CLASSES

Gardening and Landscaping Classes

Harry P. Leu Gardens offers a wide array of classes for horticulture, landscaping, fine arts, and specialties all year round for children and adults. Please call the Education Department 407.246.3621 or email linda.schmidt@cityoforlando.net for further information.

Registration is available at leugardens.eventbrite.com  or by calling Linda Schmidt at 407.246.3621. Registration forms may be submitted via fax at 407.246.2849 or email to linda.schmidt@cityoforlando.net. Pre-registration and pre-payment, recommended for all classes and required for classes as noted, must be completed by 5:00 pm the last weekday before the class. Walk-ins may be permitted in certain classes as also noted, but must first pay at the front desk. Evening walk-ins must pay by check or credit card.

Participants must withdraw from classes at least five days prior to the start of class in order to receive a full refund or credit. If we must cancel a class, we will make every effort to inform you prior to the class time, and you will receive a full refund or credit.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to FNGLA Certified Professionals upon request.

Only those who pay for the class will be permitted in the classroom. Childcare services are not provided.

Basics of Vegetable Gardening in Central Florida
Thursday, March 6
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)
 


If you are new to Florida and like to grow your own vegetables, this class is for you. Learn the basics of Florida vegetable gardening including soil preparation, adjusting soil pH, fertilizing, irrigation, pests and diseases. Gardens may be grown year-round in Florida, but spring is the preferred season by most homeowners.

Register: veggiebasics.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Ed Thralls
 

An Introduction to Florida-Friendly Landscaping™
Thursday, March 13
10:00 am-11:30 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

This class will encourage residents to adopt environmentally friendly landscaping practices to help them save money, conserve and protect our water resources and avoid common landscape maintenance mistakes.

Register: floridafriendly1.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Kelly Greer
 

Spring and Summer Flowers for Florida
Tuesday, March 18
10:00 am-11:30 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Come learn about the flowers and plants that will make your gardens and landscape come alive with color all summer long! Knowing the right plants for our tough summer environments can make your yard, porch, or balcony the envy of your neighbors.

Register: floridaflowers.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

 Jogger Stoppers - Trees and Shrubs
Saturday, March 22
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

 

Have you ever had such a pretty or unusual plant in your front yard that joggers or walkers stop to take a look? Given our amazing Florida weather and mild temperatures we can have trees and shrubs so attractive that passersby will stop and scrutinize your landscape. Class participants will tour the gardens with Robert Bowden and discover easy to grow beauties for your garden.

Register: joggerstoppers.eventbrite.com 

Location: Cottage and Gardens
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Butterflies in your Garden
Tuesday, March 25
10:00 am-11:30 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

This class will teach resident how to attract and keep butterflies in the garden year round using “Florida-Friendly Landscaping™” principles.

Register: butterfliesinthegarden.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Kelly Greer
 

Spring and Summer Flowers for Florida
Thursday, March 27
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Come learn about the flowers and plants that will make your gardens and landscape come alive with color all summer long! Knowing the right plants for our tough summer environments can make your yard, porch, or balcony the envy of your neighbors.

Register: floridaflowers.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Yes You Can! Grow Beautiful Roses (Part of a series)
Saturday, March 29
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Roses are prized around the world for their beautiful flowers. In Florida, they grow and bloom year-round and can be mixed into plant beds, grown as specimens or in containers, or placed in a garden solely devoted to roses. In this ongoing series, the Gardens' Director and veteran All American Rose Selection judge, Robert Bowden, shares his experience with growing roses in the Central Florida climate. One lucky attendee will leave with a rose to plant in their garden!

Location: Cottage
Walk-ins if space available

Register: yesyoucanroses.eventbrite.com

 Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Plant Propagation 101
Saturday, March 29
10:30 am-Noon

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Learn the basic how-to of plant propagation: the production of more plants by seeds, cutting and grafting. If weather permits, we will spend some time in the Gardens collecting samples. Please bring your hand tools to class if you have them and wear appropriate garden clothes.

Register: plantprop101.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room & Gardens
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Pinky Ormand
 

Basics of Square Foot Gardening
Thursday, April 3
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Square Foot Gardening is "a system of gardening” developed by Mel Bartholomew that uses 4 foot by 4 foot plots subdivided into 1-foot squares for growing a specific number of a particular type of vegetable to maximize space and facilitate ease of maintenance. Come and learn how to grow more fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers in less space than you thought possible.

Register: squarefootapril.eventbrite.com

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Ed Thralls
 

Basic Palm Care
Friday, April 11
3:00 pm-4:30 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Nothing says Florida more than palm trees, but proper care is important in getting these landscape staples to look their best. This class will cover recovering from winter damage, nutrient deficiencies, trimming, and choosing the type of palm that will do best in Central Florida.

Register: basicpalms.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Contain It! Color and Drama in Container Gardening
Thursday, April 17
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Fee: $20 (Members $14)

Over one hundred containers grace our gardens at Hortus Oasis. We will share every tip we know about designing with containers, container and plant selection, installation, and maintenance along with our favorite tools and products. The program also includes a thorough handout and reference books for viewing.

Register: containit.eventbrite.com

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Kristin and Stephen Pategas
 

Design Challenge - Colorful Flowers and Veggies in Flower Pots
Saturday, April 26
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Even if you don't have much sunny ground, you can still experience the pleasure of harvesting your own vine-ripened tomatoes and growing beautiful flowers. All you need is a generous-size container, good potting soil, and a suitable spot ― a patio, deck, or corner that gets at least six hours of full sun a day. Join a fun filled morning with the Gardens’ Director Robert Bowden strolling the Gardens and examining the many containers on property.

Register: veggiesinpots.eventbrite.com

Location: Cottage & Gardens
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Healthy Houseplants

Saturday, April 2610:30 am-Noon

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Learn how to maintain plants in your home, simply and easy.  You will be shown how to select the appropriate plants, basic pest prevention and simple techniques for maintenance and watering of interior plants.  Handouts will be provided for the class.

Register: healthyhouseplants1.eventbrite.com

Location: Courtyard Kitchen
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Pinky Ormand

 

Yes You Can! Beautiful Color in the Shade (Part of a series)
Tuesday, April 29
6:30 pm-8:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

Not everyone in Florida has full sun in their yards. Many homeowners are lucky to have shade but oftentimes don't know what to plant. Turn lemons into lemonade and discover what beautiful and vivid plants would enjoy spending their life in the shady areas of your garden.

Register: colorinshade.eventbrite.com

Location: Palm Garden
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

 
Organic Methods in the Home Vegetable Garden
Thursday, May 1
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Growing your own food naturally or organically requires no special tools or special tonics to be successful. Learn about organic gardening including soil building techniques, disease and insect control, use of organic material to improve the sandy Florida soil, organic fertilizers, fungicides, insecticides and more.

Register: organicveggiesmay.eventbrite.com 

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Ed Thralls
 

Lakeshore Landscape

Thursday, May 3

10:00 am-11:30 am 

 

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Right Plant Right Place is the overriding principle in a Florida Landscape including the shoreline. This presentation will guide you in making the best decisions for your shoreline landscape and help to protect the waterfront. It will explain the purpose of the band of life surrounding the lake and provide information to assist in planning your lakeside maintenance or restoration.

Location:Palm Room

Walk-ins if space available

www.lakeshore1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Kelly Greer

 

The Art of Espalier
Saturday, May 10
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $22 (Members $16)

Espalier (ess-PAL-yer) is the practice of controlling plant growth so that it grows relatively flat against a structure such as a wall, fence, or trellis. Espaliered plants can be used to create a focal point and as a form of art. In an area where space is limited or where a plant is needed to accent a large blank wall an espaliered plant can be an outstanding landscape feature. A mature espalier plant will catch the eye of almost any visitor to your home. Attendees will learn hands-on the pruning methods necessary to create these beautiful art forms, and they will take a plant home with them.

Location: Cottage & Gardens
Pre-registration required

Register: espalier1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Amazing World of Succulents
Saturday, May 10
10:00 am-11:30 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Succulents and cacti are a great way to add low maintenance plants to your landscape. Join us as we discuss the plants, designs, care and propagation that will make succulents a major part of your garden.

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Register: succulents1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Orchid Culture

Saturday, May 17
10:00 am-Noon

Fee:  $14 (Members $8)

 

Growing orchids can be very easy in Central Florida.  Get a good start by attending this information-packed session on selection, cultivation, and growing media to choose when purchasing and caring for your favorites.

Location: Orchid Room

Walk-ins if space available

www.orchidclass1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Frank Dasse
 

Right Place Right Plant Design Basics

Thursday, May 22

10:00 am-11:30 am 

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Introduction to design using the Right Plant Right Place principle, balancing the needs of the plant along with the needs of the homeowner to create a low cost, low care landscape.

Location: Palm Room

Walk-ins if space available

Register: www.rightplace.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Kelly Greer

 

Shade Gardening
Thursday, May 22
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Trees offer a welcome relief from Florida's intense sun, but there is certainly an art to gardening in shade. Carefully designing where and when shade occurs is a first step and by focusing on plant selection and placement, this class will cover how to use color effectively in deep shade to make those darker areas come alive with color.

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Register: shadegarden.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

The Climate Friendly Gardener
Saturday, May 31
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

It was once said, "Never underestimate the ability of one person to make a difference." Being mindful of everyday gardening practices and their impact on the environment can play an important role in the health of our planet. Discover how you too can help out by gardening in an environmentally sensitive manner without changing your entire method of gardening.

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Register: climate1.eventbrite.com

 Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Alternatives to Traditional Vegetable Gardening
Thursday, June 5
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

You do not have to grow your vegetables in the backyard garden soil. Learn the basic information about alternative methods including containers, raised beds, grow boxes, and
hydroponic methods.

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Register: alternativegarden.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Ed Thralls
 

Introduction to Bromeliads

Saturday, June 7

10:30 am-Noon

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

 

Bromeliads have enjoyed a worldwide surge of popularity during the last few decades.  Although they are often treated as short-lasting decorations to be discarded after they fade, this need not be the case.  Bromeliads are easy to grow; you can enjoy their graceful symmetry and flamboyant blooms year round.  This class will introduce you to some of the representative varieties that are available for use in the home or landscape and discuss simple cultural techniques to ensure your success in growing these most unusual plants.

Palm Room

Walk-ins if space available

Register: www.introtobromeliads1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Jay Thurrott

 

Growing and Consuming Edible Flowers

Monday, June 9
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Edible flowers are trend setting haute cuisine.  This lost art is enjoying a revival. Chefs and innovative cooks are using flowers garnishes to add color and elegance to any dish—from soups to deserts. Take this class to learn the simple techniques for harvesting, preserving and using the flowers. You will receive a handout of edible flower recipes; a list of edible flowers that do well in our area, and growing instructions so that you too can grow edible flowers in your yard.

Location: Palm Room

Walk-ins if space available

Register: www.edibleflowers.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Dena Wild

 

Yard Care 101
Saturday, June 14
9:00 am-11:00 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Join instructor Keri Leymaster to learn about the basics of yard care in Central Florida. This class will discuss turf choices and care, basic shrub and tree maintenance, as well as time and money saving tips. New homeowners can't afford to miss this class!

Location: Orchid Room

Walk-ins if space available

Register: yardcare.eventbrite.com

 Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Yes You Can! Grow Colorful Flowers in the Heat and Humidity (Part of a series)
Saturday, June 21
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

The summer heat and humidity are here, but it is still possible to have summer color in the garden. Discover what plants perform best in the Central Florida environment from Gardens' Director Robert Bowden as the class strolls through the colorful gardens.

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Register: colorfulflowers.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Palms for Central Florida

Wednesday, June 25

7:00 pm-9:00 pm

 

Fee:  $14 (Members $8)

This class, taught by Leu Gardens’ own palm expert, will cover the care and growth of palms in central Florida.  A power point presentation and handouts will include the species of palms for use in this area.  Many of these species have significant economic importance, and their distinctive attributes will be noted.

Location: Palm Room

Walk-ins if space available

www.palmscentralfl.eventbrite.com

Instructor:  Eric Schmidt

"Mini" Gardening/Fairy Gardens

Saturday, June 28
10:00 am-12:00 pm

Fee: $35 (Members $30)

Come join Ray and Kathy as they hold a step by step demonstration on how to build "mini" gardens/fairy gardens. All materials will be provided for the workshop, and guests will each get to build and take home a small garden of their own. Be prepared to catch the "fever" of mini gardening with this workshop!

Location: Palm Room

Pre-registration required

Register: minigardens.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Ray and Kathy Roberts

Container Gardens

Saturday, June 28
10:30 am-12:30 pm

Fee: $25 (Members $20)

Patio, balcony, porch or poolside--container gardens are wonderful additions any time of the year.  Learn the proper techniques and styles used to develop different creations; which plants are appropriate for your growing areas; and suggestions will be made on the best potting materials to use.  Everyone will then have a chance to put together a container to take home; supplies provided, but please bring your own pruners.  Also, wear comfortable shoes, because we will be walking around the Garden looking at the various containers.

Location: Palm Room, Gardens, & Nursery

Pre-registration required

Register: www.containers.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Pinky Ormand