An Introduction to Phenology and to the New Phenology Garden at Hilltop

Phenology is the study of the seasonal and interannual life cycle events of plants and animals. These events, such as the first appearance of oak leaves in the spring or the first appearance of monarch butterflies migrating south in the fall, are influenced by variations in climate and geographic position. Learn how monitoring the changes in a select set of plants at Hilltop can help us understand local climate change and plan for more successful gardens, as well as how sharing this information with national and regional phenology networks will help scientists understand global changes in climate. Tour the new phenology garden and learn how you can become a phenology observer. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For all ages. Instructor: H. Michael Simmons, advanced master gardener

Sa · 5/17 · 2-4 p.m.
$8/in-city, $10/non-city - Register by 5/15 (Code: 86502-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center, 2367 E. 10th St.

Fall Gardening

Believe it or not, July is the time to start planning and planting for a fall garden harvest! Join Mother Hubbard's Cupboard to learn how to make a harvest calendar and get seeds started in the heat and dryness of summer. We'll also discuss methods of overwintering vegetables. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods and Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. For all ages. Instructor: Stephanie Solomon, Grow Organic educator and Director of Education and Outreach at Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

Th · 7/10 · 6:30-8 p.m.
$8/in-city, $10/non-city - Register by 7/8 (Code: 86503-A)
Mother Hubbard's Cupboard,, 1100 W. Allen St., Ste. A

Grow Organic Educator Series

Learn organic gardening from the experts and share your knowledge with the community in this organic outreach horticultural certification program, which covers soil science to 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. Get gardening with GOES! Textbook and comprehensive reference notebook included in fee. There are a number of optional Saturday workshops and field trips scheduled. Co-sponsored by Bloomingfoods, the Center for Sustainable Living, and Hilltop Garden and Nature Center. For ages 18 yrs. and up. Instructors: A team of organic gardening experts

W · 9/3-12/3 · 6-9 p.m.
$125/in-city, $145/non-city - Register by 8/29 (Code: 86501-A)
Hilltop Garden and Nature Center,, 2367 E. 10th St.

Class does not meet on 11/26.

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 349-3702.