Enriching Garden-Based Classes for Adults, From the Ground Up

Reap the benefits of cultivating a garden with a variety of inspired classes designed to make green thumbs blossom.

The Gardens at Heather Farm’s Adult Education series, From the Ground Up continues in 2016 with classes on creating and developing your home garden, and then using the garden’s bounty to create inspiring floral arrangements, home decor and photography.

SAT 10/1: Planting Combinations with Suzanne Arca

plants-6One major component of landscape design is combining plants that are aesthetically pleasing but compatible in terms of cultural requirements such as, their need for water, sun, and exposure. We will also discuss great combinations for textural impact and color contrast. You will see slides of these combinations and some actual plant specimens.

suzannearca-3967-Edit-EditSuzanne Arca ASLA, APLD, CLCA – Founder and Principal of Suzanne Arca Design. Recipient of many awards including the Assoc of Professional Landscape Designers 2011 “Designer of the Year” award. Nearly 40 years of expertise in designing, building and maintaining landscapes and providing vision to residential and commercial property owners. Also an instructor at UC Extension Dept of Landscape Architecture and Merritt College’s Landscape Horticulture Dept.
Saturday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$25 GHF Members / $30 General Non-Members

FRI 10/14: Flower Arranging for the Season with Mitra Misaghi

1016466_524445661008758_2027819107_nMitra will demonstrate several arrangements with the season and holidays in mind.  Learn new ideas, new tricks, and get inspired!

12195935_841276399325681_8120751176529142808_nMitra Misaghi – Owner of Orinda Florist and Misaghi Designs, a family owned and operated business. Serving Bay Area clients since 1990, Mitra has built a reputation for her innovation and exciting work in interior architecture and floral design.

Friday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
$20 GHF Members / $25 General Non-Members

SAT 10/22: Gourds: From Propagation to Decoration with Steve Dawkins

Autumn GourdsThis class will tell you everything you wanted to know about hard shelled gourds but were afraid to ask. Class will follow a gourd from propagation to decorative container. Great introduction on how this versatile plant can be enjoyed by the home gardener.

Steve Dawkins – Steve started growing mums seriously in 1985. A small group broke off from the Northern California Mum Society and asked him to join. The group had an artistic flower show at Orchard Nursery every year. Since gourds grow in the fall, they were included as a decorative accent with the flower presentations. Steve also serves on the Board of Directors at the Gardens at Heather Farm.

Saturday, October 22, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$20 GHF Members / $25 General Non-Members

CANCELLED – SAT 10/29: Enjoying Chrysanthemums with Steve Dawkins

chrysantheme chartierLooking for a great fall bloomer – think mums! Join us and learn the finer pints of chrysanthemum care. Steve will carefully guide you through the intriguing and aesthetically pleasing world of chrysanthemum gardening. Your fall-blooming mums will make you the envy of your neighborhood!

Steve Dawkins – Steve started growing mums seriously in 1985. A small group broke off from the Northern California Mum Society and asked him to join. The group had an artistic flower show at Orchard Nursery every year. Steve also serves on the Board of Directors at the Gardens at Heather Farm.

Saturday, October 29, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$20 GHF Members / $25 General Non-Members

NOTE: THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

SAT 11/ 5: Winter Blooming Plants with Kristin Yanker-Hansen

Close up of Coleus leaves (Painted nettle,Flame nettle )

One of the most common requests landscape gardeners hear from their clients is for year round color.  We are lucky that our climate allows us to grow plants and flowers for color as well as cutting in winter, spring, summer and fall. Even though we live in an area with winter frost and extreme summer heat, it is possible to fill our gardens and vases with foliage and flowers from the garden year round. We are also lucky we have experts like Kristin to show us many varieties of plants and flowers she has personally grown which are suitable for our chilly winter temperatures and rain.

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Kristin Yanker-Hansen, flower garden specialist, was born on the East Coast, but has spent more than half her life gardening in California where she has experimented with numerous plants in order to attain the nirvana of year round bloom. Kristin is the former President of the California Horticultural Society, the former Horticulture Chair for the California State Garden Club, and has written articles for Pacific Horticulture, as well as numerous newsletters. After years of offering her friends advice, Kristin went into business in 1995, specializing in flower gardening. In addition to year round color, she has developed plans for dry gardening and promotes organic gardening whenever possible.

Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
$20 GHF Members / $25 General Non-Members
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