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Leu Gardens gardening classes: August 2014

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The August 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 enjoy Summer 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.

Micro Irrigation 101
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)

Take the mystery out of this easy and efficient method by learning about how to easily retrofit an existing irrigation system, create your own from scratch, and modify for pots and hanging baskets. Micro irrigation will be a snap and save you water and money this season.
Fee: $14 (Members $8)


Using Aromatherapy for Children
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Join us for a fun and informative class for adults on aromatherapy benefits, applications and recipes for children’s physical, mental and emotional concerns. Learn about aromatherapy history, safety and essential oils for common worries such as social anxiety, focus, digestion, nightmares, tantrums, bedwetting and more. A great way for family and friends to spend time and learn together. Class taught by a world renowned holistic aromatherapist and herbalist.
Fee: $35 (Members $30)


Grow Your Own Herbs
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

Fresh and savory herbs can be yours with a little bit of care and instruction. This program focuses on the best herbs for central Florida, growing methods and harvesting process to save you money in the kitchen this season.
Fee: $14 (Members $8)


Honey Tasting
Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Learn about the nature and properties of various types of honeys. Sample different types of FL honeys and various honeys from around the world. Discover the amazing variety of wildflower and floral varietal honeys. Please bring a bottle of water to cleanse your palette between samples.
Fee: $14 (Members $8)


Capturing Flowers Workshop
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

It would seem simple to photograph something naturally beautiful as flowers: however, capturing their true essence is far from simple. This class allows one on one attention as you learn how to capture delicate flowers in photographs. You will learn the importance of lens selection, including macro, wide-angle, and telephoto lenses, but also how to work with the unique properties of the lenses you have in your camera bag. We will experiment with lighting, and background selection. This workshop is geared towards DSLR photographers. Bring a lens capable of working at 200mm (zoom lenses from 70-300mm and 80-200mm are most effective, but you are in no means limited to these). If you have a macro lens, bring it along too! This workshop is subject to weather conditions and must have a minimum of 5.
Fee: $40 (Members $30)


Vines and Groundcovers for Florida Gardens
Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (EDT)

As builders place homes on smaller lots it’s important to know how to grow plants vertically on trellises, fences and arbors to maximize space. Likewise, with the emphasis on smaller lawn areas in the home landscape, what groundcovers will perform well in our Central Florida Climate? Enjoy a brief presentation with the Garden’s Director, Robert Bowden, and later an hour-long tour of the gardens discovering new and interesting vines and turf substitutes.
Fee: $16 (Members $10)


Orchid Culture
Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Growing orchids can be very easy in Central Florida. Get a good start by attending this information-packed session on selection, cultivation, and growing media to choose when purchasing and caring for your favorites.
Fee: $14 (Members $8)


Plant Propagation 101
Saturday, August 30, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Learn the basic how-to of plant propagation: the production of more plants by seeds, cutting and grafting. If weather permits, we will spend some time in the Gardens collecting samples. Please bring your hand tools to class if you have them, and wear appropriate garden clothes.
Fee: $14 (Members $8)


For more information: Call the Education Department at (407) 246-3621 or email

Registration is available at or by calling Linda Schmidt at 407.246.3621. Registration forms may be submitted via fax at 407.246.2849 or email to