Workshops, Classes & Seminars

We offer a variety of free,  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 date of the seminar below, 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.

February

Backyard Birding Session 2: Nest Building
February 28th 10am
This hands-on, interactive workshop is all about building!  We’ll be building a robin shelf and we’ll talk all about nest building by the birds.  Now is the time birds are looking for housing so they can get to work building a nest for spring babies.  We’ll discuss types of bird houses and the best places to put them.  We will also share our journal entries and discuss birds we’ve seen in our yards since our last class.  Fee is $10/person and includes all the materials to build a robin shelf to take home.  If you missed the first workshop and would like to join in journaling with us, we have journals available in the store for purchase.  Please bring a hammer.  Please register prior to Feb. 21st so the instructor has adequate time to prepare materials- online or call us today!  See our full list of Backyard Birding workshops here.

March

Lawns Made Easy!
Sun., March 1st 2pm
Join us as we welcome back former manager Jason Holt for a class on lawn care!  Jason will cover Bonide’s easy 4-Phase approach to a healthy lawn as well as explain how to control common lawn pests including weeds, insects and moles. Bring in weeds from your lawn for identification and a sample of your soil for testing – as always, we will perform both at no charge!  Let our experts help you get your lawn looking great this year.  This class is free but please register today to save your space -online or call us at (919) 878-8877.
Pond Workshop – Spring Prep. & Clean-out
Sat., March 14th 11am
It’s that time of year again. The leaves have fallen, the snow has come and gone and spring is just around the corner. Your pond may have accumulated a layer of what we call “sludge”. With a proper regimen of prep and maintenance work you can save yourself a lot of struggle in the heat of summer. We will cover the basics of manual pond care and cleaning, as well as make recommendations for other pond treatments.  Join us and we’ll help you get your pond in tip-top shape for the coming outdoor season! Even if your pond is still just an idea, please feel free to join us as our specialists will be available after the class for pond Q&A.  Class fee is $15 and you’ll receive a free gift to take home! Register online or give us a call today!
Fairy Garden Workshop
Sat., March 21st 1pm
 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 birdfeeder 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.

April

Fairy Garden Workshop
Wed., April 15th 1pm

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 birdfeeder 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.

Epic Tomatoes with Craig LeHoullier!
Sat., April 18th 10am

Join us in welcoming back heirloom expert Craig LeHoullier this year! Dr. LeHoullier is one of the countries leading experts on heirloom tomatoes and will join us to discuss heirlooms and his new book Epic Tomatoes!  Lecture, Book Sale & Signing and Seedling Sale.  Stay tuned for more info & registration.

Session 3: Plants for the Birds
April 25th 10 am
We will discuss why to plant for the birds and the benefits of native plants and using organic fertilizer.  Did you know that the plants that birds love are also usually loved by butterflies and other beneficial insects? We will discuss the benefits of bugs in the garden as well as share interesting entries from our journals.  Workshop fee is $10/person and includes some flower plants and seeds to take home.

Fairy Garden Workshop
Sat., April 25th 3pm

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 birdfeeder 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.

May

Fairy Garden Workshop
Sat., May 16 10am

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 birdfeeder 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.

Fairy Garden Workshop
Wed., May 20 1pm

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 birdfeeder 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.

 

July

Session 4: Baby it’s HOT outside!
July 11th 10am
In this birding class we will discuss water needs for the birds and different water features you can add to your gardens.  We’ll also talk how beneficial fruit and veggie scraps from the kitchen can be to the birds! Workshop fee is $10/person.  Each individual will receive a small piece of pond liner and instructions for creating a small “watering hole” for birds, butterflies, toads and other small animals.  We will end the session as always with a sharing from our journals.

October

Session 5: Save the Garden for the Birds!
October 3rd 10am
As we clean up our gardens for the year, there is a lot we can save for the birds!  We’ll talk about what to get rid of and what to keep as well as how to clean our nesting boxes and what to provide for our birds to last them through the winter. Fee is $10/person.  Each participant will get a special treat to take home for the birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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