Class Registration

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Organic Controls for Lawn and Garden Care (Class is Full)
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

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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