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Gardening classes with a
... teaching not just the when and how, but WHY.
Gardening is an endlessly rewarding craft that
brings together old and young, rich and poor,
and farmer, old world and new. Few leisure
pursuits bridge as many divides or has the
potential for richer pleasures.
education never ends - there are new
curiosities and creative possibilities to
explore with every turn of the season and year.
The gardening lessons I've developed over the
years have the
goal of helping gardeners integrate the art of
garden design with the science at work in the
plants and the soil that supports them, without
forgetting that gardening can be - and should be
- tons of inspiring and creative fun, not
common-sense, but no-dummies approach, each
lesson usually ends with a "now-I-get-it"
moment that leads you to confident practical
decisions and inspired design ideas to take home
to your garden.
The underlying fact that even the smallest
garden should be your own private playground,
where endless creative possibilities and natural
curiosities can be explored in real time, is the
overall spirit of my gardening philosophy, and
guides all of the lessons.
isn't just about an
end goal, but is an on-going process that -
- feeds the creative spirit,
engages a curious mind,
- and nurtures the
possibilities and rewards are endless!
Join us for
Gardening classes since 1995, where my passion
for plants, gardens, and the joy they can bring
to our lives is always evident.
Spring 2018 courses & workshops
classes take place at our gardens in
Queensville (East Gwillimbury),
just north of Newmarket.
series of multiple in-depth lessons, combining - instruction, discussion,
demos, slide show, outdoor hands-on experience when possible, and
detailed lesson notes to take home.
Maximum 8 participants. Courses usually run in late winter / early
spring, before the active gardening season.
In-depth 2 or 3 hour lessons focused on hands-on learning, plus detailed take-home notes with
further information on the topic.
Some are limited to just 6 participants. Workshops run through the active
gardening season at my display garden in Queensville, just
North of Newmarket.
Questions, or to inquire about customized lessons or seminars geared to
landscape crew training, email anytime.
2018 Courses & Workshops
Register soon! Class size is limited.
(If you'd like to take a course
or workshop but the time or date doesn't work
for you, email to let me
know, and I'll put you on the list for the next run date.)
Day4 of 6 lesson course, "Perennial
Essentials, IN THE GARDEN".
5:30-8:00, paced through the summer. (see
below for the next 2 dates.)
a series of integrated
lessons, combining - instruction, demos, lots of Q&A, a slide show,
detailed lesson sheets to take home. Lessons are designed to build on each other rather than stand alone,
for a more thorough learning experience that ties
together the many elements working together in your garden.
GARDEN ESSENTIALS or
"Think Like a
A comprehensive course on Perennial and Shrub
lesson course, 1 per week. $365.00
normally runs March / April each spring, but this
year we're also offering a summer long version,
IN THE GARDEN. All the same in-depth lessons, (see
details) but paced through the active
gardening season with hands-on
"real-time" demonstrations outdoors.
5, July26, Aug 16, Sept13, Oct10.
This is our comprehensive course we've been
running for many years, that takes participants
from soil preparation through to garden design,
an integrated series of lessons. Complete with
very thorough hand out notes to take home, this
course will help you sort through all the
conflicting advice and have you gardening with
details and choices, but there are basic rules
in the natural world which everything follows
from. This course covers these essentials
thoroughly, with an entire detailed lesson devoted to
each important topic.
Understanding plants' seasonal life cycles ... soil care
& mulching ... starting a new garden ... developing
maintenance routines ... designing great plant combinations ... working
your own garden site's limitations and strengths ... tweaking zone
hardiness ... correct shrub pruning ... dividing perennials for either
health or sharing ... lowering maintenance and water input ... appropriate plant
choices ... pest control ... weed control ...
A course for BEGINNERS.
GET GROWING! Your New Garden.
lesson course, 1 per wk.
If you're a complete newcomer to perennial gardening, you may find our
main "..Essentials" course just too hard to follow. Here's the
course for you! A thorough beginner's course to get you started
down the exciting and creative path of gardening with perennials.
The cost of the course will be quickly recouped by avoiding even just
one of the many common beginner's mistakes! Starting right helps
you avoid many years of problem fixing. Lots of Q&A to address
your particular garden issues. FULL
MAINTENANCE CREW CRASH COURSE TRAINING.
(times and dates customized to suit, and can take
place at my location or yours. Price negotiated.).
Similar to my course "Gardening for Beginners" above,
but focusing less on learning the horticultural details
and more on general rules of thumb on what to do when,
and the general essentials of garden care. The
emphasis is on learning about the different types of
plants and how/where/when to - pinch for fullness
and height control; deadhead for continuing bloom;
basics of correct shrub pruning; types of mulch
and applying correctly; identifying different
weeds and which ones pose the worst control
problems; when and if fertilizer is needed;
etc. ... the basic
how-tos necessary to care for a mixed perennial
and shrub garden. I manage a garden services crew
myself, so I understand where the knowledge gaps are, and how to cut
through the technical jargon and get to the essentials.
RETHINKING THE FRONT LAWN
3 week course. Fall 2018
Keeping a nice lawn means engaging in a costly,
tedious, environmentally un-friendly, and on-going battle with
grubs, fertilizers, lawnmowers, noise, and a weekly maintenance grind.
Why not reduce or eliminate that high cost
green carpet and catch the popular wave of establishing a full front
Think outside the garden box and learn how to apply
basic design rules and how to prepare a garden that's lower-maintenance
with lower water needs. In step-by-step lessons we’ll
first showcase the many design possibilities through a slide show and
deconstruction of different looks and styles; review some of the
reasons a full front garden is a desirable option over turf; and
cover all the practical matters of creating your full front yard
garden such as - soil & site analysis; bed preparation; design rules to
follow; planning for reduced water needs; lower-maintenance; low-water
plant choices; etc.
This short course is the first step down the path of establishing a
truly unique front garden that virtually looks after itself compared to
FULL DETAILS BELOW
In-depth 2 or 3
hour lessons, focused on hands-on learning when possible or live demonstrations, plus detailed take-home notes with
further information on the topic.
Maximum 6 - 8 participants. Workshops run through the active
gardening season at my display garden in Queensville, just
North of Newmarket.
These workshops run outdoors, when possible, at our display garden in Queensville
& Small Tree Pruning.
STOP THE TORTURE!
April 19th 4: - 7: $78.00
DATE! June 20th 4:00 - 7:00
flowering is one of the prime pruning times. This new date
will focus on getting best blooming from your spring flowering
shrubs, or rejuvenating old ones for a whole new life!)
demo / hands-on / slide show /
plus 24 page booklet hand-out to take home. A
thorough lesson on shrub and small tree pruning.
Limited to 6 people.
One of the true arts of
gardening, correct pruning is a rewarding and
creative investment in time, with results that
can't be bought at any price - beautiful,
plants strutting their very best stuff.
to prune completely depends on why
you’re pruning, and why you’re pruning leads to
All these how’s, why’s and when’s are
covered in this essential skill workshop.
Pruning is probably the most misunderstood, and
usually incorrectly executed garden task.
The haircut trim that all too often passes
for pruning is exactly the wrong way to prune
and leads to weak, twiggy, non-flowering,
plants with “bare legs”, and often a long slow
diseased death. ...AND, for most shrubs,
the traditional fall timing of this haircut trim
is exactly the worst time for any pruning -
correctly done or not! In other words, the “haircut” trim is literally plant torture!
Through hands-on demos, you’ll learn how
to prevent tree defects; maintain a shrub's
blooming power and natural shape; rejuvenate an
old hedge; restrict a large plant to a small
size; or even create your own unique topiary.
GREAT PLANT COMBINATIONS.
Designing plant partnerships for an all season garden "wow"
5:30 - 8:00,
3hr slide show / demo / hands-on.
The huge assortment of plants available today is overwhelming,
and it's easy to end up with a cluttered mess instead of the
beautiful spring-to-fall garden you envisioned.
Designing a planting that has something of interest happening in
all seasons, while balancing your favourite's list and your site
conditions, can be a brain numbing exercise.
But there are
design formulas to follow that will help you to create
partnerships that "wow", to make any garden bed's beauty greater
than the sum of its parts.
In this workshop you'll learn
how to think of your plants in complimentary partnerships
through a hands-on mix 'n match demo, a slide show of
plant combinations that work well, and learn about hard-working
plants for any design. Most importantly, you'll learn WHY
particular partnerships work so you can duplicate the ideas
using your own favourite plants. I'll have a wide
assortment of potted plants on hand to demonstrate the design
May 10th, 5:00 -
3hr, hands-on demo, with take home lesson sheets
- PLUS, at least 6 different plant division pieces to
take home to your garden. Limited to 6 people
Whether you’re rejuvenating an old Iris or simply want
to multiply favourite plants to spread around a larger
area or share with friends, dividing perennials gives
them renewed vigor and is an inexpensive way to expand
In this workshop we’ll go through different types of
root systems, and how to determine the best timing for
dividing particular plants. A hands-on
demonstration of different perennials to show
exactly what you’re looking for when dividing their
roots, and how each is correctly planted. How to
purchase healthy potted plants and their correct planting is
You’d be amazed at just how many divisions
can be made from just one overgrown patch of daylily, hosta, coral bell, Iris, Dahlia, or ornamental grass!
You’ll take home dozens of new starter sized plants from
the plant divisions we'll be creating, and gain the
know-how you need to create hundreds of dollars worth of
new plants from the ones you already have.
THE LIVING EARTH.
a 3 hour workshop.
April 26th, 5:30 - 8:00
Most garden problems are rooted in incorrect
soil preparation, neglected soil health, or lack
of attention to the effects on a garden's soil of the many garden
products we routinely apply.
Learn more about
the fascinating world that is the life cycle underground
in your garden, and how to maintain soil health.
The role of organic matter and
Various approaches to starting a new bed;
different mulches and
deciding which is best;
weed/pest control; fertilizing;
compost, triple mix, top soil, loam ... what's
difference and why it matters to choose
determining your soil type and how to improve it.
If you have time for no other class,
this one is a must. Everything starts with the soil, and
mistakes or neglect here can, at best, cause a garden to be much
higher maintenance than necessary and, at worst, cause costly
plant stress and death.
Choices, Designing with, and Care. a 2 1/2 hr
May 8th, 5:30 - 7:00,
From adorable 8"
tufts of steely blue fine textured leaves, to giant 10 foot
stands of massive plumes that stand tall over the snows of
winter, ornamental grasses offer tons of dramatic impact in any
garden. Essential for winter interest in any design or
garden size, it's hard to imagine any garden without at least a
They have very different design
roles and care needs than flowering plants though, and it's
difficult to judge their potential beauty from a pot at the
garden center in spring. So this workshop first goes
through the unique design attributes of different grasses with a
slide show of the many photos I've taken over the years, and
then we'll do some hands-on work to learn how to care for them
and divide their roots for renewal or sharing. Not all
grasses will work in all sun/soil conditions, so we'll also talk
about the best choices for different site conditions -
shade/dry/moist/etc, and debunk some of the common myths about
their care. I'll also have live potted samples on
hand to show you, and you'll go home with a few starter
pieces that will result from a demonstration on how to
the BAD, and the WEEDY.
What exactly is a "weed"?
2hr slide presentation and live demonstration.
In my experience the worst "weeds" are among the plants I've
purchased over the years at the garden center! This
workshop offers a hit-list of the "be careful what you wish for"
plants that are too aggressive for average garden conditions.
But we'll also talk about having your cake and eating it too! -
that is, how to keep aggressive plants under control, or
highlight where their aggressive nature can be put to good use.
I wish I had a dime for every
time I've heard a new gardeners say "well, they wouldn't sell it
if it wasn't an OK plant, would they?". Well ... yes
... they would ... and they do! No one is trying to
ull the wool over your eye though. What is an aggressive
"weedy" plant for one person is an excellent groundcover or
erosion control plant for another. The marketplace is full
of plants that will quickly be out of control under most garden
conditions, leading to years of weeding out stray roots or
thousands of seedlings. This workshop covers not only the
plants to avoid, but of course, or common garden weeds and how
to control them too.
THE NATURAL WAY
a 2hr workshop. Fall
How to build
and maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn without chemicals and
Lawn products have reached the level of
precision science by now, making the promise of drop dead
gorgeous, golf green perfection, sound easily achievable.
It's great to want a nice lawn of course, but it's this quest
for "perfect" that comes at a high cost to the environment and
your available maintenance time.
discuss how some of our traditional lawn maintenance habits
actually ENCOURAGE problems, then lay out a sensible, fully
organic routine to follow for a healthy lawn you can feel good
about wiggling your toes in.
gluten for long term weed control
- thatch - a natural amount is healthy but excessive fertilizing
and some of our other bad habits lead to thatch build up that
- understanding insect control and how to prevent problem
outbreaks. Grubs in particular can devastate a lawn but
there are easy things you can do to prevent damage.
- natural growth patterns of cool season vs warm season grasses.
- alternatives to traditional turf.
DROUGHT TOLERANT GARDEN
There's more to creating a drought tolerant garden than just
selecting plants from a drought tolerant list. And what does
"tolerant" actually mean? The word implies that the plant would
prefer more water but will do OK with less.
This seminar will discuss how to go beyond
"tolerant" and showcases the plants that NEED dry conditions,
not just tolerate them, and how to create the conditions they
need. We'll also discuss the many ways you can increase the
drought tolerance of a standard mixed perennial garden
instead of installing expensive watering systems, and how
to grow your plants to be tougher and hardier. There's no
need to completely give up your water needy plants - learn
how to toughen them up so they'll be able to endure drought
conditions when they hit.
5 week course,
1 class per week.
Our comprehensive course that will lead you to
growing with confidence.
" Think Like a
"IN THE GARDEN" DATE starts in May. (see
course (3 hrs each lesson) that takes us through
all of the what's, why's and how's of
establishing and caring for a mixed perennials &
In-depth, integrated lessons,
with plenty of time worked in for lots of Q&A,
plus take home notes with deeper detail.
The goal is to have you gardening with
confidence as you work through the ups, downs,
and the many choices of - design, maintenance
and troubleshooting, whether you're gardening
with perennials, shrubs, trees, or just a fresh
planting of annuals each spring.
thousands of details and choices, but there are
basic rules in the natural world which
everything follows from. This class
covers these essentials thoroughly, with an
entire lesson devoted to each important topic.
By the end of the course you’ll understand
why such and such is done in the garden, not just when and how.
Armed with this background knowledge, you'll
have the confidence to make the thousands of
individual decisions on products, plants, and
methods that go into creating a healthy
beautiful garden that satisfies both the eye and
soul. (... and the budget
too!). EVERYTHING you do in a
garden is interconnected. Once you've
completed this comprehensive course, you'll
understand how one action leads to another, and
how to make decisions that make sense for your
particular goals. ...
I've been running this course for
over 15 years, and have received many
accolades on my approach to teaching
what can sometime seem like a
complicated topic. Underlying
each lesson is not just
horticultural knowledge but my own
decades worth of experience in my
own gardens. I caught the
gardening bug while in my 20's and,
(at the risk of dating myself), it's
now a few decades later, yet my
enthusiasm for the possibilities of
plants and gardens continues.
No formal training is under my tool
belt, but over the years an
incessantly curious nature led me to
research every success
and failure to learn from it. Then
came operating a garden specialty
bookstore where each curiosity could
be thoroughly self-taught. More
hands on experience came my way over
the past 10 years through my garden
design and maintenance service, where
I've been exposed to different
garden conditions and design tastes
that help me learn more about all the variables of sun,
soil, and plant choices, balanced
with different garden styles. In a
nutshell, I'm a plant nerd!
That's really the only way to say
it. To this day, I still
get a rush of excitement when
meeting a new plant to play with, or
a new garden to play in. My approach
to teaching is just as
instilling an excitement over the
gardening experience as much as
it is about teaching the how-tos.
... ABOUT THE COURSE:
A non-dummies approach with integrated
lessons that focus on helping gardeners really
understand some of the basic plant science at
work so common-sense decisions come naturally.
There's lots of conflicting advice and
information out there in the gardening
marketplace, and this course helps cut through
the jargon and arms you with what you need to
know to make the right choices for you, your own
garden's site conditions, and your available
maintenance time. Once you're at the
end of the course and out in your own garden
this season, you'll be able to juggle all the
facts and variables yourself and have all the
ammunition to feel confident about what to
do. An agenda of topics covered is below.
Understanding plants' seasonal life cycles ... developing
maintenance routines that suit your available time ... designing great plant combinations ... seeing
your own garden site's limitations and strengths ... tweaking zone
hardiness ... correct shrub pruning ... dividing perennials for either
health or sharing ... lowering maintenance and water input ... organic
soil care ... starting a new garden ...
appropriate plant selection ... organic pest control ... mulching choices ... weed control ... and
(Email anytime if you have
questions about whether
the course is right for you).
Cheers! Evelyn Wolf
lesson has its own very detailed take-home notes offering additional
Language of Plants.
What exactly is a
Perennial, Annual, Bulb, Shrub, etc. and why it
matters to know. This may sound like a
somewhat irrelevant and boring topic, but
without at least a basic understanding of plant
and gardening terminology, no one would ever be
able to build on their knowledge. So this
is the lesson that starts us off right.
Understanding how the plant groups differ
determines everything that follows for their
best care; what to expect from them; how far you
can push them; when and how to propagate;
essential maintenance; etc..
Hardiness zones and what determines a plant's
hardiness ... what it means to your plant
selection and positioning in your garden, it's
care and handling, and how to push its zone
Thinking Like a Plant. Plant life
cycles and how each plant’s personal
growth/dormancy routine dictates the ebb and
flow of energy, nutrition needs, and
maintenance. This lesson provides many "ah
ha" moments where participants begin to
understand what's behind some of the occurrences
in their garden and how to get the most blooming
performance and all-season beauty out of their
plants. Successful gardening is 100%
about advance planning and this lesson makes
clear all the natural forces we're working
together with to achieve our end goals.
thorough look at the underground soil ecosystem
and it's importance to a healthy garden ...
repairing or working with the soil you have ...
long term soil care that offers plants what they
need, when they need it ... compost, organic
matter and composting ... understanding pH (soil
acidity or alkalinity) and what it means to the
of nutrients ... mulching choices ...
Lawn Care. Routine maintenance, and
organic methods for weed control and general
Stop the Torture! Shrub
A lesson in
the botany of woody plants and how they react to
pruning ... how to make healthy cuts ... working
together with their instinctive response to
pruning to achieve particular goals such as size
reduction or topiary ... when and how to prune a
shrub completely depends on why it is being done
in the first place. Here's all the How's,
Why's and When's that you need for beautiful,
Creating Great Plant
This is a topic that could take all 6 evenings
in itself, but we'll discuss some basic design
rules to guide your creative explorations.
your site conditions ... form & texture ...
balance and scale in overall landscape design
... creating fabulous all-season plant
guys and bad guys—achieving pest control,
not elimination is the goal. Organic protection
and pest management techniques.
Early Spring / Late
Fall to-do list. A walk through the season
all the different things that should be on your
to-do list regularly to keep ahead of problems.
Identifying wish-list factors that
determine how much work you need to
perfection? ... different types of care and
their goals or end results ...
manipulating perennials - shorten floppy plants,
deadheading, stagger or delay bloom, prompt
repeat bloom, preventing late summer foliage
decline, weed control, lawn maintenance.
Pulling together all the pieces and learning
how to apply the information learned to some
real world scenarios through exercises, lots of
Q & A, and some hands-on work out in the garden.
Your questions, photos, and particular problems
addressed. General discussion where I’ll
follow where your questions lead with detailed
explanations and take home notes.
Dividing, or buying Plants.
Different types of root
systems, how they’re best divided, and when ...
demonstrations of a few different types. New
perennials can cost anywhere from $5.00 to
$20.00 or more—which ones are worth it and why
such a difference ... how to select a healthy
plant at the garden center ... best moving or
Your New Garden - a course for BEGINNERS.
3 lesson course, 1 per week.
A thorough beginner's
course to get you started down the exciting and creative path of
gardening with perennials and shrubs to establish your first permanent
garden. The cost of the course will be quickly recouped by
avoiding even just one common beginners' mistake!
There's tons of details to learn before
you can dig-in with confidence, but first things first. As with
any learning curve, there are basic skills to thoroughly understand
before anything else will stick. This course is designed to
thoroughly cover all the basics you'll need to know to grow your
knowledge and successfully start your first garden. As much as
weather allows for, we'll be out in the garden for hands-on demos, and
there will be lots of Q&A time available to address your own garden
concerns. Here's the main topics covered -
The Language of Gardening.
What exactly is a
Perennial, Annual, Bulb, Shrub, etc. and why it matters to know.
Without a thorough understanding of how the types of plants differ, its
hard to decide which to choose for your first garden. So this is
the lesson that starts us off right. ... types of plants ...
plant "hardiness" ... winter protection ... mulches, soil, pH, tools ...
full sun/partial shade/ ... products on the market and when/how to use
The Living Earth.
Sandy loam? Hard clay? Beach-like
Sand? Good-enough drainage?
Analyzing the soil type you have and how to
improve it to grow the plants you want or to
choose plants accordingly. What's the
difference between "triple mix" ... "top soil
... compost ... how your mulch choices matter
... when to add organic matter ... using
Step by Step through starting your first garden.
Pulling together what you've learned
so far into a common-sense approach to starting a new garden. ...
preparing your soil ... where to put your garden ... choosing and
spacing plants correctly ... planting design rules-of-thumb ...
growing vegetables for your dinner table ...
Choosing the right type of garden and
plants that work well with your available maintenance time ... tips to
lessen necessary maintenance ... weeding and identifying your enemies
... deadheading ... lawn maintenance ... the best plants for success as
a beginner ...
Shrub & small tree pruning.
straightforward a topic as most beginners realize! Correct shrub
pruning is a major topic to get right for a beautiful and healthy garden
for the long term. We'll cover the main do's and don'ts to get
your started down the right path.
No firm date set yet, but this course will have
a May run date for 2018, on a weekday evening.
Email to reserve your
Class size is limited to 10.
details on the
SHRUB PRUNING -
STOP THE TORTURE!
3 hour hands-on workshop, lesson, &
take-home 24pg lesson manual.
From essential pruning in youth to establish a
strong framework, to rejuvenating that overgrown
lilac or sculpting a topiary, all pruning
situations are covered in this in-depth
is probably the most misunderstood and usually
incorrectly executed garden task. The haircut
trim that often passes for “pruning” is the best
example I can think of exactly how NOT to prune!
At best it leads to weak, twiggy,
non-flowering plants with “bare legs” and, at
worst leads to a long slow diseased death. The
“haircut” trim method is literally plant
torture! After this workshop you'll
clearly see why.
Most of the damage bad pruning causes stems from
a misunderstanding about what happens within the
plant when a branch is cut. Pruning
growth in the exact spot where the pruning cut
is made, when most often the gardener is
attempting to reduce growth. The more you
prune the stronger the plant will respond at the
pruned spot, most often at the expense of
growth elsewhere on the plant. The
Weak, twiggy, non-flowering tips, with old,
bare, and worn out branches at the base.
Quality trees and shrubs can cost a lot of
money, but it's skillful training and
knowledgeable pruning that makes the
investment worthwhile by keeping them strong,
healthy, sculpted and growing in a way you want.
Only with either a stroke of very good luck, or
through proper pruning, will ordinary trees and
shrubs become beautiful specimens.
An expensive Japanese Maple will be a pretty
red leaved addition to your garden, but with
skillful pruning it can become that gorgeous
sculpture you see in pictures.
This workshop helps gardeners understand what is going on when woody plants
are pruned. Learning to work together with the plants' predictable
natural response is key. Anything is then possible - espalier;
topiary; a trained rather than grafted standard (small tree form); maximum
blooming each season; accentuated natural shape; healthy full hedges without
bare legs; trees with billowing grace rather than a dense mop top; a
rejuvenated old shrub with dignity and maturity rather than having to rip it
out for something new.
The workshop focuses on shrubs but also covers
the training of a young trees, and basic do's
and don'ts when pruning larger trees.
Hands-on demonstrations and training videos are
used whether we're indoors or out and a detailed
24 page lesson manual to take home will ensure
that you'll have the information to review when
you need it.
year I had a beautiful large Maple cut down for a client.
A split had developed, caused by a major
branch that had been allowed to develop with very poor joint structure
("included" bark) and it was now threatening to break off and crash into the
If early in the tree’s life the owner had
known what to look for and made just one small pruning snip, the tree could have
lived a long life.
What is “included” bark you ask? Just one
of the valuable details you’ll learn in this workshop.
LIFTING AND DIVIDING PERENNIALS
A 3 hour workshop
Whether you’re rejuvenating an overgrown Iris or
want to multiply what you have to spread around a larger area or share with a
friend, dividing perennials gives them renewed vigor and is an inexpensive
way to expand your garden.
In this workshop we’ll go through an overview of the different types of root
systems, how to determine the best times for particular plants, and hands-on
demonstrations of different perennials to show exactly what you’re looking
for when dividing their roots. You’d be amazed at just how many divisions
can be made from just one overgrown patch of
daylily, hosta, coral bell, Iris, Dahlia, or ornamental grass. Ornamental
Grasses in particular are very tricky to divide, and we'll be demonstrating at
least one type.
You’ll take home a few starter plants of your own from the demonstration
plants, and gain the know-how you need to create hundreds of dollars worth of
new plants from the ones you already have!
GREAT PLANT COMBINATIONS
A 3 hour workshop on designing complimentary plant
partners and trios for all seasons.
The huge assortment of plants available today is overwhelming and its easy to
end up with a cluttered mess instead of the beautiful garden you envisioned. In
this workshop we’ll talk about how to think of your plants in partnerships or
trios and demonstrate some classic examples of plant combinations that work
well in any setting. Learn how to take your garden from spring to
autumn with something blooming or contributing at all times through creating
Seeing a plant’s shape and form, not just flower colour;
staging on slopes;
colour combinations that sing;
creating vignettes with something for each season;