Smart Gardening Workshops


Horticulture’s free online Smart Gardening Workshops give you access to great garden speakers from the comfort of your own home. After registering for a workshop, you’ll receive information by e-mail showing how to join the workshop as it takes place live. Can’t make it to the live event? If you register anyway, you’ll receive another e-mail after the workshop takes place, providing you with a link to a recording of it. All registrants will receive the recording, whether they attend live or not.

Each workshop in about an hour long. Just click the link below each workshop to register for it. Register for as many as you’d like.

Recorded workshops from past years can be accessed on page 2.

The Downsized Veggie Garden: How to Garden Small Wherever You Live, Whatever Your Space
Presenter: Kate Copsey
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016; 2:00 p.m. ET

Copsey100The downsized garden is about adjusting your growing to small quarters. The audience will see what other creative gardeners have done to find room to grow herbs, tomatoes and other produce in a very small space. Decks, patios and windowsills are all included. New containers make growing on a deck a piece of cake—examples include using containers made to sit on the railing and stacking containers vertically to save space. Kate Copsey is the author of The Downsized Veggie Garden (coming February 2016, St. Lynn’s Press).

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Good Berry, Bad Berry: Identifying Wild Edible Plants in Your Area
Presenter: Helen Yoest
Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016; 2:00 p.m. ET

Yoest100Foraging is hot right now, but did you know there are berries in your own back yard that you can eat? Have you walked your local greenway and wondered if the berries you spied were edible? Good Berry, Bad Berry is a homeowners guide to who’s edible, who’s toxic, and how to tell the difference. There are a few recipes with good berries that you probably never knew were edible. Beautyberry jelly anyone? This 60-minute presentation takes the audience through examples of identifying wild edible plants…in your own area.

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Spring Ahead with Cool-Season Flowers
Presenter: Lisa Ziegler
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016; 2:00 p.m. ET

Ziegler100Flower farmer Lisa Ziegler shares her experiences growing hardy annual flowers such as snapdragons, sweet peas, bells of Ireland and other spring beauties that are favorites of gardeners as well as pollinators and other helpful insects in search of habitat and food at winter’s end. She will introduce the cool-season concept, when to plant, where to locate for the earliest blooming, setting the garden up for low maintenance and how to keep the blooms coming into summer. Lisa’s book Cool Flowers (St. Lynn’s Press, September 2014) was based on this program.

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Gorgeous, Superhero Flowering Shrubs and Groundcovers for Right-Size Flower Gardens
Presenter: Kerry Ann Mendez
Date: Thursday, February 25, 2016; 2:00 p.m. ET

Mendez100This high-energy presentation features eye-catching, low-maintenance flowering shrubs and groundcovers that provide interest for three or more seasons. Emphasis will be on varieties that are drought-tolerant and pollinator friendly. Many new plants will be showcased!

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Access recordings of past years’ workshops on page 2.