Saturday, February 12, 2011

Upcoming Gardening Classes at FPC

Franklin Park Conservatory has uncharacteristically posted its educational offerings sufficiently in advance that you might be able to work them into your schedule if you try really hard. This is what's coming up:


For additional information or to register, please call the registrar at 614.645.5923 or Download a registration form here

Food Safety for the Garden
Food safety expert Shari Plimpton, Ph.D., Director, Industry Outreach, CIFT, will discuss the funda-mentals of proper food handling and good agriculture practices for community gardeners, urban growers and those involved in farmers’ markets. Registration required; space limited. Sponsored by Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT), Ohio Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Program and the Conservatory’s Growing to Green Program.
Wednesday, March 2, 6 - 8 pm
Free with Conservatory admission


Fundamentals of Gardening Series
This three-class series will prepare you for the upcoming growing season. Sign up for all three and save.
$40 Members; $45 Non-members (for series)

Garden Backbone
Learn about soils, drainage, garden prep, compost, mulch and simple plant characteristics.
Saturday, February 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Garden Schedule
Learn how to use the garden calendar, how and when to best sow seeds and transplant, and how to get the garden ready for the growing season.
Saturday, February 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Garden Shed
Learn how to use the right tools for your garden chores and how to care for and sharpen them. Class includes proper watering and fertilizing tips.
Saturday, March 5, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Botany
This four-class series teaches the basics of plant biology. Plant ID and Botanical Families, Plant Physiology, Plant Structure, and Plant Ecology.
Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
$25 Members; $30 Non-members (for four-week series)

Basic Floral Design
Learn the basics of floral design and see how flowers and containers combine to create the feel of the arrangement. Create a simple vase arrangement to take home.
Saturday, February 19, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$20 Members; $25 Non-members

For additional information or to register, please call the registrar at 614.645.5923 or Download a registration form here


Growing and Caring for Fruit Trees and Shrubs
Learn to select fruit trees and shrubs for Central Ohio and what they need to grow. Pollination needs, pruning techniques for productivity, and other maintenance needs will be discussed.
Saturday, February 26, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Plant Identification – Flowering Shrubs
Learn the science behind plants and techniques used to properly identify each group. This class will include classroom and field study time.
Saturday, March 5, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Garden Safety
When we think of garden safety we generally think tools -- but there is much more: soil composition, path widths, and plant safety- is it an irritant? Learn how to keep safe with water, snacks and tools.
Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Garden Leadership
Learn from community panel leaders about different styles of leadership, gain insight on best practices when leading or starting a community project, and find out how each panelist manages funding.
Saturday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Composting 101
This hands-on workshop guides you through the different types of compost bins, specific tools needed and what can and can’t go into your compost. Vermicomposting (with worms) and heap composting information will be provided.
Saturday, March 12, 1 - 3 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

Fun Crops for Kids
Encourage kids to grow their own plants, starting with seeds all the way to harvest. These kid-friendly crops not only include vegetables and fruit but sensory plants with fragrance and touch.
Saturday, March 26, 1:30 - 3 p.m.
$15 Members; $20 Non-members

101 Grant Writing – An Overview
Being successful at grant writing requires some fundamental basic steps. Learn about grant research, planning and idea clarification along with strategies to align you organizational goals and needs with grant opportunities. This class is collaboration between Franklin Park Conservatory and the United Way Training Academy.
2 sessions March 31 & April 7 - 6-8 p.m.
35$ (no member discount)

For additional information or to register, please call the registrar at 614.645.5923 or Download a registration form here