Mt. Cuba Center Programs Spring - Summer 2019 S2019-Programs-JOOMLA - Page 33

GARDENING CLASSES Instant Rain Garden With Eileen Boyle Transform your landscape from a potential source of runoff pollution to a buffer against it. Eileen Boyle, our Conservation and Research Director, presents the basic elements of rain garden installation and maintenance, a list of native perennials for wet and dry conditions, and designs that are aesthetically pleasing and highly functional. Take home 5 hardy, resilient Mt. Cuba Center plants to start your own rain garden. Class size is limited. Friday, August 9 10:30 am – 12 pm $59 (Plants included) Chemical-Free Lawns With Scott Freedman Is your lawn safe for children, pets, and the environment? Scott Freedman, a NOFA certified organic lawn care technician, focuses on eco-friendly cultural practices to create attractive lawns that are safe for us to use. Along with proper mowing techniques, learn how to read a soil test, select the best grass seed for your site, manage weeds, apply organic fertilizers, and control pests. Leave with a set of tools to transform your turf into a chemical-free lawn. Saturday, August 17 (Rain Date: Saturday, August 24) 10 am – 12 pm $29 Autumn Splendor Container Garden Workshop With Peg Castorani Ring in the fall season with a fresh, new container! Peg Castorani, co-owner of Gateway Garden Center, leads you on an inspirational tour of Mt. Cuba Center’s native plant containers, discussing design principles and container selection, after which she presents practical advice on the basics of planting and maintaining containers. Make your own autumn-themed garden-in-a-pot to give your outdoor living space a seasonal flourish. Bring gardening gloves. Friday, September 6 10 am – 12 pm $59 (Plants and container included) The Mixed Perennial Garden With George Coombs Having trouble fitting native perennials neatly into your garden? Not to worry! There are many beautiful species that work well in both naturalistic and formal designs. George Coombs, Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center, shows you how to combine perennials with shrubs and other flowering plants, as demonstrated in our South and Round Gardens. Seasonal selections for late summer will be highlighted and helpful maintenance tips are provided. Friday, September 13 (Rain Date: Friday, September 20) 10 am – 12 pm $29 mtcubacenter.org 33