When Mark and I began to garden one of the first things we did was become members of Olbrich Botanical Gardens. It was money well spent as it supported the place we continue to visit for ideas and inspiration. As members, we also got a discount on classes and special events. Over the years we've taken untold classes and even taught a couple.
Olbrich continues to offer classes that are invaluable to gardeners at just about every stage of our gardening lives. A few of the classes that I think are of particular note in this Spring's line-up are described below. You can fine the entire Olbrich class schedule here.
LOWER MAINTENANCE GARDEN DESIGN: THE MIXED BORDER
This is a topic that is close to home since Mark and I have a big garden and would like to time to enjoy it more and work less. Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will talk about (and illustrate) garden designs that take less time, water, and chemicals to do well. He'll show us ideas that use the trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, and bulbs — the whole shebang. I think Jeff is a great speaker and his knowledge and experience are priceless. Thursday, Feb. 26.
PRUNING POINTERS WORKSHOP
Pruning is ciritcal to the health of trees and shrubs, but it is the scariest part of gardening. This was one of the first classes we took and it has proved invaluable. Olbrich's Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping will show you when, where, and what to cut. He will discuss pruning techniques, and then demonstrate in the outdoor gardens. Dress for the weather. This class always fills up and has limited space so don't put off registering. Sunday, March 22
TREE PLANTING WORKSHOP
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Ain't it the truth! But you need to know how to do it so your tree lives and thrives. This is yet another class being taught by Olbrich Director of Horticulture Jeff Epping. Again, part of this class takes place outdoors so dress for the weather. Limited space so don't wait to register. Friday, April 24
There are felting classes and drawing classes and ones about native plants, growing veggies, keeping bees. There are things for families and kids. The list is long and offers lots of options. However, a couple of classes I was going to suggest (having taken them in the past) are already full. So don't wait to look at the list and sign up.