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Winter Harvest and Season Extension

Ensure a supply of greens and other vegetables through the Indiana winter by learning to use season extending methods. Examine different approaches to gardening throughout the year including the use of coverings to create microclimates, hoophouse and greenhouse design, and modifications for success in any size overwintering garden. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, the Center for Sustainable Living and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Rhonda Baird

Tu, Th 9/22-9/24 · 6:30-8 p.m. · Register by 9/21 (Code 36502-A)
$16/in-city, $18/non-city

Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Grow Organic Educator Series

New Condensed, 10-week class!Get gardening with GOES! During this in-depth, 10-week class series, you will learn a wide variety of organic gardening skills from area experts and share your knowledge with the community during a horticultural outreach program. Topics covered include soil science, seed saving and everything in between. Complete the course and volunteer hours in a number of community projects to be certified as a Grow Organic Educator or just take the course for your own enrichment. Textbook and comprehensive reference notebook are included in the fee. There are a number of optional Saturday workshops and field trips scheduled. Class does not meet 11/25. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, The Center for Sustainable Living and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 18 yrs. and up.

Thanks to the generosity of a GOES graduate, scholarship assistance is available through the Cassell Memorial Scholarship fund. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the start of the program and are available at the Parks and Recreation office. Applicants must provide proof of income and a brief statement indicating why they are interested in completing the GOES series. For more information about applying for a scholarship, call 812-349-3702.

W · 9/23-12/2 · 6-9 p.m.
$125/in-city, $145/non-city -
Register by 9/17 (Code: 26502-A)
Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Growing Trees From Seed

Trees are all around us and many of us have even planted trees, but have you ever grown your own tree from a seed you found? From collection to proper planting techniques, learn the steps it takes to successfully grow trees from seed. We will have a brief tree identification walk to introduce collecting techniques, and send each participant home with at least 10 different seeds to plant for next spring! For all ages.

Sa 9/26 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 9/21 (Code 34004-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Bryan Park - behind Woodlawn Shelter

Soil Building and Cover Crops

Fall is the best time to build good soil, and this workshop identifies techniques for building fertile garden soil. We will focus on the use of various cover cropping methods to build soil fertility and improve aeration. Learn how these techniques can not only lead to better production in your garden next year, but also how these practices can play a part in addressing climate change. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, and the Center for Sustainable Living. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Rhonda Baird

Th 10/1 · 6-8 p.m. · Register by 9/29 (Code 36503-A)
$14/in-city, $16/non-city

Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Soil Building and Cover Crops

Fall is the best time to build good soil, and this workshop identifies techniques for building fertile garden soil. We will focus on the use of various cover cropping methods to build soil fertility and improve aeration. Learn how these techniques can not only lead to better production in your garden next year, but also how these practices can play a part in addressing climate change. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, and the Center for Sustainable Living. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Rhonda Baird

Th 10/1 · 6-8 p.m. · Register by 9/29 (Code 36503-A)
$14/in-city, $16/non-city

Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Scents and Sentimentality: Growing Fragrant Heirloom Roses

If you miss the incredible fragrance and romantic beauty of the old garden roses, you can incorporate spectacular and aromatic blooms into your home landscape. The class covers site selection and soil preparation, plant selection and sourcing, disease and insect pest prevention, fertilization, and pruning. These roses are guaranteed to "Knock Out" the competition. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

Tu 10/6 · 6:30-8:30 p.m. · Register by 10/5 (Code 36504-A)
$16/in-city, $18/non-city

Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Harvesting Wild Nuts

Indiana forests are full of flavorful and nutritious nuts that are rarely seen in grocery stores. Learn how to identify, harvest, and prepare acorns, black walnuts, hickory nuts and pecans for eating. Samples for tasting are provided! For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 10/10 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 10/5 (Code 34001-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

Griffy Lake Nature Preserve

Designing Your Home Landscape

Home landscaping design contributes both to the comfort and happiness of residents (and neighbors) and to property value. Learn how to plan and create an aesthetically pleasing landscape that is easy to maintain. Whether you wish to design and manage your own landscape or rely on professionals, the class helps you make sound decisions that will save money and create outdoor space in which you can feel at home. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, Advanced Master Gardener

Tu 10/13-10/27 · 7-8:30 p.m. · Register by 10/9 (Code 36505-A)
$42/in-city, $48/non-city

Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.

Identifying and Managing Common Invasive Plants in Your Yard and Garden

Invasive plants are ubiquitous in Bloomington and present many challenges to gardeners. We will learn to identify invasive plants in an outdoor setting and how to manage them with cultural controls, by mechanical means, and through the safe application of herbicide. Feel free to bring samples of your problem plants to the class. Participants should come prepared to walk over moderate terrain. Rain date is 10/22. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: John Behrman, native and invasive plant expert

Th 10/15 · 5:15-7:15 p.m. · Register by 10/13 (Code 36506-A)
$10/in-city, $11/non-city

Winslow Woods Park - meet at the picnic shelter

Wild Tea Tasting

Winter is upon us and we often look to different beverages to keep us warm. For centuries wild teas have been created and enjoyed from plants that are oftentimes right in our own back yards! Learn appropriate harvesting, preparation, and storage techniques for making some truly delightful and beneficial teas. Samples are provided. For all ages. Instructor: Josh Nickelson

Sa 11/14 · 1-2 p.m. · Register by 11/9 (Code 34003-A)
$4/in-city, $5/non-city

RCA Community Park

Gardening Basics

Get ready to plant your first garden in the spring! This two-hour workshop is designed to give you what you need to know for a fruitful growing season. The class addresses such topics as soil preparation, bed design, plant selection, integrated pest management, organic fertilizers, saving seed, starting seed, and more. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University. For ages 16 yrs. and up. Instructor: Marie Fleming

Tu 11/10 · 6:30-8:30 p.m. · Register by 11/9 (Code 36508-A)
$15/in-city, $17/non-city

Hilltop Gardens at Indiana University, 2367 E. 10th St.