WORKSHOPS 2017

Space is limited to small groups so register today!

1. SPRING WOODLAND FLOWER WALK (Tue. May 16, 10:00 - 12:00)

 We will visit a couple of sites northeast of Belleville to view a wide range of spring plants and flowers:  Bloodroot, Hepatica, Spring Beauty, Bellwort, Ferns, Trillium, Blue Cohosh, etc.

Meet at the Nursery 9:30 a.m. for carpooling.  Be prepared for 2 or 3 km of walking on gravel roads/trails - some gentle hills.

What to bring:  Field guide, repellent, water

 Cost - $10  (limited to 10 participants)

 

2. POLLINATOR GARDEN WORKSHOP (Tue. May 30,  (9:30 - 12:00)

 The workshop tackles how to plan and construct a garden that will attract and sustain a variety of beneficial pollinators to your garden. We will do some sample planting and look at perennials, annuals, herbs and edibles that can be used

Each participant will receive

  • Suggested plant lists
  • Planning and planting techniques
  • A collection of flower seeds (4-6 varieties)
  • Plugs for 1-2 species

Meet at the Nursery 9:30 a.m.  

 Cost - $25 (limited to 10 participants)

 

3. WETLAND PLANT WALK (Mon June 19, 9:00 - 12:00)

 We will visit the extensive wetlands, river edge and boardwalk at the Frink Centre north of Belleville. We'l find and identify flowers, shrubs, water plants, sedges.

Meet at the Nursery 8:30 a.m. for carpooling or 9 a.m. at the Frink Centre.  Be prepared for a 1-2 km of walking on trails and boardwalk.

What to bring:  Field guide, repellent, water

 Cost - $10 (limited to 10 participants)

 

4. SOUTH SHORE FLOWERS and BUTTERFLIES (Mon July 3, 9:00 - 12:00)

 Join us as we explore the plants and fauna of the South Shore Important Bird and Biodiversity Area in Prince Edward County.  We plan to explore wetland, meadow and woodland perennials and shrubs along with the butterflies attracted to them.  

Meet at the Nursery 8:00 a.m. for carpooling or 9 a.m. at the site (TBA).  Be prepared for a 1-2 km of walking on flat trails

What to bring:  Field guide, repellent, water

 Cost - $10 (limited to 10 participants)

 

5. MINI HYPERTUFA PLANTER GARDEN (Sat. Aug 26, 9:30-12:00)

 Create a miniature alpine garden by constructing and planting a hypertufa trough with a variety of small, blooming plants.  'Hypertufa' is a material constructed to imitate a stone trough/planter.

Each participant will receive:

  • Materials and instruction to construct a hypertufa trough
  • Molds, gloves
  • Planting medium
  • Decorative rocks
  • Choice of 3 alpine plants
  • Information for cultivation and winter care

 Cost - $50 (includes all materials, plants)

 

6. EASTERN ONTARIO RARITIES (Sun Sep 10, 1 - 4 p.m.)

 We will hike through the spectacular scenery of Sheffield Conservation Area to view a wide range of plants - some found only in this area of Ontario.  From lakeshore to rock crevices to bogs, join us as we look for Eastern Ontario rarities.

Meet at the Nursery 12 noon for carpooling or 1 p.m.at Sheffield Conservation Area parking lot.  Be prepared for a moderate to strenuous walk of 3-5km on rocky trails with hills.

What to bring:  Field guide, repellent, water

 Cost - $10 (limited to 10 participants)

 

7. SEED COLLECTING and SAVING (Thu Sep 21 or Fri Sep 22, 9:30 a.m.)

 This workshop will introduce seed collecting at the nursery and then take a field trip for wild collecting.  We will try out techniques for cleaning and saving a range of wild flowers, shrubs, trees and grasses.  We will use low-tech equipment and practices that can be applied by all gardeners. Participants will leave with prepared seeds of at least a dozen species and details for how to preserve and germinate them.   

Meet at the nursery at 9:30

 Cost - $25 (limited to 8 participants)

If you are interested in other types of workshops, please contact us with your suggestions.