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Leu Gardens gardening classes: February 2014

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The February 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 start your year off 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:

Orchid Culture
Saturday, February 1 (10:00 am-Noon)

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.

Register: orchidclasses.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Nasty Nematodes
Saturday, February 1 (10:30 am-Noon)

Plant-parasitic nematodes are some of the most damaging, and least known pests to your home vegetable garden. Learn the basics of nematode biology and how they damage specific vegetables. Nematode management methods, from soil solarization to use of resistant varieties, will be discussed in detail.

Register: nematodes.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Tomatoes – In Search of the Perfect Tomato
Thursday, February 6 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

Tomatoes are the favorite vegetable in the home vegetable garden. Some like the taste, some like the unique shapes and colors and some like the challenge. Learn about the history of the tomato, what tomato varieties are best adapted to the Central Florida climate and how to best grow them.

Register: perfecttomato.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Fruit Trees for the Home
Tuesday, February 11 (9:30 am-11:00 am)

Growing your own fruit has never been easier! Learn about the best varieties of fruit trees to grow in central Florida, planting, maintenance, and harvest.

Register: floridafruit.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Yes You Can! Grow Delicious Vegetables (Part of a series)
Saturday, February 15 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Growing your own produce is all the rage nowadays. You may have toyed with the idea of growing your own, but decided that picking up your produce from the grocery was the ideal way. Think again! In this ongoing series, the Gardens' Director Robert Bowden shares the reasons he grows his own, and offers tips for beginners on the top ten most popular veggies.

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Introduction to Bromeliads
Saturday, February 15 (10:30 am-Noon)

Bromeliads have enjoyed a worldwide surge of popularity during the last few decades. Although they are often treated as short-lasting decorations to be discarded after they fade, this need not be the case. Bromeliads are easy to grow; you can enjoy their graceful symmetry and flamboyant blooms year round. This class will introduce you to some of the representative varieties that are available for use in the home or landscape and discuss simple cultural techniques to ensure your success in growing these most unusual plants.

Register: introtobromeliads.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Environmentally Sensitive Gardening
Wednesday, February 19 (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

American residential landscapes of the last 50 years typically use evergreen shrubs planted against the foundation of the house surrounded by a manicured lawn. These landscapes are often environmentally insensitive in a variety of different ways. They generally require more maintenance, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and supplemental irrigation to achieve the desired aesthetic effect. These practices can contribute to a number of current environmental problems, from air and water pollution to consumption of fossil fuels. Discover how you can have a beautiful landscape AND be mindful of the environment at the same time.

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Fruit Trees for the Home
Saturday, February 22 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

Growing your own fruit has never been easier! Learn about the best varieties of fruit trees to grow in central Florida, planting, maintenance, and harvest.

Register: floridafruitfeb.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Healthy Houseplants
Saturday, February 22 (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: healthyhouseplants.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

NATURE CLASSES:

Beekeeping for Beginners
Saturday, February 8 (1:30 pm-3:00 pm)

Get all the information you need to get started with an adventure in keeping honey bees and harvesting delicious honey and useful beeswax. Learn about the natural history of the European honey bees & Africanized bees. See the protective gear needed to avoid stings, the equipment needed to set up hives, learn where to buy honey bees and queens and then how to manage your new livestock.

Register: beekeeping1.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

HISTORY CLASSES:

Leu House through the Years
Saturday, February 8 (2:30 pm-4:30 pm)

This power point presentation by Al Pfeiffer offers a look at a timeline (by decade) of events that happened historically just prior to the building of what would become the Leu House Museum (1850) to the present. Included is information about the occupants and the changes they made to the house and how the gardens have grown from one couples’ dream to the public garden it is today. The lecture will end with a guided tour of the cemetery and museum.

Register: leuhouse.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

BOTANICAL CRAFTS AND FLOWER ARRANGING CLASSES:

Hypertufa
Saturday, February 15 or May 17 (11:00 am-3:00 pm)

Wear your old clothes and bring your imagination! Hypertufa planters grace the gardens of Europe and will add character to your yard, along with saving you money on pots and providing the best possible growing environment. Learn the technique and take home four completed planters of various sizes and styles. All supplies are included, along with molds to keep and material to add color to your masterpieces. Please bring your lunch.

Register: hypertufa1.eventbrite.com

Fee: $70 (Members $60)

WELLNESS AND FITNESS CLASSES:

Journaling in the Gardens
Saturday, February 22 (10:00 am-Noon)

Experience the power of journaling through self reflection as journal facilitator Lee Butler takes you on a journey to go within and explore your inner voice. Class includes journaling background, tools to help you get the most out of your writing, teatime, and quiet time in the gardens to enjoy the tranquility and to complete the journaling exercises.

Register: gardenjournaling.eventbrite.com

Fee: $30 (Members $25)

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES:

Introduction to Digital SLR Photography
Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20, & 27 (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.

Fee: $80 (Member $70)

Capturing Flowers Workshop
Saturday, February 8 (9:00 am-Noon)

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 a field workshop and subject to weather conditions.

Fee: $40 (Members $30)

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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