Workshops and Lectures


Summer 2015 Workshops

Horticulture workshops are held at Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus. Contact Horticulture Education and Programs Manager Nicole Juday: 215.278.7373.

Cracking the Container
Thursdays, May 21, 28, and June 4, 11 (4 classes)
10 am–noon
Instructor: Dan Benarcik, horticulturist at Chanticleer
Learn how to make your next planter a massive success with instructor Dan Benarcik, container specialist at Chanticleer. Select the right container and medium and get specific instructions on how to achieve various design outcomes using a variety of plant material. The last class is a practicum, where students select from among Dan’s favorite plants to design and install their own fabulous container to take home.
$104; members $93; + materials fee (based on selection)
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Ferns and their Allies of the Barnes Arboretum
Tuesday, June 16 (rain date Wednesday, June 17)
10 am-2 pm
Instructor: Harriet Cramer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. Expand your knowledge about both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for this region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective designs using ferns. Participants should bring a lunch to enjoy in the garden.
$55; members $49
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200. 

Make More Plants: Propagation Workshop
Wednesday, July 22, 2015        
10 am–4 pm
300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA
Instructor: Bruce Keyser
The best time of year to propagate many trees and shrubs is midsummer. In this hands-on workshop, learn techniques for successfully rooting greenwood cuttings from master propagator Bruce Keyser, using plant material from the Barnes Arboretum living collections. Participants make their own sweatboxes, a key to successfully rooting the cuttings they take home. Fee includes all materials; participants should bring their own lunch.
$84; members $76

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook
Fridays, September 11, 18, 25 (3 classes)        
10 am–12:30 pm
Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA
Instructor: Jeff Charlesworth
Learn various graphic techniques that go beyond traditional record-keeping to record and enrich your observations about the natural world and your garden. Using graphic illustration (pencil, watercolor, and other media) and principles of landscape architecture, create a beautiful and valuable reference to inspire you, help you see more creatively, and make you a better gardener.
$105; members $94* 

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach
September 25, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)        
1–3:30 pm
300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA
Instructor: Jules Bruck, APLD
Designing a garden should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you’ll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.

$105; members $94

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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