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Gardening ~ Flowers, Shrubs, Deer, Organic Vegetable Gardening and Flower Arranging



Gardening


Water and Your Garden
How you garden and landscape can affect the quality of water leaving your property. Learn how your landscape can become a positive part of the water cycle by incorporating design elements like water features, rain gardens, buffer plantings and dry stream beds into your landscape. Rainwater capture and use, green roofs, alternatives to lawns, wildlife and environmental issues (such as blue green algae) affecting water and what can be done to protect it will also be discussed. 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.
Make up, if needed is 2/20.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Wed., 2/13 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Planning Ahead in the Garden: Growing Under Lights and from Seed
This 2 hour class will help prepare you for the gardening season ahead. Topics include: creating a garden plan; ordering seeds and plants; growing plants inside under lights and later outside from seed. Instructor Eileen Burton is a former Horticultural Manager for a large non-profit organization. Make up, if needed is 3/6.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Wed., 2/27 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Deer Proofing Your Property
Review of different strategies to prevent deer from ravaging your property instead of fencing. These include deer resistant bulbs, perennials, ground cover and shrubs; deer repelling annuals, bulbs and perennials; creating visual sight and sound protection; and how to protect a vegetable garden.
1 Session $ 21 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 17)
Mon., 3/11 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
Mon., 4/8 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
Fri., 3/15 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Annex
Fri., 4/26 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; Annex


Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are long term investments for your property that should be chosen with care. Get prepared to hit the nurseries armed with knowledge of what plants are best for your property and what it will take to keep them happy. 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)
Wed., 3/13 from 7 to 9 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. $ 39)
Mon., 3/25 & 4/1 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Vegetable Gardening


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. Instructor Eileen Burton is a former Horticultural Manager for a large non-profit organization.
2 Sessions $ 49 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 39)
Mon., 4/29 & 5/6 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Flower Arranging


Flowers 101 & Floral Design: Make Your Own Flower Crown
Join us for another evening of floral design. In this class we will be exploring using live fresh flowers and greens to design our own one of a kind flower crowns. If you have ever wanted to create your own crown for a special event or just for fun and are not sure where to start, the instructor will lead a demo for a handful of different crown styles and participants will get to create their own to take home! This makes a great gift for a loved one or a great activity to do with a friend! There is a $12 materials fee payable to instructor, Maria Koterska at class. Maria Koterska has been working in floral design for the past 6 years. In addition to working in flower shops, she has taken many flower workshops at The Hickories and design at UConn. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of the industry as well as principles of floral design.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24) + $ mtls.
Wed., 5/15 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School