Register for Upcoming Workshops @ Garvan Woodland Gardens

Upcoming workshops at Garvan Woodland Gardens (GWG) are fantastic for gardeners of all levels. Check them out!

1) Constructing Arbors and Trellis Workshop
May 15, 2010
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; garden grounds

The Gardens’ talented construction crew will teach participants how to build an arbor and trellis in this hands-on workshop. These decorative supports give the garden height and depth, and help direct and contain the growth of plants. They are also great for stretching space in an overcrowded garden.

Gloves and work boots are recommended.

Cost is $35 for GWG members; $50 for non-members. Price includes lunch. Advance reservations and pre-payment are required. Call the Gardens to make reservations at (501)262-9300 or (800)366-4664.

2) Gardening 101
May 18, 2010
Magnolia Room

Topic: Ground Works “Soil” the Building Block to a Successful Garden – 9:30 a.m. to 12 Noon.
Topic: “Butterfly Gardening” – 1-2:00 p.m.
Topic: “Bees and your Garden” – 2:10-3:00 p.m.

Garden Director Bob Byers will talk on soil basics – texture/mineralogy and how it affects hydrology, and fertility. He will also be discussing processes that cause soil aging and how they affect local biomes. Master gardener Larry Averill will share information on soil fertility, focusing on soil amendments and how they are used to enhance drainage and fertility, including information on compost, how and why it is applied to help the soil.

“Butterfly Gardening” will be presented by Pat Gipson, who is an Advanced Master Gardener. This presentation will focus on the identification of some of our most common Arkansas butterflies, their life cycles, as well as their host plants and nectar plants. It will cover what is required to build a butterfly habitat and to maintain it for our wonderful winged creatures.

Allan Clingenpeel of Moolinda Meadows Farms will bring a portable hive and beekeeper’s suit for a hands-on demonstration and will talk about the importance of bees to the garden.

All sessions are free to GWG members and regular Garden admission applies to non-members. Reservations for the sessions are highly recommended. Call (501)262-9300 or (800)366-4664 to reserve space.

3) Gardening 101 and Docent Training
May 25, 2010
Magnolia Room
Topic: Summer Interest 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Summer flowers blooming in the Gardens are the topic of this class conducted by Bob Byers, the Gardens’ Director and resident landscape architect. A tour of the Gardens will help participants visualize the various flowers.

Gardening 101 workshops are free to GWG members and regular Garden admission applies to non-members. Advance registrations recommended. Call the Gardens at (501)262-9300 or (800)366-4664.

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