Workshops and Lectures


Spring 2015 Workshops

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

Gardening for Beginners
Saturdays, March 21–28 (2 classes)
9:30 am–noon
Instructor: Kathy Salisbury, MS in horticulture
Designed for those who are new to gardening or have dabbled a bit but can’t seem to get it right. Learning the basic functions of plants; how to test your soil; and the fundamentals of plant selection, installation, and maintenance gets you on your way to a greener thumb.
$60; members $54
Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

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.

Roses: growing and knowing the world’s favorite flower
Sunday, May 31
2–3 pm
Instructor: Nicole Juday
Despite its reputation for being tricky, no flower is more beloved or culturally symbolic than the rose. Learn about the history of this plant in order to gain clues on how to grow it successfully. The lecture is followed by a tour of the Barnes Arboretum’s rose garden.
$15; members $12
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.

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