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It's a new year and it's time to get serious about becoming more self-reliant. Let's face it — times are tough. A backyard garden can add to your families' security and health. Join the crowd and make plans to join us for our "Do-It-Yourself-Gardening" series.

All classes are free unless specifically noted. We ask that you please call the stores in advance to register. Space is limited and classes fill quickly. Get your calendar out and start scheduling!

2016 Gardening & Birding Classes


Grow a Healthy Garden
Amherst: Saturday, April 16, 1pm
North Ridgeville: Saturday, April 23, 1pm
Every gardener wants a Garden of Eden. But... we all know that if we garden, "they" will come. Meaning insects and disease — AAARAUGH!! Join Fran and learn how to do battle with garden invaders. We will go through the garden veggie by veggie and talk about strategies. Organic gardening will be stressed. Class is FREE.


Insect Habitats
Amherst: Saturday, May 7, 1pm
North Ridgeville: Saturday, May 14, 1pm
We all know that garden pollinators are in trouble. What most gardeners don't know is that they can do something to help. Fran will share photos of her Insect Habitat. Learn how to build your own habitat and what to plant around the structure. We will include slides of pollinators, beneficial insects — AKA "The Good Guys" — and the plants that support them. Know 'em and love 'em! Class is FREE.


Kitchen Herbs (with a few interesting veggies!)
Amherst: Saturday, June 4, 1pm
North Ridgeville: Saturday, June 11, 1pm
Having your own herb garden — in ground or in a pot — is the best way to have fresh herbs "at hand." Fran will help you understand how to grow, harvest, store and use fresh herbs. Live cuttings and plants will be passed so you can experience the real thing. This is the BEST smelling class offered this year! Class bonus: Fran will introduce you to a few lesser-known vegetables you can grow in your garden. Class is FREE.


Shade Gardening
Amherst: Saturday, August 6, 1pm
North Ridgeville: Saturday, August 13, 1pm
Shade gardens are one of summer's pleasures. Be not afraid! Shade gardening is not difficult. The trick is to understand the shade you have and put in plants that tolerate your microclimate. Fran will share plants and slides that are perfect for shade gardening. Join us for an afternoon of inspiration. Class is FREE.


Fall Bulbs
Amherst: Saturday, September 10, 1pm
North Ridgeville: Saturday, September 17, 1pm
Most gardeners are familiar with spring blooming tulips and daffodils. Join us for a class about the "OTHER BULBS." Fran will share slides of lesser known tulip and daffodil varieties and introduce you to gorgeous spring bulbs you may have never seen. Expect to ooohh! and aaahhh! We can add your fall bulb order to ours to save on shipping. Class is FREE.

2016 Kids Klasses

Our kids classes are limited in size so PLEASE reserve your child's spot early. If there is a fee, it is non-refundable and MUST be paid by the Wednesday before the class so that supplies can be purchased in time. All classes are hands-on and sometimes can get messy, so children should wear old clothes. We ask that a parent please stay on the premises while your child is in a class.