Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 24

CERTIFICATE CLASSES Sustainable Landscape Techniques With Susan Barton, PhD, and Carrie Murphy Make your landscape more ecologically sound by implementing a variety of sustainable gardening and landscaping techniques. Learn how to manage and conserve water using rain gardens, bio-swales, and rain barrels; reduce the demands of lawn care by adding meadow areas; and increase your energy savings with strategically placed layered plantings. Develop your garden to support a diverse population of beneficial wildlife and create healthy, natural habitats. Bring your lunch. Two Saturdays: May 4 & 11 10 am – 2:30 pm $139 Fundamentals of Ecological Gardening With Susan Boss, Erin McCormick, Vic Piatt, Emily Tinalli, and Marcie Weigelt 24 Plant Propagation With Shelby French, Duncan Himmelman, PhD, and James Rockwell Save money and increase your garden plants through simple propagation techniques using seeds and cuttings. Review the ethics of wild collected seed and learn the basics of seed biology, germination, and storage. Study the principles of asexual plant reproduction, learn when and how to take cuttings, and practice proper techniques for preparing and rooting them. Dress for this hands-on workshop, wear closed-toe shoes, and take samples home. Bring your lunch and hand pruners or scissors. Two Saturdays: June 22 & 29 10 am – 2:30 pm $149 (Materials included) It is recommended that students complete Botany for Gardeners before enrolling in this course. Integrated Pest Management Become a better gardener – sustainably. Discover the garden as an ecosystem and look to nature for best management strategies. Learn how to prepare a site, make wise plant selections, and install, establish, and nurture native plants in your garden. Mt. Cuba Center horticulturists demonstrate basic sustainable gardening techniques, the proper use of tools, and organic approaches to plant health care. Leave with a guide to seasonal gardening tasks and make your landscape an ecologically sound one. Bring your lunch. With Mike Leventry Two Thursdays: June 6 & 13 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 20) 10 am – 2:30 pm $139 Three Thursdays: July 11 to 25 10 am – 2:30 pm $189 Every garden is home to a host of life. Unfortunately, some of the six- and eight- legged inhabitants are detrimental to the health and survival of plants. Learn how to manage insect pests in your garden using a sustainable “toolbox” approach. Focus on integrated pest management techniques as well as the identification of both harmful and beneficial organisms. Go home knowing how to control pests in your garden using safe, wildlife-friendly practices. Bring your lunch.