TIME: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
LOCATION: Edible Garden
The American Garden School was created to address a growing need in the U.S. for quality garden education. Many of us do not have the time or desire to commit to a formal series of horticulture-based classes at a university, yet wish to gain quality education to better our landscapes, covert our lawns, or develop a kitchen garden.
Our goal is to be the go-to garden school for comprehensive, quality, tested and fun garden education for homeowners, garden enthusiasts, landscape practitioners, school gardens and very small farmers. Our courses are designed to help you generate a successful and beautiful garden, with themes pertinent to the West such as drought tolerance, ecology, sustainable practices, and time saving. We believe in systems, efficiency, technology, science based practices, and most importantly, that a garden should bring you joy.
These intensive courses are a remarkable opportunity to learn practical and tested methods for creating successful gardens. Two-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, educator and renowned horticulturist and designer Kate Frey and local landscape manager and designer, Christa Moné, will share their expertise developed over many years in Northern California and internationally. Kate and Christa bring a wealth of information in educating people on how to create gardens that are remarkably beautiful, healthy, productive creative and efficient to care for.
Designing for Habitat
May 6th, 9:30-12:30
Habitat gardens contain a profusion of foliage and flowers that create a feeling of sanctuary around us, making us happy- while sustaining wildlife. Flowers provide nectar and pollen resources that many beneficial insects and bees require. Shrubs and trees provide birds with plant structural diversity to nest and perch, and seeds and berries to feed on. Over 90% of birds feed their young insects, so where there are enough insects for fledglings, there is more potential for successful nesting. Let’s fill your garden with bees, birds, butterflies and more!
This course will focus on how to set up and structure your habitat garden and what plants to design for.
Course topics include:
• Site analysis
• Soil health/irrigation
• Wildlife overview
• Natives vs non-native plants
• Plant varieties
• Seasonal plants
Instruction will focus on organic, ecologically sound practices appropriate to our dry summer climate.
We are excited to offer this course with the Marin Art & Garden Center in their beautiful wildlife-friendly garden setting.
Class will end with a casual reception including delicious small bites and local wine.