Garden-Inspired Classes for Adults
Sat 9/26 Adding Succulents to an Existing Garden
Sat 10/3 Roses: New Varieties and Drought Proofing
Sat 10/10 Drying Herbs
Wed 10/14 Greywater Reuse & Rainwater Harvesting
Sat 10/17 Ornamental Grasses & Garden Tour
Sat 10/24 Grace and Beauty of Maples
Sat 11/7 Maple Pruning Workshop
Fri 11/13 Floral Presentation
Sat 11/14 Culinary Salts & Infused Olive Oils
Fri 11/20 Floral Workshop
Members of The Gardens at Heather Farm receive $5.00 off each class registration. A special Member code is requied to receive the discount, which will be applied during online registration. If you are a GHF Member, please call (925) 947-1678 or email us to get the code.
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IN THE GARDEN
Adding Succulents to an Existing Garden: Combinations and Strategies That Work with Diane Goldsmith
Saturday, September 26 • 10am-Noon • $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
Adding succulents to an existing garden can be challenging. There are many things to consider: location, culture requirements, water schedules and elements of style. Diane Goldsmith will explain these challenges and show examples of local gardens where they have been met with success. You will gain an understanding of practical ways you can add succulents to your gardens as well as references for great companion plants. You will learn how to blend succulents with Mediterranean plants, perennials and grasses. Diane Goldsmith is a member of APLD, the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and is QWEL certified (Qualified Water Efficiency Landscaper). She has been gardening in Orinda for more than 30 years.
Roses: New Varieties and Drought Proofing
with Marsha Hildebrand
Saturday, October 3 • 10am-Noon • $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
Each year new types of roses are introduced, expanding the selection of colors, size and shapes and providing hardier plants for our gardens. Marsha will present this year’s new introductions and highlight roses that she finds especially successful and beautiful. She will teach about planting guidelines, spacing, drought proofing, disease and insect control. Marsha Hildebrand is the owner of Regan Nursery in Fremont, a full service nursery and garden center, serving the Bay Area and specializing in bare root roses, Japanese Maples, and unusual perennials. Marsha speaks at local garden clubs and rose societies. Find her at www.regannursery.com.
From Laundry to Landscape: Greywater Reuse and Rainwater Harvesting for the Backyard Gardener
with Natalie Kramer
Wednesday, October 14 • 7-9pm • $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
Interested in reducing your water use while keeping your garden green? Greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, can be safely and reused to irrigate plants. Rainwater, can be stored and used for irrigation, non-potable indoor uses, or for an emergency water supply. Learn how you can transform your home and yard to collect and reuse these water resources. Natalie Kramer owns a socially minded, mini-farming and consulting business, The Little Acre. Natalie also works with Greywater Action, giving lectures and leading hands-on workshops. Natalie graduated from UC Berkeley. She continued her studies with Permaculture Design and several gardening internships including one at the Chinese Medicinal Herb Farm.
Speaker & Tour: Ornamental Grasses For Your Garden with Bob Hornback
Tour of The Gardens’ Grasses
with Brian Larsen, GHF Garden Manager
Saturday, October 17 • 9am-Noon • $25 Members / $30 Non-Members
Grassologist Bob Hornback will introduce beautiful and useful grasses for the home landscape. He will discuss native grasses and drought-tolerant varieties; grasses for color, texture and visual interest; lawn alternatives and ground covers; and decorative grasses for containers. Following the class, Brian Larsen will lead a tour to view his selection of grasses planted for low water use and to complement existing plantings. Plants will be offered for sale. Bob Hornback is a writer, speaker and teacher of horticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College. He also manages the culinary gardens at Vintner's Inn in Santa Rosa. His company, Muchas Grasses, specializes in ornamental grasses consultation, design, and plant brokerage.
Revealing the Grace and Beauty of Japanese Maples
with Yuki Nara
Saturday, October 24 • 9:30am-Noon • $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
The Japanese Maple has an essence of grace, beauty, tastefulness, elegance, mood and feeling, with its horizontal branches and space. Maples attract attention for the brilliant fall color, their leaf shape, texture, delicacy, and as a four-season tree. This lecture covers the techniques needed to prune maple trees: seasonal pruning, proper care, trouble analysis, winter silhouette and form enhancement. Yuki Nara is a Certified Aesthetic Pruner. She studied with Dennis Makishima, who introduced the art of Aesthetic Pruning to the U.S. Yuki has been an Aesthetic Pruning instructor for many years, a lecturer at symposiums and seminars, and teaches at Merritt College. She has worked nationally as an aesthetic pruner for residential and commercial clients. Yuki believes the integration of philosophy, technique and a heartfelt connection to the spirit of a tree is essential to the ultimate satisfaction of client, pruner and tree. Learn more at www.wayofmaple.com.
Pruning Japanese Maples from an Arborist Point of View with Barry Hoffer
Saturday, November 7 • 9:30am-Noon • $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
Barry Hoffer, “The Maple Guy”, will offer a hands-on workshop in maple pruning. His approach to tree pruning ensures meeting industry standards and customer expectations. He cautions on the effects of improper pruning, which can harm the health, stability and appearance of the tree and believes “Different species of trees are unique living organisms and each must be handled and pruned accordingly.” Maples will be available for purchase. Barry Hoffer turned his passion for Japanese Maples into a nursery in Pleasanton, Maples for all Seasons, with his wife, Sue Hoffer. He acquired his first Japanese Maple 18 years ago, and has a collection representing almost 75% of the world’s cultivars. He conducts classes on the care, pruning and the four seasons of the Japanese Maple and is featured twice a year on Bob Tanum’s KSFO 560am radio show. More about Barry at www.maplesforallseasons.com.
FROM THE GARDEN...TO VASE
Floral Presentation Class and Hands-on Workshop
with Katherine Bergman
Kathrine will entertain us with her floral creations inspiring us as we head into the fall and holidays and the following week will lead us in a hands-on workshop to create your own arrangement to take home. Everyone is invited to the presentation, however you must attend this presentation to then do the workshop. Katherine Bergman has a degree in Art History, from UC Berkeley, and trained in Horticulture and Floristry at City College of San Francisco. Her floral design company specializes in wedding and event design. Katherine’s work is characterized by romance and whimsy reflecting the current fashion in floral design. Visit her website for an enjoyable stroll through her work: www.floraldesigner.com
Floral Presentation: Friday, November 13 • 9:30-11:30am • $25 Members / $30 Non-Members
Katherine will entertain us with her floral creations as we head into the fall and holidays. Her design style is lush, romantic and she is influenced by natural and unusual plant materials. Her favorite flowers include David Austen roses, old Gallica roses, peonies, sweet peas, hydrangeas and flowering branches. Her arrangements will contain flowers and elements of the season.
To participate in the workshop, you must attend the November 13 presentation.
Take what you saw in Katherine's presentation and make your own centerpiece or arrangement. Bring a vase or container and materials and she will advise and guide you to a beautiful arrangement. A supply list and directions will be given at the presentation on November 13.
FROM THE GARDEN...TO TABLE
Harvesting & Drying Your Garden Herbs with Hollie Lucas-Alkalay
Saturday, October 10 • 10am-Noon • $20 Members / $25 Non-Members
Fall is the time to finish harvesting herbs in your garden! Learn about harvesting, drying and storing your herbs to perfection. Hollie will share her easy, delicious recipes for using basil, dill, parsley, thyme, rosemary and oregano. This simple and cost effective way will allow you to enjoy your herbs all year long. Hollie will be bringing her products for sale – they make great gifts! Hollie Lucas-Alcalay is the owner of Hollie's Homegrown, a small, organic family farm in Moraga specializing in growing culinary herbs, herbal teas, and medicinal herbs for bath & body products. Hollie is a third-generation organic farmer, winner of the 2014 Whole Foods “Local Foodmaker Grant”, and National Finalist for the Martha Stewart “American Made” Awards. Find Holly online at www.hollieshomegrown.com.
Culinary Salts and Infused Olive Oils Workshop
with Hollie Lucas-Alcalay
Saturday, November 14 • 10am-Noon • $20 Members, plus $15 for materials / $25 Non-members, plus $15 for materials
Looking for that simple, tasty, homemade holiday gift for your family and friends? Hollie rejoins us with her secrets to make award winning culinary salt blends and herb infused olive oils. With locally sourced sea salt and organic California olive oils, we will create unique, herbal combinations for your favorite soups, sauces, marinades, veggies, and more! You will take home 2 bottles of herbal olive oil and 2 jars of culinary salt blends.
FROM THE GARDEN...TO GIFT
3-D Garden Cards with Prudy Noon
Saturday, September 12 • 10am-Noon • $15 Members / $20 Non-members
Our apologies, but this class has been CANCELLED.