Evergreen Arboretum & Gardens sets 2011 classes

  • Tue Dec 21st, 2010 3:23pm
  • Life

By Sarah Jackson Herald Writer

The Evergreen Arboretum &Gardens 2011 educational series schedule is set. Some classes are drop-in, while others require reservations. Classes are noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 425-257-8597 to reserve a seat in the indoor classroom. All classes are free except the May 7 class.

Go to www.evergreenarboretum.com to learn more about the arboretum.

Jan. 15: “Clematis Pruning and Care” with master gardener Laura Watson. Learn the basics of selecting, planting, pruning and caring for these vines. Limited to 20 people.

Feb. 19: “Rose Pruning” with Sandy Schumacher. Learn pruning methods and how they apply to differing classifications of roses. Limited to 20 people.

March 19: “Rock Garden Design and Installation” with Ted and Sandy Milam. See a hands-on demonstration of building a rock garden, plus a discussion of appropriate plants. Learn how to create a crevice garden. Meet at the arboretum rock garden.

April 16: “Renovating Shrubs” with botanist Emile VanDenAkker. Bring pruners to this hands-on class and learn techniques to maintain the shape and beauty of your shrubs. Meet at the blue entrance columns at the arboretum.

May 7: “Mothers Day Baskets” with Dee Drake. Cost is $30 per person by cash or check. Create a beautiful basket that will bring back fond memories for mom all summer and fall. Meet in the greenhouse at the arboretum. Limited to 15 people.

May 21: “Small Trees for Urban Gardens” with Libbie Soden, PUD vegetation management superintendent. Learn about native and ornamental trees that are suitable for planting in smaller urban garden spaces. Meet at the blue entrance columns.

June 4: “Rain Gardens” with Zsofia Pasztor, certified arborist and horticulturalist. Learn how rain gardens mimic natural forests and reduce the negative effects of stormwater runof. Meet at the arboretum pavilion.

June 25: “Japanese Maple Summer Pruning Demo” by Crane Stavig. Learn how to shape Japanese maples to direct growth and eliminate crossing branches. Meet in the Japanese maple grove at the arboretum.

July 16: “Yoga for Gardeners” with Beverly Anderson, an Everett Community Collage yoga instructor. Yoga practice reduces strain and increases enjoyment of working in the garden. Bring a mat, rug or blanket. Meet at the blue columns.

Aug. 20: “Garden Photography” with John Lindstrom, retired Everett Community College photography instructor. Learn to take striking floral photos. Bring a digital camera and a notepad. Meet at the blue entrance columns.

Sept. 17: “Fall and Winter Containers” with Dee Drake. Learn container design using hardy plants that will provide color and texture through fall and winter. Meet in the greenhouse at the arboretum.

Oct. 15: “Putting Your Garden to Bed” by master gardener Wink Cushman. Learn how to prepare your garden for rain as well as swings in temperature. Meet at the blue columns.

Nov. 12: “Holiday Centerpieces from your Backyard” by Bob Adrian, owner of Flowers by Adrian. Use materials from your garden and neighborhood for holiday decorating. Class is limited to 20 people.

Dec. 3: “Backyard Beekeeping” with master gardener Paul Bryant. Learn how to attract pollinators and about the state of honey bees and colony collapse disorder. Limited to 20 people.

Sarah Jackson: 425-339-3037, sjackson@heraldnet.com.