Plants and Their Care

Ericaceous Plants and Their Cousins CLOSED
Ericaceous is simply a fancy family name for plants in the Rhododendron family and their cousins like Redvein Enkianthus and Blueberry!  Most homeowners consider the few varieties of Ericaceous plants found at garden centers to be the entire list that can be grown in NJ.  To the contrary, the list is expansive and includes native homelands of the Himalayas, China, Japan and the United States!  This class will look at the best of the best, with an emphasis on plants that provide interest to your garden, beyond the normal bloom time of May! 
Instructor:  Ron Rabideau                                          Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  March 30, 2013                                                Time:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                                MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

Tropicals From Around the World NEW
Tropicals have become all the rage over the past decade.  Their large, lush foliage and very easy care makes this group of plants a must-have for your garden! Michael will have a number of plants on hand to illustrate how best the plants can be used in the garden and will also provide thoughts on care, propagation and overwintering of this exotic group of plants.
Instructor:  Michael Bowell                                         Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  March 30, 2013                                                Time:  1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

Pruning Techniques for the Homeowner  
The when, where and whys of pruning!  The 3 Ws of pruning are typically reduced to electric shears and green meatballs!  This class will discuss the various methods of pruning small trees and shrubs, the time of year certain plants should be pruned and how proper pruning can produce a healthier, more attractive and longer-lived plant.  Bring along your own pruners and hand saw or you can purchase the tools at the class.  The class will be ‘hands-on’ in the Gardens, so please dress accordingly.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 6, 2013                                                    Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  3.0 CEU

Evaluating Shade Trees Following Sandy NEW
Week 1
Assessing Your Trees for Storm Damage
Super storm Sandy attracted a lot of attention to shade trees.  Many people now consider shade trees as dangerous and are worried that their house or property is in danger of further damage from these majestic plants.  Whether you have trees that were damaged or even escaped damage by the storm, Neil Hendrickson of Bartlett Tree will describe what you should know when evaluating and managing your trees for safety.
Instructor:  Dr. Neil Hendrickson                       Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 4, 2013                                                    Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

Tough Shade Trees for NJ Gardens NEW
Week 2
With the many trees that were destroyed following the storm of last October, many homeowners were left to wonder if they should even bother replanting new trees.  Between storm and disease damage, many gardeners are reluctant to start again.  This class will consider some of the very best trees to consider for replanting – trees that traditionally develop good branch structure, are urban-tolerant and provide that shady oasis that is needed on those hot, summer days!
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 18, 2013                                                 Time: 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

Topiary Workshop NEW
This hands-on workshop will provide you with all the know-how for creating and maintaining a unique traditional topiary. Starting with a potted plant, Ken will walk you through the pruning, training and care necessary to create and maintain these whimsical elements.  Class includes plants, pottery, and the supports needed for you to take home your topiary masterpiece. 
Instructor:  Ken Selody                                              Fee:  $ 65.00
Date:  April 13, 2013                                                  Time:  1:00 - 3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

Evening in the Gardens  
As the sun starts to dip down in the sky, and the June or August warmth mellows, join the Gardens Director on a lively tour of Rutgers Gardens.  We will discuss and highlight those plants that are currently in bloom, and provide some interesting insights into where and how to grow some of the more unusual plants that are found at Rutgers Gardens.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee:  $ 25.00 for each evening
Date:  May 23 OR  August 15, 2013                       Time:  6:00 - 8:30 PM            
Location:  Rutgers Gardens                                        MG- CEU:  2.5 CEU  

Container Gardening Workshop – Terra Cotta and Beyond 
Container gardens are becoming increasingly popular and a hot horticultural topic.  Bruce explores a variety of appropriate containers and window boxes, soil mixes and amendments, as well as watering and fertilization practices.  A wide range of plants – from the familiar annual to the now-popular tender perennial and succulents, to bulbs and shrubs – will fill out the potential plant list.  Please bring a container – soil and a number of fun and unusual annuals will be available for students to decorate their own containers at the end of class.  If you choose, containers and extra plants will be available for purchase during class.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee: $ 70.00
Date:  May 25, 2013                                                   Time:  1:00 - 4:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  3.0            CEU

Fragrant Plants for the Garden NEW
Too often, we select plants based primarily on visual appeal, with the other senses taking a back seat! However, fragrance has become an increasing focus of interest for gardeners.   From aromatic herbs to sultry jasmine, there's a huge variety of garden favorites that furnish scents and smells for every palate. This class will focus upon the best of the best for plants that provide daytime – and nighttime – aromatic intrigue!!
Instructor:  Anne Haines                                                                Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  June 1, 2013                                                     Time:  10:30 AM – 12:00 PM            
Location:  Holly House                                               MG- CEU:  1.5 CEU  

Annuals for Flower and Foliage NEW
Annual plants can guarantee an exuberant and long lasting display of flowers or foliage, easily lasting for 12 weeks or often to frost!  Whether it is one of the newest introductions or a plant that has heirloom status, Ira will discuss a broad variety of these colorful plants along with suggestions on how they can be best used in the Garden.  A review of the annuals at Rutgers Gardens will conclude the class.
Instructor:  Ira Grasgreen                                            Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  June 22, 2013                                                   Time:  1:00-3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0

 

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