Sculptor Susan Benarcik will help participants research, design, and build a garden ornament that is also a home for beneficial insects. These creations, crafted with natural materials and designed to attract specific insects, provide nesting facilities in which they can hibernate and nurse their young.
Join staffer Lenny Wilson and Chanticleer hosts for a behind-the-scenes tour of this celebrated garden. Chanticleer gardeners talk about gardening techniques and plants employed for their distinctive garden "rooms." A box lunch is included. Attendees can meet at TheDCH and travel to Chanticleer by van, or drive themselves and join the group on site.
Join land managers Mike Weaver and Jared Judy for a Flintwoods Preserve program focusing on seasonal flora. Participants can meet at TheDCH and travel to the preserve by van, or drive themselves and meet the group on site.
Gardeners dream of a continuously vibrant, colorful flower garden throughout the growing season, yet the reality often eludes them. In this two-season course, Charles Cresson of Hedgleigh Spring Garden shows how orchestrate a succession of perennials and integrate non-hardy annuals and bulbs to bolster the late display. The second session will take place in September.
Summer brings an abundance of color and fragrance to flower arrangements, along with materials that aren't available other times. Join floral artist Brenda Tunis to make arrangements with branches from the garden, wildflowers from the fields and fragrant flowers from the garden.
Escape the summer heat for the shady beauty of Mt Cuba. The trip includes a guided tour of Mt Cuba's pollinator studies and garden trials and formal gardens around the house, followed by a stroll through the woodlands and ponds. Participants will meet at TheDCH and travel to to the site by van.
This weekend excursion will give participants the chance to visit several notable garden locations in the Pittsburgh vicinity. Stops inlude the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden, the Phipps conservatory and a selection of community and private gardens. Travel, lodging and most meals are included.
Union Park Gardens was one of the original suburbs of the New Urbanism movement of the early 20th century. John Nolen, a town planner and landscape architect who trained with Frederick Law Olmstead, designed the neighborhood for employees of the booming shipyard era. Tour the architecture and gardens with Adele Meehan, Union Park Gardens' architecture and neighborhood historian. An address and directions will be provided upon registration.