Gardening Workshops Reservation

$8.00$10.00

Join us for six weeks of fun and informative gardening workshops at the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF). Each workshop will feature a presentation by a local expert. Sign up for one, some, or all of the workshops! 

 

Dates:
Jan 31Growing Vegetables in Containers & Raised Beds with Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension Educator
Gardening in raised beds or containers is a wonderful option for gardeners to grow their own vegetables and herbs in a limited space and bring the garden to a height that is more easily reached. Growing plants in containers brings plants into to your indoor and outdoor living spaces such as patios, balconies, and even windowsills. Raised beds can be used to overcome poor-soil conditions. We will look at using containers and raised beds as gardening options and discuss vegetable varieties, potting soils, fertilizers and watering practices needed for container gardening success.

RUTH BENNER is an Extension Educator for the Penn State Extension Erie County. Ruth is a member of the Penn State Extension Horticulture Team, developing and presenting research-based information for green industry professionals. She teaches and consults with Pennsylvania greenhouse and nursery growers as well as landscape professionals in the area of integrated pest management, a strategy for reducing the use and impact of pesticides on the environment. Ruth also works with adults and youth in the topics of horticulture and entomology.  Ruth has a B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University and an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Florida. 

Feb 7Butterfly Friendly Gardening with Maria Blakeslee, Penn State Master Gardener
How to attract these “flying flowers” to your yard! Butterflies require gardens that offer host plants and nectar plants. Learn how to plant a garden that both you and butterflies can enjoy.

Maria Blakeslee Loves gardening and butterflies. She is a Penn State Master Gardener and a member of FairView and Carrie T. Garden Clubs. Her garden named “Waiting for Wings” is both Pollinator and Monarch Way Station certified. She is also an accomplished photographeR. She raises and tags monarch butterflies that she finds as eggs and caterpillars on the milkweed in her garden. One of her tagged monarchs was found in Mexico in 2016. Her fabulous butterfly-friendly garden won “Garden of the Month” and “Garden of the Year” awards from Presque Isle Garden Club. Don’t miss her butterfly program!

Feb 21Flowering & Ornamental Container Gardens and Beds with Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension Educator
Gardening in containers or beds is an excellent way for gardeners to make their home spaces beautiful for the spring, summer and fall. This presentation will focus on annual flowering and tropical ornamental plant selection and usage in containers or raised beds. We will talk about plant species selection, color combinations and theme designs. We will also discuss container selection, potting soils, fertilizers and watering practices needed for gardening success.

RUTH BENNER is an Extension Educator for the Penn State Extension Erie County. Ruth is a member of the Penn State Extension Horticulture Team, developing and presenting research-based information for green industry professionals. She teaches and consults with Pennsylvania greenhouse and nursery growers as well as landscape professionals in the area of integrated pest management, a strategy for reducing the use and impact of pesticides on the environment. Ruth also works with adults and youth in the topics of horticulture and entomology.  Ruth has a B.S. in Horticulture from Penn State University and an M.S. in Entomology from the University of Florida. 

Feb 28Pruning Woodies 101 with Scott Sjolander, Penn State Extension Associate Educator
Scott will introduce the principles of pruning woody plants for best plant health and meeting your objectives. We will show the results of some popular practices, and how the plant may be managed for greater satisfaction.

scott sjolander has served as Extension Urban Forester for northwestern Pennsylvania since 1995, coming from an industrial and utility background. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist and instructs the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification across Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

Mar 7Garden Design for Homeowners Part 1
Mar 14Garden Design for Homeowners Part 2 with Dan Dahlkemper, Landscape Architect
In this two part series we will talk about the design process for developing a plan for your home. There will be presentations on the design process, pictures of home landscapes before and after and a discussion on common issues around the home environment. The process will focus on developing a plan for your own home. Participants will be guided through the process to take measurements, develop concepts and create plans for their own landscape.

DAN DAHLKEMPER waS Raised in the family landscape business. Dan studied landscape architecture at Penn State, graduating in 1980. Early work experiences in Rochester, DC and Houston were brought back to Erie in 1986. Taking the reigns in 1991 and changing the name to Dahlkemper Landscape Architects & Contractors, Dan has been involved in residential, commercial, campus and municipal projects at all levels. Community involvement led to the creation of the Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier park (LEAF) with his wife of 34 years, Kathy. They have raised 5 children and have 7 grandchildren. Dan has taught landscape design courses at Gannon, Edinboro, Mercyhurst and for the Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association.

Time: 7PM – 8:30 PM

Ages: Adult

Location: LEAF Education Center, 1501 W 6th St., Erie, PA

GARDENING WORKSHOPS RESERVATION:

$10/workshop ($8 for LEAF Plus Members)
*Must be a current LEAF Plus Member to receive the discounted member price*

Please note that tickets will not be issued for the workshops, but those who reserve will have their names added to a reservation list.

Please note that the materials presented by Ruth Benner and Dan Dahlkemper will be different from their presentations in 2017!

Pre-registration is required. 

If you would prefer to register by phone or email, contact education@leaferie.org or (814) 453-LEAF

7PM – 8:30PM

  • WORKSHOP #1: Jan 31Growing Vegetables in Containers & Raised Beds with Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension Educator
  • WORKSHOP #2: Feb 7Butterfly Friendly Gardening with Maria Blakeslee, Penn State Master Gardener
  • WORKSHOP #3: Feb 21Flowering & Ornamental Container Gardens and Beds with Ruth Benner, Penn State Extension Educator
  • WORKSHOP #4: Feb 28Pruning Woodies 101 with Scott Sjolander, Penn State Extension Associate Educator
  • WORKSHOP #5: Mar 7Garden Design for Homeowners Part 1 with Dan Dahlkemper, Landscape Architect
  • WORKSHOP #6: Mar 14Garden Design for Homeowners Part 2 with Dan Dahlkemper, Landscape Architect

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