Plants and Their Care

Plants for the Winter Garden NEW
Many gardeners forget those plants with flower, foliage or bark that help to brighten those cold and dreary months of winter.  This class will focus upon those plants that not only create the visual  ‘bones’ for your winter garden , but provide wonderful fragrance as well!  Weather permitting, the class will be going outside, so please dress accordingly.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                        Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  March 31, 2012                                                Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  3.0 CEU

Orchids NEW
These exotic and amazing epiphytes of varied forms and color have fascinated early plant explorers to modern day plant geeks.  Learn how to manage the cultural conditions that orchids require to thrive in your home environments, including light, temperatures, and humidity levels.
Orchid repotting and the basics of various media shall be discussed and demonstrated, as well as pest control and techniques to encourage flowering and growing specimen, award winning plants!
Instructor:  Michael Bowell                                        Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  March 31, 2012                                                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 W’s 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 your own pruners and 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 7, 2012                                                    Time:  9:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  3.0 CEU

Exploring the World for Plants NEW
Ron has been on plant collecting expeditions to China, Tibet, the Indian Himalayas and the Altai Mountains of Siberia. Getting a chance to see plants we normally see in gardens growing in their natural habitat  gives the gardener a leg-up on how to properly grow these plants at home. It is also fun to see how large the mature specimens can become and some of the most beautiful and wild places in the world!.
Instructor:  Ron Rabideau                                          Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 7, 2012                                                    Time:  1:00-3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

Sexy Natives for your Garden NEW
So you think native plants appear weedy?  Discover why more and more gardeners are turning to natives and their cultivars to enhance their perennial gardens.  This lecture debunks the weedy myth of natives and explores the aesthetic value of native plants and their highly attractive and sought after cultivars. You’ll be fascinated by the range of colors and textures found in our very own native flora that will add a diverse yet elegant touch to your landscape. 
Instructor:  Kevin Staso                                              Fee:  $50.00
Date:  April 21, 2012                                                  Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

The Moonlit Garden NEW
A stroll at dusk can be a delightful time to visit the garden, but it takes a little planning if you're to do more than stumble around in the dark!  This class will explore the pleasures of a moonlight garden and how to create this special kind of theme garden. We'll discuss plant selections with fragrant and eye-popping night blooming flowers, and how to avoid those plants that fade into the shadows!
Instructor:  Judy Glattstein                                         Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  May 5, 2012                                                     Time:  1:00-3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG:  2.0 CEU

Container Gardening Workshop – Terra Cotta and Beyond 
Container gardens are becoming increasingly popular and 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 19, 2012                                                   Time:  1:00-4:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  3.0            CEU

Carnivorous Plants Workshop – Create Your Own Little Shop of Horrors! NEW
This hands-on workshop will not only provide you with plenty of knowledge about the care and beauty of bog plants, it will also show you how to build  your own beautiful bog garden in a 16" container for you can take home!  The container you build will include 4 large pitcher plants, and an assortment of 5 perennial bog companion plants that include Orchids, Sundews, Venus' Fly Traps, Cranberries, and Meadow Beauties.  Nine hardy bog plants with a retail value of $180.00 that will provide great interest for years to come!
Instructor:  Jason Austin                                             Fee:  $ 125.00
Date:  June 9, 2012                                                     Time:  10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0 CEU

The Fragrant Garden   NEW
The fragrance of Roses and Lily-of-the-Valley conjure up many strong memories in the Garden.   Fragrance may be the most evocative of all our senses and is the most difficult to quantify. We'll explore the different aspects of fragrance and how to utilize this much appreciated attribute in our gardens through plant selection with delightful fragrance in their flowers and foliage.
Instructor:  Judy Glattstein                                         Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  June 9, 2012                                                     Time: 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG:  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:  June 21, or August 10, 2012                       Time:  6:00-8:30 PM              
Location:  Rutgers Gardens                                        MG- CEU:  2.5 CEU  

 

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