IF YOU’RE READY TO BE AT THE TOP OF YOUR GARDENING GAME
UAEX Master Gardener training
Don’t let the word “master” in the program’s title fool you. You could be the Julia Child of potting soil, knowing just how much peat moss, perlite and vermiculite to mix together, or you could be that person who uses the same premixed soil for everything and has no idea what vermiculite even is. Point is, whether you’re an above-average gardener or haven’t the faintest idea how to keep anything alive, the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service’s (UAEX) training program is for you. The program starts off with in-class horticulture training, then moves on to volunteer work outdoors. (Previously, Master Gardeners have tended projects at the Old State House Museum, the University of Arkansas Cammack Campus and the Arkansas Arts Center, to name a few.) You’ll go home with a well-earned certificate, a “Master Gardener” name badge and, above all, a very, very green thumb.
Fine print: Every county has its own training program that varies in length, structure and price (fees start at around $75 and go up). The best way to get started is to call your county’s office to inquire about its program. But hurry: all training starts soon. (uaex.edu; (501) 671-2000)
IF YOU WANT TO GREEN YOUR THUMBS
Garvan Woodland Gardens’ landscape workshops
Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? When it comes to sustainable gardening practices, silver bells and cockle shells simply won’t do. But Garvan Woodland Gardens’ five-week Landscape for Life series can show you what will. Help alleviate the pressure we put on our planet’s ecosystems by learning about the roles that water, soil and plants play in sustainable gardening and how to design a garden of your own.
Fine Print: Landscape for Life classes will be held at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs each Wednesday in October. The course is $50 for an individual and $65 for a couple collaborating on a project. Reservations are required. (garvangardens.org; (800) 366-4664)
IF YOUR FLOWER BEDS ARE OVERFLOWING
Pigmint Flowers’ workshops
Remember the last time someone handed you flowers? Blindsided, you hacked off the ends, frantically searched for a vase, filled it up with some water and sprinkled in that mysterious powder known as “flower food.” And really, you might’ve just been fine with that. But just in case you weren’t—in case you still think your flower-arranging skills are in dire need of primping and pruning—there’s a class for that. In Pigmint’s two-hour flower-arranging class, not only will you learn the best match for your dainty hydrangeas, you’ll also pick up some nifty tips on keeping your buds perky and alive for as long as possible. Plus, you’re more than welcome to bring a bottle of vino to sip on during the process. (We’ll take that offer, thanks a bunch).
Fine print: Although there’s only class on tap this month (Sept. 12), more classes will be popping up in the fall, so keep your eyes peeled. Alternatively, you can round up your flower-enthusiast friends and request a private class (minimum 10 people) for the same price per person. (shoppigmint.com; (479) 444-0404)
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