Workshops and Lectures

Horticulture

Workshops and lectures

Unless otherwise noted, horticulture workshops take place at the Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA 19066.

Some horticulture workshops and lectures are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) and the Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturalist program (PCH). See below for details.

For more information, call 215.278.7350.

 


Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants
Wednesday, January 18
1–4 pm
$60; members $54
Scott Guiser, MS in horticulture
Garden success begins with healthy soil. Learn how to improve soil health by adding organic matter, adjusting soil fertility, growing cover crops, and making compost. Participants receive a kit from Penn State’s Agricultural Analytical Services lab to take home and test garden soil fertility.

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


So You Want to Keep Honeybees
Saturday, February 4
1–4 pm
$60; members $54

Scott Guiser, MS in horticulture
There is a rising interest in hobby beekeeping. Explore equipment requirements, hive location, honey production, and honeybee management with a beekeeper with 40 years of experience. 

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


Botanical Illustration
Thursdays, February 16–April 27 (10 classes)
1–4 pm
$450; members $405

Marylyn Waltzer, certified botanical illustrator
Using pencil and watercolor, develop the skills to create highly detailed, expressive, and accurate botanical compositions. Learn how colors interact in watercolor and explore floral structure, form, and elements of composition. All levels welcome.

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


Your Small-Space Garden
Saturdays, February 11 and 18 (2 classes)
10 am–12:30 pm
$75; members $67

Kathy Salisbury, MS, horticulturist
Even the smallest patches of soil can produce vegetables, a beautiful display, or both. Assess your site for potential, then learn how container gardening, vertical gardening, and specific plants can be deployed in small spaces. Create a plan for your space that you’ll be ready to implement as soon as the ground thaws.

Takes place at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


Stressed Out! Using Botanicals as Phytotherapy
Thursday, March 16
1:30–3:30 pm
$30; members $27

Dr. Anne Bower, ecologist and medical herbal specialist, Philadelphia University
Learn how to make herbal home remedies for stress relief and relaxation, including teas, decoctions, poultices, and aromatherapy, with calming herbs like chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, licorice root, and peppermint, all of which are easily grown in the garden.

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


Everyday Health: Fun and Tasty Herbal Prevention
Saturday, March 18
1:30–3:30 pm
$30; members $27

Dr. Anne Bower, ecologist and medical herbal specialist, Philadelphia University
Did you know that the powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in garlic, turmeric, pepper, and ginger may help with certain chronic health conditions? Learn simple recipes for smoothies and teas using these and other essential herbs and plants that are as delicious as they are healthy.

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


Ferns and Their Allies
Thursday, May 25
10 am–1 pm
$40; members $36

Harriet Cramer, garden designer, writer, and lecturer
The Barnes Arboretum is home to one of the most extensive collections of hardy ferns in the country. In this workshop, expand your knowledge of both native and notable non-native ferns suitable for our region, and learn how to identify, cultivate, and create effective design combinations with ferns.

Book online or call 215.278.7200.


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