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UPCOMING CLASSES 2015

Winter Learn, Lunch & Create Events at The Growing Place in Aurora
We're kicking off 2015 with classes and activities that will make the winter months fly by (hopefully). Each Saturday this winter, come on out for a class in the morning and a fun activity in the afternoon. Just want to do the class or activity only? That's okay too-you can sign up for any combination. All classes include a coupon.

Registration required for all winter Learn, Lunch & Create classes. Please call 630.355.4000 to register. If ordering lunch, please tell us if you have any dietary restrictions.

 

January 2015 Classes
February 2015 Classes
March 2015 Classes

January 10th: (top)

Art in the Garden (11:00am)
Make & Take: Hypertufa Trough (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5; Boxed Lunch: $10; Trough: $40

Discover how garden accents can bring a landscape together. After lunch, make a hypertufa (lightweight concrete) trough. Size is approximately 14" x 20". Or bring your own container to use as a mold. Be prepared to get dirty.

January 17th: (top)

Gardening Vertically (11:00am)
Make & Take: Build a Twig Trellis (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5; Boxed Lunch: $10; Trellis: $50

Learn how to add height and screening to your garden using flowering and woody vines, climbing roses, arbors and trellises and upright shrubs. After lunch, create your own 3' x 6' twig trellis. Bring a drill, saw, and pruners. If ordering lunch, please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

January 24th: (top)

Make & Take: Paint a Garden Peace Pole (11:00am-3:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Peace Pole: $75; Boxed Lunch: $10

We had so much fun last time, we want to do it again! Spend the afternoon painting your very own 4' peace pole. Class fee includes all peace pole materials.

January 31st: (top)

Landscaping 101: Curb Appeal (11:00am)
Landscaping Workshop (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5; Boxed Lunch: $10;
Workshop: $20

Our Design Team will lead this hour and a half session on creating an appealing front yard. We will discuss multiple layouts, key plant choices, basic design principles and how to apply them to your front yard landscape. After lunch, get hands on and start planning your front yard with our help.

February 7th: (top)

Miniature Gardening (11:00am)
Make & Take: Enchanted 'Tree' House (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5; Boxed Lunch: $10; Enchanted 'Tree' House: $30

Explore ways to turn a nook or pot into a magical miniature garden. After lunch, take an ordinary tree stump and turn it into a magical home for your garden nymphs (or gnomes).

February 14th: (top)

Virtual Garden Walk (11:00am)
Make & Take: Succulent Dish Garden (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5; Boxed Lunch: $10; Dish Garden: Cost of materials

Spend Valentine's Day 'touring' some of our favorite gardens. Get inspired and excited for the coming season. After lunch, make a succulent dish garden.

February 21st: (top)

Landscaping 101: Natives (11:00am)
Landscaping 101: Right Plant, Right Place (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5 per session; Boxed Lunch: $10

Join us for a discussion about incorporating native plants into into your garden. We'll talk about which natives politely intermingle and offer flowers, lower maintenance and attract pollinators. Then after lunch, we'll talk about the design aspect and putting the right plant in the right place for success!

February 28th: (top)

Carpets of Color (11:00am)
Make & Take: Stepping Stone (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class: $5; Boxed Lunch: $10;
Stepping Stone: $40

We'll show you out of the ordinary groundcovers to add under your existing landscape to reduce weeding and mulch. After lunch, make a stepping stone. Be prepared to get dirty. If you have something you would like to imbed in your stone bring it along.

March 7th: (top)

Landscaping 101: Natives (11:00am)
Landscaping 101: Right Plant, Right Place (1:00pm)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class $5 per session; Boxed Lunch: $10

Join us for a discussion about incorporating native plants into into your garden. We'll talk about which natives politely intermingle and offer flowers, lower maintenance and attract pollinators. Then after lunch, we'll talk about the design aspect and putting the right plant in the right place for success!

March 14th: (top)

New & Noteworthy Plants for 2015
Greenhouse Tour (11:00am)
Aurora - Cost Per Activity: Class & Tour $5; Boxed Lunch: $10

Find out what's hot for 2015! We'll take a look at new introductions, up and coming trends and some unusual staff favorites. After lunch, take a guided tour of our production greenhouses for some added inspiration!

 

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