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Grow Your Own Vegetables and Annuals from Seed (Class is Full)
Shelley Dillard
Plant Propagator, Morris Arboretum

Vegetable gardening is booming! So many folks have jumped on the bandwagon to grow their own. Buying vegetables and annuals as small plants can not only be expensive, but it can also be hard to find exactly what varieties you want. This class will teach students how to grow seeds so that they can get a jump start on spring. Simple strategies that will increase success will be demonstrated, as well as timing sowing dates, and sources for seed. It is SOW easy! This is a class that will inspire you. The class takes place in the Arboretum Greenhouse. Please check in at the Visitors Center. Class size is limited so sign up early.

Saturday, February 27
10 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 2/27/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Adding Fruit Trees to your Garden
Phil Forsyth
Executive Director, Philadelphia Orchard Project

Turn your backyard into an orchard! Growing fruit trees at home provides you with fresh-picked fruits to eat, and fruit trees also can add beauty to your landscape with colorful, fragrant blossoms. This introductory workshop with the staff of the Philadelphia Orchard Project (phillyorchards.org) will cover the basics of planning, planting, and caring for fruit trees. Learn which fruits are easiest to grow and ecological methods for growing happy, productive trees. We will meet at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across Northwestern Avenue from the public garden entrance. Park in the lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, March 5
1-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/5/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

100 Years of Collecting: Conifers at the Morris Arboretum
Anthony Aiello
The Gayle E. Maloney Director of Horticulture and Curator, Morris Arboretum

Starting with John Morris and continuing through the present, conifers of all shapes and sizes have been a part of the Arboretum's landscape for well over one hundred years. The Arboretum includes many mature and younger dwarf conifers, along with a wide variety of species. Join Tony Aiello for a trip through time, exploring the many periods of collecting that have contributed to our current landscape. We will visit plants that date to the Morris era, ones that were planted after World War II, and more modern additions to the landscape. In the process you will gain an appreciation of how the landscape develops over time and insight into this interesting and diverse group of plants.

Thursday, March 10
10 a.m.-12 noon
Raindate: Friday, March 11
Single class scheduled on 3/10/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Snowdrop Propagation by Twin-Scaling
Matthew Bricker
Snowdrop Enthusiast

Snowdrops, with their winter flowers, simple form, and endless variation, have earned the devotion of many a gardener. Come hear how a collection of galanthus can add early season interest to the garden and learn to vegetatively propagate desirable selections by twin-scaling. Following the presentation and a demonstration, materials will be available for participants to try twin-scaling themselves.

Thursday, March 10
6-8 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/10/2016 at 6:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $28.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $32.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $28.00 ea.

Rose Pruning Basics
Vince Marrocco
Chief Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Early spring is the time to get your roses ready for a season full of gorgeous scented blooms. This class is held indoors and outdoors in the Visitors Center and Rose Garden. Participants will get an overview of spring rose care including pruning, planting, transplanting, fertilizing, and disease prevention. A pruning demonstration will follow, and then you will have the opportunity to test your skills on our roses. Be sure to dress warmly, bring your hand pruners and gardening gloves, and be prepared to get your knees dirty.

Saturday, March 12
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/12/2016 at 9:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Pruning for the Homeowner
Vince Marrocco
Chief Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Learn how you can skillfully prune shrubs and small trees to achieve a pleasing natural shape and abundant flowering. In this weekday evening lecture and Saturday workshop, you will have the opportunity to see demonstrations designed to help you master pruning concepts and gain confidence. The course will cover formative pruning for young trees and proper pruning techniques for larger, older trees. It will also cover naturalistic pruning techniques for creating attractive hedges and methods for reducing overgrown shrubbery. This class meets twice. Please bring hand pruners and a small pruning saw to the Saturday session.

Wednesday, March 16
7-9 p.m. and
Saturday, March 19
10 a.m.-12 noon
Irregular classes scheduled starting 3/16/2016 and ending 3/19/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

Introduction to Aquaponics
Nicholas Renner
Founder, Integrated Symbiotics

Aquaponics is a food production method that combines aquaculture (raising freshwater fish) with hydroponics (soilless agriculture) in a symbiotic environment. Aquaponics is a novel approach to agriculture that can be used in unconventional areas, and saves 90% more water than conventional gardening. These systems work by recirculating fish waste through grow bed systems. Bacteria convert the fish waste into nitrates, which are used by the plants to grow. The clean water is then recirculated back to the aquaculture system. In this class you will learn how to plan, design, build and maintain an aquaponics system. Bring your lunch and something to drink.

Saturday, April 2
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/2/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $54.00 ea.

Magnolias: Tour with an Expert
Jim Gardiner
Executive Vice President, Royal Horticultural Society

Join us for the rare opportunity to tour the Arboretum's magnolia collection with Jim Gardiner, a world expert on magnolias. Revered by gardeners since ancient times, when they were brought into cultivation in Asia, magnolias, with their beautiful flowers and attractive scent, continue to have great allure. In current years, a steady supply of new magnolias has become available, making the genus a source of greater horticultural excitement than ever before. We will walk through the Arboretum's extensive magnolia collection and look, with Jim's guidance, at the diversity of flower colors and form. Jim is the author of several books on magnolias including Magnolias: A Gardener's Guide.

Tuesday, April 12
1-3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/12/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Selecting Great Plants for Your Garden: Pre-Plant
Josh Darfler
Greenhouse and Garden Manager, University of Pennsylvania

Do you think you really know the conditions of your garden? We've all heard the mantra "right plant, right place" but one of the most common mistakes people make is misjudging what their garden space really is (sun, moisture, drainage, pH). This class will help you figure out what type of conditions your garden really has and help you go get the right plants that will thrive in your garden. With the correct plants for your garden you'll save time and money with plants that are happy where they are and don't need to be coddled to survive.

Wednesday, April 20
6:30-8 p.m
Single class scheduled on 4/20/2016 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Organic Controls for Lawn and Garden Care
Paul D. Orpello
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Are you passionate about the environment and your landscape? Deciding between making your landscape look good and helping the environment is no longer a choice you need to make. There are now top performing organic alternatives for all facets of lawn and garden care. They are safe, effective, and make you feel great about caring for your landscape in a responsible way. Join our Section Leader for the Compton Section of the Arboretum, Paul D. Orpello,CPH for this class. Paul manages his section of the garden with an organic program designed for high performance results and minimal environmental impact. The focus of this class will be to highlight all of the fantastic options that are out there for organic lawn and garden care. Paul will discuss selection, mixing, timing, and developing a program to suit your individual needs. Come be part of helping us strive toward our mission of environmental stewardship for the 21st century.

Saturday, April 30
10 a.m.-noon
Single class scheduled on 4/30/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Let's Talk Trees: Understanding and Managing Trees
Joshua Best
The Walter W. Root Endowed Arboriculture Intern

Trees are an asset to any landscape. Caring for them when they are young will increase their lifespan and help you avoid costly tree maintenance bills as they mature. In this walk, we will look at many of the Arboretum's outstanding tree specimens to observe examples of tree care practices and why they have been used by professional arborists in various situations. We will discuss challenges to healthy tree growth to understand what you can do on your own and when you should hire a professional arborist. Topics will include pruning practices to increase mature tree longevity as well as recognizing challenges to tree growth such as soil compaction. We will also observe pruning and wound responses and what to expect as trees age and begin to decline. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Saturday, May 14
10 a.m.-12 noon
Raindate: Saturday, May 21
Single class scheduled on 5/14/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Fern Table Workshop
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Join staff horticulturist Louise Clarke to make a naturalistic miniature garden that incorporates hardy, shade-loving ferns with moss, weathered wood, and other found objects from nature. A 12 inch square paver forms the table base which, when completed, can be installed on a pedestal in your garden or on a shady patio, doorstep, balcony, or similar area. Perfect for those with limited space, the fern table is designed for year-round outdoor display. Please wear work clothes; gardening gloves optional. Please bring a shallow container at least 14" x 14" to transport your creation home. This course meets at the Morris Arboretum’s Horticulture Center at Bloomfield Farm. Enter the Arboretum on the road opposite from the public garden entrance. Park in the parking lot and follow the signs to the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, June 4
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/4/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.

Butterfly Walk
Kris Soffa
Naturalist

Welcome the first day of summer searching for butterflies in the Arboretum's woodlands, wetlands, and wildflower meadows. During our walk the group will learn fascinating facts about butterfly behavior, mimicry, and how to raise butterflies at home. Kris will give simple suggestions for how to attract butterflies to your home garden using native caterpillar host plants. Meet at the Morris Arboretum. Park in the meadow to the left of the entrance kiosk. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Bring water and a camera. This class is for adults and children 10 years and older.

Tuesday, June 21
10:00 a.m.-12 noon
Raindate: Thursday June 23
Single class scheduled on 6/21/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Pollinator Plants That Thrive in Delaware Valley
Howard Goldstein
Penn State Master Gardener

Invite pollinators into your garden by providing them with the food sources they need. In this class you will learn about perennials and shrubs that are great pollinator plants and grow in this area. The instructor will illustrate his lecture with examples from the Penn State Pollinator Garden in West Fairmount Park, where he has volunteered for the past five years. This garden, which requires little watering and has flowers from very early spring through November, is continually assessed for its effectiveness in attracting pollinators. Howard will show examples of some of the different insects that are common to this garden and that you might expect to see in your own garden.

Saturday, June 25
10:30-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 6/25/2016 at 10:30AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

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