Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 32

GARDENING CLASSES Successful Small Space Gardening Life without Roots Even a small yard can include native plants that fit neatly into your neighborhood style and provide ecological benefits. Nancy provides practical examples of easy-to-care- for colorful perennials, compact shrubs, vines, and small flowering trees that can transform your tiny bit of paradise into a beautiful and functional garden. A list of hardy native plants for sunny, shady, wet, or dry sites is included with the class. How do plants with no roots survive? How do they obtain the water and mineral nutrients that are essential requirements for plant growth? Learn about the fascinating adaptations that plants without true roots or chlorophyll have developed in order to meet the basic necessities of life, even in harsh environmental conditions. A garden tour in search of parasitic plants, lichens, and other unique species is included, as is a discussion of the important roles they play in our local ecosystems. With Nancy Bell Section A: Friday, June 21 10 am – 12 pm $29 Section B: Sunday, July 14 1 – 3 pm $29 Native Ferns to Know and Grow With Marcie Weigelt Ferns add refinement and depth to your garden, and they are deer-resistant! Marcie brings more than 20 years of experience to this informative tour and discussion of native ferns. Discover the amazing diversity of ferns, from those that spread by runners to ones that are evergreen, and how to grow and divide them. Receive a list of common and lesser- known species to add to your garden this year. Class size is limited. Friday, June 21 (Rain Date: Friday, June 28) 1 – 2:30 pm $29 32 With Todd Brethauer Wednesday, June 26 (Rain Date: Thursday, June 27) 1 – 3 pm $29 Wicked Plants of the Northeast With Mark Manning Watch out for wicked plants! Gardening, hiking, and foraging are rewarding and enjoyable activities, but be warned: there are plants out there that are potentially deadly! Mark Manning presents the basics of identification, natural history, and toxicity of some of the most common poisonous plants in our area. Learn which ones to avoid touching and consuming and which ones must be kept away from pets and children! Saturday, July 13 (Rain Date: Saturday, July 20) 9:30 – 11:30 am $29