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Designing, Planning and Planting Your Vegetable Garden Organically! (Class is Full)
Paul D. Orpello - Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

We all want to know where our food is coming from, and there is no better way to know than to grow it yourself! There is nothing quite like picking that first summertime heirloom tomato, and many of us have fallen in love with hard-to-find or expensive vegetables like fennel, arugula, shallots, and fingerling potatoes. Whether you are a gardener looking to expand your seasonal offerings, switch to an organic program, or just be better prepared and organized in your garden, this class will show you the way. Join Certified Professional Horticulturist Paul Orpello, as he discusses design strategies, planning for the season, and preparation and installation techniques. He will touch on crop selection, developing a calendar, and maximizing your space for optimal yields. Please bring your lunch and something to drink. 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 4
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

Rose Pruning: How and When to Prune
Vince Marrocco - Chief Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Early spring is the time to get your roses ready for a season full of gorgeous scented blooms. 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. This class is held indoors and outdoors in the Visitors Center and Rose Garden. Be sure to dress warmly, bring your hand pruners, gardening gloves, and kneeling pad.

Saturday, March 11
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

Butterfly Basics: Enhancing your Home Pollinator Garden
Kris Soffa - Pennsylvania Master Naturalist

Learn fascinating facts about these dazzling pollinators and how to attract more butterflies to your home garden. This program is designed to inspire appreciation and habitat support for this important "bio-indicator" species. In this class you will learn about butterfly biology, behavior, mimicry, and how to raise butterflies at home. Learn the remarkable benefits of pairing caterpillar host plants with butterfly nectar sources. By adding just a few key native plants and shrubs, you will enjoy a constant
parade of butterflies (and moths and hummingbirds) to your stunning "live feeder" garden from early spring to late fall. Kris will illustrate this program with examples of local specimens from her Lepidoptera collection, a portion of which was recently donated to The Academy of Natural Sciences. With a little practice you will be able to attract, identify, and support many common butterflies found in our region.

Tuesday, March 28
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Pests and Diseases: A Home Gardener's Guide
Anna Giesmann - John J. Willaman & Martha Haas Valentine Endowed Plant Protection Intern, Morris Arboretum

Benjamin Franklin once said "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." This is true for the garden as well! Early detection of pests and diseases can help you keep problems from getting out of hand. We will discuss key concepts of integrated pest management, including pest and disease identification, evaluating their impact and acceptable levels, and various control methods. We will then dive into specific examples of environmental stresses, fungal, bacterial, and viral diseases, and
insect pests. Come out to this class, and make this upcoming season the healthiest your garden has had!

Thursday, April 6
10:30 a.m. - 12 noon
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 10:30 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Native Plants: Getting Started
Marc Radell - Penn State Master Gardener

Are you new to native plants, gardening, or both? If so, then this is the class for you. We’ll discuss why native plants are better suited for their local ecosystems, how they support desirable wildlife, and how they can help reduce your maintenance efforts. Along the way, we’ll cover the basics of assessing your yard’s growing conditions, choosing the right plants, and caring for them. Even experienced gardeners will be inspired to approach their gardens with a fresh outlook!

Thursday, April 13
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Kokedama Workshop: The Art of Japanese Hanging Gardens
Peter Smith - Owner, City Planter

Learn the art of Kokedama, the Japanese hanging garden, at this hands-on workshop. A growing trend in horticulture, Kokedama literally translates to "moss ball" in Japanese, and involves surrounding the roots of a plant with soil and moss, winding it all in string, and displaying it on a dish or suspending it from the ceiling. Peter Smith, considered Philadelphia’s Kokedama guru, will guide you through the process of hand-blending soil and picking the perfect plants and mosses to create your own take-home hanging garden.

Thursday, April 20
6:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

Rain Gardens: Beautiful and Sustainable Design
Bess Trout - Hay Honey Farm Intern, Morris Arboretum

Rain gardens are an excellent way to absorb rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, sidewalks, and lawns so that it can soak into the ground. As a stormwater best management practice, they are useful for everything from improving water quality, to decreasing the cost of directing stormwater away from properties and homes. Learn how to add rain gardens to the landscape where they will be effective. See examples of rain gardens and suitable native plants. We will also cover selecting and preparing a site, determining the size of the garden, choosing native plant species appropriate for conditions, and using rain barrels together with rain gardens. 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, April 22
10 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Introduction to Aquaponics - *DATE CHANGE*
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. This novel approach to agriculture 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, with bacteria converting fish waste into nitrates, which are used by the plants to grow. 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 22 *PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE*
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

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

Spring can be the busiest time of year for a gardener with so many tasks screaming for attention! Plants seem to just be jumping out of the ground, and then there are those holes to fill....Spend the morning in the instructor's garden to discuss priorities and methods for the myriad of seasonal tasks like pruning, planting, mulch, containers, annuals, and watering. Go to the Morris Arboretum Plant Sale prepared, informed and ready for May! Enrollment is limited. We will meet at the garden. Directions to Nina’s private garden in Chestnut Hill will be emailed.

Saturday, April 29
9 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 9:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 45.00 ea.

A Mixed Border for all Seasons
Eva Monheim - Horticulture Instructor, Temple University

To enjoy your garden year round, a mixed border with careful planning can lengthen bloom times and prolong color from early spring to fall frost. Eva Monheim will discuss how diverse and carefully selected plants will provide for an array of wildlife activity. We will also cover how to design a border with a complete arrangement of sizes, shapes, and forms. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn Eva’s secrets to designing an exciting border!

Tuesday, May 9
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 7:00 PM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Hypertufa Trough Planting Workshop
Louise Clarke -Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Join Rock Garden Society member and staff horticulturist Louise Clarke for a hands-on planting session. Using small perennials suited to container culture, participants will design and plant their troughs measuring approximately 13" x 9". Select
from four to five small plants, including hardy succulents, and other small gems that appreciate full sun and well drained conditions. Up to five plants plus potting medium will be provided. Bring your trough, and garden gloves if desired. Wear gardening attire you won’t mind getting dirty. We will meet at the Horticulture Center 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 paved walkway and the Horticulture Center.

Saturday, May 20
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 42.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 48.00 ea.

Butterfly Walk
Kris Soffa - Pennsylvania Master Naturalist

Welcome summer by exploring the Arboretum’s wildflower meadows and wetlands in search of butterflies. During our walk, we will enjoy observing how male butterflies patrol and chase away others as they wait for females to emerge. We will have the opportunity to inspect specimens (netted with special permission and released unharmed) and we will use viewing jars to get a closer look. Examining features like warning coloration and the body structure of distasteful butterflies always reveals fascinating details. We will discuss the host plants required by various butterfly caterpillars for food. 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 20, Raindate June 22
10 a.m. - 12 noon
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM
 
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

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