Our new Winter 2016 catalog is out, and we have a lot to offer in the next few months! We are offering a number of popular classes, such as Plant ID, Intro to Mosses, birding classes with Connie Sidles, and photography classes with David Perry.
We have plenty of free classes and tours this winter, and don’t forget our ProHort classes for our professionals and advanced gardeners.
Here are some of the highlights this winter:
Saturday, February 20th, 9am-12pm
Want to learn to capture the beauty of the winter garden and bring it inside? Learn the best techniques in an extraordinary setting with master photographer and storyteller, David Perry. This class begins with short tour of the Witt Winter Garden, a photo shoot, moves indoors for a warm-up and instructional lecture, and then continues back outside for an opportunity to take what you’ve learned and put it into practice. David will inspire you with his fantastic images, and explain how to photograph your own winter garden as well as how to set up simple indoor photo sessions. Bring your camera (point-and-shoots are most welcome), for equipment tips.
6 week course – Tuesdays, March 8-April 12, 6:30-8:30pm plus field trips on Saturday March 26 and April 16
This course is designed for students who want to develop basic field identification skills and gain experience using the keys in Hitchcock and Cronquist’s “Flora of the Pacific Northwest.” Over the six-week course students will learn how to recognize approximately 25 of the most common plant families found in Washington.
Emphasis is placed on learning the combination of vegetative (leaf and stem) and floral characters that are unique to each family. Class time is spent learning basic terminology required for plant identification and keying out local native and introduced species using a combination of dissecting microscopes, an introductory text for identifying plants families, and “Flora of the Pacific Northwest”.
4 Tuesday Mornings, 10am-12pm, February 23-March 15 OR April 5-26
Capture the essence of flowers and foliage in this 4-part class with simple, quick techniques and portable materials! While using the beautiful perennial beds and borders at the Center for Urban Horticulture as a backdrop, you will be guided in an intuitive approach to sketching with pen, layering watercolor washes, and gathering tips that can be applied to everyday sketching. A simple supply list will be provided. All levels welcome.
Free Classes and Tours
- Bonsai 101 (January 4)
- First Thursday Tram Tour (January 7, February 4, March 3)
- Landscape Design (February 2)
- From Container Gardens to Owning a Farm (March 7)
- Beetles Save Needles: Purple Haze Talk and Tour (March 23)
- Weekend Walks (every Sunday)
Become the person who knows the names of plants!
- Cemetery Lichens (January 30)
- Introduction to Mosses (February 6)
- Introduction to Plant ID in the Field (March 8-April 12, plus 2 weekend field trips)
- Journey Plant Medicines (March 19)
Don’t forget our professional series (ProHort) for landscape professionals and advanced home gardeners. Professional Credits available. Topics this winter include:
- Winter Seminar: Reconstructing Natural Areas in the Built Environment (January 25-26)
- Master Pruner Series (January 14-March 24)
- Conifers Close Up (February 3)
- Pruning for Restoration Sites, Natural Areas, and Trailsides (March 3)