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Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program and New York Botanical Garden Offer Continuing Education Classes this Semester

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) are offering noncredit continuing education classes at Bard College this winter and spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics. The New York Botanical Garden, in partnership with the Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard, offers a series of adult education classes on gardening. To register, visit or call 1-800-322-NYBG. All classes are held in the Franklin W. Olin Humanities Building at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, unless otherwise indicated.

Winter/Spring 2013 Class Schedule:


The Herb Garden


Saturday, February 23, 10 a.m.–noon

Learn how to design and maintain an herb garden, and make the most of the herbs you grow. The course explores the individual cultivation needs of culinary and medicinal herbs, and helps you select the best herbs for your garden.

$31/$28* INSTRUCTOR Erika Hanson


Introduction to Landscape Design

133LAN100 Section C

Mondays, February 25, March 4, March 11, 6–9 p.m.

An introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic design principles relating to the shaping of landscape space. Compositional ideas, abstract and concrete, are explored and expressed through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design.

$171/$154* INSTRUCTOR David Dew Bruner, RLA


New! Garden Design for the Time-Challenged


Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Want to have a great garden but don’t really have the time to manage it? Careful planning can help make your dreams come true. This course (quickly) covers garden layout, plant selection, and maintenance techniques that will make your landscape feel more like a getaway and less like a chore.

$57/$51* INSTRUCTOR Naomi Brooks


Designing with Edible Plants (133GAR250)

Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

The interest in locally grown food has sparked enthusiasm for raising fruits and vegetables at home, schools, and businesses. Learn how to design beautiful gardens by integrating edible plants into beds, borders, and containers. The addition of these plants to your palette creates new challenges for plant selection, layout, and sustainable maintenance. Please bring lunch.

$78/$70* INSTRUCTOR Erika Hanson


Fruit Tree Pruning and Training: Workshop (133GAR905)

Saturday, March 16, noon–4 p.m.

Hands-on is the best way to learn any physical skill, and fruit tree pruning is no exception. Pruning techniques, with an emphasis on fruit production, are discussed and demonstrated on-site. Try some supervised pruning yourself. Learn about corrective pruning of neglected and poorly managed trees, and techniques for effective training of young trees. Several kinds of fruit trees are discussed. Please dress for the weather, wear eye protection, and bring lunch.

$90/$81* INSTRUCTOR Steven McKay


The How, When, and Where of Pruning (134GAR236 Section C)

Saturday, April 6, 10 a.m. –2:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, and maintaining the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners for a discussion of proper tool selection and maintenance. The afternoon is spent outdoors analyzing pruning techniques. Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.

$76/$68* INSTRUCTOR Paul Trader


*Reduced price for members of the New York Botanical Garden, Friends of the Landscape and Arboretum Program, and Bard faculty, staff, and students.

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This event was last updated on 01-18-2013