A new four-part series of gardening and landscape classes will be presented in April by gardening expert Sally Cunningham at Lockwood’s Greenhouses, 4484 Clark St., Hamburg.
Not only will you hear great advice, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions.
For Cunningham’s four-part series, you can sign up for single classes at $15 each, or you can sign up for all four classes at the discounted rate of $50.
Other classes and workshops are scheduled in the coming weeks at Lockwood’s as well. See more details below.
Four-part gardening and landscape series
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Cunningham will provide help for gardeners including:
- Assessing winter damage—alive or dead, fixable or too damaged to save?
- Cutting back or pruning shrubs, small trees, and leftover garden perennials
- Spring bulbs protection and what to do afterward
- Test and/or improve the soil (when to do more pH testing)
- Un-mulch or re-mulch, and what kind to acquire
- Weeding and weed prevention
- Edging choices
- Spring lawn care: what Cornell recommends (basic)
- When to hire an arborist, garden coach or assistant, landscape designer, or Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional (CNLP)
- Compost, sulfur products and fertilizers
- Remove, thin or transplant—what and when
- Renovate or tweak what you have?
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16
Millenials (and those who think young) want to grow organic, healthful vegetables and fruits—including high anti-oxidant berries and other super-foods. Huge, flat gardens are out. What’s in: raised beds, container gardens, intensive planting and small-space and vertical gardening, with flowers and herbs mixed in. The class includes:
- Soil and compost for containers or in ground (test, analyze, fix)
- Vegetable and small fruit choices for best production and success (avoiding trouble)
- Garden layout and companion planting
- Timing is everything: Cool-season crops, warm-season crops, fall garden
- Attracting beneficial insects and preventing pests
- Tips for best management by vegetable type (Information and sign-up for the Lockwood community garden will be available.)
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23
Low maintenance, eco-friendly and beautiful can describe your yard if you make certain choices. Consider the layered landscape, with pollinator-friendly and colorful gardens, and great shrub and tree selection to benefit you and the birds. The class includes:
- The purpose of your yard–what you want from a landscape
- Design elements: Islands, layers, hedges/hedgerows, paths, bed shape, hardscape, style factors
- Tree and shrub selection (includes lists of recommendations for Zone 5, by site requirements, and best native plant choices)
- How to keep new landscape plants healthy; how to help old and stressed plants
- What professionals can do for you — when and/or how to get the right kind of help
- Current or recent problems and pests; all questions welcome
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30
- Beyond borders—other ways and places to use perennials (ground covering, banks, edibles, layered beds, bio-strips, hedgerows, mixed with annuals)
- Preparing beds, soil for perennials
- Techniques for perennial care—dividing, transplanting, cutting back, deadheading, mulching
- Compost and fertilizers
- Stakes, props, supports
- Design, layout, spacing
- Timing, sequence of bloom
- Perennials for special situations—full sun/drought, shade, wet sites, for pollinators, deer resistance
More classes and workshops at Lockwood’s
Growing Roses and Peonies
1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 9
Dawn Hummel, a dynamic and fun horticulture expert from Oregon, will discuss the two classic plant groups: roses and peonies. The class fee is $15.
1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016
Olga Tzogas, owner of Smugtown Mushrooms in Rochester, will teach you basic biology and cultivation for the novice mushroom gardener. The class is free.
10–11:15 a.m. Saturday, May 14
Marge Vogel, experienced grower and teacher at Lockwood’s, and gardening expert Sally Cunningham will discuss plant selection for your location, techniques for getting the most out of your container plants and how to plant a container combination. The cost is $10.
6:30–7:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 17
Make your own spring/summer container (hanging basket or patio pot). Marge Vogel, experienced grower and teacher at Lockwood’s, will guide you through plant selection and care. The cost is $38 and includes all materials. The same workshop will be held on May 24.
6:30–7:45 p.m. Tuesday, May 24
Make your own spring/summer container (hanging basket or patio pot). Marge Vogel, experienced grower and teacher at Lockwood’s, will guide you through plant selection and care. The cost is $38 and includes all materials.
Mark your calendar for floral design workshops
A new series of hands-on floral design workshops with internationally known horticulture instructor David Clark will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 19, June 26 and July 10 at Lockwood’s. You’ll be able to make beautiful, long-lasting flower arrangements with insider techniques from the pro. More details will be posted soon on the Lockwood’s event page and on the Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com Events page.