Description & Pricing of all classes

Please Note:  For Make and Take classes, the pictures shown are for inspirational purposes and may not depict exactly the final project components.  

Demonstration (Watch and Learn)
Mason Bees: The Resilient Gentle Native 
$45.00
Saturday, March 20th
1:00pm – 2:00pm
optional Mason Bee Kit purchase available for $19.99

Welcome these early spring pollinators to your garden.  These pollinating pros are non-aggressive and rarely sting.  They do not make honey and live in small natural cavities.  Through this lecture/demonstration, learn how to start your own home for these petite gentle native bees and manage it through the season.  No live bees will be present for this program.  You may preorder a Mason Bee Kit to set up at home.  Teenagers and adults are welcomed to join this program.

Instructor’s Bio:  Melissa Palmer is a Master Bee Keeper and Mason Bee Specialist.  She is a strong proponent for beneficial insects and lectures on the topic at Philadelphia Horticultural Society activities and the Philadelphia Flower Show.  She owns her own businesses,  Flowers and Petaling Posies, where she grows and designs cut flowers on her New jersey farm.

 

Workshop (Make and Take)
Twisted Twigs & Tulips 
$120.00
Wednesday, March 24th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Join us for an evening of floral design.  As we welcome the spring season, each student will create a stunning floral arrangement full of all the wonderful spring feels.  Scent, color and texture all come in to play with this creative floral design, which will be yours to take home and show off to your family and friends.  The design will be created using a crafted twig armature to add interest to your floral and assist with construction.  This class is for designers of all skill levels.  Fee includes all flowers, container and materials needed to create your floral arrangement.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff member, Deborah Pomroy, has been designing florals for over 35 years.  After owning her own floral shop for 17 years, Deborah moved on to freelance wedding floral design in the tri-state area.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer County Community College where she teaches the Floral Design program classes.  She has a BS In Ornamental Horticulture (Floriculture emphasis) with a Business minor from Delaware Valley University.

 

Workshop (Activity)

Family & Friends CPR
$70.00
Wednesday, April 7th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Learn this life saving skill in a dynamic group class using the practice-while-watching technique.  Each participant will have their own manikin to use, as per CDC guidelines.  This class is perfect for community groups, parents, grandparents, caregivers, school personnel and students.  You will learn CPR for adults, children and infants.  Choking rescue techniques will also be taught.  Teens and adults are welcome to attend.  Please wear comfortable clothing.  

Instructor’s Bio:  Kathy Merchant Kliwinski has been a local paramedic with Capital Health Systems for 40 years.  She has been conducting CPR and First Aid Training for 35 years.  She received her training at Sanford Borwn Institute.  She has a BS in Education from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).

 

Workshop (Lecture, Nature Walk, Make and Take)
Botanical Printing and Dying 
$155.00
Saturday, April 17th,
Sunday, July 25th &
Saturday, November 13th
10:00am – 3:00pm
optional box lunch available for $15.00

Botanical natural dying is the process of embedding botanical “stamps” directly from plant material into fabric or paper.  Working with natural elements such as leaves, blossoms, berries, vegetables and bark, you will design and dye your own silk scarf .  As you are waiting for the materials to process, the instructor will guide you on a nature walk to discuss the dying characteristics of different types of natural materials.  Students are encouraged to collect and flatten botanicals prior to the workshop.   We will break for lunch.  (Feel free to pack a lunch or an optional preordered box lunch is available.)

Instructor’s Bio:  Kathleen Lang is known for her environmentally conscious approach to the creation of fine art prints on paper and eco-printing on textiles.  She owns and operates the organic imprint studio, The Wearable Garden.  She has been teaching workshop in various art forms for over fifteen years at such prestigious venues as Grounds for Sculpture and Artists of Yardley.

Workshop (Lecture, Make and Take)
Keep it Cool Spring Container Garden 
$120.00
Sunday, April 18th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Kick off the gardening season by creating this container garden full of our favorite cool season pretties.  Learn insider tips and tricks of the trade.  All particpants will create their own planter garden to dazzle and decorate their outdoor space.  Adults and teenagers are welcome to attend this workshop.   Fee includes lecture and all plants, container and materials needed to create garden.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff Member, Kelly Thompson, is a published garden journalist and Master Gardener.  She specializes in vibrant container gardens and small garden design.  She enjoys a plant based lifestyle with a focus on protecting and preserving the environment.  Accolades include awards from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Rutgers University.  Her home has been on numerous garden tours in New Jersey.

 

Workshop (Activity)
Relax and Renew Yoga 
$20.00
Starting April 26th – every Monday
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Unwind from your busy day with a gentle, slow paced yoga class.  Despite the slow pace, all major muscle groups will be challenged to encourage increased strength and flexability.  Students will be guided through a warm up, slowly building warmth and strength in the body, and on to a cool down with a guided meditation period.  Space, both physically and mentally, will be facilitated to allow students to deepen their personal practice.  Beginners are warmly welcomed and encouraged.  Leave your worries behind.  Feel refreshed and invigorated to conquer the remainder of your week.

Instructor’s Bio:  Helen Hennessy has been an experienced fitness professional for over twenty years.  She is passionate to help clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals.  Both professionally and personally, she is constantly researching the most effective and proven techniques to reach optimal health.  She resides right across the river in Trenton and enjoys reading, the great outdoors and her family.

 

Workshop (Activity)
Wake Up Wednesday Yoga
$20.00
Starting April 28th – every Wednesday
9:30am – 10:30am

Wake up your body, mind and spirit with this beginner to intermediate yoga class. Each class will be different, catering to the students’ need and abilities.  Modification will be provided for limitations.  You will be guided through a warm up, an energizing flow of yoga poses accompanied by upbeat music, and a cool down including a guided meditation designed to uplift your spirit, focus your mind and invigorate the soul.

Instructor’s Bio:  Helen Hennessy has been an experienced fitness professional for over twenty years.  She is passionate to help clients achieve their fitness and wellness goals.  Both professionally and personally, she is constantly researching the most effective and proven techniques to reach optimal health.  She resides right across the river in Trenton and enjoys reading, the great outdoors and her family.

 

Workshop (Make and Take)

Peace, Love and Floral Hair Wreaths 
$95.00
Wednesday, April 28th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Channel your inner hippie with this fun filled hair floral class.  Learn the proper techniques for hand assembling a lush hair wreath.  Combining several textures of greens as well as fresh floral accents, this fun hair floral project will have you smiling and singing along to your favorite 60’s music.  Be sure to bring your camera for fun pictures wearing your creation at the end.  Tie dye clothing is optional but adds to the fun!  This class is for designers of all skill levels.  Teenagers are welcome to join in the fun!  Fee includes all flowers and materals needed to create your hair floral.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff member, Deborah Pomroy, has been designing florals for over 35 years.  After owning her own floral shop for 17 years, Deborah moved on to freelance wedding floral design in the tri-state area.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer County Community College where she teaches the Floral Design program classes.  She has a BS In Ornamental Horticulture (Floriculture emphasis) with a Business minor from Delaware Valley University.

 

Demonstration (Watch, Learn and Take Home Kit)
Elderberry Syrup
$65.00
Sunday, May 2nd
1:00pm – 2:00pm

We have all heard how important it is to support our immune system.  What does that exactly mean and how do we do it?  Elderberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamins that support your immune system, lower inflammation, lessen stress and protect your heart. Learn how to make Elderberry Syrup from the instructor.  Making your own Elderberry Syprup is cost effective and gives you peace of mind in knowing the ingredients used are pure.   Sample the fresh elderberry syrup after the demonstration.  Each participant will be given a “Take Home Bag of Ingredients” to make their own syrup at home.  

Instructor’s Bio:  Gwyn Duffy has been teaching about safe and effective use of essential oils for five years.and helping people find simple ways to incorporate them into their home and health care.  She teaches a Complimentary Natural Health course to nursing students at Gwynedd Mercey University.   She has worked with the Southampton Herb Club in their series about herbs as medicine.  She offers products and more information at www.OilsWithGywn.com

 

Lecture (Watch, Learn and Activity)
Attracting Backyard Wildlife
for Photography
$45.00
Wednesday, May 12th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

We have always been attracted to amazing photos of a bird resting on a Winterberry bush with a bright red berry in its mouth or a butterfly feeding on the pollen in the middle of a Zinnia plant.  We all enjoy looking out our window and seeing birds, butterflies and other wildlife flittering through our garden plants.  Why not plant specific annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that actually attract the type of wildlife you wish to photograph?  This program will be filled with images taken by the instructor of local wildlife in the garden, plant materials to attract year round wildlife and basic photography techniques to capture the perfect shot.  Basic lighting, composition, angles, lenses and techniques of DSLR’s cameras and cell phones will be discussed.  Feel free to bring your camera to try some new techniques.

Instructor’s Bio:  Laura Brandt considers herself privileged to live and photograph in beautiful Bucks County.  She enjoys photographing a variety of subjects especially plants, flowers, gardens and landscapes.  She has a strong Horticultural background, having studied Ecological Landscape Design at Delaware Valley University and having worked as a landscape designer. While a member of Garden Writers Association (now GardenComm), she wrote for several garden publications and contributed photography to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Green Scene and Grow magazines and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Wildflower magazine.  Laura has exhibited her fine art photography at Phillips Mill and Artists of Yardley.

 

Demonstration (Watch and Learn)
Bringing Holland Home
$65.00
Sunday, May 16th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Enjoy this instructor’s fun approach to European floral design.  European designs have a natural composition that incorporates different plant and flower media to create a garden like floral arrangement.  Learning from his work experience early in his career in Holland, this instructor will demonstrate European design style and share ideas you will be sure to use in your own home.  Sit back, relax and be inspired by this creative lecture/demonstration program.  One lucky attendee will take home their choice of one floral design created by the instructor during the program.

Instructor’s Bio:  Carl Vivaldi is a local Botanist who resides in Washington Crossing.  He was the Horticultural Teacher at BCTHS for 30 years and has taught Botany and Plant Pathology on the college level.  He has served as a chairperson for the PHS Flower Show for over 30 years.

 

Workshop (Lecture, Make and Take)
Vivid Veggie Container Gardening
$110.00
Sunday, May 30th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Create a beautiful container garden with edilble plants.  This fully functoning container will provide you with gorgeous color and yummy food.  Learn to choose the perfect plants and combos to create a long lasting container with stunning plants and herbs that you can eat.  We will also discuss organic care and feeding of edible containers.  Each workshop participant will create their own edible garden to take home and enjoy.  Fees include lecture and all plants, containe and materials nneded to create garden.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff Member, Kelly Thompson, is a published garden journalist and Master Gardener.  She specializes in vibrant container gardens and small garden design.  She enjoys a plant based lifestyle with a focus on protecting and preserving the environment.  Accolades include awards from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Rutgers University.  Her home has been on numerous garden tours in New Jersey.

 

Demonstration (Watch, Learn and Taste) 
Essential Oils & Herbs
$55.00
Sunday, June 13th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Essential Oils are quite popular now, but how do you use them safely and effectively?  How are they the same or different from the plants they originate from?  This program will give you an overview and comparison of herbs and oils.  You will have a chance to make your own spray and roller to target a health or home priority.  You will learn essential oil basics and the importance of sourcing properly when you are considering incorporating them in your life.  If you suffer from seasonal changes, have trouble sleeping or have stress in your life, we will discuss some natural options that can help you.  

Instructor’s Bio:  Gwyn Duffy has been teaching about safe and effective use of essential oils for five years.and helping people find simple ways to incorporate them into their home and health care.  She teaches a Complimentary Natural Health course to nursing students at Gwynedd Mercey University.   She has worked with the Southampton Herb Club in their series about herbs as medicine.  She offers products and more information at www.OilsWithGywn.com

 

Workshop (Make and Take)
Go With the Flow Organic Style 
$120.00
Wednesday, June 16th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Flowers naturally have such grace and movement. Why fight it when creating your floral designs?  Organic style allows us to embrace the natural textures, shapes and flow of the flowers.  Designing in a beautiful compote container, you will create your own lush floral, perfect to accent any dining room table or buffet.  We will be using an awesome mix of materials that will leave you appreciating the uniqueness of each flower.  Designers of all skill levels welcome.  Fee includes all flowers, container and materials needed to create your floral arrangement.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff member, Deborah Pomroy, has been designing florals for over 35 years.  After owning her own floral shop for 17 years, Deborah moved on to freelance wedding floral design in the tri-state area.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer County Community College where she teaches the Floral Design program classes.  She has a BS In Ornamental Horticulture (Floriculture emphasis) with a Business minor from Delaware Valley University.

 

Workshop (Lecture and Activity)
Creative Flower Photography
$45.00
Saturday, June 19th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Have you ever wanted to take better pictures of flowers and gardens with your digital camera?  In this class, the instructor will share her flower, garden and nature portraits and the methods she uses to obtain them.  This class will cover indoor and outdoor lighting, equipment, camera settings, composition, special effects, post-processing software and apps, some of her favorite gardens to photograph and more.  Bring your DSLR camera gear or cell phone.  We will be walking through the greenhouses and outdoor display areas to capture different flowers in bloom.

Instructor’s Bio:  Laura Brandt considers herself privileged to live and photograph in beautiful Bucks County.  She enjoys photographing a variety of subjects especially plants, flowers, gardens and landscapes.  She has a strong Horticultural background, having studied Ecological Landscape Design at Delaware Valley University and having worked as a landscape designer. While a member of Garden Writers Association (now GardenComm), she wrote for several garden publications and contributed photography to Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Green Scene and Grow magazines and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Wildflower magazine.  Laura has exhibited her fine art photography at Phillips Mill and Artists of Yardley.

 

Workshop (Lectures, Activity, Make and Take)

Bloomin’ for Butterflies
$220.00
Sunday, June 27th
11:00am – 3:00pm
optional boxed lunch available for $15.00

Pollinators transfer pollen from plant to plant to allow for seed and fruit production.  This two part program is all about our favorite pollinators, the butterflies.  In the morning lecture and activity, you will learn about the structure and function of a butterfly’s body.  Participants will enjoy learning from the instructor’s personal video about the Monarch’s migration to Mexico.  We will be breaking for lunch.  Feel free to pack your own or preorder an optional box lunch.  After lunch, you will learn about which plant materials are the favorite pollen sources for our local butterflies.  You will create your own meadow container garden filled with an assortment of plants to attract beneficial pollinators and hummingbirds in your yard.  Adults and teenagers are welcomed to join in on this program.  Fees include both lectures, activity and all plants, container and materials needed to make garden.

(Lecture) Instructor’s Bio:  Jamie Witsen is a retired Life Science Teacher from the Montgomery Middle School in Skillman, NJ.  She has served as an Environmental Educator at several parks and camps, including the Lenape Village at Churchville Nature Center and the National Wildlife Federation in Estes Park, Colorado. She has a BS in Natural Resource Management and Teacher of Science degrees from Rutgers University.  She is a certified National Geographic Educator and has traveled quite extensively to Mexico, Costa Rico, Thailand, Malaysia and Ecuador.

(Workshop) Instructor’s Bio:  Staff Member, Kelly Thompson, is a published garden journalist and Master Gardener.  She specializes in vibrant container gardens and small garden design.  She enjoys a plant based lifestyle with a focus on protecting and preserving the environment.  Accolades include awards from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Rutgers University.  Her home has been on numerous garden tours in New Jersey.

 

Demonstration (Watch, Learn and Activity)
Animal Adaptations –
Children’s Science Program           
$40.00
Wednesday, July 7th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Middle school aged children will enjoy this lively science program focusing on the abundant animal life in Bucks County.  Learn how different animals adapt to their environment to survive.  Adaption skills include physical characteristics/changes as well as behavioral actions/changes.  This high energy program will have your student learning about an animal and acting out the animal’s survival adaptations.

Instructor’s Bio:  Jamie Witsen is a retired Life Science Teacher from the Montgomery Middle School in Skillman, NJ.  She has served as an Environmental Educator at several parks and camps, including the Lenape Village at Churchville Nature Center and the National Wildlife Federation in Estes Park, Colorado. She has a BS in Natural Resource Management and Teacher of Science degrees from Rutgers University.  She is a certified National Geographic Educator and has traveled quite extensively to Mexico, Costa Rico, Thailand, Malaysia and Ecuador.

Demonstration (Watch, Learn and Activity)
Herbal Tea: Fresh Garden Blends 
$45.00
Wednesday, July 14th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Join us for a garden experience where you will learn about herbal tea blends.   Using plants you can grow at home, we will discuss teas with wellness benefits including relaxation, mood elevation, digestion and immune support.  Explore the aromas and flavors of medicinal plants and learn about their histories and properties.  At the end of the workshop, you will take home your own handmade herbal blend.

Instructor’s Bio:  Lauren Lembo has been working with plants and fungi for over a decade.  She has completed certificate coursework in herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy through the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Integrative Health and Medicine Specialty.  She is the owner of Blue Fox Botanicals www.bluefoxbotanicals.com a local grassroots herbal wellness company.  Lauren is a programs coordinator for the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission and a Registered Professional Archeologist.  .  She received ar MA in Education from Central Michigan University, an MA in Anthropology from Monmouth University and a Certificate in Global Social Archeology from Kyusho University in Japan .  

Workshop (Make and Take)
Lushly Lavender
$120.00
Wednesday, July 21st
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Purple is the color of Passion.  For over 2500 years, the Lavender plant has been known for it’s fragrance.  This lush floral arrangement will combine the scent of fresh Lavender with other purple passion inspired blooms to create a truly regal piece.   We will include a brief walk through our educational garden to harvest some fresh Lavender.  Join us on this summer night to smell the flowers.  Designers of all skill levels are welcome.  Fee includes all flowers, container and materials needed to create your floral arrangement.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff member, Deborah Pomroy, has been designing florals for over 35 years.  After owning her own floral shop for 17 years, Deborah moved on to freelance wedding floral design in the tri-state area.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer County Community College where she teaches the Floral Design program classes.  She has a BS In Ornamental Horticulture (Floriculture emphasis) with a Business minor from Delaware Valley University.

 

Demonstration (Watch, Learn and Taste)
Cooking Garden Fresh
$75.00
Wednesday, July 28th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Your garden is overflowing with beautiful, ripe vegetabes and herbs…now what do you do with all of it?  In this class you will learn how to prepare easy, healthy meals using your garden’s harvest.  It is truly the meaning of farm to table – using nothing but the freshest herbs and produce directly from the garden.  You will even start this class in our Educational Garden.  Plan on taste testing some of Chef’s creations.  Join to learn some basic skills in the kitchen.

Instructor’s Bio:  Chef Jack Gulino has been involved in many different aspects of the restaurant industry for over 22 years.  He graduated from Johnson & Wales University and has worked at some of the busiest restaurants in New jersey  He is very passionate about coaching and teaching cooking techniques.

 

 Workshop (Lecture, Make and Take)
Nuts for Natives Container Garden         
$145.00
Saturday, August 7th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Native plants provide shelter for wildlife and support pollinators. Natives require much less watering, fertilizer and pesticides.  They can prevent water run off and improve air quality.  Extend your gardening season with colorful and flowering native plants that will give your garden extra life well into fall. Learn about natives and which grow well in container gardens.  In this workshop, create your own container garden full of beautiful natives for your home.  Tennagers and Adults are welcomed to join this program.  Fees include lecture and all plants, container and materials need to create planter.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff Member, Kelly Thompson, is a published garden journalist and Master Gardener.  She specializes in vibrant container gardens and small garden design.  She enjoys a plant based lifestyle with a focus on protecting and preserving the environment.  Accolades include awards from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Rutgers University.  Her home has been on numerous garden tours in New Jersey.

 

Workshop (Lecture, Make and Take)
Bug Hotel or Mini Beast Mansion?
Saturday, August 14th
10:00am – 12:00pm

Even bugs need a home!  Welcome those beneficial pest-eaters to your garden with this awesome bug home.  As they say, “If you build it, they will come!”.  Learn about the benefits of attracting and keeping crtain insects in your garden.  This is a family friendly activity.  Fee includes all materials neded to create your very own bug hotel or mini beast mansion – what will you call yours?  

Instructor’s Bio:  Melissa Palmer is a Master Bee Keeper and Mason Bee Specialist.  She is a strong proponent for beneficial insects and lectures on the topic at Philadelphia Horticultural Society activities and the Philadelphia Flower Show.  She owns her own businesses,  Flowers and Petaling Posies, where she grows and designs cut flowers on her New jersey farm.

 

Workshop (Activity)

Heart Saver CPR Certification
$99.00
Saturday, August 21st
10:00am – 2:00pm
optional box lunch available for $15.00

This is an essential certification program for “non-healthcare” workers.  This course is a video based, instructor lead course that teaches adult, child and infant CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Use.  Choking rescue techniques will also be taught.  Each participant will have their own manikin to use, as per CDC guidelines.  Upon successful completition of the course, the participant will receive a course completion card valid for two years issued by the American Heart Association.

Instructor’s Bio:  Kathy Merchant Kliwinski has been a local paramedic with Capital Health Systems for 40 years.  She has been conducting CPR and First Aid Training for 35 years.  She received her training at Sanford Borwn Institute.  She has a BS in Education from Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey).

  

Lecture (Listen, Learn and Activity)
Where the Wild Things Are 
Children’s Science Program               
$40.00
Sunday, August 22nd
11:00am – 12:00pm

Middle school aged children are welcome to attend this eye opening lecture from this energetic instructor. Learn which organisms live in Bucks County, which ecosystems these organisms live in and why they specifically live in their particular niche. Bucks County includes many different ecosystems including streams, forests, wetlands and many unique geological formations.  We can protect our biodiversity by identifying, understanding and conserving the natural habitats of our native plants and animals.   

Instructor’s Bio:  Jamie Witsen is a retired Life Science Teacher from the Montgomery Middle School in Skillman, NJ.  She has served as an Environmental Educator at several parks and camps, including the Lenape Village at Churchville Nature Center and the National Wildlife Federation in Estes Park, Colorado. She has the BS in Natural Resource Management and Teacher of Science degrees from Rutgers University.  She is a certified National Geographic Educator and has traveled quite extensively to Mexico, Costa Rico, Thailand, Malaysia and Ecuador.

Workshop (Lecture, Make and Take)
Autumnal Delight Container Garden 
$120.00
Sunday, September 5th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Fall planters are full of such rich tones of burgundy, rust and orange.  There are so many gorgeous fall annuals and perennials to create drama when the rest of your garden is going to sleep.  Come and celebrate this season by creating your own autumnal planter to accent your home.  You will learn some cool ways to incorporate mini pumpkins and gourds into your harvest planter.  Adults and teenagers are welcome to join this workshop.  Fees includes lecture and all plants, container and materials needed to create planter.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff Member, Kelly Thompson, is a published garden journalist and Master Gardener.  She specializes in vibrant container gardens and small garden design.  She enjoys a plant based lifestyle with a focus on protecting and preserving the environment.  Accolades include awards from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Rutgers University.  Her home has been on numerous garden tours in New Jersey.

 

Workshop (Make and Take)
Dazzling Dahlias 
$120.00
Wednesday, September 15th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

We haven’t met a flower more stunning than a local grown Dahlia.  The shapes, colors and textures are just so amazing.  After a stroll through our educational garden to harvest some of our very own grown Dahlias, we will head to the educational room to create.  Working with the awesome rich colors that late summer and early fall bring us, you will combine Dahlias with coordinating accent florals to make your own country fresh floral design.  Designers of all skill levels are welcome.  Fee includes all flowers, container and materials needed to create your floral arrangement.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff member, Deborah Pomroy, has been designing florals for over 35 years.  After owning her own floral shop for 17 years, Deborah moved on to freelance wedding floral design in the tri-state area.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer County Community College where she teaches the Floral Design program classes. She has a BS In Ornamental Horticulture (Floriculture emphasis) with a Business minor from Delaware Valley University.

 

Lecture (Listen and Learn)
Mushrooms: Healthy Ecosystems & People 
$45.00
Wednesday, September 29th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Explore the primary mushroom species found within our region, including medicinal and edible species, and their studied benefits and uses in nutrition and healing.  You will learn about the functions these mushroom serve within their ecosystem, the types of environments they inhabit and their effects on the human body.  You will also enjoy an introduction to mushroom identification and learn about safe practices and different resources to guide us in the future.

Instructor’s Bio:  Lauren Lembo has been working with plants and fungi for over a decade.  She has completed certificate coursework in herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy through the University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing Integrative Health and Medicine Specialty.  She is the owner of Blue Fox Botanicals www.bluefoxbotanicals.com a local grassroots herbal wellness company.  Lauren is a programs coordinator for the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission and a Registered Professional Archeologist.  .  She received an MA in Education from Central Michigan University, an MA in Anthropology from Monmouth University and a Certificate in Global Social Archeology from Kyusho University in Japan

 

Workshop (Make and Take)
Copper and Wine Fall Tones
$120.00
Wednesday, October 6th
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Embrace the rich tones of the fall season.  Using copper color enhanced dried accents, rich velvety burgundy florals and lush seasonal foliage, you will create this beautiful floral centerpiece to take home.  Feel free to linger after class by the firepit as we enjoy some spiced cider on this (hopefully) beautiful fall night.  Designers of all skill levels are welcome.

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff member, Deborah Pomroy, has been designing florals for over 35 years.  After owning her own floral shop for 17 years, Deborah moved on to freelance wedding floral design in the tri-state area.  She is an Adjunct Professor at Mercer County Community College where she teaches the Floral Design program classes.  She has a BS In Ornamental Horticulture (Floriculture emphasis) with a Business minor from Delaware Valley University.

 

Lecture (Listen, Learn and Activity)
Benevolent Bats                           
$45.00
Wednesday, October 13th
6:00pm – 7:00pm

Bats are wonderful insectivores.  Areas with a large bat population have fewer insects, thus requiring lower amounts of pesticide use and healthier looking plants.  Often misunderstoond, these mammals are an important part of our ecosystem.  Learn about the eleven bat species in Pennsylvania.  Understand their boby structure, how they search for food in the dark and where they hang out during the day.  This lively lecture will give you a greater appreciation our flying friends.

Instructor’s Bio:  Jamie Witsen is a retired Life Science Teacher from the Montgomery Middle School in Skillman, NJ.  She has served as an Environmental Educator at several parks and camps, including the Lenape Village at Churchville Nature Center and the National Wildlife Federation in Estes Park, Colorado. She has a BS in Natural Resource Management and Teacher of Science degrees from Rutgers University.  She is a certified National Geographic Educator and has traveled quite extensively to Mexico, Costa Rico, Thailand, Malaysia and Ecuador.

 

Demonstration (Watch and Learn)
Foraged Design
$45.00
Saturday, October 16th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Do you enjoy nature walks?  Do you notice shapely branches, textured leaves, oddly shaped pods/cones, interesting tree mushrooms and fuzzy moss?  Have you ever wondered how to use these materials in floral design or decorating?  Foraging is the art of sustainably harvesting local materials to use in your creations.  Learn how to make a unique bowl from fallen leaves and a beautiful dragonfly from maple tree samaras from this charming instructor.

Instructor’s Bio:  Melissa Palmer Reilly trained under the master floral designer, Gregor Lersch in Germany.  She studied Dutch Master Floral Design at the Borerma Institute in the Netherlands.  As a busy entrepreneur, she owns Florum Flowers and Petaling Posies, which are cut flower production and floral design operations on her farm in New Jersey.  She is a frequent floral instructor at Longwood Gardens.

 

Demonstration (Watch and Learn)
Christmas in Colonial Williamsburg
$55.00
Sunday, November 14th
1:00pm – 2:00pm

Christmas décor in Colonial Williamsburg is all about using items from nature.  The style is known for its creative use of greens, seed pods, fruit, dried flowers, shells and horns.  Taking from his experience decorating in Williamsburg, Virginia, this instructor offers some great tips and ideas to use when decorating in the Colonial Williamsburg style.  Be sure to bring your camera to remember each of these great ideas, many using materials found right here in your Bucks County landscape.  Feel yourself get into the holiday spirit as these florals are created during this lecture/demonstration.

Instructor’s Bio:  Carl Vivaldi worked for three years decorating historic Colonial Williamsburg.  He is a local Botanist who resides in Washington Crossing.  He was the Horticultural Teacher at BCTHS for 30 years and is a proud graduate of Delaware Valley University.

 

Workshop (Lecture, Make and Take)
Winter Wonder Indoor Container Garden 
$140.00
Sunday, December 5th
1:00pm – 3:00pm

Celebrate the season!  Learn about how various indoor houseplants can lift your spirits during the winter season.  Create a dazzling planter with winter delights, such as Frosty Ferns and Cyclamen.  Teenagers and Adults are welcome to attend this program.  Pricing includes lecture and all plants, container and materals needed to create your own winter planter.  

Instructor’s Bio:  Staff Member, Kelly Thompson, is a published garden journalist and Master Gardener.  She specializes in vibrant container gardens and small garden design.  She enjoys a plant based lifestyle with a focus on protecting and preserving the environment.  Accolades include awards from The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Rutgers University.  Her home has been on numerous garden tours in New Jersey.