Horticulture

TOMATO AND VEGETABLE GARDENING: A PRIVATE TOUR OF ELAINE FARQUHARSON’S PARADISE-SOLD OUT
Elaine Farquharson

This tour is worth the drive to Broward! If you are a fan of Elaine’s vegetable/tomato gardening classes at Fairchild you are in for a real treat to be a part of this tour. See how she grows vegetables in raised beds, containers, elevated grow boxes on legs, Earthboxes and in kiddie swimming pools. Elaine will also show her various experiments with fertilizers and potting mixtures. Other edibles will be highlighted, such as fruit trees, bananas and pineapples. If Mother Nature cooperates, there will be a luscious salad lunch in Elaine’s garden. You don’t want to miss out on this rare opportunity. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. A map to Elaine’s garden will be provided upon registration.

11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. SOLD OUT
Saturday, January 26 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 18
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35

CONTAINER PALMS
Chris Migliaccio

Learn about the care of palms, focusing on container culture and the selection of suitable species to make your moveable garden a tropical haven. Your experienced palm instructor will advise you on the selection of container palms that can create a lush palm garden for your patio, poolside or porch. A slide show of container palms will show the many options. Students will have the hands-on experience of repotting several palms that they will then get to take home. Bring a box to class to carry home your new palms.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 24
Fee: Member, $30; Non-member, $45

THE TOP 40 PLANTS FOR SOUTH FLORIDA-SOLD OUT!
Jeff Wasielewski

Newcomers to the area, new gardeners and those looking for new ideas will enjoy this informative class. You will learn about the Top 40, tried and true, bulletproof plants for the South Florida home garden. View photos and listen to descriptions of South Florida’s Top 40 plants and take home a informative packet containing a description of each plant, information on its availability and advice for the homeowner on specific plant selection, planting and care.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, February 2 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 25
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35

VANDAS MONTH BY MONTH
Martin Motes

This is perfect timing for Vanda consumers to learn about these gorgeous orchids. South Florida will have numerous orchid shows and sales during the upcoming months and here is your chance to hone your knowledge. Learn from this expert Vanda grower whose book, Florida Vanda Growing: Month by Month, will be available during the class. Dr. Motes will introduce students to Vanda culture: basic care, watering, feeding, light and air requirements all on a month by month schedule. During the Sunday field trip (which will be held at a commercial Vanda grower’s nursery) students will have a hands-on potting and basketing session which will also include grooming and displaying techniques, an overview of tools, tricks and gadgets and a tour of the nursery and landscape. All students will go home with two orchids (a $25 value) just in time to get that special someone an orchid for Valentine’s Day!

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7 (one session)
Field Trip: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 10
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 31
Fee: Member, $35; Non-member, $55


GRAFTING WORKSHOP AT THE FAIRCHILD FARM
Richard J. Campbell

Fairchild is pleased to have the mango expert guide you on grafting techniques in this hands-on workshop at the Fairchild Farm. To the novice, grafting seems like a mysterious and difficult procedure. In truth, it is a precise, straight forward technique that can be learned like any other. Once you master it, you can multiply your favorite plants or choose from the incredible multitudes of cultivars and species not commonly available. You’ll learn both the benefits and disadvantages of grafting. Various techniques will be demonstrated, and you will be given an informative tour of the farm/grove. Plant material will be provided for practice; students may purchase a grafting knife during the class or bring their own. This class is limited to 15 students and will take place at the Fairchild Farm, located in Homestead. A map will be provided upon registration. Students can bring a bag lunch and enjoy the bounty of fruits and smoothies at the Fairchild Farm’s Fruit Market after class.

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, February 1
Fee: Member, $75; Non-member, $95

GARDEN DESIGN 101: DESIGN PRINCIPLES FOR SOUTH FLORIDA GARDENS-SOLD OUT!
Carlos Somoza

Learn the fundamental design principles needed to conceptualize and design your own private Eden. In this introductory design course for homeowners, Miami landscape designer Carlos Somoza covers the design concepts needed to analyze, interpret, and plan a private residential garden in subtropical Florida. Garden styles, building materials, planting design and construction phasing are discussed. Students are encouraged to bring photographs and sketch plans of their existing garden spaces for class participation.

6:30 to 9:00 p.m. SOLD OUT!
Wednesdays, February 13 – 27 (three sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, February 1
Fee: Member, $65; Non-member, $90

THE INSIDE “SCOOP” ON FERTILIZERS: KNOW YOUR N-P-K
Jeff Wasielewski

Questions about fertilizing abound: when should I apply fertilizer; what do I apply fertilizer to; how much should I apply and what type of fertilizer should I apply? The answers to these questions are simple, but they vary with each horticultural situation. Let Jeff give you the “inside scoop” on all these questions and more in this informative class.

10:00 a.m. to noon
Saturday, March 2 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, February 25
Fee: Members, $25; Non-members, $35

SIMPLE WAYS TO LEARN HOW TO COMPOST IN YOUR BACKYARD
Lanette Sobel

Learn the tried and true methods of turning your food scraps and yard waste into dark, healthy nutritious soil. Not only will you create the basis for a beautiful and healthy garden or yard, but you will also do your part to combat global warming and reduce pollution in our land, air and water. Both cold and hot composting methods will be covered.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 1
Fee: Members, $25; Non-members, $35

WHAT’S BUGGING MY PLANTS: IDENTIFYING AND SOLVING YOUR INSECT PROBLEM
Alison Walker

Let Alison Walker teach you about the fascinating world of insects that live in your backyard. This course will focus on the identification of the most common insects seen in your garden. Principles and practices of pest management will be discussed, with an emphasis on natural control and integrated pest management. She will take you on a tour of the Lisa D. Anness Butterfly Garden and identify the good, the bad and the ugly. Bring your questions, photographs or plant samples (in a secured plastic bag please) to be identified.

6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 15
Fee: Members, $25; Non-members, $35

ORCHID CULTURE FOR THE BEGINNER
Betty Eber

Picture your garden, patio or Florida room filled with a stunning collection of orchids in full bloom! Learn basic orchid culture for the four most popular orchid genera. Observe this knowledgeable orchid hobbyist as she demonstrates division and repotting on the popular orchid species of Cattleyas, Phalaenopsis, Dendrobiums and Vandas. Species, hybrids, insects and disease control will also be covered.

10:30 a.m. to noon
Wednesdays, March 27 – April 10 (three sessions)
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 21
Fee: Member, $60; Non-member, $80

ME AND MY AROIDS: GETTING TO KNOW THESE TROPICAL BEAUTIES
Chris Migliaccio

Students who have taken Chris’ palm classes will also benefit from his knowledge about this very diverse, largely tropical family, with an emphasis on aroids for the South Florida garden. Identification, propagation, care and landscape use will be covered. After a hands-on activity, students will leave with a collection of aroids to include in their own garden.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, April 12
Fee: Members, $30; Non-members, $45

HOW TO GROW BROMELIADS SUCCESSFULLY
Peter Kouchalakos

Did you attend and purchase beautiful bromeliads at the Bromeliad Show and Sale (April 13 and 14) at Fairchild? Now is the time to take this class and learn the basics of growing these attractive, adaptable epiphytes. While most often seen growing in the ground or on trees, they also do well in pots. Our instructor/grower will take you through propagating pups, choosing the optimum growing medium and containers, watering and misting, providing air circulation and lighting, fertilizing and methods of combating pests. He will also share his experience in growing show plants. Each student will have the hands-on experience of repotting a bromeliad and take home a plant.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays, April 24 and May 1 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Friday, April 19
Fee: Member, $35; Non-member, $45

BETTY EBER’S ORCHID HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR - SOLD OUT
Betty Eber

For those of you who have taken one of Betty’s orchid classes, you know that she practices what she teaches: how to grow beautiful orchids. In the past, she has brought some of them to class as specimens, and now here is your chance to see her magnificent collection on this private tour. Limited to only 15 guests, this tour will show you her tried and true techniques as shown in her shade house and among her trees. Light refreshments will be served. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes. Map provided upon registration.

10:00 a.m. to noon - SOLD OUT
Friday, April 26 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, April 18
Fee: Members, $25; Non-members, $35

CHAINSAWS TO HAND CLIPPERS: PREPARING FOR HURRICANE SEASON AND THE GARDEN TOOLS YOU NEED
Bob Brennan

Fairchild’s arborist, Bob Brennan will get you prepared for South Florida’s busy growing season. Bob will guide you in this class on the proper pruning and safety techniques for trees and shrubs. He will explain how and why trees protect your home and proper pruning protects your trees! After learning about the importance of plant choice—the right tree for the right place—you will learn the basics of trimming, including how to predict the plant’s response. A natural look is the goal: this is not a topiary class. Basic tools will be on display and demonstrated.

9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 18 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, May 13
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35

EASY ORCHIDS
Betty Eber

Betty has been teaching this quick and informative class on growing orchids the easy way for over ten years. Enjoy the beauty of orchids without spending hours caring for them. With our expert’s carefully garnered secrets, you’ll soon be fielding compliments. Her simple solutions and creative growing techniques can save you the agony of losing precious plants. She will demonstrate division and repotting. Students need a basic knowledge of orchids.

7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, May 16
Fee: Member, $25; Non-member, $35