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.

Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, July 12
10:00 am-11:30 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Learn how to start your own butterfly garden from the ground up.  We will cover:  how to identify and attract local butterflies, learn about the best plants suited to our area, specific nectar and larval host plants for butterflies in Florida.

Location: Cottage

Register: butterflygarden.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Cycads and Other Prehistoric Plants

Thursday, July 16
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Join Eric for a power point presentation on these distinctive plants, and discover why they have been around since the days of the dinosaur, but are now threatened with extinction in the wild.  Learn about the cycad’s unique structure and easy cultivation, along with information about other primitive plants.  This is an excellent opportunity to explore new varieties of plants for use in your landscape and in containers. 

Location: Orchid Room

Register: cycads.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Eric Schmidt
 

Tropical Perennials

Saturday, July 19
9
:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

If you are a little disappointed by the number of dead plants in your garden after last winter’s cold weather, you might want to reconsider your plant selection.  Despite their “exotic” appearance, there are many “Tropical Perennials” that will survive cold temperatures and won’t have to be replaced should cold weather return next winter.  Join the Gardens’ plant savvy Director for a fun-filled presentation that describes many hardy tropical plants for your garden.  A brief tour of the Garden will follow.

Location: Cottage & Gardens

Register: tropicalperennials.eventbrite.com 

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Nasty Nematodes

Saturday, July 19
10:30 am-Noon

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Plant-parasitic nematodes are some of the most damaging, and least known pests to your home vegetable garden.  Learn the basics of nematode biology and how they damage specific vegetables.  Nematode management methods, from soil solarization to use of resistant varieties, will be discussed in detail. 

Location: Palm Room

Register: nematodes1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Roi Levin
 

Fruit Trees for Florida

Wednesday, July 23
6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Growing your own fruit has never been easier.  Choosing the right plants and varieties is the primary step in successfully harvesting your first crop and this presentation will teach about the newest varieties for victory.  Get ready to start planting! 

Location: Palm Room

Register: fruittrees1.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Microirrigation 101

Wednesday, August 6
6:30 pm-8:00 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Take the mystery out of this easy and efficient method by learning about how to easily retrofit an existing irrigation system, create your own from scratch, and modify for pots and hanging baskets.  Microirrigation will be a snap and save you water and money this season.

Location: Orchid Room

Register: microirrigation101.eventbrite.com  

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Grow Your Own Herbs

Saturday, August 9
10:00 am-11:30 am

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Fresh and savory herbs can be yours with a little bit of care and instruction.  This program focuses on the best herbs for central Florida, growing methods and harvesting process to save you money in the kitchen this season.

Location: Palm Room

Register: growherbs.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Keri Leymaster
 

Vines and Groundcover for Florida Gardens

Saturday, August 16
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

As builders place homes on smaller lots it’s important to know how to grow plants vertically on trellises, fences and arbors to maximize space.  Likewise, with the emphasis on smaller lawn areas in the home landscape, what groundcovers will perform well in our Central Florida Climate?  Enjoy a brief presentation with the Garden’s Director, Robert Bowden, and later an hour-long tour of the gardens discovering new and interesting vines and turf substitutes.

Location: Palm Room & Gardens

Register: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/vines-and-groundcovers-for-florida-gardens-tickets-11699873637

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Orchid Culture

Saturday, August 23
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

Register: orchidclass2.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Frank Dasse
 

Plant Propagation 101
Saturday, August 30
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.

Location: Palm Room & Gardens

Walk-ins if space available

Instructor: Pinky Ormand

Register: www.propagation101.eventbrite.com
 

Ornaments Make the Garden

Thursday, September 18
7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Fee: $20 (Members $14)

What helps provide scale and a sense of purpose in a garden? Why, it’s the garden ornaments. Discover a variety of walks, patios, gates, trellises, arbors, gazebos, benches, water features, ornaments, pots, planters and more. View hundreds of different gardens and learn how these ornaments can become an exciting part of your design. 

Location: Palm Room

Register: gardenornaments.eventbrite.com 

Instructor: Kristen and Stephen Pategas
 

Vertical Gardening  
Wednesday, September 17
6:30 pm-8 pm

Fee: $14 (Members $8)

Want more space to grow plants? Bored with the boring garage wall? Have had enough of bending over to weed the flower beds? Seeking a cleaver and inexpensive way to create a garden “room”? Solution: vertical gardening. Vertical gardening is more than growing a vine on a fence or hanging a basket of petunias from the eaves of the house. Vertical gardening can add a whole new dimension to your landscape. Attend this class if you want to learn more about the advantages, techniques, structures and plants for growing up.

Instructor: Dena Wild

Location: Palm Room
Walk-ins if space available

Register: www.verticalgarden.eventbrite.com

Small Space Gardening

Saturday, September 20
9:30 am-11:30 am

Fee: $16 (Members $10)

So, you’ve decided to plant a garden on that little patch of space in your small backyard.  Gardens come in all shapes and sizes so you’ll need to determine the function of the garden and what you want in the garden.  During this class presented by Leu Gardens’ Director, discover helpful tips and design secrets on small space gardening.  Choosing plants for a small garden and gardening on balconies, terraces and decks will also be discussed.

Location: Palm Room

Register: smallspace.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Robert Bowden
 

Introduction to Bromeliads

Saturday, September 27
10:30 am-Noon

Fee: $14 (Members $18)

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.

Location: Palm Room

Register: introtobromeliads2.eventbrite.com

Instructor: Jay Thurrott
 

Container Gardens  
Saturday, September 27
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.

Instructor: Pinky Ormand

Location: Patio, Gardens, & Nursery
Pre-registration required

Register: www.containers1.eventbrite.com