Classes at New Canaan Nature Center

Learn the basics of successfully cultivating perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools, planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.

03/30 Th 09:00am-04:00pm Rosiello
Whether you are installing on your own or working with a professional, you must understand the fundamental principles of residential garden design. Review actual projects from start to finish. Familiarize yourself with a plant palette of deer-resistant, drought-tolerant, native, and more...
04/08 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Forster
Explore the basic principles underlying successful, environmentally friendly gardening, including the structure and physiological processes of plants and their relationships to the settings in which they grow. Students learn not only what to do, but why. Topics include soils and more...
04/18 Tu 10:00am-01:00pm Ruggiero
Container gardening know-how is in high demand. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for ensuring that your plants thrive in all four seasons. Please more...
04/22 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Rosiello
This course is also required for the Gardening Certificate and Landscape Design Certificate. Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place—based on site-specific design and maintenance more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
Spice up your garden with your own home-grown culinary herbs. Get started right by learning how to grow for flavor, when to harvest at peak, and how to preserve and serve up your bounty in tasty, unexpected ways.

05/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Rosiello
Make your garden picture-perfect in a few simple steps. Learn tips from a pro on how to assess, clean up, and enhance your garden with basic tasks such as dead- heading, staking, edging, and adding late-season plants. Bring your pruners more...
05/22 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers