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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.

Participants are notified if use of the rain date is necessary.

The Community Gardening Program and the Bloomington Community Orchard are pleased to announce that all Community Orchard classes will be provided free to the community, as part of our continued dedication to making healthy food available to all. To register, e-mail education@bloomingtoncommunityorchard.org at least 48 hours before the class, including your name, phone number, and e-mail

Growing Organic Pome Fruits

Learn to grow pome fruits (apples and pears) in the home landscape by using organic management strategies. Topics include cultivar selection, pollination requirements, planting, pruning, nutrient budgeting, irrigation, pest and disease control, and harvesting and storage of fruit. Enjoy safe, nutritious, and delicious apples and pears for cooking or eating out of hand without spending a fortune. Questions about existing trees are welcome. Co-sponsored by Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomingfoods,the Bloomington Community Orchard and Free University of Monroe County. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 1/31 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 1/29 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Dormant Pruning of Fruit Trees

Learn how to prune fruit trees during dormancy in order to improve structure, stimulate growth, and increase productivity. In this hands-on class, which takes place entirely outdoors, participants both learn and practice proper pruning techniques. Please bring clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather. The rain/snow date for this class is 3/7. Co-sponsored by Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomingfoods,the Bloomington Community Orchard and Free University of Monroe County. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 2/28 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 2/26 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Growing Organic Stone Fruits

Learn to grow stone fruits (peaches, plums, and cherries) in the home landscape by using organic management strategies. Topics include cultivar selection, pollination requirements, planting, pruning, nutrient budgeting, irrigation, pest and disease control, and harvesting and storage of fruit. Enjoy safe, nutritious, and delicious stone fruits for cooking or eating out of hand without spending a fortune. Questions about existing trees are welcome. Co-sponsored by Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, Bloomingfoods,the Bloomington Community Orchard and Free University of Monroe County. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, orchard educator

Sa 3/28 · 2-4 p.m.
Register by 3/26 at 2 p.m.
FREE
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.