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Leu Gardens gardening classes: March 2014

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The March 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:

Yard Care 101
Saturday, March 1 (9:00 am-11:00 am)

Join instructor Keri Leymaster to learn about the basics of yard care in Central Florida. This class will discuss turf choices and care, basic shrub and tree maintenance, as well as time and money saving tips. New homeowners can't afford to miss this class!

Register: yard101.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Basics of Vegetable Gardening in Central Florida
Thursday, March 6 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

If you are new to Florida and like to grow your own vegetables, this class is for you. Learn the basics of Florida vegetable gardening including soil preparation, adjusting soil pH, fertilizing, irrigation, pests and diseases. Gardens may be grown year-round in Florida, but spring is the preferred season by most homeowners.

Register: veggiebasics.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping™
Thursday, March 13 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

This class will encourage residents to adopt environmentally friendly landscaping practices to help them save money, conserve and protect our water resources and avoid common landscape maintenance mistakes.

Register: floridafriendly1.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Spring and Summer Flowers for Florida
Tuesday, March 18 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

Come learn about the flowers and plants that will make your gardens and landscape come alive with color all summer long! Knowing the right plants for our tough summer environments can make your yard, porch, or balcony the envy of your neighbors.

Register: floridaflowers.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Jogger Stoppers - Trees and Shrubs
Saturday, March 22 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Have you ever had such a pretty or unusual plant in your front yard that joggers or walkers stop to take a look? Given our amazing Florida weather and mild temperatures we can have trees and shrubs so attractive that passersby will stop and scrutinize your landscape. Class participants will tour the gardens with Robert Bowden and discover easy to grow beauties for your garden.

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Butterflies in your Garden
Tuesday, March 25 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

This class will teach resident how to attract and keep butterflies in the garden year round using “Florida-Friendly Landscaping™” principles.

Register: butterfliesinthegarden.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Spring and Summer Flowers for Florida
Thursday, March 27 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

Come learn about the flowers and plants that will make your gardens and landscape come alive with color all summer long! Knowing the right plants for our tough summer environments can make your yard, porch, or balcony the envy of your neighbors.

Register: floridaflowers.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Yes You Can! Grow Beautiful Roses (Part of a series)
Saturday, March 29 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Roses are prized around the world for their beautiful flowers. In Florida, they grow and bloom year-round and can be mixed into plant beds, grown as specimens or in containers, or placed in a garden solely devoted to roses. In this ongoing series, the Gardens' Director and veteran All American Rose Selection judge, Robert Bowden, shares his experience with growing roses in the Central Florida climate. One lucky attendee will leave with a rose to plant in their garden!

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Plant Propagation 101
Saturday, March 29 (10:30 am-Noon)

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.

Register: plantprop101.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

NATURE CLASSES:

Honey Tasting
Saturday, March 8 (1:30 pm-3:00 pm)

Learn about the history of honey hunting, beekeeping & using different types of honey. Sample about 20 different types of honey and compare the different tastes and qualities. Discover your favorites while learning about the production practices that beekeepers, honey production facilities and honey houses use to bring so many selections to please the palate.

Register: honeytastingmarch.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8):

Nighttime in the Gardens
Friday, March 28 (7:30 pm-9:00 pm)

Come see the Gardens as you have never seen them before, by moonlight. Take a walk with us as we see how differently the plants and garden creatures look at night. Please bring your own flashlight. This walk is for adults and children over the ages of 10.

Register: nighttimetour.eventbrite.com

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

BOTANICAL CRAFTS AND FLOWER ARRANGING CLASSES:

Tropical Backyard Florist
Saturday, March 8 (10:30 am-Noon)

Learn to make one-of-a-kind tropical floral arrangements during a hands-on workshop using Florida's large assortment of beautiful tropical plant material along with found objects and an assortment of recycled and readily-available plant containers. All supplies will be provided, but bring your favorite floral clippers, scissors, aprons, and plant material if desired.

Register: backyardflorist.eventbrite.com

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES:

The Next Step in Digital Photography (Intermediate)
Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (6:30 pm-8:30 pm)

Now that you are free of the automatic mode, this course will help you think and see clearly as you work your way to becoming a more “deliberate” photographer. In this course you will learn about aperture compensation and specific techniques with your light-meter, manipulating the white balance for more dynamic results as well as flash and other methods for manipulating light. Discussions about composition will challenge to seek out your own creative compositions, while learning the difference between designing a great image and simply taking a picture. Considerations: You need to have an understanding of the basic principles of photography and be able to operate your DSLR on manual mode or have taken the Foundation in Photography Course. During this session you will address digital capture, image control, and boundless creative possibilities. This course does not cover digital manipulation or post processing of images.

Fee: $100 (Members $90)

Landscape Photography
Saturday, March 22 (9:00 am-4:00 pm)

This one day, three session workshop will cover composition, timing, lighting, weather conditions, as well as processing images on the computer. Session 1 will include classroom orientation and a lecture preparing for field work. Bring three of your favorite images (any subject-on a jump drive or CD). The 2nd session will be field work in the gardens with instructor input. We will then break for lunch, followed by classroom show and tell with critique plus image refinement techniques in Photoshop and other software. Participants should bring a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR is preferred, but a point-&-shoot camera is ok), a tripod if you own one, and lunch.

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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