Monday, January 14, 2013

Mid-January programs

Our upcoming programs this week and next are a diverse group -- perfect for an early kick-off to a new gardening season. To register, click here.

The free lunchtime program about Cambodia on Wednesday begins a series of free lecture programs (pre-registration is not required).  February's program on the 13th will focus on our native wildflowers and plant communities, while the March 13th program will reflect a visit to naturalistic gardens in Germany and the Netherlands.

Our monthly open houses at the Hunt Cabin have now been joined by a monthly open house at the Hanson Nature Learning Center.  Drop by either on the 19th or 26th (1-4 pm) to explore learning about trees in winter.

Tuesday, Jan. 15
GARDEN NATURALISTS: Winter Tree Identification
Learn how to use twigs, buds, scales and bark to identify deciduous trees in winter. Join Garden naturalist Sue Watts to learn helpful characteristics and become familiar with a dichotomous key for winter trees.  A classroom introduction will be followed by hands-on fieldwork in the Garden’s woodland habitats.
Fee: $20 ($15 members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hanson  Nature Learning Center

Wednesday, Jan. 16
As part of a Clemson University sustainable agriculture outreach team, Meg Williamson, CU’s Plant Diagnostician, provided expertise in plant disease diagnosis on a trip to Cambodia last October. Join us to hear about the program and the highlights of her trip as she shares her experiences.
Fee: Free
Time: 12- 1 p.m.
Location: Hayden Conference Center

Thursday, Jan. 17
A pleasing landscape depends on combining trees, shrubs, and perennials in ways that work over the seasons (and years).  In this class, Director of Education Lisa Wagner will help you think about designing with plants with space and time in mind. She’ll also talk about using design elements such as shape, size, foliage texture, and color to maximize garden appeal throughout the year.
Fee: $15 ($12 for SCBG members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Saturday, January 19 & 26
Trees in Winter
Visit the Garden’s classroom to learn more about trees in winter and how you can enjoy this special time of year in the Garden.  Join Garden naturalist Sue Watts to start your exploration of native trees in the Garden.
Fee:  Free
Time: 12 - 4 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center

Tuesday, Jan. 22
Would you like to get an early start on cool-season vegetables?  Simple frost protection provides a tempering influence, allowing cool-season veggies to thrive in the lengthening days of our usually mild winters.  Vegetables well suited to cold weather include salad greens, spinach, and kale, as well as turnips, beets, and other crops.  You’ll have the opportunity to select seeds to try, sow a variety of cool-season vegetables to transplant, along with learning how to extend your gardening seasons.
Fee: $15 ($12 for members & volunteers)
Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center