• Nov. 17 2009
  • Naples Contributor

Naples Botanical Garden launches Lifelong Learning Programs


Naples Botanical Garden will debut its new Lifelong Learning schedule to the community beginning November 17th with the workshop Growing and Preparing Herbs presented by Pat Johnson. The Garden will host one lecture and one hands-on workshop per month from November until April 2009 focused on gardening and “green” best-practice themes. A special highlight of the season is a lecture and book signing by the designer of the Garden’s future Brazilian Garden, Raymond Jungles. His about-to-be-released book, The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles features his design plan and will bring the Naples project to an international audience before it is open to the public.

“For those looking for ways to improve their gardening skills, there are many varied subjects to choose,” said David Webb, Education Manager. “Whether you’re an advanced horticulturalist, or an optimistic “brown thumb,” the Lifelong Learning programs will be fun, interesting, and of value to those who attend.”

Class sizes are limited and those interested should register soon. All classes and lectures will be held at Naples Botanical Garden unless noted otherwise. Programs will last approximately 1-2 hours. Naples Botanical Garden members will receive a discount. Participants must register at least one week before the class date. Register by phone with a credit card during normal business hours: Monday- Friday 8:00am- 5:00pm. Phone number is 239.643.7275. For information and to print out a mail-in registration form, please visit www.naplesgarden.org. Registration forms will be processed in the order they are received.


Growing and Preparing Herbs

Monday, November 17, 10am
Join herbalist Pat Johnson as she demonstrates the mixing of herbs to make teas, vinegars, and oils. You will leave this hands-on workshop with a few samples of your own herbal creations and ready to make new blends at home.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

Green Clean: Safe and Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home and Protect Your Planet

Tuesday, January 20, 10am
Did you know that most commercial cleaners contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment and ourselves? Jill Barry and Hallie Deegan Lundon will guide you in creating your own eco-friendly household cleaners that might just perform better than store-bought products! You will take home your new products with their recipes and other eco-friendly home tips.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

Rain Barrels and Florida Rain Gardens: Simple Techniques to Conserve Water and Reduce Water Pollution

Monday, February 2, 10am
Location: The City of Naples Norris Community Center This is a must for every Collier County resident! Naples Botanical Garden is pleased to offer this workshop in partnership with the University of Florida, Collier County, and the City of Naples. Mike Malloy, coordinator for the University of Florida’s “Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Rain Barrel Program” will instruct you on how to use a rain barrel at home to collect storm water runoff from your roof for use in irrigation. Additionally, you will learn about the benefits of rain gardens, the impacts of your landscaping practices, and how to easily employ more sustainable, environmentally friendly alternatives. The registration fee includes a complete rain barrel kit for each participant.
$60 member/ $75 non-member

Repotting and Mounting Orchids

Tuesday, March 17, 10am
Have you ever purchased an orchid and watched it wither away while you wondered how you might revive it? Join Sandy Catron and Carolyn Miller for this workshop of orchid basics and learn how to repot and even mount your orchids to ensure a longer life and lots of new flowers! BYOO (bring your own orchid) – if you do not have your own, we will provide a small one for you.
$20 member/ $30 non-member

Training Trees and Shrubs

Tuesday, April 21, 10am
Learn professional secrets about how simple pruning techniques can make a tree or shrub more visually appealing, and increase the quality and number of flowers and fruit while improving its longevity. Our own Horticulture Manager Brian Galligan will share his expertise with you in this hands-on workshop.
$20 member/ $30 non-member


Utilizing Native Plants in Your Yard

Wednesday, November 19, 10am
Discover the benefits of using native plants in your yard, which species are ideal and some simple tips for success as Chad Washburn discusses why native plants are low-maintenance, inexpensive, and attract birds and other wildlife.
$15 member/ $20 non-member

Tropical Fruits Made Simple

Tuesday, December 2, 10am
Have you ever wondered what the secret is to making your fruit trees fruitful? Join local experts David and Jenny Burd as they share their successes in growing tropical fruits in Collier County. What a delicious topic!
$15 member/ $20 non-member

Supermarket Botany: the Botanical Nature of Common Fruits and Vegetables Grown in Gardens

Tuesday, January 6, 10am
Just how much do plants affect each of us every day? Dr. George Wilder, our Herbarium Curator and Botanist, will share some botany basics about some of your favorite foods, ensuring you’ll never look at an onion the same way. This is one you will surely not want to miss!
$15 member/ $20 non-member

An Exciting Botanical Travel Log on Hawaii

Tuesday, February 3, 10am
Carolyn Miller, Curator of Collections at Naples Botanical Garden, spent time in Hawaii studying the Islands’ unique flora and collecting numerous exceptional photographs. Get to know the real Hawaii as she shares her fascinating stories of discovery, along with spectacular images.
$15 member/ $20 non-member

“The Colors of Nature: Subtropical Gardens by Raymond Jungles”

Tuesday, March 3, 10am
Award-winning landscape architect and designer, Raymond Jungles, will discuss his plans for Naples Botanical Garden’s Brazilian Garden as well as 20 other design projects from around Florida. His new book, “The Colors of Nature,” will be available at a book-signing following the lecture.
$15 member/ $20 non-member; limited seating

Best Sustainable Practices for Your Lawn and Garden

Tuesday, April 7, 10am
Alberto Chavez, Greenscape Coordinaor at Rookery Bay, will instruct you on environmentally friendly and effective grass, and plant selection; fertilizer and pesticide use; as well as mulching, pruning, and irrigation practices.
$15 member/ $20 non-member

Naples Botanical Garden is in the process of creating a world-class tropical garden paradise that will feature cultivated gardens of Asia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Florida, and a hands-on interactive Children’s Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats. Currently, the Garden offers pre-registered visitations on specific dates. For more information call 239-643-7275 or visit www.naplesgarden.org, where the Garden is virtually open.

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