Building a Light Unit and Growing Under Lights

Learn how to grow plants indoors when there isn’t enough natural light, what lights are best, how to keep costs down, and which plants are best. Construct and take home your own light unit frame made from PVC pipe.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,
100 North 20th Street, 5th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19103,
(215) 988-8800.

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Make Shade Work for You

Learn how to make the most of the shaded areas in your garden. Taught by Claire Schuchman, owner of Exceptional Gardens, this class will cover basic shade gardening principles, design tips and solutions. Learn about plants that do well in the shade, resist deer, and bloom in succession for a beautiful garden all season.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden,
799 Pinkerton Run Road,
Oakdale, PA 15071,
(412) 444-4464.

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Orchid Show & Sale

The Susquehanna Orchid Society presents the 36th annual orchid show and sale in the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory. More than 1,000 orchids representing dozens of varieties will be on display, including rare species and unique hybrids. In addition, vendors will have orchids for sale; various orchid societies will have showy displays that will be judged onsite and presented with awards.
Hershey Gardens,
170 Hotel Road,
Hershey, PA 17033,
(717) 534-3492.

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Witch Hazel Walk

Leaves may steal the show during the warmer months, but during the winter bark, berries, and witch hazel blooms take the stage. The Arboretum Director will take you on a tour focusing on shrubs with winter interest, including our many varieties of witch hazel. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.
Havorford College Arboretum,
370 Lancaster Ave,
Haverford, PA 19041,
(610) 896-1405.

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Spotted Lanternfly Lunch and Learn

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Is an invasive, destructive insect that first arrived in Berks County in 2014. It has now spread into Montgomery and Delaware Counties over the past year, and we expect that next year, its presence will continue and expand. The potential for economic damage and residential property destruction is significant. Haverford College will host a briefing on what you can do to minimize the insect’s impact on your property and the environment. Penn State Master Gardener, Sam Barnett will describe the nature of this insect, how you can identify it, and what you can do to help control its spread. This workshop is a lunch and learn session so please bring a lunch with you to the meeting. The exact location will be released closer to the event depending on the participation level.
Havorford College Arboretum,
370 Lancaster Ave,
Haverford, PA 19041,
(610) 896-1405.

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Make & Take: Herbal Toolkit for Winter

We’ll take a look at plants that can alleviate acute and chronic anxiety and depression and discuss the most effective method of using them. Herbs that address underlying imbalances that lead to mental health challenges will also be covered. No prior knowledge of plants or herbal medicine required! YOU WILL GO HOME WITH: an on-the-go sampler kit that will help you to figure out what plants are most effective for you when stressful situations come up.
Bartram’s Garden,
54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard,
Philadelphia, PA 19143,
(215) 729-5281.

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Winter Botany

Join local naturalist Ellen Hrabovsky for a walk in the woods, rain or shine, to observe nature during the cold time of the year, taking note along the way of identifying features of trees and shrubs. We will also see evidence of wildlife activity. Nature always has surprises for me on my forest walks so let’s see what we can find.
The West Virginia Botanic Garden,
1061 Tyrone Road,
Morgantown, WV 26508,
(304) 322-2093.

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Owls of the Garden

Join Mountaineer Audubon and Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia’s Katie Fallon for a winter owl walk. The program will begin with a short indoor presentation featuring live owls from the Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia followed by a walk in the WVBG in search of wild owls.
The West Virginia Botanic Garden,
1061 Tyrone Road,
Morgantown, WV 26508,
(304) 322-2093.

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Horticulture and the History of Wine

Learn the horticulture and history of wine, along with an overview of the wine-making process-complete with wine tasting!
Norfolk Botanical Garden,
6700 Azalea Garden Road,
Norfolk, VA 23518,
(757) 441-5830.

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Bee Facts and Honey Tasting

Taste honey from the West Coast to New England and from our own backyard of Hampton Roads. We’ll compare unfiltered honeys to generic honey from the supermarket all the while discussing Apis mellifera, the honey bee.
Norfolk Botanical Garden,
6700 Azalea Garden Road,
Norfolk, VA 23518,
(757) 441-5830.

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