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: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Hibiscus Room (Unless Otherwise Specified)
Fee: Please see individual class listing.
$30.00 for each class or $75.00 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. Fee: $30
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. Fee: $30
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. Fee: $30
GARDEN CRAFT AND DESIGN SERIES
$30.00 for each class or $75.00 for all three
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 unique arrangement your very own! We will supply all plant materials, however, containers will not be provided; please bring your own. Fee: $30.00
Holiday Wreath Making: In this class we will use objects from the garden to make a beautiful wreath to take home just in time for the holidays. Participate in this age-old holiday tradition, using our local natural materials. Everything you need for wreath-making will be provided in this hands-on creative workshop. Fee: $30
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. Fee: $30
PINECREST GARDENS FOR CONNOISSEURS TOUR SERIES
$20.00 for each class
Pinecrest Gardens Ecosystem and Garden Tour: Join us on a staff led tour as we uncover the incredible history of Pinecrest Gardens while exploring the exotic plants and coastal Cypress habitat that make this property so unique. Learn about our collections, and design: get an insider’s view on how our landscape is constantly maintained and improved. Fee: $20
Storm Recovery and Garden Revival Tour: South Florida can be both a brutal and rewarding place for gardens. Join us as we discuss the good, the bad and the gardening opportunities in the wake of storms in South Florida. Learn how to prepare your garden before the storm, and how to approach the event as an opportunity for garden improvement. Fee: $20
$30.00 for each class
Please Note: Although not required, it is highly recommended that students take both courses in the 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 a practical introduction to orchid care. Take an orchid home to apply what you learn! Fee: $30
Orchid Mounting and Re-Potting: Orchids are fun, since many are easy to care for. With more than one way to grow an orchid, our staff specialist will demonstrate how we keep them thriving. In this hands-on class, students will work with the orchid provided in the first class to learn how to display living orchids. Mounting materials will be provided. The class will include a brief, orchid-focused Garden walk. Fee: $30
** Orchids are not included- Please bring your orchid from the first class of the series, or a small one from home**
$30.00 and $10.00
Succulents for Garden and Home: Succulent plants have adapted to some of the most challenging environments on Earth. This class will explore their dazzling forms and survival strategies! Learn hands on and pot a succulent to take home after learning what species will succeed in rainy South Florida. You will also learn what plants do well indoors, and how succulent gardening can be environmentally friendly. If time permits, tour the redesigned succulent gardens. Plant, pot, and correct potting mix provided. Fee $30
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! This class will be taught both indoors and outdoors, please come dressed appropriately. Fee: $10