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Leu Gardens gardening classes: April 2014

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The April 2014 class schedule is now available. Leu Gardens provides a wide variety of gardening and garden themed classes to those in the Central Florida area (and many that drive from quite a distance). Why not get ready for Spring with some great classes and new gardening ideas? All classes are held at the beautiful Leu Gardens, 1920 North Forest Avenue, Orlando, Florida. Please note that all classes require pre-registration.

GARDENING AND LANDSCAPING CLASSES:

Basics of Square Foot Gardening
Thursday, April 3 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

Square Foot Gardening is "a system of gardening” developed by Mel Bartholomew that uses 4 foot by 4 foot plots subdivided into 1-foot squares for growing a specific number of a particular type of vegetable to maximize space and facilitate ease of maintenance. Come and learn how to grow more fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers in less space than you thought possible.

Register: squarefootapril.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Basic Palm Care
Friday, April 11 (3:00 pm-4:30 pm)

Nothing says Florida more than palm trees, but proper care is important in getting these landscape staples to look their best. This class will cover recovering from winter damage, nutrient deficiencies, trimming, and choosing the type of palm that will do best in Central Florida.

Register: basicpalms.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Contain It! Color and Drama in Container Gardening
Thursday, April 17 (7:00 pm-9:00 pm)

Over one hundred containers grace our gardens at Hortus Oasis. We will share every tip we know about designing with containers, container and plant selection, installation, and maintenance along with our favorite tools and products. The program also includes a thorough handout and reference books for viewing.

Register: containit.eventbrite.com

Fee: $20 (Members $14)

Design Challenge - Colorful Flowers and Veggies in Flower Pots
Saturday, April 26 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Even if you don't have much sunny ground, you can still experience the pleasure of harvesting your own vine-ripened tomatoes and growing beautiful flowers. All you need is a generous-size container, good potting soil, and a suitable spot ― a patio, deck, or corner that gets at least six hours of full sun a day. Join a fun filled morning with the Gardens’ Director Robert Bowden strolling the Gardens and examining the many containers on property.

Register: veggiesinpots.eventbrite.com

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Healthy Houseplants
Saturday, April 26 (10:30 am-Noon)

Learn how to maintain plants in your home, simply and easy. You will be shown how to select the appropriate plants, basic pest prevention and simple techniques for maintenance and watering of interior plants. Handouts will be provided for the class.

Register: healthyhouseplants1.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Yes You Can! Beautiful Color in the Shade (Part of a series)
Tuesday, April 29 (6:30 pm-8:30 am)

Not everyone in Florida has full sun in their yards. Many homeowners are lucky to have shade but oftentimes don't know what to plant. Turn lemons into lemonade and discover what beautiful and vivid plants would enjoy spending their life in the shady areas of your garden.

Register: colorinshade.eventbrite.com

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

NATURE CLASSES:

Snake Encounters for Gardeners
Saturday, April 5 (1:30 pm-3:00 pm)

Get as up close & as personal with some common native FL non-venomous snakes as your comfort level allows. Become empowered with confidence when encountering a snake outdoors & get advice on how to handle situations when outdoors to avoid unnecessary bites. Learn about Florida's 6 venomous snake species & what to do if an accidental bite occurs. Instructor is a herpetologist with a FL Venomous Reptile license.

Register: www.snakeclass.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

HISTORY CLASSES:

“Traveling” Through Time
Saturday, April 5 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

From dugout canoe to Dragon capsule. From horse and buggy to horseless carriage. From two feet to two wings. From trail to six-lane highway. From the fabled cow jumping over the moon to Astronauts landing on the moon. This seminar traces the progress in Central Florida transportation from Frontier times until today.

Register: www.travelingtime.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

WELLNESS AND FITNESS CLASSES:

Aromatherapy for Pets
Saturday, April 12 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Join us and learn how aromatherapy can help and enhance your pet’s physical, mental and emotional needs. Gain insight on safety, history, recipes for common issues, application methods and the benefits of a variety of essential oils.

Register: www.aromapet.eventbrite.com

Fee: $30 (Members $25)

COOKING CLASSES:

Casual Tuscan Cooking
Wednesday, April 9 (6:00 pm-8:30 pm)

Join the Gardens’ Director, Robert Bowden, as he cooks up a storm of his favorite Tuscan recipes! The class will meet in the Idea Garden Pavilion and then move to the vegetable and herb gardens to pick fresh produce to be used later in Robert’s favorite healthy dishes. Space is limited, so sign up early!

Register: tuscancooking.eventbrite.com

Fee: $25 (Members $20)

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES:

Introduction to Digital SLR Photography
Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17, & May 1 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)

Are you still using automatic settings on your camera? If so, then this class is for you! This introductory workshop is for beginners who would like to learn the basics of their digital camera, for those photographers just entering the digital camera realm as well as for those who already have one foot in the digital door. Students will discover: how cameras work, how to control their images and break free of the automatic settings, and the basic knowledge to become comfortable with digital SLR cameras. Between sessions, home exercises will reaffirm the class principles making the student more proficient at the art of photography. Please bring a digital SLR camera and manual. No previous experience is required – just a willingness to learn.

Register: www.beginningphotography1.eventbrite.com

Fee: $90 (Members $80)

For more information: Call the Education Department at (407) 246-3621 or email linda.schmidt@cityoforlando.net.

Registration is available at leugardens.eventbrite.com or by calling Linda Schmidt at 407.246.3621. Registration forms may be submitted via fax at 407.246.2849 or email to linda.schmidt@cityoforlando.net.

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