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Containers for all Seasons
Paul D. Orpello
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Containers have become a permanent fixture in the modern landscape. Whether you have planted one or one thousand, they still seem to excite the senses with new possibilities. Planting containers for the garden can be a seasonal activity, one that changes, develops, and enhances your landscape throughout the changing of the seasons. Containers can add depth and diversity to a small space or courtyard setting, or they can be used to evoke elements of style and architecture in a larger scale garden. They can also be effectively used to add permanent plantings of extraordinary specimens. During this one-hour lecture, certified horticulturist Paul Orpello will discuss the keys for successful container planting in any season. Paul will cover proper siting, selection, and various themes for all conditions. After the lecture, Paul will demonstrate several different installations and styles of container gardening. He will also review the container plantings located in and around the garden with a short guided tour.

Tuesday, September 20
10 a.m.-12 noon
Single class scheduled on 9/20/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

At Home in the Garden : A Garden Tour
Nina Schneider
Garden Designer

Learning from other gardeners and seeing their gardens is inspiring. In this first in a series called "At Home in the Garden," we will examine an individual, local garden in detail, discuss the design, site conditions, plant selections, and maintenance challenges, as well as the seasonal activities that fill the gardener's calendar. Enrollment is limited. We will meet at the garden. Directions to Nina’s private garden in Chestnut Hill will be sent.

Saturday, September 24
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 9/24/2016 at 9:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.

Native Ferns in the Landscape and Garden
Dr. Keith Bowman
Botanist

Join us for a walk through the Arboretum and learn to recognize some of the common native ferns. You will learn about the unique biology and ecology of ferns and their allies. In addition, we will explore their use in the garden since there are many different kinds of ferns that grow in a variety of habitats. Although we are most accustomed to seeing graceful ferns throughout woodlands and forests, they are equally attractive when used in the shady home garden. Bring your hand lens, your enthusiasm, and your questions. Keith Bowman has taught botanical classes and led a variety of plant walks for almost 15 years. He took a course in pteridology (the study of ferns) during his Master’s work at the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Friday, September 30
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Single class scheduled on 9/30/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Grasses and Sedges of Scott Arboretum
Lucy Dinsmore
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

There are more than 1,000 species of Carex (sedge), but can you name one? These grass-like plants make great companions in the garden, are easy to grow, and are avoided by deer. This class meets at the beautiful gardens at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College and will explore the lesser known world of sedges. We will look closely at how sedges are used in the College’s display gardens and as lawn alternatives. Come for a thorough tour and leave with a better understanding of why this genus is so amazing, and why we should be growing and experimenting more with sedges. Meet in front of the Wister Center at Scott Arboretum, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA. Parking is available on College Avenue or Cedar Lane, and it is a short walk to the Wister Center. There is also a parking lot on College Avenue next to Cunningham Field. The visitor section of the parking lot is marked.

Saturday, October 1
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Single class scheduled on 10/1/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Creating a Naturally Beautiful Water Garden
Marc Radell
Master Gardener, Penn State Extension

Water gardens are a fantastic way to attract desirable wildlife to your property and to increase your garden's aesthetics exponentially. A properly designed water garden stocked with native plants and small fish becomes a haven for songbirds, dragonflies, and amphibians and even helps reduce the local mosquito population. In this class, we'll learn how to design, plant, and maintain both container and in-ground water gardens.

Wednesday, October 5
7 - 9 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/5/2016 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Pruning for the Homeowner
Vince Marrocco
Chief Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Learn to skillfully prune shrubs and small trees to achieve a natural shape and abundant flowering. At 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. Formative pruning for young trees, and proper pruning techniques for larger, older trees will be covered, as well as naturalistic 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, October 5, 7 - 9 p.m.
and Saturday, October 8 , 10 a.m. - 12 noon
Irregular classes scheduled starting 10/5/2016 and ending 10/8/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $55.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.

The Last Chance Café: Secret Life of a Golden Rod Field
Mike Weilbacher
Executive Director, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Goldenrod fields, the villains in thousands of allergy-relief commercials, are a critically important ecosystem for millions of butterflies, bugs, and birds, the last chance for life-saving pollen and nectar before the long winter sets in. On a walk through the Arboretum’s stunning goldenrod field, naturalist Mike Weilbacher shares with you the wonderful life histories of the many species we’ll find there - monarch butterflies, bumblebees, praying mantises, peacock flies, assassin bugs, and the plants themselves, asters, goldenrods, milkweeds, and thistles. Mike directs the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in Roxborough, makes regular appearances on WXPN’s Kids Corner, and hosted Earth Talk on WHYY for many years. Meet at the Arboretum. Please park your car in the grass parking lot to the left of the entrance kiosk and meet Mike there.

Sunday, October 9
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/9/2016 at 1:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.

Beekeeping 101: A Workshop for the Bee-Curious!
Stephanie Bruneau
Beekeeper & Owner, The Benevolent Bee

Did you know that you can enjoy honey, beeswax, pollen, and the miracle of bees right in your own backyard? Backyards (and even rooftops) are often excellent locations for beehives. A healthy hive can produce several gallons of delicious, healthful honey every year, and working with bees is tremendously enjoyable. In this one-session workshop, you will gain an introduction to the fascinating world of the honeybee. We will talk about what it takes to keep a busy, productive hive of bees happy; where to get bees of your own; how to set up and maintain a hive; and what types of activities and time commitment are required throughout the year. This is a beginner’s workshop, so no previous knowledge is required. The workshop will include time for Q&A, and a honey tasting!

Saturday, October 15
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/15/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $35.00 ea.

Beautiful Gardens in Small Spaces
Toni Ann Flanigan
Garden Designer, Philadelphia Garden, Inc.

You don’t have to be the Lord of Downton Abbey to cultivate sumptuous beauty at your diminutive estate. Learn ways of re-thinking the design of your private acreage even if it is only 1/8 of an acre. Whatever your space, Toni Ann will inspire you as she shares her tricks of the trade and the many tips she has developed during her 30 years as a professional garden designer with a specialty in working with small spaces. The lecture will include choosing good plants that are beautiful and just right for the scale of smaller gardens. Container gardens will be covered. You will also learn about different paving options, fencing details, and choosing garden accents.

Tuesday, October 18
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/18/2016 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Making Sense of Latin Names
Josh Darfler
Greenhouse and Garden Manager, University of Pennsylvania
John Kaszan
Plant Propagator, Meadowbrook Farm

Latin names are great for helping gardeners and horticulturists discuss specific plants. Unlike the common name, the Latin name is unique to each plant. Scientific Latin plant names help describe both the "genus" and "species" of plants in order to better categorize them and avoid confusion caused by the often contradictory and multiple common names an individual plant may have. Join John Kaszan and Joshua Darfler and learn more about Latin plant names, how proper nomenclature
works, and why it changes.

Wednesday, October 19
6:30 - 8 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/19/2016 at 6:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Dependable Perennials for Low Maintenance Gardening
Eva Monheim
Horticulture Instructor, Temple University

Careful selection of perennials can lead to a successful long-term investment in your garden. You can start with a few really great plants and divide them over the years to fill in your garden. Eva will consider the whole growing season and how to make your garden look good throughout the year. She will give you tips for planning your garden, how and when to divide perennials, when to collect seed, and when it is best to cut plants back. Students will be introduced to new perennial varieties and favorite classics.

Wednesday, October 19
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/19/2016 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Fertilizers and Plant Health
Bill Barnes
Owner, Barnes Horticultural Services

This course focuses on plant mineral nutrition with an emphasis on the elements needed for good plant growth and how to best make these elements available to your plants. A review of fertilizers, what they are, and how they differ from one another is provided. Examples include organic, time release, liquid, and standard types of fertilizers. We will examine what happens to plants treated with fertilizers, both pro and con, consider the limitations of fertilizers, and explain how things can sometimes go wrong and what steps to take to make corrections.

Saturday, October 22
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/22/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Orchid Workshop
Beth Davis
Waldor Orchids

Learn how you can grow exquisite orchids as houseplants and pot up one to take home. By applying the proper cultural techniques to vigorous orchid varieties, you can grow these exotic plants and have them flourish. Beth will review orchid growing supplies, nutritional requirements, grooming techniques, and pest and disease control. She will demonstrate how to pot a bare-root plant. You will then pot up your own beautiful orchid to take home and enjoy. Additional plants will be available for sale at the end of the workshop. Beth is a third generation orchid grower and has worked at Waldor Orchids in Linwood, New Jersey for over 20 years. If you have an orchid that is not thriving, bring it to class and Beth will offer suggestions for how to make it grow better. Bring a box to take home your orchid.

Tuesday, October 25
7 - 9 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/25/2016 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.

Best Bulbs for Your Spring Garden
Julie Bare
Estate Gardener, PHS Meadowbrook Farm

Fall is the time for planting bulbs to create a colorful display in the spring. From small winterflowering snowdrops to large and colorful tulips, bulbs offer a huge choice of flowers and can be used in borders, containers, or naturalized in the lawn. Julie will cover a wide variety of bulbs and their bloom time throughout the season. She will review planting techniques, bulb culture, and provide tips on care. Learn about must-have bulbs for your spring garden.

Tuesday, October 25
7 - 8:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/25/2016 at 7:00PM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Gardening with Ornamantal Grasses
Lucy Dinsmore
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Grasses add texture, movement, color, screening, seasonal interest, environmental benefits, and so much more to the garden. They are also beautiful and underutilized. We will discuss how and where to use them, along with their grass-like cousins - from sun to shade, dry to wet, and other situations. This class will start with a presentation indoors and end with a walking tour of the ornamental grasses planted throughout the Arboretum. Please dress appropriately for walking outdoors.

Saturday, October 29
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Single class scheduled on 10/29/2016 at 10:00AM
 
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Site Assessment for Better Gardens and Landscapes
Charles P. Mazza
Former Horticulture Educator, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Cornell Cooperative Extension

Landscaping doesn’t start with design. It starts by carefully observing, measuring, calculating, and testing to discover the characteristics of your property. Factoring in the results of those discoveries leads to a more sustainable landscape where plantings match the site’s characteristics. Learn how to conduct a step-by-step evaluation or assessment of the site. This class is ideal for new home owners or those planning to expand a landscape into new areas of their property, whether they are experienced gardeners or novices. Included in the class is the helpful reference book Site Assessment for Better Gardens and Landscapes, written by the class instructor. Class time is devoted to understanding and resolving issues that can be challenging in a landscape, as well as indoor and outdoor hands-on activities designed to help you with the assessment process.

Saturday, October 29
12:30 - 3 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 10/29/2016 at 12:30PM
 
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $50.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.

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