WINTER/SPRING SEMINARS 2013
As always, FREE of charge
All classes held Monday evenings at 7pm (except the first class).
All classes will take place ACROSS the street from Mother Earth Gardens, at the Riverview Wine Bar (3745 42nd Ave S.) Classes begin at 7pm sharpish. Enter through the adjacent coffee shop and pick up a glass of wine, cup of coffee or snack on the way. Though the classes are free, we ask that you preregister, as we have limited space. Email is preferred: firstname.lastname@example.org, but you may certainly call or sign up at the store.
Tuesday, January 29: Get Your Seeds Out 2013: The Next Generation
This is your chance to convene with a professional seed starter, Elizabeth Wheeler of Rush Creek Growers. She will give you the no-bones info you need to successfully start seeds indoors and actually have them transfer, live long, and prosper outside. Elizabeth has started somewhere around a zillion seeds during her time with Rush Creek. This is our annual kick-off class, because it is the best, most practical seed starting discussion out there.
Monday, February 4: Irrigation-Free: Creating a Beautiful Garden That Can Beat Drought
This course will look at new methods of creating landscapes and gardens that can not only survive drought, but that can actually thrive and look beautiful in extremely dry conditions. As Minnesota summers become hotter and drier, we are becoming ever more tethered to our sprinklers. This course will look at real solutions that allow you to detach yourself from your garden hose while still creating a gorgeous garden. Much of the course will be based on a local case study, the Irrigation-Free Landscape, the first landscape of its kind in Minnesota, and located right here in the Longfellow neighborhood Taught by John Kamp, landscape designer, urban planner, and designer with the firm PRAIRIEFORM.
Monday, February 11: Vermiculture: Composting with the Worm Factory
In this class, you will learn how to encourage a healthy population of red wiggler worms to turn your organic scraps into black gold and worm tea. We'll cover the needs and desires of your worms and include how to avoid and correct undesirable bin behavior. We are highlighting the worm factory, a vertical migration system we sell at the store, but will also cover the advantages and disadvantages of other worm bin setups. Come check out working worms in action and receive a sample of worm castings and worm tea to try at home. Class participants are also eligible for a 10% discount on the Worm Factory 360. Taught by vermiculture enthusiast and Mother Earth Gardens’ houseplant expert Mary Jane Lavin.
Monday, Feb. 18: Small but Mighty: Grow Pea Shoots, Sunflower Shoots, & Micro-Greens
There's nothing quite like growing your own food! In this hands-on, get your paws dirty, educational class, discover the ins and outs of pea shoots and various micro- greens. From seed to harvest, you'll learn how to grow your own on a small scale, using recycled produce containers, keeping the process clean and simple. No fancy grow lights or materials needed! In addition, you'll enjoy a pea shoots and micro-greens tasting, learn quick and easy meal ideas, and take home your very own starter kit. Taught by Karla Pankow & Elizabeth Millard of Bossy Acres (USDA Certified Organic vegetable farm).
Monday, February 25: Realistic Garden Design Workshop
Is working on your garden one of your goals for 2013? Let us help with a dose of reality... a Realistic Garden Design Workshop! In this presentation, we will uncover the essential questions to ask yourself before you undertake a new garden project. Questions like this big one: how much time can I commit to taking care of this garden? A variety of garden designs will be looked at with cost, form, function and maintenance in mind. Join us to share what has worked for you and get some new ideas on how to rehab something that didn't. Taught by Mary Gaytan and Margaret Peterman, seasoned veterans of landscape maintenance, design, and the retail garden trade. Both are Hennepin County Master Gardeners, and Mary is a certified Permaculture Designer.
Monday, March 4: Urban Veggie Gardening: Beginner
Get some great tips on how to grow a high yielding vegetable garden using sustainable methods and permaculture principles that make growing your own food easier for you and better for the environment. Taught by Krista Leraas and Dina Kountoupes, vegetable growers and permaculture experts who promote urban farming and gardening with their business, Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers.
Monday, March 11: Herbs: The Practical Plants with Numerous Possibilities
"Herbs are plants to serve us and delight us, offering us an ever-increasing rapport with nature."
Herbs consist of a broad range of plants, and this seminar invites you into an herbal immersion. We will explore some of our old favorites, and be introduced to some new possibilities, as we dive into growing ideas for herbs as garden plants; look at herbs as culinary companions; and investigate the lure of herbs in medicinal and cosmetic uses. This introduction to herbs is primarily intended to open your eyes to the immense possibilities of herbs in nature; their practical associations and perhaps, deepen your relationship with one or more aspects of these highly skilled plants. Presented by Roxanne T. Stuhr, the owner of True Nature Design. Roxanne is an MNLA certified landscape designer and lifelong gardener.
Monday, March 18: Shiny and New: Rush Creek’s Plant Introductions 2013
When the slideshow and descriptions of the newest annuals and perennials for 2013 start rolling, you will hear audible gasps in this class full of mid-March, winter weary folks. Join us for some container and landscape inspiration from the source. Presented by the Vicky Weis, co-owner of Rush Creek Growers, whose gentle and informative speaking style makes everyone feel like an expert.
Monday, March 25: Beautiful, Beautiful Vegetables!
Attention to texture, color, shape, size and contrast is not just for your ornamental garden beds. This class will explore how to plan for beauty in your edible landscape as well. Ideas on selecting intriguing plant combinations, choosing color schemes, and selecting varieties that are beautiful in foliage, flower, color and fruit while maintaining a healthy harvest. This class is for the experienced vegetable gardener. Taught by Summer Badawi, garden designer and plantswoman trained in display horticulture and small scale vegetable gardening. Summer has an eye for exuberant plant combinations, with a particular interest in ornamental edibles.
Classes are free,
but we need to know numbers, as seating is limited!
TO SIGN UP FOR ANY OF THESE CLASSES, PLEASE EITHER CALL AND LEAVE A MESSAGE ON OUR VOICEMAIL 612.724.2296, OR EMAIL
(note that it is motherearthgarden, NO "S" at the end) WITH YOUR NAME, PHONE NUMBER AND EMAIL ADDRESS IF YOU HAVE ONE. WE WILL USE ONE OF THOSE MEANS TO ALERT YOU TO CANCELLATIONS. ALSO, PLEASE SHOW UP IF YOU REGISTER - WE HAVE LIMITED SPACE.
THANKS AND ENJOY!
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