Winter Offerings by Julie Campbell, Design Associate

Would you like something fun [and garden-related] to do to carry you through the monochromatic and dormant days of winter? Why not expand your plant knowledge and continue to learn even while the leaves are off of the trees by taking a class, attending a seminar or joining a garden group?

I did some poking around and came across some intriguing (and local) winter landscape classes. We live and work so close to the gem that is Arnold Arboretum that it would be a shame not to take advantage of all of the goodness that this special place has to offer. The Arnold Arboretum has an excellent selection of year-round classes that are geared to both the novice gardener and the seasoned professional. I recently had the pleasure of taking a conifer class with Dr. Richard Bitner, and it was truly a delight! What a wonderful way to spend a sunny Saturday in October.

Other forthcoming classes at the arboretum that also caught my eye include: Working with Stone: Creating a Connection with the Spirit of Place, Introduction to Winter Tree Identification, Pruning in Winter and Walls and Steps — Design and Construction. And of course, this entry wouldn’t be complete without letting you know about a class being offered by our very own Christie Dustman which is a five-session design workshop for home gardeners. To learn more about these and other classes, visit the web site:

Additional places to seek continuing education related to landscape design and gardening include: The Landscape Institute at the Boston Architectural College, Drumlin Farms in Lincoln, The Boston Center for Adult Education, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank in Wellesley, Cass School of Floral Design in Watertown, Weston Nurseries in Hopkinton and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (both in Boston).

Have a wonderful winter and keep learning new things. We definitely look forward to seeing you in the Spring!