Please Enter a Search Term

Workshops

MUNBG 2014 Workshops and Programs


City of St. John’s Backyard Compost Program

The City of St. John's, in partnership with the MMSB and MUN Botanical Garden, are offering subsidized backyard compost bins and information sessions.  Registration is required.

International Compost Awareness Week Lunchtime Lectures
Come to MUN Botanical Garden and celebrate composting! International Compost Awareness Week is offered in partnership with MMSB.
Lunchtime lectures are offered weekdays, noon – 1 p.m.
Drop-in program; Registration not required.
• Monday, May 5 – The ABC’s of Composting, Instructor: Christine Byers, Environmental Educator
• Tuesday, May 6 - Waking Up Your Spring Garden Bed, Instructor: Carl White, Head Gardener
• Wednesday, May 7 – Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds, Instructor: Tim Walsh, Nursery Manager
• Thursday, May 8 – Vermicomposting, Instructor: Anne Madden, Education Coordinator
• Friday, May 9 – Berries for the Newfoundland Garden, Instructor: Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist

Tool Tuesdays
Dates: May 6 & June 3, 2-4 m
Fee: May 6 – Free admission (as part of Compost Awareness Week)
Drop-in program; Registration not required.
Instructors: MUN Botanical Garden Horticulture Staff
Description: Learn how to select and use your basic garden tools more effectively, including maintenance, cleaning and sharpening. This program will be held the first Tuesday of each month, May and June.

An Afternoon in the Garden
Dates: Every Wednesday, 2 – 3 pm (May – November)
Fee: General admission / Free for FOG + MUN students
Drop-in program; Registration not required.
Join our horticulture staff and see what’s in bloom at MUN Botanical Garden every week. This outdoor program will take place in the flower garden area.

Spring Workshop: Alpine Trough Gardening
Date: May 31, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fee: $60 FOG / $70 public
Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Tim Walsh, Nursery Manager.
Description: The Newfoundland climate is very well suited for alpine plants and many gardeners have constructed some fine rock garden examples with large boulders on sloped terrains. But not all alpines need the hard work and space needed to grow these remarkable plants. In this three hour class, Tim will help you construct an alpine trough, plus teach you the correct soil, site and plant selection to adorn your creation. These “mini-rock gardens” make perfect garden features and come out large on the smallest deck or the grandest patio.
Format: Hands-on (everyone will create and take home an alpine trough).
All materials (except gloves) will be provided. Plant material will be for sale for those who wish to add plants to their trough. Pre-registration is required. Maximum enrolment: 10 people. For information on costs or to register, please call 864-8590.

Tool Tuesdays
Dates: June 3, 2-4 m
Fee: June 3 - General admission / Free for FOG members + MUN students)
Drop-in program; registration not required
Instructors: MUN Botanical Garden Horticulture Staff
Description: Learn how to select and use your basic garden tools more effectively, including maintenance, cleaning and sharpening. This program will be held the first Tuesday of each month, May and June.

Everything’s Coming Up Rhodies!
Third Annual Rhododendron Festival at the Garden
Dates: June 14 – 15. Special presentations will take place 2:30 - 4 pm.
Fee: General admission (free for FOG and MUN students)
Instructor: Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist
Drop-in program. Registration is not required
Presentation #1: Saturday, June 14 – Care and Cultivation of Rhododendrons
Presentation #2: Sunday, June 15 – Companion Plants for Rhododendrons
Description: MUN Botanical Garden has over 200 varieties of rhododendrons. Join us June 14 - 15 for special exhibits, talks and walks and information, all about rhododendrons. On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, 2:30 - 4 pm, rhododendron presentations will be followed by a walk in the flower gardens to look at specimens growing at MUN Botanical Garden.

Spring Workshop: Flower Pressing
Date: TBA
Fee: $30 FOG / $35 public
Pre-registration required.
Instructor: Betty Hall, Friend of the Garden
Format: Oral presentation with demonstrations.
Description: Pressing flowers is a popular art form which can preserve your blooms year-round. In this workshop, material selection techniques, as well as when and how to press, will be demonstrated. Pressed flowers can be used to create a variety of projects; a follow-up workshop in the fall will demonstrate how to use the material to its best advantage. Participants should bring an old small book (not with glazed paper) and some tweezers.

Tipsy Pots Demonstration
Date: June 13, Friday, 2 p.m.
Fee: Free - part of Canada’s Garden Day (10 am – 4 pm)
Drop-in program; Registration not required.
Instructor: – Carl White, Head Gardener
Description: Our tipsy pots created quite a stir last summer when they appeared outside our vegetable beds. Carl will reveal the secrets to creating a herbal tipsy pot display for your own garden.

Edible Plant Hike - CANCELLED
Date: August 17, 2 – 4 p.m.
Fee: FOG: $30 / Public: $35
Pre-registration is required. (Maximum Registration – 20 people)
Instructor: Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist
Format: Trail hike
Description: An introduction to native and naturalized Newfoundland plants that are edible. This nature hike will concentrate on the edible berries. This program will take place outside, rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Upcoming Fall Workshops:

Orchids 101 – Fall Session
Date: September 30, 7-9 p.m.
Fee: $30 FOG/ $35 Public
Pre-registration required. (Maximum registration 30)
Instructor: Todd Boland, Research Horticulturist.
Format: PowerPoint Presentation and demonstrations
Description: This introduction to growing orchids as houseplants will include: light levels, temperatures, water needs, fertilizing, potting media and repotting, as well as the different types of orchids which are suitable to grow as houseplants. This workshop will take place indoors.

Flower Pressing, Part II
Date: TBA
Fee: $30 FOG / $35 public
Pre-registration required.
Instructor: –Betty Hall, FOG
Format: Oral presentation with demonstrations.
Description: Pressing flowers is a popular art form which can preserve your blooms year-round. In this workshop, which is a follow-up to our spring program, pressed flowers will be used to create a variety of projects.

Natural Christmas Decorations Workshops
Date: November 30, 2014
Fee: TBA
Pre-registration required.
Instructors: MUN Botanical Garden staff
Description: Using natural materials from your garden is a fun way to create beautiful Christmas decorations for your home. In this practical workshop, MUNBG staff and volunteers will demonstrate some tips and techniques in selecting materials and creating a variety of projects. Natural materials will be provided. Two sessions will be offered concurrently, one for adults and one for children.

Leaf Castings
Date: TBA

Share