Exotic plants grow easily in South Florida, but local gardening presents its own unique set of challenges. Pinecrest Gardens is committed to providing support to the community with gardening tips from the experts. Lectures and workshops offer information on how to keep landscapes healthy and vibrant.
All workshops are open to the public.
Each topic is season-specific, such that attendees can implement the skills immediately.
Time: Second Saturday of the Month, 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hibiscus Room (Unless Otherwise Specified)
Fee: Please see individual class listing.
Preregistration required, Limit 12 people per workshop: Register online or call 305.669.6990
GROWING EDIBLES SERIES: $20 for each class; $50 for all three
Warm-Season and Tropical Edibles: This class will focus on continuation of growing as the seasons change from winter to spring. Learn how to keep your harvest bountiful by extending the variety of vegetables to grow in your garden. Don’t let the heat and rain slow you down! Students will receive seeds as well as tips and tricks to grow delicious warm-season edibles!
GARDEN CRAFT AND DESIGN SERIES: $30 for each class
Floral Design 101: This hands-on class will provide the basics for designing a floral arrangement. Students will learn the elements that make up a flawless floral design. Your creativity will be sparked to make each arrangement your very own! We will provide all plant materials, however containers will not be provided; please bring your own.
Build Your Own Terrarium or Miniature Garden: Terrariums and miniature gardens are a perfect way to display your creativity on a small scale! This hands-on class will teach you the basics of terrarium design. Containers, plants, and design materials will be provided for you to create one for your home.
ORCHID SERIES: $30 for each class
Please Note: Although not required, it’s highly recommended that students take all courses in a series.
Orchid Care and Fertilization: This class will teach you how to keep your orchid happy and thriving throughout the year. Learn specifics on when and how to fertilize your orchid as well as basic care instructions. We will look at various orchid genera to give you an all-encompassing guide to orchid care. Take an orchid home to apply what you learn!
Orchid Mounting and Re-Potting: Orchids are fun; many are easy to grow. With more than one way to grow an orchid, our staff specialist will demonstrate how we keep them thriving. In this class, students will learn hands-on how to display living orchids. Class includes an orchid, mounting materials, and a quick, orchid-focused Garden walk.
LANDSCAPE SERIES: $30 or $10
Succulents for Garden and Home: Succulent plants have adapted to some of the most challenging environments on Earth. This class will explore the dazzling forms and survival strategies! Learn what species will succeed in rainy South Florida, what plants do well indoors, and how succulent gardening can be environmentally friendly. Get hands-on and pot a succulent to take home. If time permits, tour the redesigned succulent gardens. Plant, pot, and correct potting mix provided.
Hand Tools for Gardeners: Proper tools contribute to gardening pleasure, rather than gardening problems. Learn how to choose the right tool for the job and how to select quality tools. Proper tool use and maintenance will be demonstrated. Learn how hand tools can make gardeners and their gardens look good!
BONSAI SERIES: $30 for each class; $75 for all three
Please Note: Students must take courses in sequence. Only Basics of Bonsai has no course prerequisite. It’s highly recommended that students sign up for all three courses. All bonsai courses are hands-on with intensive instructor interaction. Register for all three for $75!
Basics of Bonsai: Join us at Pinecrest Gardens for this introduction to bonsai. Taught by bonsai expert Glenn Hilton, students will learn the necessary basics of this limitless horticultural art. Young plants, pots, and materials will be provided.
Bonsai Growth and Shaping: Students enrolled in the second class of the series will gain further experience in what makes a bonsai a bonsai! Hands-on instructor assistance will help students shape and develop their bonsai. Learn tips and tricks to keep your bonsai healthy and beautiful.
Bonsai Troubleshooting: In the third class of the series, students will discover common diseases, pests and other nuisances that effect bonsai. The instructor will provide support and experienced diagnosis of all things bonsai. Students will conclude the class series with confidence and well-rounded basic bonsai skills.