Garden Series Classes

Classes for Winter and Spring


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Featuring both introductory and advanced subjects, classes provide many different ideas and techniques for improving the home garden, growing plants, decorating with them and enhancing your enjoyment of the Gardens and our natural world. Join us for a morning, afternoon, or evening session, and let our skilled experts share their experience and knowledge with you.

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Home Landscape Design Series - $198 for all 4 classes
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Home Landscape Design - Fundamentals
Explore the fundamentals of design, and introduce a unique Design Process which provides the basis for problem solving of various scale projects, spatial development, and sound garden and general land use planning. The basics of graphics, balance, color, forms, sequence, scale and textures will be discussed. Some in class drawing to explore a residential program, and functional relationships, and their resulting spatial relationships will be done in class. Good design is not arbitrary or just intuitive.... it should follow a process.
Instructor: Roy DeBoer
Fee:
$60
Date:
Saturday, February 09, 2019
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Home Landscape Design - Incorporating Hardscape
Hardscape refers to the design and materials used in walkways, patios, walls and anything else which is, well, ‘Hard’!  The program will feature a look at the many choices of materials that are available, suggestions for designing the features to the proper proportions or scale for optimum use, and how to effectively weave plants into and through walkways and walls.  The class will also provide a look at the ‘how-to’ of installing the materials, allowing the projects to provide years of maintenance free use!
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 09, 2019
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Home Landscape Design – Incorporating Lighting
Whether you are preparing to do-it-yourself or planning to hire a professional, outdoor lighting will bring your landscape to life after dark.  Enjoy looking at beautiful photographs while learning the why, what and how of outdoor illumination.  Apply design theory, explore architectural and landscape lighting and find out all about “TADA”!  This session will also provide a basic understanding of LED technology and its many uses while focusing on solid design principles as they are applied to outdoor illumination. 
Instructor: Mike Deo
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Home Landscape Design - Incorporating Plants
Plants provide shade, color, texture and even sound to the home landscape.  The challenge with plants is determining where the plants should best be located or how they should be combined to enhance the overall impact of the Garden Design.   Bruce will focus on the basic concepts of how to place and combine woody and herbaceous plants to create a pleasing, outdoor garden room!
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$60
Date:
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time:
1:00 am to 4:00pm
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Seedy Business: Plants That Do Best When Grown From Seed
How many times have you thought, heard or said, “I just don’t do well with seeds….I prefer plants…”?  WELL!!! It is time to rethink your stand on seeds, and this talk will inspire you to do just that.  There are a number of situations where growing things from seed is not only advisable, it is preferable, much more fun and much, much, much more rewarding.  This is a beautifully illustrated slide show about the fruits and vegetables that do best when grown from seed and why that is the case.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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The Victorians: How they forever changed the Garden
When it comes to widespread impact on gardening practices, it can be argued that no time period rivals the 90 year span known as The Victorian Era.  The Victorians used flowers as a non-verbal language and transformed the garden from a symmetric, formal regiment into a frothy disarray of cottage informality. Their gardens included exotic plant material recently discovered in the jungles of Africa, the remote valleys of the Himalayan highlands, the plains of the Amazonian rainforest and the arid plateaus of Australia and the Andean Mountains.  This talk provides an overview with some interesting vignettes about one of the most exciting periods in the history of horticulture and agriculture.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 23, 2019
Time:
1:00pm-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Pruning Techniques for the Homeowner (workshop)
The 3 W’s of pruning – the When, Where and Why - are typically reduced to a thoughtless shaping of plants with electric shears!  This class will discuss the various methods of pruning small trees, shrubs and shade trees, the time of year various plants should be pruned and how proper pruning can produce not only unique growth responses, but a healthier, more attractive and longer-lived plant.  Bring along your own pruners and handsaw, or you can purchase tools during the class as this will be a “hands-on” program in the Gardens that you can actively participate in should you wish.  Fruit trees will not be covered.  Please dress accordingly.
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$60
Date:
Saturday, March 02, 2019
Time:
1:00 am-4:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
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Designing with Ornamental Grasses
Ornamental Grasses have become increasingly popular over the past several decades, due in part to the lack of deer browse.  However, they have a number of other benefits for enhancing a garden’s design that are often overlooked. This class will review a number of ways that grasses can make your garden more stunning, including methods of combining them with other perennials and woody plants.  Discussions will also touch upon how to maintain ornamental grasses as well as a selection of grasses that are appropriate for the NJ garden.
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$60
Date:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Time:
9:00am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
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If you Plant It, They Will Come
Butterflies, pollinators, birds, and other wildlife rely on native plants to survive.  Dr. Randi Eckel will discuss the importance of supporting our native wildlife within our gardens, show examples of some creatures that rely upon specific plants, and discuss the complexities of attracting rare wildlife (rare butterflies, for example) to our gardens.  Afterwards, we’ll take a walk in the Rutgers gardens looking for examples of host plants and wildlife habitat.  (Please come dressed for the weather)
Instructor: Randi Eckel
Fee: $50
Date: March 16, 2019
Time: 10-12 am
Location: Holly House
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The Art and Science of Growing Native Plants from Seed:  Why, When, and How
As we incorporate more native plants in to our landscapes, there are so many good reasons to use plants propagated from seeds. But wild plants have evolved a dizzying array of mechanism, including chemical-induced dormancy and mandatory cold stratification, to ensure that their seeds disperse, persevere, and germinate at just the right time under natural conditions. These mechanisms are not in place to frustrate would-be plant propagators, but must be understood to successfully grow native plants from seed. Join us for this far-reaching discussion of the issues surrounding seed collection, procurement, and propagation, with information that will encourage the novice and challenge the professional alike. Followed by a demonstration of different seed planting and seed storage techniques, as well as different kinds of seeds.
Instructor: Randi Eckel
Fee: $50
Date: March 16, 2019
Time: 1-3 pm
Location: Holly House
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Grafting Workshop
Sometimes our favorite trees or woody plants are hard to find or impossible to root from cuttings. Learn how to reproduce them through the time-honored process of grafting. Clayton Leadbetter will explain all of the basic principles and practices, with hands-on demonstrations. Class participants will have the opportunity to graft their own apple trees to take home! Price includes a grafting knife, 2 trees and potting materials.
Instructor: Clayton Leadbetter
Fee:
$75
Date:
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time:
6:00-9:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Introduction to the World of Begonias - NEW
Join us for an introduction to the wonderful world of begonias. In addition to touching on the historical uses of begonias, this class will cover various types of begonias and their specific care needs. Information will be shared on best practices for growing begonias inside the home as houseplants and in the garden.  The class will conclude with a hands-on propagation workshop where you will pot up cuttings to take home. Additional plants will be available for sale.
Instructor: Christina Van Wyk
Fee: $55
Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Holly House
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Small Trees and Large Shrubs for the Garden
Most people limit their list of small trees to Dogwoods or Magnolias and do not give the topic any further thought.  Fortunately, the palette of small trees or large shrubs that can be ‘limbed-up’ to serve as a small tree is immense.  Bruce will discuss the various plant options available that can extend your garden’s season of interest well beyond spring as well as some fun thoughts on how to design and incorporate these plants into your garden!
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Time:
10:00am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
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Container Vegetable & Fruit Gardening
Is gardening space around your home scarce?  Does your busy schedule only allow time for a tiny garden? Did the woodchucks or deer ravage your vegetable crops?  More and more 21st century gardeners are resorting to container, raised bed and small urban gardens.  These specialized garden environments require different care and discipline.  The D. Landreth Seed Company has been funding a research program on container gardening for vegetables for eight years and has completed more than 1800 container plantings!  Come and spend some time with one of their researchers, and she will teach you the art and science of gardening in confined environments – an ancient practice that just might define the future of the 21st century garden.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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The Bulbs of Summer - Produce the Garden of Your Wildest Dreams from Bulbs, Tubers & Corms Planted in the Spring
Want to gaze out your window at the garden of your dreams?  Want to open the front door of your home to a vase full of exquisite dahlias?  Does your tiny patio offer little room for a flower garden?  Is container gardening your only hope for fresh flowers?  Dahlias, Cannas, Oriental and Asiatic Lilies, Callas, Caladiums, Eucomis, Bella Donna Lilies and many other bulbs, tubers and corms can be planted in the spring and with VERY LITTLE CARE will easily produce a magnificent garden.  This course will introduce you to some of the most beautiful flowers on earth and will teach you how incredibly easy it is to grow them.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Container Gardening with Annuals (workshop)
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
Date:
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time:
9:00am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
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Introduction to Sketching Trees and other Landscape Plants
Whether you like to sketch trees and plants for art, for a nature journal or to design your garden landscape, this class will introduce you to drawing techniques for pen or pencil that will bring your drawings to life on paper! Roy offers a fun class designed for the beginner with no previous art training or for those wishing to renew their sketching skills. Pencils and a sketch pad will be provided.
Instructor: Roy DeBoer
Fee: $ 60.00
Date: June 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM–12:30 PM
Location: Holly House
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Growing and Making Herb Blends
Fresh ingredients deserve fresh seasonings. Learn how you can grow, dry and mix herbs from your garden to create classic herb blends like Herbes de Provence and Fines Herbes, as well as more common blends such as Poultry Seasoning and Italian Seasoning. This class will include a visit to our herb gardens, if the weather permits.
Instructor: Caren White
Fee: $50
Date:
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
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Registrants may cancel up to 3 days before a class date. A refund will be given, minus a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received in writing by email. To cancel, please email Debbie Henry.
The Gardens reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. Classes cancelled by the Gardens because of low enrollment or Garden closure will be automatically fully refunded.