Adult Programs

Program Options & Details

The New Canaan Nature Center provides a wide variety of programming for adults. Pre-registration is recommended.

Monday, October 16, 2017
Rain Date: Tuesday, October 17th
9:50am meet, 10:00am depart
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
Members: Free / Non-Members: Free
ALL ages

Hikers! Join the New Canaan Nature Center to hike in the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation. The colors should be fantastic! This will be a different route than December’s hike, and again led by Mike Handelsman from the AMC, a.k.a. Hiker Mike.

Directions
6 Reservation Road (off Rte. 121), Cross River (Pound Ridge), NY. Then go 4/10 mile to the fee booth, where we will meet. There is a bathroom in the building to the right.

Registration
You must register by Friday, October 13th at 3:00 to receive notice of any rain cancellation.

Please call (203) 966-9577 ext. 1010 to register.

The New Canaan Nature Center serves as a satellite site for the New York Botanical Gardens horticulture and flower-arranging classes.

This cooperative relationship provides close to 300 adults each year with a wide array of first-class programs including NYBG’s widely regarded certification classes.

See below for class descriptions.

Plants for Landscaping

6 Wednesdays, 10/11 – 11/15/2017, 10am – 12:40pm, Michael Ruggiero
Examine the use of plants in the landscape with an emphasis on choosing the right plant for the right place—based on site-specific design and maintenance criteria. Learn aspects of special landscape values such as size, texture, color, and flowering and fruiting seasons. Review the trees, shrubs, groundcovers, annuals, and perennials suitable for landscaping in this region. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes

Pruning: How, When, and Where

Saturday, 10/21/2017 and Saturday 3/3/2018
10am – 3pm, Ann Perkowski
This one-day course covers the basics of pruning evergreens, deciduous trees, and shrubs, as well as how to maintain the woody plants in your garden. Bring your pruners—we’ll discuss tool selection and maintenance, then spend the afternoon outdoors analyzing proper techniques. Class is held rain or shine. Please dress for the weather and bring lunch.

New! Reinventing Groundcovers

Saturday, 10/28/2017, 10:30am – 3pm, Renee Marsh
Groundcovers can provide the solution to many of your garden challenges! In addition to providing soil cover and suppressing weeds, they add texture and color to your garden with minimal maintenance. This course will cover a wide range of unique groundcovers that can thrive in all spots in your garden – in shade, in sun, on slopes or under trees. A walking tour in the landscape will showcase ideal plants, which can range from evergreens to deciduous, herbaceous to woody, flowers to foliage. Come explore beyond pachysandra and ivy – and how to escape the tyranny of mulch.

Green Cleaning

Saturday, 1/20/2018, 10am – 1:00pm, Renee Marsh
People have been cleaning their homes for centuries without the arsenal of toxic chemicals that are sold today. Rediscover nontoxic solutions to everyday cleaning problems and avoid unnecessary “greenwashed” commercial products. Learn the science of grime and see how a few simple ingredients can be combined for effective and inexpensive cleaning and disinfecting. Make your home clean and safe for you, your loved ones and your pets. Mix and take home your own multi-purpose anti-bacterial spray cleaner, made with essential oil, liquid soap, and other ingredients.

Perennial Plant Combinations

Thursday, 2/1/2018, 10:30am – 3pm, Sheri Forster
Whether in a shady corner or a sunny border, selecting the right plant combinations makes the difference between a ho-hum garden and one that gets rave reviews. Concentrating on perennials, learn to use color, texture, height, and bloom when combining plants to create a harmonious look for your garden come spring. Please bring lunch.

Intro to Landscape Design

3 Thursdays, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22/2018, 10:00am – 1pm, Sheri Forster
Gain an introduction to the terminology, concepts, and basic principles of landscape design through lectures and simple two-dimensional exercises. This course is recommended for students with little or no background in design who want to design for their own home or who are considering a Certificate.

Weekend Garden Design Workshop

2 Saturdays, 3/17 & 3/24/2018, 10am – 2:30pm, Daryl Beyers
Good garden design isn’t easy, but for anyone with a passion for plants, a little imagination, and proper guidance, it is possible to succeed. Learn the basics of garden design, review examples that work for different architectural styles and site conditions, and develop a go-to plant list for your home landscape. In the second session, you will develop and draw a basic design plan for your garden that you can take home to refine and implement come spring.

The New Canaan Nature Center serves as a satellite site for the New York Botanical Gardens horticulture and flower-arranging classes.

This cooperative relationship provides close to 300 adults each year with a wide array of first-class programs including NYBG’s widely regarded certification classes.

See below for gardening workshop descriptions.

Wake Up Your Garden – Spring Gardeners Task List

10am – 12pm, Daryl Beyers
Spring cleaning in the garden can be fun. Get shrub and herbaceous borders spruced up and looking good! Review a checklist of tasks to be performed during spring maintenance, ranging from raking off winter mulch to looking for signs of winter injury and noting where gaps in the garden can be filled. All this gives your garden a head start on a great growing season.

Soil Basics: Get it Right!

12:45 – 2:45pm, Richard Rosiello
If you get your soil right from the start, your garden will explode in lushness. Rich, nutritious soil makes for large, healthy plants and reduces the need for regular fertilization. Learn the difference between soil structure and texture; how these differences affect plant growth; and how you can modify your soil to improve its qualities. Give your garden a solid foundation, and you’ll reap the benefits for years to come.

Pruning: Shape-Up For Spring

3:00 – 5:00pm, Michael Ruggiero
Are you intimidated by the idea of pruning? March is a great time to get your woody plants in shape by thinning out overgrowth to create open, healthy, beautiful trees and shrubs. Learn how and when to prune, the tools needed for the job, why pruning is necessary, and the difference between maintenance and rejuvenation pruning.

Pre-registration recommended for adult programs

Hiking Group

Make friends and enjoy the outdoors during our adult hiking programs. Check program options and details for where and when the next hike will take place!

New York Botanical Garden

The New Canaan Nature Center serves as a satellite site for the New York Botanical Gardens horticulture and flower-arranging classes. This cooperative relationship provides close to 300 adults each year with a wide array of first-class programs including NYBG’s widely regarded certification classes.