From Our Backyard to Yours:
Classes with the Experts

All classes will be held in the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center. All classes are $10 – free for members!
Members, please email us to receive your coupon code for free classes.

  • February 8, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Starting Plants From Seed
    • Get a head start on the spring vegetable planning season by starting seeds indoors this winter. Seeds started indoors are less vulnerable to pests, mature earlier in the season, and are less prone to competition from weeds. Tomatoes and peppers, two difficult to germinate seeds, require pre-treatment as do native wildflowers. Learn what steps need to be taken to collect and prepare seeds for germination and what tools are required for successful healthy germination and transplanting plants into your garden. Participants will receive a packet of vegetable seeds, and two native wildflower seed packets which have been prepared for germination. Discover that expensive supplies are not necessary, and that common household items can be used to sprout seeds indoors this winter. (Taught by Patrick Greenwald)
    • Voyagers Room
  • February 21, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Quality Soil: Getting Ready for Spring
    • Healthy soil makes a happy garden. Whether starting a new garden bed or tending an existing garden, this class offers helpful information for more vibrant, healthy gardens in spring. Some of the topics covered include: discussing what a makes a soil, common soil problems in the St. Louis area, and how to improve your ground. (Taught by Jim Wagner)
    • Learning Lab
  • February 27, 5:00-6:30 p.m.: Gardening with Sun-Loving Native Plants
    • Gardening in our Midwest summers with full sun, dry/poor soil conditions and high humidity can be challenging. It can require much in the way of soil amendments, water and fertilizers. But does it have to? The good news is there are a multitude of native Missouri plants that thrive in these conditions without water, fertilizers and amendments and at the same time, attract abundant varieties of wildlife, inviting nature into our own landscapes. In this class, we will discuss how to effectively garden with native plants who love the sun and drought conditions, how it can be made easier and more aesthetically pleasing all year long and how to create a habitat that wildlife won’t be able to pass up. (Taught by Susan Van de Riet)
    • Learning Lab

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