Demonstrations - Home Gardeners

Container Gardening How-To

Not everyone has room for an entire garden but everyone has room for a container garden.

Container gardens are just like gardens in the ground, just smaller. They have exactly the same requirements – light, water, and soil. In this demonstration, Nan discusses the best uses for different types of containers and how to match plants to pots and pots to plants. She’ll demonstrate container-planting methods, how to combine plants, how to find the right spot for container gardens, and so on. She’ll share some of her best tips for making container gardens instant successes. Focus can be on edibles or ornamentals, depending on the audience.

Five Minute Garden Design

On a beautiful Saturday you are ready to replace your thirsty, high maintenance garden. Drive to the nursery, park the car and as step through the entry, you stop. Overwhelmed. Not sure what to look at or what to choose….

In this class, Nan demonstrates how to make beautiful combinations of water-wise plants in five minutes (okay, maybe 10 minutes). Some combos are based on color schemes; others are themes such as native plants, succulents, edibles, and so on. In the process, Nan talks about:

  • How to shop for plants in a nursery
  • Where to look for a nursery’s waterwise selections
  • What to prepare before shopping
  • What low-water plants look like and what makes them low water
  • How to read plant labels

Optional demonstration with live plants. 

From Sticks to Stems: Propagate Plants from Cuttings

Starting new plants from cuttings is truly amazing. Lop off a branch, stick it into some potting soil and soon it’s an entire plant! And truthfully, it is almost that easy after participants know some of the tricks that propagators use. Once they see and understand the process, they can propagate almost anything, from the shrubs coveted in a neighbor’s garden to that new perennial on sale at the nursery (though not if it is a patented variety).

This demonstration covers some of the basics making and potting cuttings, how to care for them, and how to transplant them once they are ready to go!

Plant a Jewish Garden

Planting, growing, and harvesting are fundamental to Judaism. Agriculture ties Jews to the seasons and to the land, through holidays and life cycle events. In this presentation, you’ll learn about connections between Judaism and fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, trees, shrubs, and more.

Nan will talk about traditions and practices that easily translate to home gardens. She will discuss how easy it is to grow most, if not all, of the plants mentioned in the Torah and many more that have come to play a role in the traditions of more modern times. Nan will even talk about some ancient traditions that deserve to be revived.

Optional demonstration with live plants. 

Sprout! Start your Vegetable Garden from Seeds

Seeds are magical little things – pieces of dried out “wood” that, when watered, suddenly come alive to make tall redwoods, bright red poppies, even delicious tomatoes and eggplant. Starting from seed allows gardeners to try varieties of plants seldom seen in the nursery – especially herbs and vegetables.

This presentation covers everything a hoping-for-green-thumb needs to raise a summer full of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, including seed starting secrets Nan’s developed from years of starting her own garden from seed and testing seeds for Organic Gardening Magazine.

In the hands-on workshop, participants take home hundreds of dollars worth of seeded plants that will produce several hundred dollars more worth of vegetables. They also gain the knowledge to produce that same value every year.