Lots of great classes this weekend!

posted by Randy Lemmon -

About a year ago, I was booked to speak to a private group this Saturday, so I won’t be appearing at a nursery, garden center, hardware store, home and garden show, or a feed store. 

I can’t remember a time in the past 20 years that I wasn’t at one of our GardenLine sponsors during the first week of March.  But, frankly, I’m glad I’m not out in public this weekend, because of all the great classes and seminars scheduled at many of our partners’ locations.  So, get yourself to one or more of these awesome events on what is forecast to be a beautiful, rain-free Saturday!

Enchanted Forest & Enchanted Gardens – 10 a.m. at the Forest (10611 FM 2759, Richmond); 2 p.m. at the Gardens (6420 FM 359, Richmond) - It’s a class on landscaping basics presented by Enchanted designers.  The Enchanted Nurseries have a great landscaping department, so their experienced staff will have great tips for DIYers, including advice on choosing the right plants, trees and shrubs, plus pitfalls to avoid when planning your project.

The Arbor Gate – “Spring Vegetable Gardening” with Bill Adams and Tom Leroy at 10 a.m. (15635 FM 2920, Tomball) - Bill and Tom each have 30-plus years of experience as TAMU Extension horticulture agents, so they can help you with what to grow, when to grow it, and the best varieties to plant. They’ve been trialing vegetables in test gardens with Master Gardeners and in their own home gardens for years, so you can be sure they are speaking from experience. Got bugs, diseases or weeds? They can steer you to the best controls—organic and otherwise.  This class is also eligible for Master Gardener Continuing Education in Galveston, Harris and Waller counties.

Maas Nursery – “Miniature Fairy Gardens” at 10 a.m. (5511 Todville Rd, Seabrook) - Dive into the world of miniature gardening in this fun, hands-on class. Jim Maas and Pat Cordray will show you creative ways to cultivate tiny living landscapes, guiding you through plant selection, offering design ideas, and providing tips to ensure your plants remain happy and healthy.  The class fee is $40 plus tax, and you will receive a ceramic bowl to plant in, soil, rock, miniature gardening items, plants and lots of fun and smiles!  This class makes a great gift as well.  Register now, because class size is limited and it will fill up quickly!  It’s an adult class, but children are welcome with proper supervision.  Please let them know if any kids under 13 will be attending.

RCW Nursery – “A Day in the Dirt” with John Ferguson of Nature’s Way Resources, 10 a.m.-noon. (15809 Texas 249 Access Road) - John will dig deep into his compost pile of knowledge on soils, mulches and composts.  You’ll learn learn from a true soil scientist who can answer your detailed questions about microbes and protozoa!

Cornelius Nursery – “Add Flavor to Your Garden with Fresh Organic Herbs” 10:15-11:00 a.m. (2233 South Voss Road) - There’s nothing better than having fresh herbs right from your garden, and with this class you’ll get the secrets of growing and caring for basil, mint, rosemary and others. You’ll also learn how to prepare the soil for a garden that is not only beautiful, but one that produces fresh herbs to enjoy all year! You might also win a Cornelius Nursery gift card, and you’ll get 10 percent off herbs purchased on the day of the class.

A&A Plants & Produce – “Landscaping with Roses” 11:00 a.m. (160 Eva St., Montgomery) - Join Gaye Hammond, former president of the Houston Rose Society and all-around great garden-advice maven, who will teach you that there is more to roses than just knockout roses when putting together a landscape. You’ll also learn how to feed and care for them to avoid insects and diseases.