Adult Programs

Program Options & Details

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

The next NCNC Hiking Group hike date is TBD.
Please stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Members: Free / Non-Members: Free
ALL ages are welcome!

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 upcoming class descriptions.

Green Cleaning

Saturday, 1/20/2018, 10am – 1pm, 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.

Pruning: How, When, and Where

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.

Intro to Landscape Design

3 Thursdays: 3/8, 3/15, & 3/22/2018, 10am – 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.

Join us on Saturday, February 24th for three Saturday Gardening Workshops to Wake Up Your Garden! Sign up for one workshop or stay the entire day and enjoy all three!

Spring is just around the corner, and with a little advance preparation you will be ready to start the growing season right. Gain insights into getting the soil prepped and ready to go, best pruning practices, and waking up the garden after winter. Have the healthiest, best-looking garden in your neighborhood!

See below for workshop descriptions.

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!

12:45pm – 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

3pm – 5pm, 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.