Home & Garden

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Rain Gardens: Sustainable Landscaping for a Beautiful Yard – NEW

Join us for a hands-on course focused on creating a beautiful rain garden that protects the environment, provides habitat for wildlife and improves your property. You will learn what a rain garden is and how your rain garden will help to keep storm water on site, and improve water quality while creating a beautiful landscape feature.  At the end of the four-week class, you will leave with the skills to design and install your own rain garden—just in time for spring planting.

Mondays * 3/9/20-3/30/20 * 6-8 pm * $115 (member) $135 (non-member) * Patty Hoch-Melluish & Anna Kornoelje * Rm: LT-303

Staging Your Home for Sale

Every seller wants their home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Learn how to prep your home to make it irresistible and marketable! Real estate agents will tell you that homes will receive more offers and sell more quickly if they have been staged. If you are truly ready to sell your home, then you won’t want to miss this informative class with an award winning staging professional and author. Learn the tools and techniques professionals use to garner competitive offers and sell that house!

Monday * 3/9/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Carole Morgan * Rm: LT-304

Staging to Live: Making a House Your Home

Do you watch makeover shows and wish your home could be transformed in such a small amount of time? Discover the latest home decorating phenomenon—staging to live. Learn how to redecorate your home using your existing furnishings. Find out how to make your rooms look larger while emphasizing their architectural strengths. Do some “shopping” in other rooms to make the most of every space. Whatever the problem or challenge, staging to live respects your taste and possessions while creating a beautiful home that fits your unique lifestyle. Join an award-winning home staging professional to learn a variety of tips and tricks that you can apply to any room in your house to make it home sweet home.

Monday * 3/16/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Carole Morgan * Rm: LT-304

Ornamental Grasses – NEW  

Join us to explore the ever-expanding selection of ornamental grasses available for landscaping the yard. These plants offer a great diversity of textures, forms and sizes, and have become a major focus in garden design and specimen plantings. Discover all of the beautiful ornamental grasses that will thrive in our area and learn about the requirements of each so that you may incorporate them into your landscape. You will wonder how you ever lived without the magnificence of ornamental grasses after attending this class!

Thursday * 4/2/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Linda Whitlock * Rm: LT-304

Cannabis: A Conversation for the Curious – NEW

In recent years we have seen the expansion of the availability of both medical and recreational cannabis across the United States and, like many of us, you may be curious about what cannabis is and isn’t. Michigan legalized both medical and recreational use of marijuana and the 2018 Farm Bill made growing hemp legal across the U.S. The cannabis industry in our community puzzles many, and in this class we will share information and provide resources to help take away some of the mystery. Join us to explore a brief history of marijuana and its use, what the plant is and how it interacts with the human body, and what the new law means for the business of marijuana and the impact on communities like ours.  Bring your questions and be prepared to embrace your cannabis curiosity. NOTE: No medical or legal advice will be provided; this workshop is for information only.

Monday * 4/13/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Cindi Shell * Rm: LT-304

Green Cleaning Tips & Recipes

Your great-grandmother’s house was sparkling clean and she didn’t use store-bought cleaners and you don’t need to either! There are many natural products and methods that keep a house clean and fresh without toxic side effects and there are ways to control pests without using poisons that could hurt your children or pets. Join us to discover which common household products are most hazardous and learn instead how to clean green! We will review the recipes for several green cleaning and pest control products in class and you will make and take home a sampling of cleaners and a natural pest control product. Forget commercial cleaners and make your own green cleaning products in the scents you love – protect your family’s health, get rid of pests, save money, and go green!

Tuesday * 4/14/20 * 6-9 pm * $59 (member) $69 (non-member) * Carli Ray * Rm: LT-303

Beekeeping 101: Bee Hives & Tools

This class is an overview of beekeeping and is designed for the curious or the beginner who may not even have bees yet. We’ll cover basic beekeeping, bee biology, explore the parts of the hive, the tools used by beekeepers and you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and get answers from your instructor, a beekeeper for over 17 years.

Thursday * 4/16/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Wrifton Graham * Rm: LT-304

Beekeeping 102: Inside the Hive

We’ll continue our exploration of beekeeping as you learn what to watch out for right after installing your bees. Plus you’ll learn much more about the bees themselves, honey production, how to handle bees and how they interact within the hive. We’ll also share information about upcoming beekeeping classes that will be held at the instructor’s bee farm.

Thursday * 4/23/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Wrifton Graham * Rm: LT-304

Beekeeping 103: Pests & Diseases in the Hive

Properly caring for your bee colonies is vital to their survival and to your ability to harvest honey from them. Bees are susceptible to various types of viruses, fungi, pests and diseases, and in this new class you’ll learn all about them and what to do in the event your bees develop an issue. We’ll cover the most likely issues, how to treat them and ideally, how to prevent them. We’ll also share information about upcoming beekeeping classes that will be held at the instructor’s bee farm.

Thursday * 4/30/20 * 6-8:30 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Wrifton Graham * Rm: LT-304

Best Deal! For members only – All 3 Beekeeping classes for only $49

Thursdays * 4/16/20-4/30/20 * 6-8:30 pm * Wrifton Graham * Rm: LT-304

Downsizing: It Can Be Harder Than You Think! – NEW

Most of us acquire items over a lifetime, but when it is time to move into a smaller home or relocate, deciding what to keep and what to toss can be overwhelming. In this class we will discuss how to start the downsizing process: what to keep, donate, sell or throw away. Plus, you will be surprised to learn about the top 10 items your kids won’t want. Let us help you make the process of downsizing a little bit easier!

Monday * 4/27/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Delma Smith * Rm: LT-304

High to Low: Vines, Climbers & Ground Covers – NEW

From high to low, we’re here to show you how to add dimension to your garden. Whether you are out of space in your garden or just want to know more about the versatility of vines and climbers, we will show you the many selections and advantages of these great plants. Do you have a hard-to-fill spot in your yard? Would you just like a low maintenance alternative for a garden area? Maybe you just don’t seem to be able to get “anything” to grow under your pine tree or some other problem site? There are many different ground covers that will thrive in just about any microenvironment of southwest Michigan. Join us for a virtual tour of the many vines, climbers and ground covers available to us in Zone 5.

Thursday * 5/7/20 * 6-8 pm * $25 (member) $35 (non-member) * Linda Whitlock * Rm: LT-304