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Winter Workshops

From Garden to Campus Brown Bag
Winter Workshop Series 2014

MUN Botanical Garden is offering a series of workshops again this winter on MUN campus. The From Garden to Campus Brown Bag Series, which starts on January 30, will include workshops on composting, vegetable gardening with raised beds, berries for a Newfoundland garden and a PlantWatch Newfoundland information session. Registration is not required and participants are invited to bring along their lunch. Everyone is welcome.

Admission: Donations gratefully accepted. Free for MUN Students. All proceeds help support the MUN Botanical Garden education programs.

Dates: The last Thursday of the month (January – April, 2014)
Time: 1 – 2 pm
Location: The Landing, University Centre, Room-3018, MUN St. John’s Campus

Composting in our Challenging Climate: Session #1
Date: Thursday, January 30, 1 – 2 pm
Instructors: Anne Madden and Christine Byers, MUN Botanical Garden Education staff
Format: Hands-on demonstrations with discussion.
Did you know that a compost bin never sleeps? It works 24/7, producing heat, even during a power outage! Drop by the Landing on January 30 to learn some problem-solving tips, tricks and advice on how to compost indoors and out, 12 months of the year.

Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds: Session #2
Date: Thursday, February 27, 1 – 2 pm
Instructor: Tim Walsh, MUN Botanical Garden Nursery Manager
Format: PowerPoint Presentation with discussion
Join Tim Walsh and learn how MUN Botanical Garden has been successfully growing vegetables in raised beds for over 20 years. He’ll take you through site selection, construction, soil and vegetable selection to ensure you are eating healthy from your own back yard.

Berries for the Newfoundland Garden: Session #3
Date: Thursday, March 27, 1 – 2 pm
Instructor: Todd Boland, MUN Botanical Garden Research Horticulturist
Format: PowerPoint Presentation
This PowerPoint Presentation will discuss the best small fruits to grow in a Newfoundland garden setting. Included will be the cultural requirements and best growing techniques for each type. The focus will be on the most appropriate cultivars to grow in our climate. Some of the fruits to be discussed include strawberry, raspberry and allies, currants and gooseberry.

PlantWatch Newfoundland and Labrador, Citizen Scientists at Work: Session #4
Date: Thursday, April 24, 1 – 2 pm
Instructor: Madonna Bishop, MUN Botanical Garden Research Liaison
Format: PowerPoint Presentation
PlantWatch is part of the national NatureWatch series of volunteer monitoring programs designed to help identify ecological changes such as climate change that may be affecting our environment. As ‘citizen scientists’ you can watch plants bloom in the spring, record your observations and submit your data. It’s that easy! Your valuable data will help to track climate trends in our province and can be compared with other areas of the country. Come to learn about our spring flowering plants and PlantWatching in Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information, please call the Botanical Garden at 864-8590