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                                                 The Gardening Program is                                   The Program Coordinator is Ellen Zachos. A graduate of
                                              designed to teach those with an interest                   Harvard University, she received Certificates in Commercial
                                              in plants, their selection, care, and                      Horticulture (tracks 1, 3, and 4) and Ethnobotany from
                                              culture for home or small-scale                            the Garden. She teaches several Continuing Education
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                                              residential design use. Pursue a                           classes, covering perennials, annuals, orchid care, garden
                                              Certificate in Gardening or enroll in                       maintenance, and tropical plants. Ellen is a garden writer
                                              individual courses. Courses are designed                   and photographer, who has authored several books and
                         Ellen Zachos,        for students with no previous gardening                    numerous articles. Her company, Acme Plant Stuff, designs,
                         Program Coordinator
                                              experience up through those who have                       installs, and maintains interior and exterior gardens in the
                         spent years working with plants. Use the index provided on                      New York area.
                         pages 80–81 to find the best gardening classes for you.
                             Instructors are gardening professionals, including Garden
                         staff, authors, magazine writers, and nursery owners with
                         extensive field and teaching experience.

                         The Gardener’s Library                            A Variety of Plants for the                           New! Intensive Growing Techniques
                         Discover the wide diversity of horticultural      Beginning Gardener                                    for Homegrown Edibles
                         literature: generalist books on landscaping;      Whether you have a few containers on a patio          Learn how to grow more fruits and vegetables
                         specialty books on plant types; books on          or a several acres to fill, a reliable plant list is   in less space then you ever thought possible by
                         techniques, such as pruning and propagating;      one of the secrets of successful gardening.           making the most of your growing space and
                         artistic books for inspiration. Current works     Discover a full range of trees, shrubs, vines,        extending the gardening season. This class
                         and older volumes are discussed. Explore the      perennials, annuals, and ground covers that           focuses on organic techniques for intensive
                         world of catalogs and gardening magazines. A      offer color, texture, and form throughout the         growing of fruits and vegetables by taking
                         visit to the LuEsther T. Mertz Library rounds     seasons. Essential gardening information is           advantage of passive solar heating, vertical space,
                         out the day with a viewing of historical          presented, including understanding                    raised beds, and other techniques. Start now to
                         volumes and the library’s lending collection,     temperature zones, soil, and site conditions.         enjoy nutritious, fresh picked, garden produce
                         learning how to use CATALPA, the Garden’s         Learn what to plant where, how, and why.              as early as April, then just keep on picking.
                         online search system. The instructor, an author   Please bring lunch.                                   $31 non-members, $28 members
                         of seven gardening books, also regularly          $62 non-members, $56 members                          Jim Carr
                         reviews books. Please bring lunch.
                                                                           Kathrine Neville                                       WI GAR 116 Saturday, Feb. 24,
                         $62 non-members, $56 members                       WI GAR 102 Thursday, March 1,                        12:30–2:30 p.m., Stone Barns Center,
                         Judy Glattstein                                   10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 302                            Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
                          FA GAR 101 Wednesday, Dec. 6,
                         10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Rm. 302                        Botany for Gardeners                                  Right Plant–Right Place
                                                                           Botany, the science of plants, is important for       Finding the right plants for your garden
                                                                           gaining a greater understanding of how plants         involves more than considering color, texture
                           Special Lecture Series:                         work and why they do what they do. Learn              and cultural needs. The best first step you can
                                                                           the basic principles of botany useful to the          make is choosing plants that thrive in your
                           American Gardening                              gardener: the structure of plants, their              particular environment. Plants are less
                           Three Thursdays, January 18,                    functions and activities, how they reproduce,         susceptible to pests and diseases and tolerate
                           February 15, March 15                           and how they are differentiated and classified.        stress better when they’re planted in suitable
                           At The New York Botanical Garden.               Please bring lunch.                                   environments. Save time, money, and avoid
                           See page 6 for details.                                                                               disappointing results by learning which plants
                                                                           $62 non-members, $56 members
                           Dan Long & Wayne Winterrowd                                                                           are right for your garden. Please bring lunch.
                                                                           Carol Levine, MS Ed.
                           Bill Cullina & Steve Hutton                                                                           $62 non-members, $56 members
                                                                            WI GAR 109 Saturday, Feb. 24,
                           Jeff Lowenfels & Francisca Coelho,
                                                                           10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 102                            Leda Meredith
                                                                                                                                  WI GAR 126 Saturday, Jan. 20,
                                                                                                                                 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. P201

                         Generous suppport for Home Gardening programs has been provided by Kenneth and Ellen Roman.

                                                        Official Sponsors of Home Gardening

                         To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                               41
Gardening: Special Saturday Programs
Dive into Water Gardening, September 9
Ride the wave and explore the latest trend in gardening: add a water feature to your
home landscape. Learn about pond construction, container water gardens, plant
choice, and fish. Water gardens add so much to your landscape: reflected light, the
music of moving water, and an entirely new plant palette! Take the plunge.
Participants select as many as three from six topics.

                                                                                                                                                      Lorraine Swindells
Saturday, September 9, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.             12:30–2:30 p.m.

Landscape Your Water Garden                        New!
You have built your pond and you have your         To Build a Pond – An Introduction                 Waterfall in the Rock Garden
fish, but something is still missing... what        Learn basic water feature construction
about the plants?! No water garden is complete     techniques and vital tips that help you build a   2:45–4:45 p.m.
without landscaping and there’s a wide             great pond. Discussion topics include the
selection of plant material to choose from.        differences between a water garden and a Koi      New! Designing Truly Unique
Learn about exotic tropicals and native            pond, unique ways to incorporate the essence      Water Features
wetland plants for a variety of water gardens,     of water into your landscaping, and an
                                                                                                     Make your pond truly spectacular. Learn how
as well as how to establish the proper balance     overview of the industry’s newest equipment
                                                                                                     to combine water features such as fountains,
between fish and plants.                            and construction materials.
                                                                                                     streams, and waterfalls with hardscapes
Jay Archer has more than 10 years of water         Charles L. Ruby is the Executive Vice             including bridges, sculpture, and dry stream
garden expertise. He has designed and              President of Mid-Atlantic Koi Club, has           beds, to produce a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
installed earth ponds, masonry ponds, liner        authored numerous pond-related articles, and      Next, enjoy a virtual tour of some of the
streams, and waterfalls. Jay lectures frequently   has more than 20 years of water gardening         country’s best ponds and learn the secrets
on both water garden construction and              experience.                                       of maintaining a successful water feature.
landscaping with wetland plants.                   SU   GAR 191 Section C: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           Charles L. Ruby See previous description.
SU   GAR 191 Section A: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
                                                                                                     SU   GAR 191 Section E: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
                                                   New! Large Pond Construction
Organic Pond Maintenance                           Creating larger water features does not have to   New! 20 Pond Myths Debunked
Maintaining an ecologically balanced pond          be a mystery. Learn how to use wetlands, wet
                                                                                                     Have you toyed with the idea of a pond but
should not be a mystery. This course               wells, and bogs as a powerful and effective
                                                                                                     suspect it might attract unwanted insects or
explains how to maintain your pond with            means of filtration. Discover how to add a
                                                                                                     wildlife to your garden? Do you like the idea
bacteria, plants, and fish. If you own a pond       waterfall or stream to your pond, and enjoy
                                                                                                     of having a water feature but fear it requires
or are thinking of installing one, this course     the sight and sound of running water. We
                                                                                                     harsh chemicals and constant upkeep? This
is for you.                                        discuss equipment that helps create a balanced
                                                                                                     class debunks the top twenty myths about
Ted Rathjen is a trained horticulturist and        water feature.
                                                                                                     building and maintaining a pond, preparing
arborist and owner of Wetherford Landscapes,       Ted Rathjen See previous description.             you to take the plunge.
Aquatic and Garden Center in Verbank, New          SU   GAR 191 Section D: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           Rob Townsend is owner/operator of A&R
York. He is an award-winning pond builder
                                                                                                     Watergardens and has more than 25 years
specializing in pond construction, aquatic
                                                                                                     experience in the industry. As Master Pro
plants, native plants, Koi, and pond supplies.
                                                                                                     Pond Distributor for Aquascape Designs, he
SU   GAR 191 Section B: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.                                                              has lectured and taught hands-on classes to
                                                                                                     over 800 attendees on various water garden
  Fee for each session:
                                                                                                     SU   GAR 191 Section F: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
  $25 non-members, $23 members
  Attend all three sessions and receive
  a 10% discount.                                                                                    Courses of Related Interest

                                                                                                     Workshop: Understanding and Using a
                                                                                                     Digital Camera
                                                                                                     WI GWP 911, pg. 21

                                                                                                     Plants for Landscaping
                                                                                                      FA GAR 330, pg. 55

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                                                                       Gardening: Special Saturday Programs
Houseplant Extravaganza, November 11
Do you enjoy indoor plants? Houseplant Extravaganza is a special Saturday
program for plant lovers interested in expanding their plant palettes. Learn to
diversify your collection and, perhaps, find a new affinity for tropical plants.
This all-day program features stimulating classes on how to use exotic and unusual
plants to add beauty to an interior landscape. Participants select as many as three
from six topics.

                                                                                                                                                         Kay Wheeler
Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.               12:30–2:30 p.m.

Tempting Tropicals: Exotic Houseplants               New! An Indoor Herb Garden
                                                                                                       Potted orchids
Many exotic tropicals make excellent                 Maybe you grew fabulous herbs on your
houseplants and are surprisingly undemanding.        windowsill all summer long and don’t want to
Students learn about flowering plants, ferns,         give up their savory goodness just because it’s   2:45–4:45 p.m.
vines, succulents, and many other plants that        winter. Or maybe you don’t have an outdoor
grow well in the average home, plus special          garden, but long to cook with fresh,              Overwintering Tender Plants
tips and shortcuts on how to simplify plant          homegrown herbs. Discover which herbs             Many tropical plants make outstanding garden
care. These tempting tropicals are irresistible      (traditional and exotic) adapt well to indoor     annuals. Learn to overwinter them and not
and easy to grow.                                    culture and how to make the most of your          only can you save money, you can watch your
Ellen Zachos is the coordinator of the               indoor growing conditions. There’s no reason      plants become larger and more impressive with
Gardening Program at the Garden and the              why you can’t harvest from your indoor herb       each successive year. Demystify terms like
author of Tempting Tropicals: 175 Irresistible       garden all year round.                            “cutting back,” “dormancy,” and “lift for
Indoor Plants (Timber Press). Her company,           Leda Meredith is a professional gardener and      storage,” and learn how to bring plants back
Acme Plant Stuff, designs, installs, and             ethnobotanist with expertise in growing herbs     out of dormancy and into the light.
maintains interior and exterior gardens in the       and tender plants both indoors and out. Her       Leda Meredith See previous description.
New York area.                                       clients are residential, commercial, and          FA   GAR 128 Section E: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
FA   GAR 128 Section A: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.              institutional, on rooftops, patios, and other
                                                     urban settings.                                   New! Cacti and Succulents
Orchids at Home                                      FA   GAR 128 Section C: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           Many cacti and Succulents make superb
If you’re tempted to try an orchid but afraid                                                          houseplants; they’re undemanding, low
you’ll fail with these tropical beauties, fear no    Excellent Epiphytes                               maintenance plants with a wide range of
more. There are many lovely orchids that             Epiphytes are better known as air plants          colors and shapes, fabulous foliage, and
adapt easily to growing conditions in the            because in nature, they grow on other plants      surprising flowers. Learn about the differences
average home. Learn about recommended                rather than in the ground. Many adapt easily      between cacti and succulents, how to
species and the basics of watering, fertilization,   to indoor pot culture indoors and are unusual,    propagate them, how to care for them indoors,
and general care. Take the plunge.                   low maintenance house plants. Discover            and how to summer them outside. Put down
Carlo Balistrieri is the Executive Director of       different groups of epiphytes perfect for in-     that watering can! You don’t want to kill these
The Gardens at Turtle Point in Tuxedo Park,          home growing, including Hoyas (fragrant           plants with kindness. Growing tips and
N.Y. He was the former Curator of the Rock           flowering vines), Rhipsalis (flowering tropical     recommended species give you a well-rounded
Garden at the Garden and has owned a                 cacti), Bromeliads, Orchids, and some             introduction to the world of cacti and
specialty mail-order nursery for orchids and         surprisingly tough ferns!                         succulent plants.
exotic plants.                                       Ellen Zachos See previous description.            John Beirne, a horticultural and garden
FA   GAR 128 Section B: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.              FA   GAR 128 Section D: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           design consultant, runs a horticultural therapy
                                                                                                       program at New Bridge Services, Inc., where
                                                                                                       he designed a garden with a combination of
                                                                                                       tropicals, cacti, and succulent plants. John’s
                                                       Fee for each session:
                                                                                                       former home garden has been featured in
                                                       $31 non-members, $28 members
                                                                                                       The New York Times and Ken Druses’ book
                                                       Attend all three sessions and receive
                                                                                                       A Passion For Gardening.
                                                       a 10% discount.
                                                                                                       FA   GAR 128 Section F: 2:45–4:45 p.m.

To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                           43
Gardening: Special Saturday Programs
Shade Gardening Saturday, February 10
This exciting day offers a selection of courses for those gardeners who have
sun-challenged gardens. Whether you wonder how to evaluate how much shade
you have or want help choosing which plants to grow, these courses give you the
answers you need to create a lush oasis of flowers and foliage. Participants select as
many as three from six topics.

                                                                                                                                                         NYBG photo
Saturday, February 10, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.            12:30–2:30 p.m.
                                                                                                   Plant combinations with hostas for the shade garden
New! Shady Flower Gardens                         Spectacular Blooming Shrubs
You don’t need sun to have flowers in your         for Shade                                        2:45–4:45 p.m.
garden; plenty of annuals, perennials, and        This slide-illustrated lecture features time-
bulbs bloom in shady conditions. This class       tested plants from the instructor’s organic      New! Shade Garden Champions
introduces a wide range of flowering               garden. Learn about a wide selection of          Are your shade garden plants scraggly? Are
herbaceous plants that thrive in the shade, and   sumptuous flowering, often fragrant, easy-care    bare dirt and tree roots your best
includes advice on planting, feeding, and         shrubs that thrive in the shade. Advice on       “groundcovers”? This class tackles the
general care.                                     plant care, including planting, feeding, and     question: what really survives in the shade?
Lois Sheinfeld has been a hands-on gardener       pruning is provided.                             Learn which plants tolerate heat, humidity,
for almost 30 years and is a frequent lecturer.   Lois Sheinfeld See previous description.         and drought. Consider alternatives to
An educator for more than 25 years, she has       WI   GAR 137 Section C: 12:30–2:30 p.m.          impatiens for that shady container. Whether
also been a professor at NYU and Stanford                                                          your shade comes from trees or high buildings,
University. She served on the Environmental       New! Spring Woodland Beauties                    you discover plants that not only survive in
Law Committee of the NYC Bar Association,         Bulbs may be the classic sign of spring, but     shade, but thrive in it.
chairing its sub committee on pesticide use.      they are by no means the only harbingers of      Louis Raymond is a principal of Renaissance
WI   GAR 137 Section A: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.           green-up time. Spring woodland flowers are        Gardening, working in Rhode Island and New
                                                  perfectly suited to shady gardens, and many of   York. His background in science informs his
Herb Gardens Made for Shade                       them are low-maintenance native plants. Get      horticultural and design work. His work has
If you thought herb gardens had to be sunny,      to know these plants, whose shapes and colors    appeared in The New York Times, USA Today,
think again. A wide range of herbs can be         will make you forget all about tulips!           and House & Garden. Louis also served as
cultivated in the shade. Many are fragrant and    Sara Stopek holds a BA from Harvard and a        show designer for the New England Flower
ornamental in addition to having culinary and     Certificate in Horticulture. Gardener-in-chief    Show from 1998–2003.
medicinal uses. Include these double (and         of Sara Gardens, she designs, installs, and      WI   GAR 137 Section E: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
triple) duty plants in your shady border or       maintains gardens for and with client
woodland garden.                                  gardeners-in-training. She has written on        New! Fragrance in the Shade
Leda Meredith holds a Certificate in               urban garden topics such as selecting and        Mention garden fragrance, and most gardeners
Ethnobotany from the Garden. Her company,         protecting front garden plantings and growing    envision roses, lilacs, and lavender in the
Urban Edens, provides professional gardening      herbs in containers.                             shimmering sun. But shade gardeners can also
services in the New York City area. Leda’s        WI   GAR 137 Section D: 12:30–2:30 p.m.          enjoy fragrance from a variety of woody and
articles on edible and medical plants have                                                         herbaceous plants. In a wide range of shady
appeared in numerous publications including                                                        conditions, planting for fragrance adds this
the Urban Homestead Newsletter.                     Fee for each session:                          important dimension to the garden for most
WI   GAR 137 Section B: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.             $31 non-members, $28 members                   of the year.
                                                    Attend all three sessions and receive          Sara Stopek See previous description.
                                                    a 10% discount.                                WI   GAR 137 Section F: 2:45–4:45 p.m.

                                                                                                   Courses of Related Interest

                                                                                                   Variegated Foliage for the Garden
                                                                                                    WI GAR 182, pg. 50

                                                                                                   Advanced Landscape Care and
                                                                                                   WI GAR 440, pg. 56

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                                                                     Gardening: Special Saturday Programs
Spring Fever Saturday, March 3
Spring is just around the corner and with a little advance preparation you will be
ready to start the growing season right. Classes on spring garden tasks, new plants,
and early spring bloom help you prepare for the growing season. Sessions are led
by experts in their fields. Participants select as many as three from six topics.

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.                 12:30–2:30

                                                                                                                                                       Neil Soderstrom
New! Early Spring Bloom                            New! Dividing and Transplanting
Early spring can be frosty and cold, but that      Early spring, with its cool temperatures and
doesn’t mean you can’t have color in your          plentiful rain, is the perfect time to divide     Get ready for spring!
garden. Plenty of plants (annuals and              and transplant many garden perennials.
perennials) thrive in these cooler temperatures.   Dividing also helps keep your plants healthy      2:45–4:45 p.m.
Discover hardy spring bloomers for both sun        and floriferous, and lets you rearrange your
and shade, and make sure to include them in        garden without spending lots of money! Learn      New! Fine Tune Your Soil
your garden for plenty of early spring color.      how to split and move perennials without          Get your soil right from the start, and your
Michael Ruggiero is a long-time instructor         stressing them, making the most of the plants     garden will explode with gratitude. Rich,
at the Garden and the former Senior Curator        in your garden.                                   nutritious soil makes for large, healthy plants
in the Horticulture Department.                    Michael Ruggerio See previous description.        and reduces the need for regular fertilization.
WI   GAR 225 Section A: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.            WI   GAR 225 Section C: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           Learn the difference between sandy and clay
                                                                                                     soils, alkaline, neutral, and acidic soils, how
New! Starting from Seed                            Creative Composting                               these differences affect plant choice and
Seed starting should be one of your first steps     Composting is one of the most important           growth, and how you can modify your soil.
in gearing up for the gardening season.            things you can do to start your garden off on     Give your garden a solid foundation and you’ll
Starting your own plants from seed is both         the right foot. Discover how to turn leaves,      reap the benefits for years to come.
horticulturally satisfying and economical. Also,   grass clippings, backyard prunings, and           Duncan Himmelmann holds a Ph.D. in
many unusual plants may be difficult to             kitchen scraps into rich, fertile soil. Learn     Ornamental Horticulture from Cornell and
locate, but their seeds are easier to find. Learn   what, why, and how to compost; the many           has over 20 years experience in practicing and
about the dos and don’ts of seed starting,         uses of compost; appropriate bin selection;       teaching horticulture.
direct seeding, transplanting, and different       and the essentials of successful composting.      WI   GAR 225 Section E: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
methods for starting seeds. Then start your        Gray Russell is the Environmental Outreach
own seeds and get ready for spring!                Coordinator for the Township of Montclair,        New! What’s New in Plants for 2007
Jim Carr, BA, is the author of Gardening           N.J., where he provides information to            Every year nurseries bring out so many new
and Landscaping the Natural Way. He uses his       residents on home composting, recycling, can you possibly keep up? Which
natural method to manage properties                environmental yard care, and sustainable cities   ones are worth trying? Which are best suited
ecologically.                                      and towns.                                        to your growing conditions at home? Let a
WI   GAR 225 Section B: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.            WI   GAR 225 Section D: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           professional introduce you to the best plant
                                                                                                     introductions for 2007. Learn about new
                                                                                                     annuals and perennials, flowers and foliage, for
  Fee for each session:                                                                              sun and shade; then make your shopping list
                                                                                                     for the growing season!
  $31 non-members, $28 members
  Attend all three sessions and receive                                                              Noah Schwartz is the Head Grower and
  a 10% discount.                                                                                    Buyer at Matterhorn Nursery in Spring Valley,
                                                                                                     N.Y. and is a graduate of the Garden’s School
                                                                                                     of Professional Horticulture.
                                                                                                     WI   GAR 225 Section F: 2:45–4:45 p.m.

                                                                                                     Courses of Related Interest

                                                                                                     Redesign Your Existing Garden
                                                                                                      FA GAR 181, pg. 50

                                                                                                     Fundamentals of Gardening I
                                                                                                      SP GAR 301, pg. 54

To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                         47
Gardening: Special Saturday Programs
New! Native Plants Saturday: March 31
Native Plants are all the rage, and with good reason. Many native American annuals,
perennials, shrubs, and trees make superb garden plants; they often require minimal
maintenance and offer excellent pest and disease resistance. Learn how to choose
the right native plants for your garden, then discover a variety of woody and
herbaceous species, including evergreens and deciduous plants. Consider plant
combinations, learn which invasive plants are threats to the native ecology, and
explore the care and maintenance of your native plant garden. Participants select

                                                                                                                                                        Lorraine Swindells
as many as three from six topics on this new special day.

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.               12:30–2:30 p.m.                                   An ensemble of native plants

Native Trees and Shrubs                           Gardening with Native Orchids                     2:45–4:45 p.m.
Native North American trees and shrubs            in the Northeast
include some wonderful garden plants. Learn       Did you know that you can grow orchids not        Landscaping with Native Plants
about the ornamental value, culture, and          only in your home but also in your garden?        Create a native ecology in your own backyard.
maintenance of native evergreen and               This presentation gives gardeners and orchid      The home garden offers an excellent
deciduous woody plants. Consider flowering         enthusiasts an introduction to successfully       opportunity to integrate native annuals,
trees and shrubs, plants with ornamental bark     growing terrestrial orchids native to the         perennials, trees, and shrubs into your
and foliage, and plants for attracting wildlife   northeastern U.S. Several different species are   personal landscape. Learn which plants work
into the garden. Sun or shade, moist soil or      covered in detail. Learn about upland, wetland    well together, and why these plants are sensible
dry, there’s a native woody for you.              and transition species, then discover what soil   and exciting (yes, both!) choices for residential
Vincent Simeone is the Director of Planting       amendments, soil mixes, fertilizer use, and       landscapes. Follow several projects from
Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, Long Island       watering requirements are recommended for         beginning to end for a thorough understanding
and a horticultural consultant. His latest book   each group.                                       of how to create a natural garden.
is The Wonders of the Winter Landscape–Shrubs     William Mathis, Ph.D., who has a MS in            Larry Weaner founded Larry Weaner
and Trees to Brighten the Cold-Weather Garden.    botany and Ph.D. in agronomy, started The         Landscape Design, focusing on native gardens
WI   GAR 202 Section A: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.           Wild Orchid Company, which produces and           since 1982. He is a former board member
                                                  sells a variety of terrestrial orchids, and in    of the Association of Professional Landscape
American Woodland Natives                         2005 he wrote The Gardener’s Guide to             Designers and lectures widely throughout
Discover the bounty and variety of our native     Growing Hardy Perennial Orchids.                  the U.S.
northeastern woodlands! Explore how shade-        WI   GAR 202 Section C: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           WI   GAR 202 Section E: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
tolerant perennials, ferns, bulbs, and
ephemerals provide year-round interest and        Native Meadow and Prairie Plants                  Invasive Plants:
how they are best suited for use in an urban      Unravel the exquisite mosaic of our native        Avoiding a Jungle in Your Garden
garden setting. Students learn the life cycle,    meadows and prairies! Learn how these sun-        Invasive exotic plants are a huge threat to our
cultural requirements, and ornamental value of    loving, drought-tolerant wildflowers and           native ecology, causing habitat destruction for
these often overlooked backyard natives.          grasses can enliven any garden whether in the     native plants and animals alike. Learn what
Ulrich Lorimer is Curator of Native Plants at     city or in the country. Students examine how      makes a plant invasive, which plants to avoid,
the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. A graduate of        meadows that attract wildlife and conserve        and how to get rid of invasives that may
the University of Delaware Plant Science          water are a low-maintenance alternative to        already have taken hold in your garden.
Department, he has nurtured a lifelong            turf-grass.
                                                                                                    Carol Levine is author of A Guide to
passion for native woodlands and their plant      Ulrich Lorimer See previous description.          Wildflowers in Winter. She holds a MA in
communities.                                      WI   GAR 202 Section D: 12:30–2:30 p.m.           biology education from Fairfield University
WI   GAR 202 Section B: 10 a.m.–12 p.m.                                                             and currently serves on the board of the
                                                                                                    Bartlett Arboretum in Stamford, Conn.
                                                    Fee for each session:                           WI   GAR 202 Section F: 2:45–4:45 p.m.
                                                    $31 non-members, $28 members
                                                    Attend all three sessions and receive
                                                    a 10% discount.

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Home Landscape Makeover                            New! Maintaining                                   Feng Shui Meditation Gardens
Good landscaping adds value to your property,      Containers Year-Round                              For thousands of years the Chinese have used
but many homeowners forget that like               Planning and planting containers is only the       Feng Shui, the art of placement in gardens, to
everything else about the house, landscapes        beginning. This special way of gardening           align human nature with the natural
need to be renovated and updated. Learn how        requires special maintenance techniques. This      environment. Feng (wind) Shui (water) are the
to renovate your trees and shrubs and              course covers how and when to repot, deadhead,     two forces that come together to benefit the
successfully recycle plant material within the     prune, and fertilize your container plants as      flow of Chi (energy). Learn about the Feng
garden. Topics include how to thin large trees,    well as essentials for winterizing and pruning     Shui concepts of balance of inward and
prune or transplant overgrown shrubs,              techniques for growing standards, topiaries,       outward energy and about the alignment of
redesign beds and walkways, and where to           and trellis plantings. Please bring lunch.         rocks, water, plants, and pavilions in Feng
strategically add new plant material.              $62 non-members, $56 members
                                                                                                      Shui meditation gardens.
$47 non-members, $42 members                       B.B. Stamats                                       $62 non-members, $56 members
B.B. Stamats                                        WI GAR 140 Saturday, March 10,                    Kathrine Neville
 WI GAR 129 Saturday, Jan. 27,                     10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 302                          WI GAR 156 Thursday, Jan. 18,
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. P201                                                                              10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 302
                                                   Tulips and Tulipomania
Color for Gardeners:                               Before the 16th-century, the tulip was known       Designing and Planting
The Art of Looking                                 only in Asia. When it was introduced in            Your City Garden
The author of The Gardener’s Palette helps         Europe, it eclipsed the rose as the “Queen of      Dreaming of your own urban paradise, but
gardeners look beyond the plant and think          Flowers” and ruled supreme in floriculture          not sure how to make it a reality? Linda Yang,
about color itself. Students acquire a             within 60 years. This short illustrated course     author of The City Gardener’s Handbook,
familiarity with the color wheel and with the      focuses on the natural and social history of the   discusses and illustrates with slides how to
two basic approaches to using color in the         tulip and its long career as one of the most       analyze the space and light conditions you
garden: contrast and harmony. Please bring         beloved and intensively cultivated garden          have—both the good and the bad—and then
color wheels, nursery catalogs, and a pair of      flowers.                                            select the trees, shrubs, and flowers that thrive
scissors to class.                                 $31 non-members, $28 members                       on your balcony, terrace, rooftop or yard.
$47 non-members, $42 members                       Deirdre Larkin                                     $39 non-members, $35 members
Sydney Eddison                                     FA GAR 147 Saturday, Nov. 4, 1–3 p.m.,             Linda Yang
 FA GAR 134 Saturday, Oct. 7,                      Rm. 302                                             WI GAR 158 Wednesday, March 28,
10 a.m.–1 p.m., New Canaan Nature Center,                                                             10 a.m.–12:30 p.m., 312
New Canaan, Conn.                                  Companion Planting for a
                                                   Healthy Garden                                     Basic Feng Shui Gardening
The Deer-Resistant Landscape                       Learn to grow certain plants, singly or            Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy
Drawing upon 30 years of evaluating a wide         together, to deter disease and/or repel insects.   concerned with creating harmony in the
range of popular and exotic, ornamental            Thirty different plants, including herbs, are      environment. The goal is to create both
woody plants, Brad Roeller highlights trees        discussed along with techniques to improve         balance and energy flow. Learn about the five
and shrubs that are inherently resistant to deer   growth, scent, and flavor of flowers, fruits, and    elements and eight trigrams important to this
browsing. Discover the latest information          vegetables. Learn about encouraging beneficial      philosophy, and the two approaches to Feng
available about deer repellents and other          insects in the garden. Slides illustrate how       Shui, one based on land forms and the other
proven methods of discouraging deer. Learn         plants are combined in the design of the           on directions. Use these concepts to create
environmental and biological factors that          garden. Please bring lunch.                        basic designs for the garden or to rework an
influence deer and their choice of food.                                                               existing garden. Please bring lunch.
                                                   $62 non-members, $56 members
$47 non-members, $42 members                                                                          $62 non-members, $56 members
                                                   Kathrine Neville
Brad Roeller                                        WI GAR 149 Wednesday, March 21,                   Kathrine Neville
 WI GAR 139 Saturday, March 10,                    10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 230                          FA GAR 160 Saturday, Nov. 4,
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 102                                                                               10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 312

                                                                                                      Shrubs in the Perennial Garden
                                                                                                      Learn about standards and unusual shrubs to
                                                                                                      integrate into mixed borders or perennial
                                                                                                      garden designs. Discussions of each shrub
                                                                                                      include ornamental attributes, growing
                                                                                                      recommendations, and attractive design
                                                                                                      combinations. Class includes a slide lecture
                                                                                                      and a tour of the grounds. Please bring lunch.
  Courses at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture focus on gardening,                          $62 non-members, $56 members
  with an emphasis on organic and ecological practices. See page 9 for class listings.                Liz Innvar
                                                                                                       WI GAR 163 Tuesday, Feb. 22,
                                                                                                      10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 320

To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                            49
The Garden History and                             Biblical Plants and Herbs                            A Perennial Border for all Seasons
Traditions of Holland                              The Old and New Testaments are richly                Perennials are a constant but ever-changing
How does a garden develop? A country’s             illustrated with herbal references, offering         presence in the garden. The gardener’s
cultural history has as much impact in its         historic symbolism and practical uses for such       challenge is to combine a variety of herbaceous
development as its geography and climate.          a diverse and beneficial group of plants,             plants and a few shrubs into a living collage.
Explore the plant introductions of the seafarers   flowers, and herbs. Most remain highly valued         The first step is understanding nature’s
of the Netherlands. Study the concepts of          today and can be grown in your own biblical          geometry to provide structure in a perennial
grand estates and cottage gardens, compare the     garden. Whether you are fascinated by their          border. Learn the “checkerboard theory” of
wealthy displays of burgers, and examine the       meaning, charmed by their beauty, or looking         design and how to use strong plant shapes to
choices of learned botanists that delight the      for spiritual significance, these plants are          create an effective four-season garden.
mind and soul. Please bring lunch.                 worth discovering. Please bring lunch.               Recommended Prerequisite: Border Basics for
$78 non-members, $70 members                       $62 non-members, $56 members                         Beginners—GAR 179, or at least three years of
                                                   Donna Gerbosi-DiFulvio                               gardening experience.
Judy Glattstein
 FA GAR 164 Wednesday, Nov. 15,                    WI GAR 174 Saturday, March 24,                       $47 non-members, $42 members
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Rm. P201                        10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 315                           Brid Craddock
                                                                                                         FA GAR 180 Saturday, Oct. 28,
Getting Started with Perennials                    The Art and Craft of                                 10 a.m.–1 p.m., New Canaan Nature Center,
Perennials create a lasting foundation for our     Specialized Pruning: Topiary                         New Canaan, Conn.
flower gardens. Learn how to start a perennial      The Roman legacy of rigidly shearing
garden. Explore soil preparation, plant            ornamental plants into intriguing shapes             Redesign Your Existing Garden
selection, care, and maintenance. Learn            (known as topiary) can be fun and can add            Do you want to redesign your garden? Does
elements of design and discover the most           beauty to the garden. Learn the specialized          your existing landscape have a collection of
dependable perennials for lower maintenance        pruning techniques needed to start and               beautiful plants that lack a cohesive design
and long-term beauty. Please bring lunch.          maintain these unusual plant forms.                  style? Join us for a look at some of the best
$62 non-members, $56 members                       $82 non-members, $76 members
                                                                                                        techniques used by designers to coordinate a
                                                   (Includes a $20 materials fee)                       landscape design. Discuss imaginative ways in
Liz Innvar
                                                                                                        which you can create a new design for an
 WI GAR 171 Section A: Tuesday, Feb. 20,           Duncan Himmelman, Ph.D.
                                                                                                        existing landscape. Please bring lunch.
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 319                         WI GAR 175 Saturday, Jan. 20,
                                                   9 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 102                               $62 non-members, $56 members
Kathrine Neville
 WI GAR 171 Section B: Saturday,                                                                        Melanie Menachem-Riggs
March 17, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., New Canaan            Border Basics for Beginners                          FA GAR 181 Wednesday, Nov. 1,
Nature Center, New Canaan, Conn.                   An aesthetic combination of plants in a well-        10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 302
                                                   sited border is a pleasure in all seasons. In this
Perennial Plant Combinations                       class, learn where to put a flower bed; how to        Variegated Foliage for the Garden
Whether it’s a shady corner or a sunny border,     determine whether you have sun or shade;             Indulge yourself with a new palette of plants,
selecting plant combinations that work makes       how to lay out the bed and prepare the soil,         from the almost-solid white of Carex ‘Ice
the difference between a ho-hum garden and         what to plant, and how to put it all together.       Fountain’ to the deep purples of Coleus ‘Plum
one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on       This class is a recommended prerequisite for A       Parfait’, the subtle golden brown of Heuchera
perennials, learn to use color, texture, height,   Perennial Border for All Seasons–GAR 180.            ‘Amber Waves’ to delicate pinks of Acer
and bloom when combining plants to create          $31 non-members, $28 members                         negundo ‘Flamingo’. Learn about exciting new
a harmonious look for your garden. Please                                                               variegated plants on the market. Discussions
                                                   Brid Craddock
bring lunch.                                                                                            include how to place these plants in the
                                                    FA GAR 179 Saturday, Oct. 14,
                                                                                                        garden and how to maintain them for peak
$62 non-members, $56 members                       10 a.m.–12 p.m., New Canaan Nature Center,
                                                   New Canaan, Conn.
                                                                                                        performance. Please bring lunch.
Robert Monteleone
                                                                                                        $62 non-members, $56 members
 WI GAR 173 Section A: Saturday, Jan. 13,
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 102                                                                              Duncan Himmelman, Ph.D.
Section B: Saturday, Feb. 17,                        Work Study Opportunities in the                    WI GAR 182 Saturday, Feb. 24,
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Stone Barns Center,               Continuing Education Department                    10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 319
Pocantico Hills, N.Y.                                A limited number of work study
                                                     opportunities are available. Computer
                                                     skills are required. Call 718.817.8566
     Become a Horticulture Volunteer at              for details.
     the Botanical Garden! See page 86
     for information.

                                Official Sponsors of Home Gardening

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                                                                                                                     Dwarf and Unusual Conifers
                                                                                                                     Discover numerous varieties of conifers—
                                                                                                                     ranging in size from under six inches to well
                                                                                                                     over twelve feet—versatile ornamental plants
                                                                                                                     with low maintenance requirements. Topics
                                                                                                                     include winter interest, general cultural needs,
                                                                                                                     growth habits, design, selection, and
                                                                                                                     availability of plants in this increasingly
                                                                                                                     popular group. Please bring lunch.
                                                                                                                     $62 non-members, $56 members
                                                                                                                     Mark Rohsler
                                                                                                                     WI GAR 227 Saturday, Feb. 3,
                                                                                                                     10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 315

                                                                                                                     Landscaping with Perennials
                                                                                                                     Gain the basic skills and knowledge needed for
                                                                                                                     successful cultivation of perennials in a variety
                                                                                                                     of garden settings. Topics include site selection,
                                                                                                                     soil preparation, tools and planting techniques,
                                                                                                                     maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape

                                                                                                     Robert Benson
                                                                                                                     use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.
                                                                                                                     $101 non-members, $91 members

Benenson Ornamental Conifer Collection                                                                               Michael Ruggiero
                                                                                                                     SU GAR 231 Section B: Friday, Sept. 8,
                                                                                                                     9 a.m.–4 p.m., New Canaan Nature Center,
The Mixed Border                                    Scale and Proportion                                             New Canaan, Conn.
Not just another perennial garden, the mixed        The design and style of your home are an                          WI GAR 231 Section C: Thursday,
border also makes use of shrubs, vines,             integral part of your garden’s design.                           March 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Garden Education
annuals, and bulbs. Woody plants add scale          Architectural features and plant selections                      Center of Greenwich, Cos Cob, Conn.
and winter interest. Bulbs and annuals extend       should enhance each other. Discover
the season of bloom, climbers add a vertical        professional techniques to create the perfect                    The How, When, and Where of Pruning
element; in combination they create a               proportions that complement both home and                        Learn the elements of pruning evergreens,
sophisticated garden that is pleasing to the eye    garden. Learn about hardscape (walls, walks,                     deciduous trees and shrubs and how to
throughout the season. Please bring lunch.          steps, patios) and what kinds of beds, plants                    maintain the woody plants in your garden.
$62 non-members, $56 members                        and garden maintenance help create a coherent                    Bring your pruners for a discussion of proper
                                                    landscape design.                                                tool selection and maintenance. The afternoon
Kathrine Neville
                                                    $47 non-members, $42 members                                     is spent outside analyzing pruning techniques.
 FA GAR 186 Section A: Thursday, Oct. 26,
                                                                                                                     Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Garden Education Center          B.B. Stamats
of Greenwich, Cos Cob, Conn.
                                                                                                                     weather and bring lunch. While this class has
                                                     FA GAR 196 Saturday, Nov. 4,
 WI GAR 186 Section B: Thursday, Feb. 22,           12:30–3:30 p.m., Stone Barnes Center,
                                                                                                                     no prerequisite, some knowledge of gardening
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 312                          Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
                                                                                                                     is helpful.
                                                                                                                     $62 non-members, $56 members
Creative Ideas for Fall/Winter Interest             Chili Peppers Set the World on Fire                              B.B. Stamats
Fall and winter don’t have to be bleak in the       Discover the fascinating history of one of the                    WI GAR 236 Section A: Saturday,
garden. Both plants and decorative items can        oldest cultivated crops of the Americas. Now                     March 24, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., New Canaan
be focal points in the landscape, keeping your      used in cuisine around the globe, learn about                    Nature Center, New Canaan, Conn.
garden lovely to look at even in the cold.          the nutritional and medicinal uses of this New                   Section B: Saturday, March 31,
Consider trellises, pottery, paths, broadleaf and   World plant and how the chili heat scale is                      10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 312
needle evergreens, ornamental bark, late-                                                                             SP GAR 236 Section C: Thursday, April 12,
                                                    measured. The sources for heirloom varieties
blooming perennials, early bulbs. There are so                                                                       10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Garden Education Center of
                                                    and the newest cultivars are discussed. Learn
                                                                                                                     Greenwich, Cos Cob, Conn.
many possibilities. Lay the groundwork now,         how to grow them from seed and take home
then sit inside next winter and enjoy the view.     seeds of unusual varieties.
Please bring lunch.                                 $36 non-members, $33 members
                                                                                                                       Questions about selecting
$62 non-members, $56 members                        (Includes a $5 materials fee)
                                                                                                                       Gardening Courses?
Melanie Menachem-Riggs                              Leda Meredith
                                                                                                                       Call the Gardening Program
FA GAR 195 Wednesday, Nov. 8,                        FA GAR 220 Saturday, Oct. 7,
                                                                                                                       Coordinator, Ellen Zachos, at
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., New Canaan Nature Center,        11 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 319
                                                                                                                       718.817.8594. She can also be reached
New Canaan, Conn.
                                                                                                                       by e-mail:

To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                                            51
                                                                         Bringing Birds to the Backyard                       New! Lavender, Sage, Rosemary,
                                                                         Birdfeeders are handy devices, but you can           and Thyme
                                                                         create a truly diverse backyard bird habitat         Explore these and other favorite cooking
                                                                         with careful plant choice and a few little tricks.   herbs. Learn to plant, propagate, harvest,
                                                                         Learn how to make your garden a five-star             preserve, and use herbs to enhance your
                                                                         resort for our fine feathered friends.                recipes. Check your HQ (Herb Quotient).
                                                                         $31 non-members, $28 members                         Examine four types of herb gardens and
                                                                         Katherine Neville                                    discover which type suits you. Consider a

                                                    Lorraine Swindells
                                                                          WI GAR 260 Saturday, March 3,                       container garden (with windowsill
                                                                         10 a.m.–12 p.m., Rm. 230                             possibilities), a formal herb garden, a mixed
                                                                                                                              border, or a raised vegetable garden. Look at
                                                                         Native Perennials                                    decorative uses of herbs in
Plant combinations in the Rock Garden                                                                                         the home.
                                                                         Learn about great native perennials worthy of
                                                                         inclusion in your landscape. Find out why            $47 non-members, $42 members
Winning Plant Combinations                                               these plants often outperform their exotic           Ellen Spector Platt
Turn an ordinary garden into an extraordinary                            counterparts and are becoming more and                FA GAR 274 Saturday, Nov. 4,
work of art. Learn design techniques and tried                           more popular in today’s perennial borders. In        9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Rm. P201
and true plant combinations to help you                                  addition to reviewing this comprehensive list,
achieve a particular color scheme, and season-                           learn environmentally sensible tips on growing       Planting Containers for
long bloom. Discover how to select plants for                            and maintaining these plants.                        Fall/Winter Interest
special planting situations.                                             $47 non-members, $42 members                         Container gardening does not have to end
$47 non-members, $42 members                                             Brad Roeller                                         with summer! Lightweight, frost proof,
Jane Brook Barba                                                          WI GAR 262 Saturday, Jan. 6,                        containers can be used in fall and winter, even
SU GAR 247 Section B: Saturday, Sept. 30,                                9 a.m.–12 p.m., Rm. 302                              as holiday decorations. Learn how to use an
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 312                                                                                                       exciting variety of conifers, broad-leaved
                                                                         Native Trees and Shrubs for                          evergreens, and deciduous plant materials and
Tropical Plants in the Garden                                            Landscaping                                          how to pre-pot bulbs for a smashing spring
Turn your garden into a tropical paradise with                           Are native plants more appropriate for               display! Emphasis is on designing attractive
a few strategically placed plants in containers.                         landscaping than their foreign counterparts?         containers, plant selection, planting, and
Learn about the tropicals that thrive in our                             Is it true that most natives are not as showy or     winter maintenance.
area and how to overwinter plants. Other                                 adaptable as the commonly used exotic plants?        $31 non-members, $28 members
topics include basic care of tropical plants and                         Explore the answers in this class by studying        Leda Meredith
tropical look-alikes that actually thrive in cool                        the ornamental and landscape attributes of            FA GAR 278 Saturday, Oct. 21, 1–3 p.m.,
climates. Please bring lunch.                                            100 of the best native trees and shrubs in the       Rm. P201
$62 non-members, $56 members                                             Northeast. Learn to correctly site, plant, and
John Beirne                                                              maintain woody plants in your landscape              Raised Bed Gardening
 WI GAR 253 Saturday, March 31,
                                                                         without relying on pesticides or heavy               Raised beds are used to grow more vegetables,
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 230                                               fertilization. Please bring lunch.                   herbs, or ornamentals in a given area with less
                                                                         $62 non-members, $56 members                         effort. They are also the best method for
Bulbs and Bulb Combinations                                              Brad Roeller                                         overcoming difficult situations (wet soil,
Fall is the best time to plant hardy spring-                              WI GAR 263 Saturday, Jan. 13,                       limited space and sun). Raised beds are ideal
flowering bulbs. Explore innovative bulb                                  10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 230                           in many therapeutic settings because they
combinations and bulbs that look great with                                                                                   bring the plants up to the patients. Methods
flowering and evergreen shrubs, perennials,                                                                                    of creating raised beds and their aesthetic
and trees. Learn what to do after the bulbs                                See page 3   for details of                        considerations are discussed.
have flowered and gone dormant, and discuss                                 Special One-Day Program:                           $31 non-members, $28 members
the question of which perennials and annuals                               Creating Magic with Color                          James Carr
to plant as companions. Please bring lunch.                                                                                    FA GAR 280 Saturday, Oct. 14,
                                                                           Thursday, November 2, 10 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
$62 non-members, $56 members                                                                                                  12:30–2:30 p.m., Rm. 230
Melanie Menachem-Riggs
FA GAR 256 Wednesday, Oct. 18,
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., New Canaan Nature Center,
New Canaan, Conn.

                                                                           Helen Dillon        Sydney Eddison

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Native Perennials in the Landscape                Vegetable Gardening for Maximum                    The Art of Creating a Bonsai
Traditionally, herbaceous plants have been        Results: Workshop                                  Landscape: Workshop
valued mainly for their color, but in nature      The kitchen garden, or potager, is back. You       Create your own bonsai forest scene of
they also serve as a vital part of the larger     can grow more than just tomatoes this year.        multiple trees, small grasses, stones, and moss
landscape mosaic. In this class, learn how        Learn the difference between cool and warm         in a bonsai pot. Learn how to select
plant compositions and patterns of perennials     season crops and methods of growing from           appropriate material for designing your bonsai.
in nature can provide design models for           seed: selecting, germinating, and transplanting.   The detailed art of wiring branches and trunks
gardens that are ecologically integrated, self    Discuss techniques of raised bed gardening         is discussed. Take home your own bonsai
reliant, and reflective of nature’s beauty and     and vegetable gardening to use in your own         creation. Materials are provided. It is optional
intricacy. Please bring lunch.                    garden. Learn about proper planting and            to bring your own plant. Please bring sharp
$62 non-members, $56 members                      maintenance, which lead to a bountiful             scissors, chopsticks, and lunch.
Larry Weaner                                      harvest. Please bring lunch.                       $90 non-members, $81 members
 FA GAR 291 Saturday, Oct. 7,                     $105 non-members, $96 members                      (Includes a $35 materials fee)
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 302                        (Includes a $15 materials fee)                     Halbert Lee
                                                  Melanie Menachem-Riggs                             FA GAR 922 Saturday, Oct. 7,
Recreational Tree Climbing Workshop               WI GAR 918 Wednesday, March 21,                    10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 230
Enjoy an outdoor challenge. This course is for    10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Stone Barns Center,
any sportsman, hunter, rock climber,              Pocantico Hills, N.Y.                              Rose Pruning and Spring Clean-up:
naturalist, and anyone who is intrigued by                                                           Workshop
climbing trees for fun. Explore the tree canopy   Forcing Bulbs: Workshop                            Learn the secrets of having beautiful roses in
on the grounds of the Garden and learn the        Enjoy flowering bulbs in your home long             your garden. Find out how to easily and
fundamentals of on-rope climbing techniques       before they bloom outdoors. Discover which         quickly prune and care for theses beauties.
used by arborists. Experienced instructors        hardy bulbs are best for indoor forcing in this    This class offers practical advice on how and
work one-on-one to instill confidence in knot      hands-on workshop. Learn how to care for           where to plant roses as well as which types can
tying, rope handling, basic climbing, and         container planted bulbs for late winter and        grow best in your garden. Bring work gloves
descending (rappelling) methods. Class is         early spring bloom and plant your own bulbs        and pruners and dress comfortably for work
limited in size and students work in small        to take home. Please bring lunch and 3 to 4        and weather.
teams. All necessary equipment is provided.       shallow containers (5"–7" in diameter and          $68 non-members, $61 members
Wear comfortable clothing (long pants, gloves,    2"–3" deep) with a drainage hole.
                                                                                                     Ken Molinari
and boots or sturdy sneakers). Please bring       $110 non-members, $101 members                      WI GAR 935 Saturday, March 3, 12–3 p.m.,
lunch and a camera for a keepsake of this         (Includes a $20 materials fee)
                                                                                                     Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden
birds-eye view of the Garden.                     Melanie Menachem-Riggs
$135 non-members, $122 members                    FA GAR 919 Wednesday, Oct. 25,
Josh Galiley, Michael Guarino                     10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Rm. 302                         Courses of Related Interest:
and Peter Provenzale
                                                  Creating a Zen Garden: Workshop                    Secrets of Garden Photography
 FA GAR 901 Saturday, Oct. 14,
                                                                                                      FA GWP 605, pg. 21
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Rain date: Saturday,           For centuries, Japanese masters have cultivated
Oct. 21), Rm. 232                                 gardens of harmoniously arranged rocks and         Writing the Garden: Workshop and
                                                  white raked sand, creating places for quiet        Seminar
How to Grow an Herb Garden:                       contemplation. Learn the proper placement          WI GWP 909, pg. 21
Workshop                                          of plants and stones to create a dry Japanese
                                                                                                     Spices and Herbs of the World
Learn how to grow a flavorful herb garden.         Garden. Use simple grains of sand to create
                                                                                                      FA BOT 109, pg. 23
Propagate a selection of culinary herbs           ripples where the water meets stones on the
including thyme, parsley, basil, chives,          shoreline. Create small-scale models to take       Edible Centerpieces
rosemary, and more from seeds and cuttings        home to use for inspiration for your own            FA FLO 335, pg. 34
that you bring home to transplant into your       garden. Gravel, sand, and other materials          Fruit Tree Pruning and Training
garden or large containers. Please bring lunch.   are provided. Please bring sharp scissors and      Workshop
$105 non-members, $96 members
                                                  lunch to class.                                     WI HRT 164, pg. 59
(Includes a $15 materials fee)                    $125 non-members, $116 members
                                                  (Includes a $35 materials fee)                     Reinvent Your Roof with a Green Roof
Melanie Menachem-Riggs                                                                                FA HRT 168, pg. 58
WI GAR 917 Saturday, March 24,                    Halbert Lee
10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Stone Barns Center,            FA GAR 920 Saturday, Oct. 28,                      Landscaping with Stone
Pocantico Hills, N.Y.                             10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 319                          WI HRT 170, pg. 58

                                                                                                     Bulb Basics
                                                                                                      FA HRT 318, pg. 59

                                                                                                     Purchasing Plant Material
                                                                                                      WI LAN 240, pg. 67

                                                                                                     Plants for Therapeutic Programs
                                                                                                      WI THR 307, pg. 74

To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                          53
Gardening: Certificate Courses
Gardening Certificate Courses are open to all                                                                              Fundamentals of Gardening I
                                                                                                                                           Certificate Requirement (Gardening and
students who have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements.                                                                                  Horticultural Therapy), Classroom Hours: 12
However, if a student wishes to take a class for Certificate                                                                                Explore the basic principles underlying good
credit, all assignments and a final project or exam must be                                                                                 gardening, including the structure and physiological
                                                                                                                                           processes of plants and their relationships to the
completed.                                                                                                                                 environments in which they grow. You learn not only
   The Certificate curriculum offers a wide variety of                                                                                      what to do, but why! Topics include soils and their

                                                                                                               Tori Butt
                                                                                                                                           improvement, seed sowing, vegetative propagation,
courses. Instructors are gardening professionals, including
                                                                                                                           Ralph Snodsmith planting, pruning, watering, weeding, mulching,
Botanical Garden staff, authors, and nursery owners, with                                                                                  shading, ventilation, and disease and pest control.
                                                                                                                           $270 non–members, $243 members
extensive field and teaching experience.
                                                                                                                           Tolly Beck
   The Program Coordinator is Ellen Zachos. A graduate of                                                                   FA GAR 301 Section A: 4 Fridays, Oct. 6–27, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.,
Harvard University, she received Certificates in Commercial                                                                 New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan, Conn.
                                                                                                                           Ralph Snodsmith
Horticulture (tracks 1, 3, and 4) and Ethnobotany from the
                                                                                                                            FA GAR 301 6 Mondays, Oct. 16–Nov. 20,
Garden. She teaches several Continuing Education classes,                                                                  Section B: 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Rm. 302
                                                                                                                           Section C: 6:15–8:15 p.m., Rm. 302
covering perennials, annuals, orchid care, garden
                                                                                                                           Gregory Quinn
maintenance, and tropical plants. Ellen is a garden writer                                                                 WI GAR 301 Section D: 4 Fridays, Feb. 2–23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 302
and photographer, who has authored several books and                                                                       Ralph Snodsmith
                                                                                                                            SP GAR 301 6 Mondays, April 16–May 21
numerous articles. Her company, Acme Plant Stuff, designs,
                                                                                                                           Section E: 10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Rm. 302
installs, and maintains interior and exterior gardens in the                                                               Section F: 6:15–8:15 p.m., Rm. 302
New York area.                                                                                                             See Fundamentals of Gardening II–GAR 401 as a practical follow-up class
                                                                                                                           on page 56.

                                                                                                                           Soil Science for Gardeners
Gardening Certificate Requirements
                                                                                                                           Certificate Requirement (GAR and HRT–tracks 3 & 4),
Code    Course / Quarter(s) offered                                                              Hours                     Classroom Hours: 12
GAR 301 Fundamentals of Gardening I / Fall, Winter, Spring . . . . . . . . .12                                             Understand how the nature of soil affects the overall productivity of
GAR 302 Soil Science for Gardeners / Winter, Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . .12                                            plants. Theory is kept to a minimum and practical applications are
GAR 311 Introduction to Plant Propagation and                                                                              stressed. Topics include soil formation, physical properties of soil,
                     Grafting / Fall, Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18               soil-water relationships, and management techniques such as irrigation,
                                                                                                                           drainage, and fertilization. Basic soil sampling, pH, and nutrient
GAR 322 Insect Identification and Management for
                                                                                                                           testing are introduced. Please note that this course is not the same as
                     Gardeners / Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                                                                                           Soil Science I–HRT 301.
GAR 324 Disease Identification and Management for
                                                                                                                           $270 non–members, $243 members
                Gardeners / Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
GAR 330 Plants for Landscaping / Spring, Summer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16
                                                                                                                           David Bulpitt
                                                                                                                           WI GAR 302 4 Wednesdays, Jan. 10–31, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 102
GAR 341 Flower Gardening I / Fall, Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
GAR 401 Fundamentals of Gardening II / Spring, Fall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
                                                                                                                           The Ecologically Sound Gardener
GAR 420 Pruning for Gardeners / Winter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
                                                                                                                           Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 9
GAR 430 Fruit Gardening / Spring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10
                                                                                                                           This course provides a broad view of the living elements of healthy soil,
GAR 431 Vegetable Gardening / Spring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12
                                                                                                                           insects, plants, and their interaction with the physical environment,
Elective GAR or HRT Certificate courses / all quarters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30                                    including climate, sun, and geology. Basic ecological understanding
               Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .162                    underlies sound practices for plant health care in your home garden.
                                                                                                                           We discuss environmentally friendly lawn care, integrated pest
                                                                                                                           management, pond health, building healthy soils, composting, and the
   Students who expect to complete their Certificate                                                                        perfect homemade mulch. Create a healthy environment where your
   requirements by June 1, 2007, must inform the Registration                                                              plants can really thrive.
   Office in writing of their candidacy by March 1, 2007. Students                                                          $203 non-members, $182 members
   will be contacted by April 15. See Page 2 for more information.                                                         Jody Payne
                                                                                                                            FA GAR 307 3 Saturdays, Oct. 21–Nov. 11, (no class Oct. 28),
                                                                                                                           2–5 p.m., Rm. 315

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                                                                                        Gardening: Certificate Courses
Organic Gardening and Ecological                    Container Gardening
Landscaping: The Natural Approach                   Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 8
Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 16            As the fastest growing sector of the gardening
Learn the true meaning of “organic.” Explore        world, container gardening know-how is in
the philosophy of the organic method, its           high demand, particularly in urban settings
advantages and limitations, the biological          such as ours. Learn how to create a container
principles upon which it is based, and the          garden that is at once functional and
practical techniques used to implement it.          attractive, and discover techniques for getting
Learn the processes that satisfy the needs of       your container plantings to grow and thrive
plants in nature, and how to use these processes    throughout all four seasons. Please bring lunch.
to grow healthy ornamentals, vegetables, and        $200 non-members, $182 members
lawns. Learn how to incorporate gardens and         (Includes a $20 materials fee)
landscapes into the ecology of the natural          Amber Freda
world. Please bring lunch.                          WI GAR 327 2 Saturdays, Jan. 27 & Feb. 3,
$360 non-members, $330 members                      10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 102
James Carr
                                                    Plants for Landscaping

                                                                                                                                                             Lorraine Swindells
 WI GAR 308 3 Saturdays, Jan. 27–Feb. 10,
10 a.m.–3:50 p.m., Stone Barns Center,              Certificate Requirement (GAR, HRT track 4,
Pocantico Hills, N.Y.                               and LAN), Classroom Hours: 16
                                                    Examine the use of plants in the landscape,
Introduction to Plant Propagation                   with an emphasis on selecting plants for            A flower garden with bulbs, annuals, and perennials
and Grafting                                        design qualities and maintenance
Certificate Requirement (GAR and THR),               characteristics. Explore aspects of special         Flower Gardening II:
Classroom Hours: 18                                 landscape value such as size, texture, color, and   Ornamental Garden Design
Plant propagation is a basic horticultural skill.   flowering and fruiting seasons. Slides illustrate
                                                    trees, shrubs, ground covers, annuals, and          Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 12
Survey the theory and practice of propagating
                                                    perennials suitable for landscaping. Class goes     Basic flower garden design principles are
woody and herbaceous plants using traditional
                                                    outside. Please dress for the weather and wear      introduced utilizing perennials, annuals, and
methods, such as the use of seeds, cuttings,
                                                    comfortable shoes.                                  bulbs. Present and discuss plant combinations
and grafts as well as up-to-date tissue culture
                                                                                                        based on flower colors and shapes as well as
techniques. Gain hands-on experience                $360 non-members, $330 members
                                                                                                        foliage texture and variegation. Use plant
practicing simple propagation methods.              Laurel Ariev                                        combinations presented to create many
$420 non-members, $390 members                       FA GAR 330 4 Wednesdays, Oct. 4–25,
                                                                                                        interesting herbaceous border designs. Please
(Includes a $15 materials fee)                      12–4:30 p.m., Rm. P201
                                                                                                        bring lunch. Prerequisite: Flower Gardening I–
Noah Schwartz                                                                                           GAR 341 or permission of the coordinator.
FA GAR 311 Section A: 6 Mondays,                    Flower Gardening I
                                                                                                        $270 non-members, $243 members
Oct. 16–Nov. 20, 6:15–9:15 p.m., Rm. 312            Certificate Requirement, Classroom Hours: 12
                                                                                                        Mobee Weinstein
Caroline DeWilde                                    For many gardeners, flowers are what gardens
                                                                                                        FA GAR 342 6 Thursdays, Oct. 5–Nov. 9,
 WI GAR 311 Section B: 6 Tuesdays,                  are all about. Here is an opportunity to learn
                                                                                                        6:15–8:15 p.m., Rm. 312
Jan. 30–March 6, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.,              how, when, and where to use bulbs, annuals,
Rm. 102                                             biennials, and perennials to create an              Herbs, Herb Gardens, and Herbalism
                                                    aesthetically pleasing low maintenance garden.
Creating an Indoor Garden                           Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Gardening I–          Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 8
Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 6             GAR 301.                                            Students investigate the history of herb use
                                                                                                        and cultivation, from ancient through modern
Learn to select the right plants for various        $270 non-members, $243 members
                                                                                                        times. The class includes an overview of herbs
locations, based on light levels, temperatures,     Kathrine Neville                                    and herbalism, histories of individual plants
and aesthetics. Focus on unusual plant              SU GAR 341 4 Tuesdays, Sept. 26–Oct. 17,
                                                                                                        and their uses, and profiles of famous
material, tools and supplies, propagation, and      6:15–9:15 p.m., Rm. 302
                                                                                                        herbalists and outstanding herb gardens. This
techniques for keeping your plants in perfect
                                                                                                        course puts contemporary herb gardening in
shape (grooming, nutrition, and pest control).
                                                                                                        historical perspective and also gives the basics
Successful indoor gardening requires knowledge        Work Study Opportunities in the                   of herb garden design and cultural
of both plant material and growing techniques.        Continuing Education Department                   information on growing herbs. Students taking
This class includes hands-on experience with          A limited number of work study                    this class for certificate credit are required to
various horticultural techniques.                     opportunities are available. Computer             submit a short paper or a plan and planting
$145 non-members, $132 members                        skills are required. Call 718.817.8566            list for an herb garden. Please bring lunch.
(Includes a $10 materials fee)                        for details.                                      $180 non-members, $162 members
Ellen Zachos
 WI GAR 325 3 Tuesday, Jan. 9–23, 1–3 p.m.,
                                                                                                        Deirdre Larkin
                                                                                                        WI GAR 344 4 Wednesdays, March 7–28,
Rm. 102
                                                                                                        10 a.m.–12 p.m., Rm. P201

To register, or for more information, call 718.817.8747.                                                                                                55
Gardening: Certificate Courses
                                                                Hands-On Orchid Care                              Advanced Landscape Care
                                                                Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 8           and Maintenance
                                                                Study groups of orchid genera and their shared    Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 12
                                                                physical attributes, and learn to deduce the      Learn traditional and cutting-edge
                                                                cultural needs of orchids based on physical       maintenance considerations in garden and
                                                                characteristics like pseudobulbs, cuticles, and   landscape care. Study the latest planting
                                                                velamen roots. Divide monopodial and              methods and care and maintenance regimens
                                                                sympodial orchids, root prune, and practice       for trees, shrubs, turf, and perennial gardens.
                                                                pest identification. Experiment with methods       Discuss site analysis and plant selection,
                                                                of slab mounting on various media. Learn to       principles of IPM, organic landscape and
                                                                improve in-home growing conditions by             garden care, pruning, and a calendar of
                                                   John Peden
                                                                adding different types of grow lights,            landscape and garden activity. While this class
                                                                humidifiers, and drywells.                         has no prerequisite, it presumes some
The Jane Watson Irwin Perennial Garden,                         $205 non-members, $187 members                    knowledge of gardening.
designed by Lynden B. Miller                                    (Includes $25 materials fee)                      $270 non-members, $243 members
                                                                Ellen Zachos                                      Brad Roeller
The Four Season Garden                                           WI GAR 370 4 Wednesdays,                          WI GAR 440 4 Saturdays, Feb. 3–24,
Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 6                         March 28–April 18, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 102        10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 230
Whether it is excitement or tranquility you
visualize for your garden, a mixed border                       Fundamentals of Gardening II
offering four seasons of interest can satisfy                   Certificate Requirement, Classroom Hours: 12       Courses of Related Interest:
your expectations. Learn to incorporate spring                  In this practical follow-up to Fundamentals of    Bulb Basics
flowering bulbs, lush summer blossoms,                           Gardening I, see demonstrations and have an        FA HRT 318, pg. 59
autumn ornamental grasses, and winter’s                         opportunity to practice some of the techniques
colorful berries and bark to fulfill your vision.                discussed. Soil structure and amendments,         Reinvent your Roof with a Green Roof
$135 non-members, $122 members                                  composting, planting and transplanting             FA HRT 168, pg. 58

Kathrine Neville                                                techniques, pruning, winter preparation, and      Basic Design and Installation of Irrigation
 FA GAR 357 2 Tuesdays, Oct. 31 & Nov. 7,                       tool use and care are covered. Please bring       Systems
10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 230                                         lunch. Prerequisite: Fundamentals of              WI HRT 322, pg. 60
                                                                Gardening I–GAR 301.
                                                                                                                  Management of Shrubs, Vines and Small
Botanical Latin                                                 $270 non-members, $243 members
Certificate Elective, Classroom Hours: 8                         Mobee Weinstein                                   WI HRT 335, pg. 61
Botanical nomenclature can add a new                            FA GAR 401 3 Sundays, Oct. 8–22,
dimension to your gardening by helping you                      10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., Rm. 102                        Flower Garden Design
                                                                                                                   WI HRT 551, pg. 63
identify and know plants better. For example,
we can infer from the name Portulaca that                       Pruning for Gardeners                             Large Gardens from Small Gardens
plants of this genus carry a milky sap, because                 Certificate Requirement, Classroom Hours: 12        WI LAN 225, pg. 67
“portu-” means carry (as in portable) and                       Improve the value and appearance of your
                                                                                                                  Purchasing Plant Material
“-laca” refers to milk (as in lactose). Review                  property by learning techniques for pruning
                                                                                                                   WI LAN 240, pg. 67
rules of nomenclature and pronunciation and                     small ornamental trees, evergreens, and
learn about the history of the binomial system                  deciduous shrubs. Discover when and how to        The Influence of English Design on
in use today.                                                   rejuvenate old plantings, encourage new           America’s Gardens
$180 non-members, $162 members                                  vigorous growth, and how to keep them under        WI LAN 337, pg. 68

Todd Osmundson, MS                                              control. Lectures are enhanced with slides,
 SU GAR 360 4 Wednesdays, Sept. 13–Oct. 4,                      demonstrations, and “hands-on” experience
6:15–8:15 p.m., Rm. 230                                         outside. Dress for the weather.
                                                                $270 non-members, $243 members
                                                                Michelle Kehyaian
  Questions about selecting                                     WI GAR 420 Section A: 3 Saturdays,
  Gardening Courses?                                            Jan. 13–27, 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. 230
  Call Ellen Zachos, the Gardening                              Frank C. Buddingh
  Program Coordinator, at 718.817.8594                           WI GAR 420 Section B: 4 Thursdays,
  or e-mail:                                  March 22–April 19 (no class April 5),
                                                                10 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. P201

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