There is nothing that takes away worries like burying your nose in a bouquet of flowers. As we breathe in the aroma, it awakens our deep and primal connection with the earth. It comforts us, and brings us into the present moment. The bouquet represents the fruits of our labor that begins with an idea, and unfolds over weeks of preparation, planting, and waiting. The mere act of digging in the dirt and making a physical connection with the earth also makes gardening one of the most basic and primitive of all activities. Unlike other art forms, garden design does not supply immediate results. It is therefore a wonderful lesson in patience and surprise. Gardens are also living masterpieces, changing over time, and continually engaging our interest and creativity as a constant work-in-progress. And the fact that gardens depend on our attention and care to live well and thrive, gives us a feeling of importance, and gives us wonderful surprises to look forward to.
- New!!! Birdhouse Design – A slideshow presentation of beautiful, creative, and whimsical birdhouse designs. Learn how bird houses are designed, and what different birds look for when choosing a home. This slideshow is sure to get your creative mind going! (One hour slideshow)
- Container Gardening Class – Your group will learn how to create beautiful, versatile container gardens either indoors or out. We will discuss growing container plants, flowers, herbs and vegetables, preparation and placement of containers, soil, watering, sunlight, fertilizing, and starting from seed. We will also teach the principles of aesthetically-pleasing container garden design. (1 hour class) Optional hands-on planting activity (materials fee)
- Garden Structures – A slideshow presentation featuring the design and construction of garden gazebos, pergolas, trellises, arbors, fences, storage sheds, benches and birdhouses. Beautiful and fanciful designs, sure to get the imagination going! (1 hour class) Optional hands-on activity, building a miniature pergola model (materials fee)
- Garden Design – We work with your group to design and plant gardens, either indoors or out. Depending on the constraints of your building, the garden might be indoor container plants, outdoor container gardens, small garden plots, or larger gardens that can also include pathways, benches, gazebos, sheds, decks, trellises, fountains, sculpture, and birdbaths. The gardens can consist of plants, trees, flowers, herbs, and vegetables. We can also assist with weeding and tending services. (Hours vary, materials fee)
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