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Garden Design for Homeowners 101 (Class is Full)
Valerie Solitrin
Landscape Designer

This comprehensive overview will help you plan your outdoor living expenditures strategically! Plan your garden for privacy, year-round beauty, storm water management and family-friendly functionality. Learn about design principles, hardscape choices, outdoor lighting, tools, trees, perennials, lawns, soil, and more. Best of all, you will develop a plan for a problem area of your garden, with the support and guidance of the teacher. Five sessions jam packed with great information will be the smartest garden investment you make.

Four Tuesdays: February 20, 27, March 6, 13 - 6:30 - 8:30p.m. and Saturday, March 17 , 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Members: $135
Non-members: $150
Classes scheduled every week on Tuesday starting 2/20/2018 and ending 3/13/2018 at 6:30PM
Attendees: 1 $ 135.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 150.00 ea.

Water Management Solutions for your Landscape
Valerie Solitrin
Landscape Designer

Heavier rains and dry periods are making water management in your landscape more challenging. Whether you must comply with your township’s impermeable surface code or you just want to be more earth-friendly, this two-hour lecture will introduce you to a wide array of affordable solutions. We will consider local municipal codes and what you can do to comply with them. Permeable hardscape options will be reviewed and we will discuss seepage beds, problem downspouts, and rain water erosion. Valerie will also discuss rain gardens and important factors to consider when installing one.

Saturday, February 24
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Designing, Planning & Planting your Veg Garden
Paul D. Orpello
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum, Certified Professional Horticulturist

Do you love the idea of growing your own fresh organic produce? Eating fresh, local, organic food has become a major part of our culture. We all want to know where our food is coming from and what was used to grow it. There is no better way to know than to grow it yourself! There is nothing quite like picking that first fresh summertime tomato and many of us have fallen in love with hard-to-find or expensive vegetables as well. We want those deliciously superb heirloom tomatoes and other vegetable delights like fennel, arugula, shallots, and fingerling potatoes. So many of these wonderful vegetables have become an integral part of our kitchens, so why not our gardens? 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 Paul as he discusses the triumphs and pitfalls to avoid growing your own vegetables organically. Paul will discuss 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.

Saturday, March 3
10:00a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Members: $54
Non-members: $60
Saturday, March 03, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.

Rose Pruning: How and When to Prune (Class is Full)
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 with help from members of the Philadelphia Rose Society 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 10
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m

Members: $35
Non-members: $40
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

Beneficial Bugs in your Garden
Samantha Nestory
The Hay Honey Farm Endowed Natural Lands Intern, Morris Arboretum

Did you know that less than 1% of insect species are considered pests? That leaves a lot of room for insects that we can learn to love, like the beneficial bugs in your garden! Beneficial insects can control pests, reduce (or eliminate) the need for pesticides, and make your garden healthier and more sustainable, so it’s important to be knowledgeable about them. In this class, we will learn about the benefits of some key insect groups, how to identify them, and how you can attract them to your yard. Feel free to come with questions about your own mystery insects and let’s learn just how cool bugs can be!

Tuesday, March 27
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 6:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Who Needs Hostas? Create Beaut.Native Shade Garden
Marc Radell
Master Gardener Emeritus, Penn State Extension, Montgomery County

Gardening in the shade can be difficult. In addition to the low light levels, soils are often too dry or too moist. In this situation, many gardeners default to planting hostas, a familiar source of foliage with occasional flowers, but why plant Asiatic hostas just because the neighbors do? Why not create a beautiful native shade garden instead? There are a wide variety of Pennsylvania woodland plants suitable for home landscapes, and they offer everything from spring blossoms through textured summer greenery and colorful autumn foliage to interesting winter features. Come learn about these low-maintenance plants and the many choices you will have in designing your own four-season native shade garden, inspired by local plant communities and the glory of Penn’s Woods. In addition to making a more enjoyable landscape for you and your family, you will be helping the local ecosystem by using plants that support our songbirds and other native wildlife.

Thursday, March 29
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Bringing Spring Wildflowers to Your Home Garden
Bess Trout
Horticulturist, Tyler Arboretum

Spring ephemeral wildflowers are the first, elusive flowers to bloom after the winter thaw. These hopeful little plants go through their whole growth and reproductive cycle in the time between when the snow melts and the trees leaf out for the year. Come learn about how to find these harbingers of the changing seasons in the woods, the important role they play for pollinators and people, and how to grow them in your home garden. The class will be both inside and outside. Please wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Saturday, April 21
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Great Native Trees and Shrubs for your Landscape
Dr. Will Ryan
Botanist/Restoration Ecologist

The popularity of landscaping with native plants continues to grow. Native species of trees and shrubs provide rich ecosystem services in our landscapes. They have evolved with the extremes of our climate, a wide array of insect pests, and a variety of soil and moisture types. They play an important role in supporting biodiversity, serving as food-source, host plant, and habitat to many insects, birds, and animals. Gardeners are also turning to native landscaping to reduce garden maintenance. Join botanist Will Ryan, who recently completed his Ph.D. studies under the tutelage of acclaimed scientist and native plant enthusiast Doug Tallamy, as he shows you many of his favorite native trees and shrubs and describes the conditions in which they prefer to grow.

Saturday, May 12
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Members: $30
Non-members: $35
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.

Wine, Cheese, and Spectacular Trees (Class is Full)
Paul Meyer
The F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum

Join this early evening walk with Arboretum Executive Director Paul Meyer focusing on ten outstanding plants in the Arboretum’s living museum. Each of these accessions has special genetic significance and tells an important conservation story. You will learn about the attributes of each species and how the individual plant became part of the Arboretum’s collection. This walking class will conclude with a glass of wine, snacks, and discussion on the Arboretum’s popular tree canopy exhibit, Out on a Limb. Rain or shine. In the event of rain, the class will be held with an illustrated lecture indoors. Wear good walking shoes.

Tuesday, May 15
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Members: $35
Non-members: $40
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 4:30 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 35.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 40.00 ea.

Container Gardening
Julie Bare
PHS Meadowbrook Farm Estate Gardener

Join Julie Bare, PHS Meadowbrook Farm Estate Gardener, to learn about designing and maintaining a beautiful container for your garden, whether that is a front stoop or sprawling backyard. Julie will show you how to skillfully combine annuals, tropicals, perennials, herbs, and more for a container that will look good all season. Get tips on maintaining plantings, choosing a container, and learn about an interesting plant palette to try out.

Thursday, May 17
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

Build-A-Bog Workshop
Louise Clarke
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

Samantha Nestory
The Hay Honey Farm Endowed Natural Areas Intern, Morris Arboretum

Bogs are unique ecosystems that are host to a variety of weird and wonderful plants -- but did you know you can have one in your backyard? In this hands-on workshop, you will create your own small bog planter complete with edible cranberries, carnivorous pitcher plants and sundews, and a beautiful native orchid. These planters are compact, colorful, and winter-hardy, and will bring a fresh and unique element to your garden. Your instructor will provide information about the plants and their care, as well as step-by-step directions and individual attention from start to finish. Please wear clothing that can get dirty and don’t forget your gardening gloves. We will meet in the barn at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across from the main public garden entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Park in the lot and look for the red barn on your left.

Saturday, May 19
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Members: $70
Non-members: $80
Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 70.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 80.00 ea.

Planting a Miniature Hosta Container
Nicky Beadle
Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist

Enjoy planting your own colorful and long-lasting container garden using specially selected miniature hostas. These hostas can have the same great characteristics as larger hostas, but their tiny size makes them more versatile. Nicky has chosen a number of these diminutive beauties, which are as varied as their full-size counterparts, to create a distinctive container garden that you can take home and enjoy for years. Learn how to design and maintain a this small garden, then plant your own unique container, perfect for a shady patio or back porch. We will meet in the barn at Bloomfield Farm. Look for the paved road across from the main public garden entrance on Northwestern Avenue. Park in the lot and look for the red barn on your left.

Saturday, June 16
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Members: $60
Non-members: $65
Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 65.00 ea.

Gardening in Heat and Drought
Nina Schneider
Garden Designer

As our summers get hotter and rainfall becomes sporadic, the resulting gardening challenges can be met with selection of the right plants that are adaptable for those conditions. The best way to combat a potential drought is to plant more drought-tolerant and even heat-resistant plants. We will look at shrubs, perennials and annuals in the instructor’s home garden and discuss the soil, watering, and pruning of these heat-tolerant plants.
We will meet at Nina’s private garden in Chestnut Hill. Directions will be e-mailed just prior to class.

Sunday, June 23
10:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Members: $25
Non-members: $30
Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Attendees: 1 $ 25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $ 30.00 ea.

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