Gardening

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 (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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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.