not one to be missed.
 
Refreshments provided. After the book discussion participate in a hands-on tulip-inspired art experience. 
Location: The Wells Barn
$15, $8 for members

Basic Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, February 18, 10:30am–12:30pm
Learn the basics of butterfly gardening including the differences between host plants and nectar plants, and the roles of exotic plants and native plants. Participants will receive native plant seeds and a list of butterfly host plants and nectar plants.
Led by Chris Kline, Butterfly Ridge
Location: Meeting Room A
$20, $15 for members

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Wednesday, February 22, 6–7:30pm
Learn some of the secrets that the Conservatory horticulture staff use to create and maintain such lush and healthy gardens. From indoor tropicals to vegetable gardens, staff will share some of their most useful tips of the trade.
Led by Conservatory Educator Charlie Richardson
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$20, $15 for members

All About Orchids

Sunday, February 26, 1–3pm
Explore the wonderful world of orchids. Learn the basics of growing and caring for these amazing plants at home. Demonstrations cover repotting, diagnosing pest and disease problems, and special care for specific types. Receive an orchid plant to take home!
Led by Conservatory interior horticulturist Dave Brigner
Location: Meeting Room A
$60, $50 for members

Small-Scale Permaculture

Tuesday, February 28, 6:30–8pm
Permaculture is a theory of sustainability and restoration that calls for maximizing resource use and planting perennial-heavy gardens. Rachel will share her experience with forest gardening, restoration agriculture, small-scale livestock and foraging.
Led by Rachel Tayse, Harmonious Homestead  
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$25, $20 for members

Vegetable Gardening Series

Wednesdays, March 1–April 5, 6–7:30pm
Start Vegetables from Seed Wednesday, March 1, 6–7:30pm
Crop Rotation and Companion Planting Wednesday, March 8, 6–7:30pm
Plan a Year of Edibles Wednesday, March 15, 6–7:30pm
Building Healthy Soil, Composting and Soil Tests Wednesday, March 22, 6–7:30pm
Integrated Pest Management Wednesday, March 29, 6–7:30pm
Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden Wednesday, April 5, 6–7:30pm

Led by Conservatory educators and horticulturists
Location: The Wells Barn
$100, $75 for members (series)
$20, $15 for members (per class)



Walk and Sip with Exhibiting Artist Stephen Eichhorn

Friday, March 3, 6–7:30pm
Sip wine while exploring the Cardinal Health Gallery and Conservatory biomes with exhibiting artist Stephen Eichhorn and Conservatory Horticulture Exhibits Designer, Garet Martin. Discuss the Gallery and Rainforest exhibits, Orchids and Art Deco inspirations.
$15, $10 for members

Basic Garden Design I (Lecture)

Saturday, March 11, 10am–12pm
Learn the basic design principles of color, texture, scale, rhythm, repetition and form. Discover the process to create a customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. To build upon this information, attend the Basic Garden Design II four-week workshop series. 
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer
Location: The Wells Barn
$20, $15 for members

Backyard Poultry Basics

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30–8pm
Keeping a small flock of chickens or quail can benefit a family with fresh eggs, efficient composting and a "pet with benefits." We'll discuss choosing birds, designing a coop and run, sourcing feed, keeping animals healthy and navigating permits. 
Led by Rachel Tayse, Harmonious Homestead
Location: The Wells Barn
$20, $25 for members

Advanced Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, March 18, 10:30am–12:30pm
Begin thinking like a butterfly: learn nectar preferences for specific butterfly species as well as the importance of not just planting a host plant, but planting it in the right spot to maximize butterfly usage.
Led by Chris Kline, Butterfly Ridge
Location: The Veridian
$20, $15 for members

Basic Garden Design II (Four-Week Series)

Saturdays, April 1, 8, 15 & 22, 10am–12pm
Adapt the basic design principles to create your own landscape plan. Design a customized garden mixed with trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and bulbs. Draw and add to your master plan each week, with the final class devoted to individualized sessions and specific guidance on your completed plan. Prerequisite: Basic Garden Design I Lecture.
Led by Christie Nohle, Landscape Designer
Location: The Wells Barn
$70, $60 for members

Book Club – May

Monday, May 15, 6–7:30pm
Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden by Alain Baraton

After a devastating storm damages nearly all 2,100 acres of the Palace of Versaille’s stunning grounds, Alain Baraton, gardener in chief at the palace, brings it back to life while detailing the history and evolution of the garden. Step back in time through this memoir of lavish parties, legendary historical figures and the eternal connection between garden and gardener.
 
Refreshments provided. The book discussion is followed by by an interactive wine tour of the Community Garden Campus with a Conservatory horticulturist.
Location: American Electric Power Foundation Education Pavilion
$15, $8 for members

Book Club – August

Monday, August 14, 6–7:30pm
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

In this National Best Seller written by Hope Jahren, named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2016, the secret life of plants is explored within the walls of her research laboratories and beyond. To read her describe the wonders of botany - “At its peak, sweet corn grows a whole inch every single day, and as the layers of husk shift slightly to accommodate this expansion, you can hear it as a low continuous rustle if you stand inside the rows of a cornfield on a perfectly still August day” - is to observe a true student of nature.
 
Refreshments provided. The book discussion is followed by an interactive wine tour of the Conservatory’s biomes with a Conservatory horticulturist.
Location: Meeting Room A
$15, $8 for members

Book Club – November

Monday, November 13, 6–7:30pm
At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

From the author of Girl with a Pearl Earring comes a story of one family’s will to survive and flourish in America’s pristine Wild West. Set in the formative mid-1800’s from the back of a bumpy wagon, the Goodenough family work to tame the land, stake their claim, and sow the seeds of an iconic American culinary staple: the apple. Explore the original backlands of America from the comfort of your couch, apple pie in hand.
 
Refreshments provided. After the book discussion, participate in a hands-on culinary experience.
Location: The Wells Barn
$15, $8 for members