St. Louis Garden Blitz: Ask the Expert
March 1, 2014
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Missouri Botanical Garden
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Start your spring off smart with a blitz of classes on gardening, food and cooking, art, photography and more. Select from a sampling of our most popular full-length classes and create your own custom-fit educational program. Bring your questions and visit our “Ask the Expert” tables between classes. Enjoy lunch on your own at Sassafras or check out local food trucks on-site. Advance registration required (opens February 1) or (314) 577-9506.

Slow Flowers: The Best of What St. Louis Can Grow
Slow Flowers is the name of a growing movement encouraging the use of local, seasonal, and sustainably grown botanicals. Eco-conscious consumers are curious about where their flowers are grown, the horticultural methods used, and the distance flowers travel to their ultimate destination. This panel features local growers and florists who are committed to the Slow Flowers movement including Miranda Duschack and Karen Davis of Urban Buds: City Flower Farm, Vicki Lander of Flower Hill Farm, and Jessica Douglass of Flowers and Weeds enchanting you with tales of stunning local flowers!
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

MBG’s Favorite Tools of the Trade
What are the Garden horticulturists’ secrets to friable, well-drained soil? Adding Turface (soil conditioner) and leaf mold. Learn about these and many other tools of the trade including the best pruning tools, soil mixes, and hori-hori knives in this fun and informative class filled with the staff’s favorites things. Discover what tools help make the Garden gorgeous for millions of visitors.
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Intro to Garden Yoga
The Garden hosts a 6-week outdoor yoga class on our beautiful and inspiring grounds in May and June. During this mini yoga session, you’ll meet the instructor, learn about yoga in general as well as some of the health benefits, and try out some breathing and physical postures. Many people gain peace of mind, relaxation, physical strength, and flexibility from a regular yoga practice. Come try it out! No experience necessary. Bring a mat if you have one, but not
9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Downsizing Your Garden
Learn tips and tricks to make your garden less work and easier on your knees as you and your garden mature—think more shrubs and fewer annuals. Terry will highlight plants that give you color but don’t have to be deadheaded, show you how to subtract some plants that don’t perform, and give you permission to ditch those fussy plants that need too much work. Sometimes less is more when you make the right choices (and subtract the wrong ones).
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Garden Photography
If you are looking to add a little more snap to your snapshot, this class is for you. From children to vacation photos and everything in between, changing a few little things makes a big difference. Scott Avetta will show you what to include and to exclude in the frame to give your images a “WOW” factor. He will touch on composition, lighting, color, and more. From point-and-shoot to digital, this introductory class will focus on some easy tricks to improve your photography.
1 to 3 p.m.

Status Update: Resolving Your Rose Woes
Is it possible to grow gorgeous roses in St. Louis’s hot and humid climate without dousing them in chemicals? Rose rosette is everywhere; how can you combat it? How is the rose industry adapting its hybridizing and marketing techniques to ever-changing research? After renovating both of the Garden’s rose collections, what has the Garden learned and how will it continue to develop? Learn these answers and more in this exciting discussion with the Garden’s rosarian with time at the end for a Q&A session!
1 to 3 p.m.

From the Ground up: Gardening in City Soils
Urban soils present challenges for even the most seasoned gardener. Whether you want to grow vegetables or gorgeous blooms, healthy soil is a key component to success. This class explores some common issues with city soils, such as contamination, compaction, and infertility, plus some different mulch options to help you have a happy and healthy garden.
1 to 3 p.m.

What’s in a Name?
Scientific names can sometimes be confusing and intimidating. This class is designed to take some of the mystery out of these Latin names. We will explore our system of nomenclature from its development up to the present, showing how we provide names for plants. Scientific names are recognized around the world, and we will contrast their use to that of common names.
1 to 3 p.m.

Organic Garden Basics
With increasing concern over the adverse effects of chemical pesticides in the environment, concerned gardeners are looking for effective alternatives. Organic gardening is where many of these ecologically minded gardeners are turning. In this class, Cheryl will explain the basic principles of organic gardening which can provide a conservative and economical approach to gardening. Organic approaches to soil preparation, pest control, and plant care will be covered.
1 to 3 p.m.

Prices vary per class session General public

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