Current Classes

Learn to garden like the pros.  The Idyllwild Community Garden has assembled a group of gardening experts who will share their knowledge with you in these classes. Many classes are hands-on and feature something you can take home with you.  Children are welcome when accompanied by adults.  Just bring gloves, a hat and water and you’re all set.

Individual classes are $10 each or $20 for a family. You can also buy 5 or 10 class packages at a good discount. You can buy these in advance using the links and QR codes below or pay at the garden

5 class package – individual = $35.      

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5 class package – family = $70

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10 class package – individual = $60

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10 class package – family = $100

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Packages can be used for any class. We just ask that you RSVP your attendance.

Questions?: email bgreenamyer@gmail.com for more information.

 

Upcoming Events
Dec
17
Sat 10:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up – Prepping for Winter

Join Bob Greenamyer  for a discussion on how to prep your garden for winter. Topics will include mulching to keep plants from freezing, draining irrigation systems, tool care and more.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Mar
11
Sat 10:00AM

Winter Pruning

Now that the leaves have fallen it’s a good time to prune back your fruit trees for and abundant harvest next summer and fall. Join one of our pruning experts to learn the basics of tree pruning. Learn where to prune,  how much to prune, why to prune and what to prune. Learn “The 5 D’s of Pruning. Your trees will thank you!

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Apr
1
Sat 10:00AM

Bringing in Pollinators

Join Julie Koppel for an informative session on how to attract pollinators to your garden. From bees and butterflies to hummingbirds, Julie will share her techniques and plants for attracting these garden friends to your home.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Apr
8
Sat 10:00AM

Part 1: The ABC’s of Garden Design

Join April Palmer, Landscape designer and Permaculturist for this 3 Saturday series on how to create a beautiful garden from the idea through to plant selection.  will cover the basic considerations necessary for developing a beautiful garden.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Apr
15
Sat 10:00AM

Part 2: Creating a Plot Plan

Part two of April Palmer’s 3 part series on garden planning and design, April will walk you through the basic steps to take your garden vision from the idea stage to a well developed plan.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Apr
22
Sat 10:00AM

Part 3: Choosing Plants for Your Garden

Join April Palmer for her final session on garden design; choosing plants for your garden. Whether you have a veggie garden, floral garden or a mix of both, April will offer tips on choosing the right plants for your space.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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May
6
Sat 10:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up: Part 1: Seed Starting

Join Bob Greenamyer for this 5 part series that will take you from seed sprouting to composting and soil enrichment, building a raised bed, irrigation and water conservation to pest control. This five part series has been successful for several years in helping any gardener create abundance in their yard. Seed starting will be step one as we grow our own plants economically and successfully. Learn what to plant when and much more. You’ll come away with your own tray of seed starts and a lot of knowledge.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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May
13
Sat 10:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up: Part 2 – Dirt First!

In Part 2 of this 5 part series, join Bob to explore the importance of good soil for plant health. You’ll learn how to assess and analyze your soil, the basics of composting and much more.  We may even build a compost bin.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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May
20
Sat 10:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up: Part 3 – Building raised beds

Join Bob this week on tips for building raised beds from found materials, which will save a lot of money. We’ll build a 4’x4′ bed that will be given away at the end of the class. Well also talk briefly about critter proofing and irrigation considerations.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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May
27
Sat 10:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up: Part 4 – Irrigation and Water Conservation

This week we’ll explore ways to water your garden efficiently and effectively. We’ll explore different types of irrigation tubing and parts. We’ll build a simple irrigation system.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Jun
3
Sat 9:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up: Part 5: Pest Control

In our final Gardening from the Ground Up class, we’ll focus on pest control of all creatures great and small. We’ll talk about both prevention and remediation. We’ll make an organic pest control spray that you can take home. Bring a new empty spray bottle to fill.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Jun
10
Sat 9:00AM

Creating Food Forests

Join Bob to explore the concept of food forests and help plant the Community Garden’s food forest in the process. We’ll explore guilds, food forest levels, companion plants and more. Come ready to get your hands in the dirt!

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Jun
17
Sat 9:00AM

Chickens in Your Garden: Part 1

Join Tate and Bon Donovan to find out about raising chickens at home. Tate and Bon have been raising chickens for a while and have a lot of information to share…and they’re funny too! Learn about types of chickens suited to colder environments, coops, proper feeding, laying and more. You’ll be able to hold a hen! Even if you don’t think chicken raising is for you, you won’t want to miss this class.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Jun
24
Sat 12:00AM

Chickens in Your Garden: Part 2

Learn more about raising chickens from Tate and Bon in Part 2 of their Chickens in Your Garden Series. You might even take home some eggs!

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Jul
29
Sat 9:00AM

Summer Pruning

Learn the importance of summer pruning from our teaching staff. Is summer a good time to prune trees?

It can be. Summer pruning has many benefits. Because your tree doesn’t have a reserve of energy, it won’t grow vigorously as a result of the summer pruning.  This helps reduce the size of a larger tree.  cherry trees and apple trees are good trees to prune in summer.

Prune again for the 5 D’s; Dead, Dying, Damaged, Diseased and Deformed.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Aug
26
Sat 9:00AM

Seed Harvesting

Join April Palmer for an interesting session on seed harvesting. Learn why seed harvesting is an important and fun garden activity, when to harvest and how to harvest vegetable, fruit and flower seeds.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Sep
9
Sat 9:00AM

Gardening Like a Forest: Part 1 Beyond Organic Gardening

The focus for this 3 week series will be on Soil Building to make your garden come alive! Topics that will be covered include:

  • Beyond Organic Gardening
  • Vermicomposting – Gardening with worms
  • Creating Compost Tea

Peter is a biologist and educator with over 50 years of experience. Peter concentrates on how to work with nature to create a thriving environment. 

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Sep
16
Sat 9:00AM

Gardening Like a Forest: Part 2 – Vermicomposting

The focus for this 3 week series will be on Soil Building to make your garden come alive! Topics that will be covered include:

  • Beyond Organic Gardening
  • Vermicomposting – Gardening with worms
  • Creating Compost Tea

Peter is a biologist and educator with over 50 years of experience. Peter concentrates on how to work with nature to create a thriving environment. 

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Sep
23
Sat 12:00AM

Gardening Like a Forest: Part 3 – Creating Compost Tea

The focus for this 3 week series will be on Soil Building to make your garden come alive! Topics that will be covered include:

  • Beyond Organic Gardening
  • Vermicomposting – Gardening with worms
  • Creating Compost Tea

Peter is a biologist and educator with over 50 years of experience. Peter concentrates on how to work with nature to create a thriving environment

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Oct
7
Sat 10:00AM

Everything You Wanted to Know About Native Plants

Join the Community Garden Team for a discussion of native plants in our mountain region and how to grow them. There are a wide variety of native flowers, bushes and trees that will enhance your garden environment.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Oct
14
Sat 12:00AM

Growing Microgreens

Join Bob Greenamyer to explore different methods for growing healthy microgreens. It’s quick, easy and the result is a healthy, organic addition to salads, sandwiches and juices in 7-14 days. We’ll use three methods to grow greens: mason jars, grow pads and a coir/perlite mix. You’ll come away with a small tray of seeds ready to grow!

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Oct
21
Sat 10:00AM

Time to Plant for Spring: Bulbs and More

Join garden designer and permaculture expert April Palmer to get your garden ready for springtime.

Fall is the perfect time to not only plan but also plant for Spring. It’s the time to put bulbs for such local favorites as narcissus and daffodils in the ground. Conversely, it’s the time to take up dahlias and other rhizomes to store for Spring planting. This class will cover soil prep and planting techniques. We will also share several harvested native plant seeds with guidelines for sowing them.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Nov
4
Sat 10:00AM

Using Alpaca Gold Nuggets

Join skilled gardener and alpaca expert, Julie Roy for a class on the benefits of alpaca golden nuggets (AKA poop) for your garden. Julie raised alpacas for many years and also created lush gardens using these “golden nuggets”. Julie will detail all the ways to use Alpaca nuggets in your garden; as a tea, powder or just the golden nuggets themselves. You’ll receive a starter bag of nuggets for your garden.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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Dec
16
Sat 10:00AM

Gardening from the Ground Up: Prepping for Winter

Join Bob Greenamyer for a discussion on how to prep your garden for winter. Topics will include mulching to keep plants from freezing, draining irrigation systems, tool care and more.

The cost for the class is $10 per person and $20/family. You can pay at the garden. All proceeds go to our educators and garden upkeep.

Please RSVP so we know how many people to expect. Class is limited to 15 people. See you at the garden!

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