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.

July

Established Pond

Intro to Ponding – During our Pondapalooza Event
Saturday July 30th – 10am

Learn the key components of a healthy pond.  We’ll discus proper filtration and aeration as well as the vital role plants and fish play in the water garden.  Whether you are looking to install a new pond, or are having trouble with your existing pond, this class is perfect for you.  Feel free to bring your questions! Register here.

 

Lotus Flower in PondRe-potting Aquatic Plants- During our Pondapalooza Event
Saturday July 30th – 11am
We’ll show you the essentials of dividing and re-potting aquatic plants.  Some plants can easily outgrow their pot or their space, we will teach you the proper way to keep them manageable. Class is free but please register in advance.

 

Fish smallFish Health Basics – During our Pondapalooza Event
Saturday July 30th – 1:30pm

Learn the basics for keeping your fish healthy. This will include learning proper food to feed in each season and the proper amount to feed.  We’ll also discuss common problems and their solutions as well as keeping fish healthy in times of stress. Class is free but please register in advance.

September

Peach Orchid Phalaenopsis cropOrchids are Easy!
Saturday September 3rd 9:00am

Love orchids, but afraid to take one home? Maybe you received an orchid as a gift and now want to make sure you take care of it properly? Then this is the workshop for you. Learn basic orchid care from the experts and we’ll show you how easy it is!  Space is Limited! Class instruction is just $5!  Register today to save your space! If this date doesn’t fit your schedule we have another class October 8th.

Rudbeckia Black Eyed Susan

Gardening for Newcomers
Saturday September 3rd 10:00am

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 October 1st.

Container Garden for Shade

Gardening in Containers: The Trend That Keeps on Growing
Presented by Bryce Lane
Saturday September 10th 10:00am

Container gardening is on fire! Growing plants in containers is still a popular trend among “yardeners” and gardeners alike.  Baby Boomers are downsizing and Gen X & Yers are headed for the city.  There are so many new ways to grow plants in “pots”, from living walls, to green roofs and miniature gardens, come see these unique gardening techniques.  This talk will focus on the many different kinds of container gardens. Please register in advance so we are able to accommodate everyone.

Planting a succulent container.

Container Gardening Workshop/Planting Station
Saturday September 10th 11:00am

Get excited about container gardening with an inspirational talk from renowned gardener Bryce Lane at 10am and then let our experts help you make your own containers to take home!  We’ll have a potting station set up for you to use while our staff lends as much, or as little, design & planting assistance as you need. Bring your containers, pots or window boxes from home or purchase new ones while you’re here.  Our staff will help you keep track of your plants and soil as you create so it’s easy to pay when you’re finished. You’ll have beautiful, professional looking container gardens to take home while we clean up the mess!

Pink Phal OrchidAdvanced Orchid Care
Saturday September 17th 9:00am

Are you interested in growing your own orchid, getting it to re-bloom and controlling pests and disease? Learn advanced orchid care from the experts. Registration fee is $5.00. Space is limited – reserve your space today by registering online or in-store. Register here. If this date doesn’t fit your schedule we have another class scheduled October 22nd.

Sedum 'Purple Emperor' via peganum on Flickr 2Perennials for Fall Interest
Saturday September 17th 10:00am

It’s easy to plant the perennials border with gorgeous spring and summer blooms but don’t stop there! So many perennials provide fall interest and color, some that will even last through the winter.  We’ll show you fabulous plant choices to add year-round interest to your garden. Please register here.

20150707_104128Fairy Gardening Workshop
Saturday September 24th 10:00am

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. If this date and time doesn’t fit your schedule we have other classes on September 28th or October 22nd.

DSC06739Fairy Gardening Workshop
Wednesday September 28th 1:00pm

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.

October

DSC04602Gardening for Newcomers
Saturday October 1st 10:00am

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.

Mini OrchidsOrchids are Easy!
Saturday October 8th 9:00am- During our Fall Open House

Love orchids, but afraid to take one home? Maybe you received an orchid as a gift and now want to make sure you take care of it properly? Then this is the workshop for you. Learn basic orchid care from the experts and we’ll show you how easy it is!  Space is Limited! Class instruction is just $5!  Register today to save your space!

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Presented by Bryce Lane
Saturday October 8th 10:00am – During our Fall Open House

With all the talk about herbaceous plants for the garden, what happened to the woodies? What makes a shrub a great plant for the garden? What does it mean to be time tested and what’s all the fuss about new plants. Come hear about a collection of my favorite shrubs, both new and established, and why they should be in every garden. Register here.

FlowerIntroduction to Bee Keeping
Saturday October 8th 12:00pm – During our Fall Open House

Ever wonder why we need more beekeepers?  Would you like to know what makes a good site for placement of a beehive?  Do you know the names of all the parts of a managed beehive and what equipment a beekeeper needs?   Want to know what bees do inside the hive?  These questions and more will be answered in this one hour session that will give you insight into what it takes to become a beekeeper.  Led by beekeeper Rick Bordeaux. Please register in advance.

Established PondPond Shutdown & Winterization
Saturday October 15th 11:00am

Let us go over the basics of pond shutdown for the end of the season and the proper way to winterize your pond. We’ll cover plant maintenance, fish feeding guidelines and common maintenance of equipment. Please register here.

 

Phalaenopsis Orchid 9Advanced Orchid Care
Saturday October 22nd 9:00am

Are you interested in growing your own orchid, getting it to re-bloom and controlling pests and disease? Learn advanced orchid care from the experts. Registration fee is $5.00. Space is limited – reserve your space today by registering online or in-store. Register here.

SUCCULENTSSucculent Container Workshop
Saturday October 22nd 10:00am

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. Advanced registration required.

DSC00139Fairy Gardening Workshop
Saturday October 22nd 1:00pm

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.

November

20150630_120458Houseplant Care
Saturday November 5th 9:00am

Learn general houseplant care from the experts!  We’ll show you how to take care of your tropical houseplants, succulents and airplants. We will cover how to determine high light areas vs. low light areas, water requirements, fertilization and re-potting. Have a houseplant that needs re-potting at home?  Bring it with you & our staff will help you re-pot it while you’re here. Class fee is $5 but seating is limited; please register in advance.

 

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