Smart Gardening Workshops

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Get access to Horticulture’s on-demand smart gardening workshops below and view the gardening tips and techniques from each workshop in the comfort of your own home or office, any time you want.

Each workshop in about an hour long. Just click the link below each workshop you’d like to view and follow the on-screen prompts to download for the workshop(s) of your choice!
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Urban Farming: Rooted In The City

monrovia logo“Give me a bit of ground the size of a postage stamp, and I will give you an Urban Farm.” For years edible gardening seemed like a trend, but now we view it as a true cultural shift. Edibles are being used in the garden and on the patio in containers as never before. Never mind if your area is small or large—this workshop will offer great tips that you can use in your own Urban Farm. And it’s not just about the edibles; you’ll get a firsthand look at the companion plants that provide much needed nectar and cover for essential pollinators. The speaker is Nicholas Staddon, Director of the New Plants Team at Monrovia.
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Taming Wildflowers: a Celebration of All Things Wildflower

Join Miriam Goldberger as she discusses her life’s passion: wildflowers. Uncover the truth behind wildflower myths, learn to grow your own from seed, and even which are edible additions to salads, teas, and other dishes. Finally, Miriam takes you on a pollinator’s journey, explaining why wildflowers are a necessary addition to your garden for the survival of our native wildlife partners.
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Heaven Scent

monrovia logoNicholas Staddon, a lifelong plantsman, takes you on a journey of some of his favorite plants that will delight the nose. Nothing is more fun than being in the garden when, from somewhere, you get a whiff of a delightful scent. This workshop will help you create those moments in your own garden.
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drarmitageDr. A’s Greatest Perennials & Annuals

Dr. Allan Armitage talks about new and great performers for your garden. Annuals aren’t just petunias anymore—they are extraordinary, diverse and colorful. Perennials continue to excite all gardeners, and Dr. A. highlights some of the most exciting, from hellebores to heucheras, American natives and more.
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GROW ORGANIC: MAKING THE TRANSITION

attracting beneficial bugsGrowing a beautiful and productive garden without chemicals isn’t difficult, but it does require a shift in attitude and a dose of patience. In this workshop, Jessica Walliser shares a new understanding of the ease and convenience of organic practices. From soil management and cultural practices to pest control and dealing with “the junkie issue” (plants that have developed a fertilizer dependency), this talk is meant to present attendees with a deeper understanding of organic practices and offer plenty of tips for ensuring a successful garden.
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Put Texture to Work in Your Garden

Texture is so much more than a soft and fuzzy leaf – it’s a design workhorse able to solve a wide range of everyday garden problems. Drawing from her latest book, Refresh Your Garden Design, Rebecca Sweet shares her best strategies to use texture in a garden, in ways that are inspiring and easy to put into practice.
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Garden Design Quick Fixes with Color

Horticulture columnist and professional landscape designer Rebecca Sweet shows how one of the most powerful elements in your garden—color—is the answer to many common garden problems. Learn just how easy it is to transform gardens that seem cramped, uninviting and disjointed into the garden you’ve always wanted through the use of colorful (and strategic) illusions.
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JAPANESE MAPLES FOR EVERY GARDEN

With over 400 cultivars available, selecting a Japanese maple can be challenging. In this free online workshop, Japanese Maple Specialist Patricia Smyth, from Essence of the Tree, provides a overview of the cultural needs of these glorious trees with information to help with choosing the best one for your garden, whatever your climate might be.
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Fanning The Flames of Passion…Plant Passion.

Explore some truly great garden plants—new and not so new—and plants that will work in a range of climate zones. You will meet some of the breeders and plant explorers that Nicholas Staddon works with to uncover fabulous new selections.

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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

Canadian gardening expert Niki Jabbour shares her ideas and tips for growing vegetables year-round, no matter your hardiness zone.
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Good Bug, Bad Bug

Jessica Walliser—horticulturist, author and devoted bug lover—helps us identify the most common invasive and beneficial insects (and other tiny critters) in our gardens, then shares the best organic-gardening advice on how to attract the good guys and manage the bad guys.
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Creating Serene & Beautiful Container Gardens with Japanese Maples

This workshop will provide you with all the information you need to create and maintain a Japanese maple container garden. You’ll learn everything from proper tree selection to how to protect the long-term health of your tree. Presented by Patricia Smyth.
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12 Ideas for Gotta-Have Garden Combos

Get inside garden guru Pamela Straub’s head for a dozen of the season’s cleverest combination containers. Known for pairing the new, the unusual and the uncommon, Santa Rosa Gardens’ lead designer shares her tips, tricks and timeless secrets in this sassy session.
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8 Months of Spectacular Color: Spring~Fall with Waterwise, Easy-Care Perennials

The secret to a great perennial garden is understanding how to use a succession of varieties that will keep your garden in color from early spring through the fall. David Salman of High Country Gardens shows his favorites perennials and perennial combinations to help you create a long-blooming, waterwise, easy-care landscape.
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PLANTS WE LOVE

You’ll discover great new plants for 2012 as well as which plants are tried-and-true workhorses. You’ll also see which selections were award winners—they’re sure to be a success in your garden, too! Join Horticulture’s editor, Meghan Shinn, and Community Leader, Patty Craft, for this workshop.
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ORNAMENTAL GRASSES AND COMPANION PLANTS

Few plant groups can add beauty, movement and a sense of sophistication to your landscape like ornamental grasses. David Salman of High Country Gardens brings his enthusiasm for ornamental grasses to the class and shows how to place them, which varieties to combine with perennial flowers in the landscape. You will also learn about the differences between cool- and warm-season ornamental grasses, and the basics of how to care for them.
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BEES, FLOWERS & FOOD: BRINGING THEM TOGETHER FOR MORE PRODUCTIVE GARDENS

Both native bees and the honeybee are responsible for pollinating many of our favorite vegetables, and all of our common fruiting trees and shrubs. David Salman of High Country Gardens discusses how today’s urban farmer /home gardener can make her yard a friendly place for bees. You’ll also learn what to plant to keep them in your yard all season long to insure pollination. Specific herbs, perennials and shrubs, and their placement in and around your garden and fruiting plants, are discussed.
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GREAT FLOWERING SHRUBS AND THEIR CARE

Do you want to add drama, winter interest and colorful flowers to your gardens while reducing maintenance? Then include some spectacular flowering shrubs for USDA Zones 3 through 8. Join host Kerry Ann Mendez for this one-hour workshop. Topics also include pruning and care tips.
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GROWING LOW-MAINTENANCE PERENNIALS

Sponsored by Osmocote

Looking for gorgeous gardens that save you time and money? Kerry Ann Mendez shows how to work with perennials that thrive on neglect. These beauties enjoy lean soil, little or no fertilizer, less water, and little hand-holding.
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DEER-RESISTANT GARDENING

Sponsored by Osmocote

Are you fed up with your gardens being munched by Bambi? Kerry Ann Mendez talks about plants that are rarely browsed by deer as well as defensive techniques to hold them at bay. “Not tonight, deer” will have a whole new meaning.
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GROW A RAINBOW KITCHEN GARDEN

Watch Renee Shepherd’s online workshop as she talks about choosing, growing and enjoying an internationally inspired Rainbow Kitchen Garden.
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GROWING UNIQUE & UNUSUAL PERENNIALS

Sponsored by Osmocote

Plantaholics are always seeking unusual, fun, outrageous, or underused perennials that are sure to have heads turning in admiration. This workshop introduces you to a bunch of plants that do just that.
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ALL-SEASON GOLD-MEDAL PERENNIALS

Who doesn’t love winners? These gold medal perennials outshine the competition with their extensive bloom, plus they’ll brighten the landscape spring through fall. As one perennial stops blooming, it ‘passes the baton’ to the next ‘winner’, concluding with fall bloomers that finish with brilliance. Presented by Kerry Ann Mendez.
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DESIGN A WORK OF ART WITH YOUR GARDEN

In this on-demand Smart Gardening Workshop garden writer/photographer Derek Fell covers how to plan, design, and create balanced gardens and landscapes, the history, benefits, and design of Impressionist flower, vegetable, and water gardens, how to use garden structures in garden design, how to effectively and beautifully photograph your garden and landscape and more.
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10 TIPS FOR KNOCKOUT GARDENS

Kerry Ann Mendez shares her best design tricks for creating a sensational garden. She’ll cover plant selection, plant placement, the use of color in the landscape and more.
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RIGHT PLANT, RIGHT SPOT

Kerry Ann Mendez teaches how to assess the conditions in any given spot in your garden, then choose the right plant to put there. She’ll also cover “tough love” plants that thrive in challenging spaces, such as that strip between the sidewalk and the street.
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HOW TO EAT YOUR FRONT YARD

Marianne Binetti shows how to grow edible plants within your ornamental garden. You’ll learn how to mix fruits and vegetables among your flowers, maximizing your space and preserving a visually appealing design.
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LOW-MAINTENANCE PERENNIAL GARDENING

In this on-demand Smart Gardening Workshop, Kerry Ann Mendez describes how to make smart plant choices for a low-maintenance but eye-catching garden.
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HORTICULUTURE’S NURSERY SCHOOL: AFFORDABLE GARDEN DESIGN

Learn from Amanda Thomsen (Kiss My Aster) and Patty Craft (Publisher & Editorial Director, Horticulture) in this informative and entertaining on-demand workshop that teaches you how to plan your nursery shopping to successfully fit your garden plot and your budget. Whether you’re a new or experienced gardener, you’ll come away with a simple yet successful plan to save time and money on every nursery visit!
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HORTICULTURE’S MORE FREE PLANTS WITH KEN DRUSE

Best-selling author Ken Druse shows beginning to intermediate gardeners how to take cuttings of hydrangeas, viburnums, beautybush and others to increase the numbers of flowering shrubs for your garden. Learn what plants to use, when and how to take the cuttings, how to make a sweat box (and why you need one) and rooting and aftercare for your new flowering shrubs.
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8 GREAT VEGETABLES FOR THE EDIBLE GARDEN

Expert grower and noted garden writer Alice McGowan shares her advice and tips for planting and harvesting veggies in a variety of conditions: full sun or partial shade; in the ground or in containers; with room to spread out or a need to go vertical.
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