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Classes at New Canaan Nature Center

March
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two- dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own more...
03/09 Th 10:00am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
Contemporary designers combine plants in naturalistic patterns to create gardens with yearround interest. Consider how color, form, texture and bloom time should inform your plant choices. Learn how to combine trees, shrubs, perennials, grasses, and annuals into gorgeous seasonal displays. more...
03/18 Sa 10:30am-01:00pm Forster
NCNC
Learn the basics to successfully cultivate perennials in a variety of garden settings. Discussion topics include site selection, soil preparation, tools and planting techniques, maintenance practices, plant selection, landscape use, and design basics. Please bring lunch.

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03/30 Th 09:00am-04:00pm Rosiello
NCNC
April
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, more...
04/08 Sa 10:30am-01:30pm Forster
NCNC
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
NCNC
Container gardening know-how is in high demand, particularly in urban settings. Learn how to create a container garden for your patio, terrace, or entryway that is at once functional and gorgeous—and discover techniques for getting your plantings to thrive throughout more...
04/22 Sa 10:00am-02:30pm Rosiello
NCNC
May
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—selecting plants based on site-specific design and more...
05/16 Tu 10:00am-12:40pm Ruggiero
NCNC
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.
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05/20 Sa 10:00am-01:00pm Rosiello
NCNC
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 a few basic tasks such as dead-heading, staking, edging and adding late-season plants. Bring your more...
05/22 Mo 10:00am-01:00pm Beyers
NCNC