Workshops, Classes & Seminars

We offer a variety of informative seminars plus great make-and-take workshops throughout the year.  Below is a list of our current schedule.  We love sharing our knowledge and teaching others how to garden! Space is limited and classes will fill up quickly so register today to save your place!  You may register online with pay-pal by clicking the link in each description, in store, or by calling us at (919) 878-8877.  Want a private workshop?  We offer weekday container garden and fairy garden workshops for groups of 6 or more.

April


tomatoes 2Veggie Gardening in Containers
Saturday, April 30th – 10 am
We’re excited to welcome back Dr. Craig LeHoullier, the NC Tomato Man!  Dr. LeHoullier has been growing tomatoes and other heirloom vegetables for decades.  He’ll teach you his tips and tricks for growing in containers. No space is too small to grow fresh vegetables.  Dr. LeHoullier’s seedlings and books will be available for sale. Please register in advance to save your space; space is limited. Due to an overwhelming response, SECOND SESSION ADDED FOR 1PM.  Register here for the afternoon class.

May

good berry bad berryGood Berries, Bad Berries
Saturday May 7th – 10 am
We’re excited to welcome Ms. Helen Yoest, local gardening expert and author of Good Berry, Bad Berry. She will talk about the multitude of berries growing wild in our region, and how to find and identify edible vs. toxic berries while foraging. You’ll also learn about the good berries available to grow in your own garden! Ms. Yoest’s book Good Berry, Bad Berry will be available for sale and signing.  Each participant will receive a free copy of Helen’s first book, Gardening with Confidence! Please register in advance to save your space; space is limited.
shutterstock_139305788 resizedThe Hidden Language of Flowers & Herbs – An Afternoon Tea & Talk
Wednesday, May 11th – 10 am
Come enjoy an afternoon tea in the garden and learn about the meanings Victorian society associated with various herbs and flowers.  Think nothing says love and affection like a bouquet of pretty flowers? Not necessarily! At least, not in the Victorian era, when a flower chosen simply for its beauty could convey something very different and create serious trouble for the sender! Find out why back then you would have thought twice before including a rhododendron, an orange lily, or candytuft in your bouquet! Victorians also had an entire language of herbs, just as they did flowers. Can you guess which ones meant virtue, caution, and lust? PLUS:  Up to 10 stylish hats will be on hand for those who wish to don one for the occasion!  Presented by Karen Raines, founder of Senior Play List, Inc., veteran speaker, and founder of the Victorian Tea Society.  Free but registration required to reserve your seat & tea cup!

shutterstock_175582511Fairy Garden Workshop
Wednesday May 11th – 1 pm

These miniature gardens, complete with small plants, walkways, and trinkets are a delightful addition to the garden. With endless design possibilities all you need is a big imagination. Included in the class are the following materials at no charge:  container, metro-mix premium soil, fertilizer, sand and gravel for your walkways, moss, and one birdhouse/ or bird feeder and one birdbath/ or garden tools. ($30.00 retail value).  Plants and furniture will need to be selected and purchased on day of class.  Participants receive 10% off additional fairy gardening pieces and plants during the class. Class fees: Adult fee is $25.  For an adult and child both making a fairy garden the fee is $25 per adult, $10 per child (limit of 1 child per adult to allow for adequate assistance).  If adult does not want to make their own garden, the fee is $25 per child (adult supervision still required). Register quickly; these classes fill up fast!  Click here for online registration or call us today.

shutterstock_175582511Fairy Garden Workshop
Saturday May 14th – 10 am

These miniature gardens, complete with small plants, walkways, and trinkets are a delightful addition to the garden. With endless design possibilities all you need is a big imagination. Included in the class are the following materials at no charge:  container, metro-mix premium soil, fertilizer, sand and gravel for your walkways, moss, and one birdhouse/ or bird feeder and one birdbath/ or garden tools. ($30.00 retail value).  Plants and furniture will need to be selected and purchased on day of class.  Participants receive 10% off additional fairy gardening pieces and plants during the class. Class fees: Adult fee is $25.  For an adult and child both making a fairy garden the fee is $25 per adult, $10 per child (limit of 1 child per adult to allow for adequate assistance).  If adult does not want to make their own garden, the fee is $25 per child (adult supervision still required). Register quickly; these classes fill up fast!  Click here for online registration or call us today.


shutterstock_1705705 reducedLandscaping your Pond

Saturday May 14th – 11 am
Do you have a pond but are wondering what plants to use in and around it? In this class you’ll learn about plant selection and design ideas for your backyard water feature – inside and out! Your pond or water feature should be more than an addition to the garden – it should be an extension of it!  Learn from professional landscape designer Val Engel and pond expert Derek Van der Hoeven  as they discuss how to landscape the inside of our pond with aquatic plants, as well as selecting plants for the edge of your pond and the surrounding landscape. We’ll help you bring out the best in your pond and make it a showcase area! Class is free but please register in advance.

DSC04602Gardening for Newcomers
Sunday May 15th – 2 pm
Are you new here or just confused?  This area is a melting pot of transplants from other parts of the U.S.  The Piedmont region of NC is unique.  Let us share our expert advice on soil preparation, plant selection and planting methods for gardening in zone 7b.  Whether you are new to the area or new to gardening, this class is for you! The class is free but registration is required. Class is free! Register today to save your space. If this date doesn’t fit your schedule we have another session scheduled for April 23rd.

IMG_1740Succulent Workshop
Saturday, May 21st 10am
Succulent gardens are a tremendous trend in gardening and home decor! Join us to learn about succulent care and design while we help you create a modern, tropical, dish garden! Fee is $20 and includes instruction, design assistance and specialty planting medium. Plants will be selected and purchased during class.  Come prepared to purchase a container or bring your favorite from home. Register online here.

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