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Designing and Planting your Organic Veggie Garden
Paul D. Orpello
Horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

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 staff Horticulturist, Paul D. Orpello, CPH as he discusses the triumphs and woes of growing your own vegetables organically. Paul will discuss design strategies, planning for the season, and preparation and installation techniques. He will touch on selection of crops, developing a calendar, and maximizing your space for optimal yields. Come be part of an amazingly fruitful and educational experience! Please bring your lunch and something to drink.

Saturday, March 5
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/5/2016 at 10:00AM
Attendees: 1 $54.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $60.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $54.00 ea.

How to Design & Manage a Mixed Border for Year-Round Interest
Harriet Cramer
Garden Designer

What is commonly called a "perennial garden" is, more often than not, a mixed border where small trees, shrubs, vines, herbaceous plants (annuals, perennials, tender perennials) and bulbs are combined to create a garden that is interesting all year long. Mixed borders can be spectacular, especially when well designed and maintained. This class will examine how to design such a garden and how to manage it through the seasons. We will discuss succession planting, how to choose the right plant for the right place, design fundamentals, and long-term soil and plant care.

Wednesday, March 16
7-8:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/16/2016 at 7:00PM
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Lose the Lilacs: Native Woodies with Four-Season
Marc Radell
Master Gardener, Penn State Extension

In many ways, woody shrubs are the backbone of the home garden. They don't require as much room as trees or as much maintenance as flower beds, and they provide year-round structure to your garden design. This class will provide a detailed look at different native shrubs that provide a variety of benefits, including flowers, colorful foliage, edible fruit, and wildlife habitat, in a wide range of landscaping situations.

Tuesday, March 22
7-9 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 3/22/2016 at 7:00PM
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Sustainability in the Garden
Eva Monheim
Horticulture Instructor, Temple University

What does sustainability really mean in the landscape? What practices can you adopt in your garden that will have a positive impact on the environment? Creating sustainable landscapes means less work for you and more work for the plants. Ideas include no-mow lawns, rain capture and reuse, easy ground covers, and plants that need minimal pruning. It also means using a diverse palette of plants including new native cultivars that provide cover, nesting sites and food sources for wildlife. Eva will review ways to establish a sustainable landscape so you can sit back and enjoy the results.

Tuesday, April 26
7-8:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 4/26/2016 at 7:00PM
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Cover the Ground! Great Groundcover Ideas
Nina Schneider
Garden Designer

Cover the ground with something other than boring old ivy, pachysandra, and vinca! We will explore the myriad of options for groundcovers used with herbaceous perennials and woody plants to provide more texture, foliage color and even floral display. In a morning walk through the Arboretum, we will also cover plants for a variety of conditions, sources for plants, and site preparation.

Saturday, June 4
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/4/2016 at 10:00AM
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $30.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $25.00 ea.

Drones for the Landscape Professional
Dave Tavani
Freelance Videographer and Photographer

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, are changing many industries. In this class we will navigate the basics of what it will take to get you up and running with a UAV system to capture aerial photographs or record video. Topics covered will include safety, necessary equipment, and regulations. This workshop will help you decide how you can incorporate UAVs into your business- either in your site plans, proposals, or promotional material. The workshop will also include a short outdoor demonstration at the Arboretum. This class is open to all individuals but will focus on how UAV's can be used by landscape professionals. This course carries 3 CEUs for ISA certified arborists. (S=1, P=1, M=1). 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 11
Raindate: Saturday, June 18
1-4 p.m.
Single class scheduled on 6/11/2016 at 1:00PM
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $45.00 ea.
Attendees: 1 $40.00 ea.

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