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Posted on: January 3, 2018

Winter classes designed to cultivate gardening skills for upcoming season

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FBTX ~ The Cultivators of Farmers Branch, along with the Parks and Recreation Department, will present a series of gardening classes in January and February, designed to appeal to gardeners of all skill levels.

   Farmers Branch Landscape Manager Pam Smith explained the class offerings:

   JANUARY 9 | Texan Plants | Patrick Dickinson

   There is a growing trend to incorporate native plants in landscapes not only for their ability to save water, but also for the incredible beauty and the countless ecosystem services they provide. Students will learn how to grow favorite native wildflowers, trees, shrubs as well as perennials with lush vibrant colors and textures to make their garden the envy of the neighborhood. We’ll also talk proper soil preparation, proper installation, and provide tips for long term maintenance to keep your native landscape looking its best.

   JANUARY 16 | Windmills and Pollinators | Amy Monroy

   The native plant and pollinator Windmill Garden at Brookhaven College represents Texas’ new frontier: forward-thinking, community-forged urban spaces recognizing nature’s critical role in our world. Planting a garden attractive to pollinators doesn’t need to be a battle of fighting Don Quixote’s windmill giants.

   JANUARY 23 | Herb Your Enthusiasm: Herb Gardening | Daniel Cunningham

   Get the most out of your landscape or kitchen garden by choosing from the assortment of tasty and beautiful herbs adapted to Texas. We’ll talk about everything from design and plant selection, proper soil prep and planting techniques, to the many uses of our favorite herbs inside and outside the home.

   JANUARY 30 | Weed’em and Reap: Weeds and Watering | Daniel Cunningham

   This class makes sense of two of the most challenging issues many homeowners face. If you’re having trouble controlling unwanted plants in your lawn and landscape or if you’re confused about when to water and when to wait, we’re here to help. Learn the best approach to managing weeds effectively without the over use of chemicals and your time so you can reap the rewards of a green environment.

   FEBRUARY 24 | Saturday Rose Pruning Clinic

   Come out to the Rose Garden and learn how to prune roses or just come to help and spend time with other gardeners. Bring your leather gloves and pruners from 10 am until 12 noon.

   All classes are free and open to the public and, with the exception of the Rose Pruning Clinic, will be held at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center at 7 p.m. on designated Tuesday nights. However, advance registration is required to guarantee a spot. Call 972.247.4607 for registration.


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