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The Community Gardening program offers a variety of gardening and orchard management classes. For more information, contact Robin Hobson or call (812) 349-3704.

Fall Fruit Tree Planting Workshop

Fall is a great time to plant fruit trees. Planting correctly is essential in order to assure the tree's health and productivity. Learn how to plant correctly in this hands-on workshop. Participants learn best practices for digging the planting hole, inspecting and correcting problems with roots, staking, filling the hole, watering, mulching, installing trunk protection, and performing necessary remedial pruning. Please wear work clothes and closed-toe shoes and bring gloves if you have them. Rain date is 10/18. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods,the Bloomington Community Orchard and Free University of Monroe County. For all ages. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, advanced master gardener

Sa 10/11 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 10/9 (Code: 96503-A)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city
Bloomington Community Orchard South Highland Avenue opposite the YMCA

Sex in the Orchard

Planning for optimal pollination of fruit trees assures a good harvest. Learn how pollinizer requirements vary by species and cultivar, where to plant pollinizers, how to make alternative arrangements for pollen sources, and how to attract and nurture pollinating insects. The class provides easy strategies for managing the pollination requirements of an existing backyard orchard as well as for planning and planting a new one. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods,the Bloomington Community Orchard and Free University of Monroe County. For all ages. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, advanced master gardener

Sa 11/1 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 10/30 (Code: 96508-A)
$10/in-city, $12/non-city
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.