Happy New Year!
We have a great line up of Second Saturday Classes for 2019. Join some Master Gardeners for fun garden themed projects or informative lectures – all for a very reasonable price.
All of the sessions take place on the second Saturday of each month from 10am till noon at the Education Center in Smedley Park in Springfield.
You can register by mailing in this form, or by calling the office at 610-690-7669. Register for any or all of the following sessions.
January 12 Birds in the Winter
Do you know the best ways to care for our feathered friends in the winter? Find out what different varieties visit your garden and what to feed them to keep them coming back for your enjoyment. Our speaker is the owner of a Wild Birds Unlimited store and will share his knowledge of our feathered friends.
Cost $10 Instructor: Ben Labovitz.
February 9 Pruning
Take the guesswork out of pruning your trees and shrubs. Learn how, when, and where to correctly prune trees and shrubs on your property. Ray Murphy a horticulturist at the Nemours Estate will share his knowledge of years of pruning.
Cost $10 Ray Murphy, Master Gardener and Professional Horticulturist
March 9 Vegetable Gardening
Expand your home vegetable gardening skills by growing your own fresh vegetables. Learn how to start your own seeds, how to plant and cultivate your vegetable plants for a healthy harvest.
Cost $10 Leslie Trimble, Master Gardener. You can register on line here.
April 13 The Spotted Lantern Fly
Learn the correct facts about the serious invasion of our new insect pest. Find out how you can help and what are the best steps to controlling this new pest. The Spotted Lantern Fly has been in our area for a few years but will probably be more of a nuisance this coming year. Be involved and learn all you can do to help.
Cost: Free to the public. Instructor: Dr. Mark Boudreau Penn State Brandywine professor
May 11 Consumer Reports Workshop…..A Sustainable Diet
A healthy diet is better for the environment as well as you and therefore more sustainable. We will be provided tips on buying organic food and learn about comparison shopping between regular and organic food. We will also do some taste testing and there will also be a give away.
Cost: Free, but limited to 30 people and you must register to attend. Instructor: Linda Lawson, Consumer Reports. You can register on-line here.
June 8 Bluebirds and build a Bluebird House
Learn all the facts about bluebirds (courtship, nest building, egg laying, hatching, feeding and more). We will also build a bluebird house. Please bring a portable drill with a Phillips drive.
Cost $20 Instructor: Ken Leister Limited to 15 participants. You can register on-line here.
July 13 Stencil Workshop
Create a garden themed slate hanging decoration using stencils and acrylic paint. Feel free to bring your own favorite stencil or choose from our array of stencils Take home and hang the same day. Supplies included
Cost $15 Instructor: Gerri Eunson, Master Gardener Limited to 15 participants
August 10 History of Colonial Medicines
Come hear about the history of our medicines from the Colonial Period.”Dr. Mom Colonial Style” to be exact. Clarissa Dillon will discuss all of the original plant based medicines and some that weren’t plant based, as well as concoctions, tinctures and will also give examples of distilled and infused meds. She will have many examples to view and find out how they were made.
Cost $10 Instructor: Clarissa Dillon, PhD Garden Historian
September 14 Tool Sharpening
Participants will learn simple sharpening techniques suitable for a variety of gardening tools, using a sharpening stone. Each participant will receive a sharpening stone and illustrated instructions. Bring gloves, 2 dull gardening tools, safety goggles or glasses and a pencil or pen.
Cost $20 Instructor: Liana Bauerle, Master Gardener. Limited to 18 participants
October 12 Barred Owls
Barred Owls are known for their call “Who cooks for who”. In this multi-media program you will learn about their secretive, unique, and very inquisitive ways. Find out about their behaviors and the close encounter Pam had with them at a local park.
Cost $10 Instructor: Pam Dimeler, photographer, bird lover and naturalist
November 9 Origami
Join us for another fun workshop on the art of Japanese paper folding. We will be making a holiday tree centerpiece, as well as a gift box that can be kept or given as a great holiday surprise.
Cost $10 Instructor Jesse Crew: Master Gardener. Limited to 15 participants