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Perennials: A Complete Guide
Thursdays, April 2 through 23, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Public $160; Members $135
Whether you are a new or intermediate gardener, join perennial grower Jeff Mason, of Mason House Gardens to learn about perennials from the ground up. Jeff will cover design techniques, propagation, plant selection for difficult sites and how to create colour throughout the year.
[PG15P10] Jeff Mason

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Helleborus and Companion Plants
Friday, April 17, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
The earliest treasures to emerge from winter, hellebores and their companions, bring life to spring gardens. Join Marion Jarvie for a look at different hellebore varieties and their care, culture and siting in every garden.
[PG15P25] Marion Jarvie

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Spring in the Jarvie Garden
Tuesday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Public $43; Members $35
Meet in Marion’s home garden for an overview of seasonal and structural interest. Marion will cover soils and mulch, pruning, planting and placement, plus the care and feeding of new plants.
[PG15P24] Marion Jarvie

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Blue Magic
Tuesday, May 5, 1 to 3 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
Blue is electric, mysterious, seductive and cool — for many of us, a garden filled with bewitching blue flowers is a tantalizing notion. However, blue is much more effective in plant design as a partner than a solo act. From palest periwinkle to deepest indigo, garden photographer Janet Davis will cover a palette of beautiful blue blossoms from early spring to mid-autumn and provide loads of ideas for designing with blue, including blue furnishings and accents.
[PG15P27] Janet Davis

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Bulbs for the Summer Garden
Wednesday, June 10, 7 to 9:30 p.m
Public $40; Members $30
Bulbs aren’t just for spring. Learn how to extend the life and vibrancy of your garden with spectacular bulbs to provide colour and drama throughout the summer. Marion will guide you on how to select, locate and care for these beauties.
[PG15S06] Marion Jarvie

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Designing with Shade Plants
Tuesday, June 16, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Public $43; Members $35
Marion Jarvie helps you determine the best shade loving species whether it’s a tree, fence or your house casting shadows on the garden. Learn which shade plants are best for function, as well as beauty, and how to integrate them into your landscape for low fuss and high reward in colour and foliage.
[PG15S07] Marion Jarvie

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Growing an Organic Cut Flower Garden
Sunday, June 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Public $85; Members $70
Join flower farmers/floral designers Jessica Gale and Aviva Coopersmith to get the full scoop on how to fuse your passions for gardening and floral design with a cut flower garden. Learn about the local flower movement, cutting gardens and their history, as well as the ecological and health benefits associated. Explore the best varieties for cutting, how to create a diverse cutting garden, tips for getting started and ongoing maintenance. First part of the day is hosted at TBG, then take a short drive for a full tour of their cut flower gardens at Fresh City Farms. Cut your own flowers and enjoy an arrangement demonstration followed by a discussion on post-harvest treatment.
[PG15S13] Sweet Gale Gardens and Herb n’ Meadow

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Clematis & Other Climbers
Tuesday, June 30, 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Public $40; Members $30
Clinging, sprawling, or trailing vines can be used to cover and accentuate walls and create unique enclosures. Marion will take you through the roster of top climbers, several clematis cultures, and how to ensure healthy growth, beautiful flowers, proper pruning, siting and care. Learn how to choose the right climbing plant and how to train it up, or along, just about anything. Students will examine examples of climbers throughout the TBG garden.
[PG15S14] Marion Jarvie

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Introduction to Bonsai Gardening
Sunday, July 12, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Public $32; Members $25
This course is ideal for students who have had no experience in this fascinating horticultural art form. Toronto Bonsai Society President Carlos Brás will explain the fundamentals of Classical Bonsai Art with an emphasis on the history, theory and techniques of bonsai design along with slide presentations, living examples of bonsai and a demonstration of designing a nursery tree into a bonsai. The demonstration tree will be raffled away at the end of the course to one lucky student!
[PG15S21] Toronto Bonsai Society

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