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Gardening ~ Flowers, Shrubs, and Organic Vegetable Gardening


Feng Shui in the Garden
Indoors and out, feng shui helps any place thrive. Practicing feng shui means living in harmony with your environment and the garden is the perfect place to apply natural principles of balance, placement and flow. Learn how to energize your plant and design choices through colors, shapes and materials. Explore the “chi” possibilities of paths, perimeters and special features. Figure out how to attract what you want and more naturally deter what you don’t. Bring your friends, photos, questions and challenges for this fun session that will inspire you to get outside and play! Instructor Christine Persche is a certified feng shui consultant, a graduate of Pratt Institute, a US Green Building Council Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and a design librarian. She attended the New England School of Feng Shui and works with individuals, small businesses and non-profits.
1 Session $31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $24)
Sat., 4/21 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Venus Bldg.


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rowing Cut Flowers for Special Occasions
This class will provide detailed information on choosing and growing flowers in your own garden and timing their bloom for use for a wedding or other special event or for use in churches, restaurants or other places.
Eileen Burton is an expert horticulturist who has gardened in Ridgefield for years as well as been horticultural manager at Caramoor in Katonah, NY. She had a business called Butterfly Gardens.
1 Session $31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $24)
Mon., 4/23 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
; East Ridge Middle 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)
Wed., 4/25 & 5/2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



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 an expert horticulturist who has gardened in Ridgefield for years as well as been horticultural manager at Caramoor in Katonah, NY. She had a business called Butterfly Gardens.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 37)
Mon., 4/30 & 5/7 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Summer Garden Care Clinic
A midsummer garden care clinic with tips on garden maintenance, harvesting and troubleshooting for pests. Includes a trip to the instructor’s flower and vegetable garden for a live demonstration. Directions to live demonstration (in Ridgefield) will be provided at the first class. Taught by Eileen Burton.
2 Sessions $ 39 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 30)
Tue/Thur., 7/10 & 12 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.; Venus Building (aka old high school)



Bird, Bee and Butterfly Gardening
Get all the buzz from Laura Stabell about what’s happening to the bees and how you can help them and other wildlife by creating a natural habitat surrounding your home. 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., 3/26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
; East Ridge Middle School


DeFENCEless Gardening in Deer Country
Have you lost your shrubs to the deer? Have critters dug up your flower bulbs? Have you given up on having an attractive garden? Join Master Gardener, Alison Wachstein for this informative presentation covering deer habits, deer “resistant” plants and deer “candy” plants to avoid (or protect), coping strategies, as well as displaying some delightful garden photography. Alison Wachstein, Certified Master Gardener, has been gardening and dealing with the deer population in CT for over 25 Years.
1 Session $31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $24)
Wed., 3/28 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School