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Deer Proofing Your Property
Review of different strategies to prevent deer from ravaging your property instead of fencing. These include deer resistant bulbs, perennials, ground cover and shrubs; deer repelling annuals, bulbs and perennials; creating visual sight and sound protection; and how to protect a vegetable garden. Instructor Rodney Barfield is the owner of Vista Nursery. He has been living in Vista for 22 years and has learned by trial and error the best strategies to prevent deer damage to your property. He specializes in deer resistant landscape design and propagates nursery stock with that in mind.
1 Session $ 21 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 17)
Fri., 4/26 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; Annex


Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden
Help save the endangered Monarch butterflies which spend the summer in Connecticut and then fly to Mexico for the winter. This class will help you plan a garden to attract Monarchs and other butterflies and pollinators to your garden. Instructor Eileen Burton, who has designed her garden to attract these and has raised and released Monarchs, will share her expertise with you in this class. Eileen Burton is a former Horticultural Manager for a large non-profit organization and had a garden design business, Butterfly Gardens.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 5/13 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
Wed., 5/29 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Annex


Summer Garden Care Clinic
A midsummer garden care clinic with tips on garden maintenance, harvesting and troubleshooting for pests. Includes a trip to Eileen Burton’s flower and vegetable garden for a live demonstration. Directions to live demonstration (in Ridgefield) will be provided at the first class. Instructor Eileen Burton is a former Horticultural Manager for a large non-profit organization and had a garden design business, Butterfly Gardens.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 39)
Tue., 7/9 & 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Annex


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. $ 39)
Mon., 3/25 & 4/1 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Vegetable Gardening


Vegetable Gardening ~ Organic
How to grow organically a wide variety of vegetables suitable for our climate. This course will cover everything you need to know about organic vegetable gardening - from purchasing seeds/plants, growing on, fertilizing, controlling pests to harvesting. Also discussed are tips for preserving your harvest by canning, freezing and drying for consumption year round. Eileen Burton is a former Horticultural Manager for a large non-profit organization and had a garden design business, Butterfly Gardens.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 39)
Mon., 4/29 & 5/6 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Flower Arranging


Flowers 101 & Floral Design: Make Your Own Flower Crown
Join us for another evening of floral design. In this class we will be exploring using live fresh flowers and greens to design our own one of a kind flower crowns. If you have ever wanted to create your own crown for a special event or just for fun and are not sure where to start, the instructor will lead a demo for a handful of different crown styles and participants will get to create their own to take home! This makes a great gift for a loved one or a great activity to do with a friend! There is a $12 materials fee payable to 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.
Wed., 5/15 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School