2011 Winter Education Series at The Gardens at Heather Farms (Walnut Creek, CA)

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2011 Education Series at The Gardens at Heather Farms (Walnut Creek, CA)

Turns out the Heather Farms Garden is not just a beautiful place to visit, it is also a great place to learn! Their 2011 Winter Adult Education Series (you can register online or find out more information at www.GardensHF.org or call 925.947.1678):

Botanical Motifs in Silver Clay with Lois Inman Engle, Artemis Designs, Certified Precious Metal Clay Artisan. This is a full day workshop for beginners as well as experienced students. $45 is the average material cost.  The class will take place Saturday, January 15, Time: 9am-5pm.The cost is $55 for GHF (Gardens at Heather Farms) members and $65 for non-members.

Ecology for Healthy Gardens with Jennifer Berry, Ecologist and Garden Designer. This workshop combines best practices from permaculture and ecology to show how gardens can function as ecosystems to naturally control pests and disease. The class will take place Saturday, January 22, Time: 9:30am - 12:30pm. The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

Rose Care Throughout the Seasons with Carla Preisler, GHF Board President, Master Gardener, professional pruner, and Patrice Hanlon, GHF Garden Manager. Learn from two masters about sustainable rose care. The class will take place Saturday, January 29, Time: 9am-12pm. The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

Flower Arranging: Buds, Bark and Brancheswith Najat Nicola, Diablo Women's Club. The first class will be a demonstration by the teacher. In the next three classes students will work on their arrangements (must provide their own materials). The classes will take place February 4, 11, 18 and March 4 from 9am-noon. The cost is $55 for GHF (Gardens at Heather Farms) members and $60 for non-members. A materials fee of $15 covers flowers for the first class.

Japanese Maples Demystified with Barry Hoffer, Arborist and owner of Maples For All Seasons. This class will teach you all about how to choose the correct variety for your space, how to correctly prune your tree, and how to care for it. The class takes place Saturday, February 5, Time: 10am-1pm. The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

Creating Hypertufa Containers with Darien Eckberg, principal and owner of Darien Eckberg Designs. Hypertufa is a lightweight material composed of Portland cement and horticulture additives that yield the look of stone or granite without the weight. There are two one-day sessions on Saturday, February 12 & Saturday, March 19, Time: 10am - 1pm. The cost is $75 for GHF members, $85 for non members (per class).

Successful Small-Space Gardening with Suzanne Arca, Design/Build Contractor, Horticulturist, Educator. This is the one I am most interested in, since if I want to grow my own vegetables and plants, I only have my back deck to do it on.  I can't wait to learn how to make the most of that space! The class takes place Saturday, February 19, Time: 9am - noon. The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

Plants that Love Heat and Clay with Susan Handjian, Garden Consultant and Coach. You will learn about many plants from Mediterranean climates that thrive in hot/dry climates and can also tolerate dense clay that holds onto water. The class takes place Saturday, March 5, Time: 9am - noon.The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

From Laundry to Landscape: Greywater Reuse and Rainwater Harvesting for the Backyard Gardener with Laura Allen of Greywater Action. Learn how you can transform your home and yard to collect and reuse your water resources. This class takes place Saturday, March 12, Time: 10am-1pm. The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

Introduction to Biointensive Gardening with Janet Miller, educator, Master Gardener, head gardener at "Our Garden" at the Contra Costa Times. Learn how to grow more food than you ever thought possible in your own back yard, organically and sustainably (I will also be taking this class, I'm very excited to learn how to start growing my own food). The class takes place Saturday, March 26, Time: 9am-1pm. The cost is $20 for GHF members and $25 for non-members.

I found at least two of these classes very interesting to me, hopefully there is something offered that interests you as well!  Sounds like a great Winter Adult Education Program that they have put together for us, let's take advantage of it.

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Comments (6)

Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Great local post Chris. Way to support local businesses and inform the public at the same time.

Nov 24, 2010 02:39 AM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

Thanks Steve, researching posts for localism has helped me find new and interesting things to do in my area.  I love it.

Chris

Nov 24, 2010 06:43 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

With just 36 days left in 2010, Zoey the Cool Cat and I just wanted to stop by and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope it’s a great one, with lots of fun and food with family and friends!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2010 07:47 PM
Anonymous
chris

Thank you Russel & Zoey. I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

Chris

Nov 27, 2010 09:02 AM
#4
Joetta Fort
The DiGiorgio Group - Arvada, CO
Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder

All the classes look interesting to me, and I even learned a new word - hypertufa. You should take that class so you can tell me how it's done!

Nov 29, 2010 04:31 PM
Chris Fisher
Your Virtual Assistant - Concord, CA

I hadn't heard of hypertufa before either!  I think I do need to register for some of these classes.

Chris

Nov 30, 2010 10:01 AM