Holiday Houseplant Hangover

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Thursday, March 12, 6:30–8:00pm
[Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building]

Did you receive plants as gifts over the holidays? Are they looking a bit sad at this point and are you wondering whatever to do with them? Or are you simply a houseplant hoarder whose enthusiasm has waned with the winter months? If yes, let plant propagator and horticulturist Sean Halloran raise your plants—and your hopes—up a notch. Sean will share tips for getting your plants back on track to becoming home enhancements instead of embarrassments.

Grafting Woody Plants: Fruit Trees

Sean Halloran, Plant Propagator, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

[Dana Greenhouse Classroom, Arnold Arboretum]

Grafting is the technique of joining parts of separate plants in such a manner that they unite and continue their growth as one. Learn basic principles of grafting with an overview of different types of dormant-season grafts. Arnold Arboretum propagator Sean Halloran will provide step-by-step instructions so that you can practice both cleft and side veneer grafts using apple root stock. Simple after-care will be required until planting out in springtime. Fee $58

Registrants will need to sign an Assumption of Risk and Release in order to participate in this class.

Garden Design Workshop for Home Gardeners

Christie Dustman, Designer, APLD
6 Sessions: Thursdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, (skip 20), 27, Mar 5,
6:30–8:30pm[Arnold Arboretum, Weld Hill Building]

You may have the desire to make a garden, but then grapple with how to start designing your home garden spaces. Why not get some help in designing a layout for an area of your yard in this beginner-level class? Learn the organizational components of a coherent garden and practice the process of design with award-winning designer Christie Dustman. You will leave class with a plan in progress from which to continue your design explorations. This class is primarily about garden spaces rather than specific plant selection.

Jumpstart Spring: Forcing Bulbs

Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, Arnold Arboretum

Wednesday, January 15, 5:00–7:00pm
Location: Dana Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum

Cure the winter doldrums! Students will learn the basics of bulb forcing and will plant a layered bulb container containing daffodils, hyacinths, grape hyacinths, and tulips. Bulb arrangements will be taken home to nurture and enjoy. Fee for all materials, including bulbs, soil, and container, is included in the cost of the class. Limited to 10; register early.

Propagating Semi-hardwood Cuttings

[Arnold Arboretum, Dana Greenhouse Classroom]

Tiffany Enzenbacher, Manager of Plant Production, Arnold Arboretum

Enhance your garden! Join Manager of Plant Production Tiffany Enzenbacher to learn how to propagate woody plants from fall cuttings. Students will collect and stick cuttings of several taxa (Ilex and Rhododendron to name a few), and will take their propagules home. After rooting, small plants may be ready to transplant as early as next year. Post-class nurturing will be required.