Gardening ~ Flowers, Shrubs, and Organic Vegetable Gardening
Flowers 101 and Floral Design
Love flowers and design? Ever wanted to create your own arrangement? Join this workshop where you will learn about various types of flowers, which flowers are in season when, the floral industry as it is today, and the push for locally grown organic flowers. We will cover the principles of floral design and the overall creative expression that flower arranging brings. As part of this interactive course, participants will get to design their own one of a kind arrangements to take home at the end of class! A flower and vase fee of $10-15 per project is payable to the instructor, Maria Koterska at class. Maria Koterska has been working in floral design for the past 6 years. In addition to working in flower shops, she has taken many flower workshops at The Hickories and design at UConn. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the industry as well as principles of floral design.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24) + $ mtls.
Thur., 9/27 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School
Landscape Garden Design
Looking at your landscape as a series of “rooms” with different functions is the key to an aesthetically pleasing landscape and is the latest trend in landscape design. Proper selection and siting of plants is the first step. Learn the history of landscape garden design and styles, elements of design, color theory, and how to use them to effect what you see and feel. Learn how to create a design on paper to work from over time which can save you grief and money. Deer, sun, shade, wet and dry areas, screening, soil preparation, digging, dividing, planting, propagation, insects and diseases, what you can do to protect and help bees, maintenance, budgeting and help, etc. will be covered as well. A PowerPoint presentation of best performing plants for our area will also be included. Instructor Laura Stabell is a Master Gardener, arborist, horticulturist and naturalist. She is also a landscape gardener who work has been featured in magazines and on the Garden Conservancy open garden tour. She founded and directs the Saugatuck River Watershed Association.
2 Sessions $49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Mon., 9/24 & 10/1 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
Fall Gardening Chores
Fall is the best time to plant and do other chores in your yard and garden to get ready for spring, but what are those chores? This class will answer that question and get you focused on what, where and how you can do those things which will make an improvement in your property - and make spring a lot less hectic! Topics covered include; cover crops, soil testing, soil building, fall fertilizing, fall planting, digging and dividing perennials, what to do with leaves, fall pruning etc. Instructor Laura Stabell is a Master Gardener, arborist, horticulturist and naturalist. She is also a landscape gardener who work has been featured in magazines and on the Garden Conservancy open garden tour. She founded and directs the Saugatuck River Watershed Association.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/15 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School