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Leu Gardens gardening classes: May 2014

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The May 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:

Organic Methods in the Home Vegetable Garden
Thursday, May 1 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

Growing your own food naturally or organically requires no special tools or special tonics to be successful. Learn about organic gardening including soil building techniques, disease and insect control, use of organic material to improve the sandy Florida soil, organic fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides and more.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: organicveggiesmay.eventbrite.com

Lakeshore Landscape
Thursday, May 3 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

Right Plant Right Place is the overriding principle in a Florida Landscape including the shoreline. This presentation will guide you in making the best decisions for your shoreline landscape and help to protect the waterfront. It will explain the purpose of the band of life surrounding the lake and provide information to assist in planning your lakeside maintenance or restoration.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: www.lakeshore1.eventbrite.com

The Art of Espalier
Saturday, May 10 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Espalier (ess-PAL-yer) is the practice of controlling plant growth so that it grows relatively flat against a structure such as a wall, fence, or trellis. Espaliered plants can be used to create a focal point and as a form of art. In an area where space is limited or where a plant is needed to accent a large blank wall an espaliered plant can be an outstanding landscape feature. A mature espalier plant will catch the eye of almost any visitor to your home. Attendees will learn hands-on the pruning methods necessary to create these beautiful art forms, and they will take a plant home with them.

Fee: $22 (Members $16)

Register: espalier1.eventbrite.com

Amazing World of Succulents
Saturday, May 10 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

Succulents and cacti are a great way to add low maintenance plants to your landscape. Join us as we discuss the plants, designs, care and propagation that will make succulents a major part of your garden.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: succulents1.eventbrite.com

Orchid Culture
Saturday, May 17 (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.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: www.orchidclass1.eventbrite.com

Right Place Right Plant Design Basics
Thursday, May 22 (10:00 am-11:30 am)

Introduction to design using the Right Plant Right Place principle, balancing the needs of the plant along with the needs of the homeowner to create a low cost, low care landscape.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: www.rightplace.eventbrite.com

Shade Gardening
Thursday, May 22 (6:30 pm-8:00 pm)

Trees offer a welcome relief from Florida's intense sun, but there is certainly an art to gardening in shade. Carefully designing where and when shade occurs is a first step and by focusing on plant selection and placement, this class will cover how to use color effectively in deep shade to make those darker areas come alive with color.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: shadegarden.eventbrite.com

The Climate Friendly Gardener
Saturday, May 31 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

It was once said, "Never underestimate the ability of one person to make a difference." Being mindful of everyday gardening practices and their impact on the environment can play an important role in the health of our planet. Discover how you too can help out by gardening in an environmentally sensitive manner without changing your entire method of gardening.

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Register: climate1.eventbrite.com

NATURE CLASSES:

Florida Shell Collecting
Saturday, May 3 (1:30 pm-3:00 pm)

Learn where to find various species of mollusks in FL & the hotspots for shell collecting. Learn about cleaning & preserving your shells for display. Discover interesting facts about the lifestyles of some of these amazing creatures.

Fee: $14 (Members $8):

Register: www.shells.eventbrite.com

HISTORY CLASSES:

Leu House through the Years
Saturday, May 31 (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.

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Register: www.leuhouse1.eventbrite.com

BOTANICAL CRAFTS AND FLOWER DECORATING CLASSES:

Hypertufa
Saturday, 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.

Fee: $70 (Members $60)

Register: hypertufa1.eventbrite.com

WELLNESS AND FITNESS CLASSES:

Spring Journaling in the Gardens
Saturday, May 3 (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.

Fee: $30 (Members $25)

Register: www.gardenjournaling2.eventbrite.com

Aromatherapy for Women
Saturday, May 17 (9:30 am-11:30 am)

Join us for a special class on the benefits and uses of aromatherapy for women to enhance 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. This is a great way for mothers and daughters to spend time together.

Fee: $30 (Members $25)

Register: www.aromawomen.eventbrite.com

COOKING CLASSES:

One Dough-Endless Delicious Cookies
Saturday, May 31 (10:30 p.m.-12:30 p.m.)

We will use 1 fabulous cookie recipe and make various types of cookies. Please join me for a fun class with a cookie demonstration. Recipes will be provided. Class limited to 12.

Fee: $25 (Members $20)

Register: www.cookies.eventbrite.com

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES:

The Next Step in Digital Photography (Intermediate)
Thursdays, May 8, 15, 22, & 29 (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)

Register: www.intermediatephotography1.eventbrite.com

Capturing Flowers Workshop
Saturday, May 17 (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 subject to weather conditions and must have a minimum of 5.

Fee: $40 (Members $30)

Register: www.capturingflowers1.eventbrite.com

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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