Home & Garden

REINVENT YOUR HOME TO AGE AT HOME GRACIOUSLY

People love their homes—after all, home is where the heart is, right?  But what happens when getting around the house is not as easy as it once was?  Learn about the key adaptations that can make a home more accessible while adding value and beauty.  In this one-evening class, Home Design Transformation Authority and Certified Aging in Place Specialist, Colin Healy, will show you ways to reinvent your home to fit your changing needs and evolving passions in the home and community you love.  Whether caring for loved ones or planning for yourself, you will get insights on how to create luxurious retirement living that is safe for homeowners and visitors and does not look like a hospital ward.  There will be a presentation and discussion with free resources.    No discounts apply.

 

Course #         5111    Monday                       NHS

6:30-8:30 PM  Starts 4/23/18  1 Class

Colin Healy                             Fee $39

Colin Healy Design LLC

 

GET ORGANIZED AND GET CONTROL

Are you overwhelmed by clutter, but unsure how to organize it?  Have you made past attempts to declutter and get organized only to be disappointed?  If you’re ready for a fresh start, this class is for you.  Organizing is a skill that can be LEARNED.  Professional Organizer, Karen Pierce, will show you how to organize so you can save time, do what you love, save money, decrease stress, improve health and enjoy your space.  Please bring a purse/handbag/backpack to class (do NOT organize)!  You can also email questions you would like to discuss ahead of time through her website, InnerSpacebyKaren.com.

 

Course #                     Wednesday     NHS

7:30-9:00 pm   Starts 5/2/18    1 Class

Karen Pierce                           Fee $29

 

GARDENING INDOORS FOR HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS

Many gardeners have great green thumbs when it comes to outdoor plants, but then have a difficult time with indoor plants.  Do you struggle keeping your indoor plants healthy?  Already a houseplant enthusiast?  Expand your knowledge and know how.  We will cover all sorts of houseplant situations and offer advice on how to keep your houseplants happy, what plants to choose (and what to avoid), where to place them, and how to maintain and overwinter indoor potted plants (and when and what to put outside in warmer weather).  From common varieties of houseplants to orchids, African violets, and more, we’ll tackle the different challenges of indoor gardening and learn how to  make your houseplants work for you!

 

Course #         5171    Monday                       NHS

6:30-8:30 PM  Starts 4/9/18    1 Class

Nicole Christensen, Master Gardener                  Fee $39

 

WEEDS: IDENTIFICATION AND CONTROL OF COMMON WEEDS

Eliminate weeds from your lawn or garden this year.  Learn the identification of several common weeds and invasive plants in Connecticut, plus environmentally safe control methods.  Students  may bring weed samples to class for identification.  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor.

 

Course #         5311    Wednesday     NHS

6:30-8:30  PM Starts 5/23/18  1 Class

Michele MacKinnon, Master Gardener                Fee $39

 

HOME COMPOSTING: THE BASICS

Come learn about this simple process, whether you are a homeowner or renter.  Composting reduces food waste and creates a nourishing soil additive.  Topics include types of compost bins/containers, materials suitable for composting, speeding the process up, and using the finished product.  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor.

 

Course #5348 Wednesday     NHS

6:30-8:00 PM  Starts 4/4/18    1 Class

Michele MacKinnon, Master Gardener                Fee $29

 

ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS

Prepare a vegetable garden in time for spring planting.  Learn basic, tried-and-true techniques for growing popular vegetables and which common but ineffective garden myths to avoid.  Organic controls to manage weeds, insects an common diseases will be discussed.  Nor gardening experience required.   Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Sierra Club CT newsletter contributor. 

 

Course #         5342    Wednesday     NHS

6:30-8:30 PM  Starts 4/25/18  1 Class

Michele MacKinnon, Master Gardener                Fee $59

 

A BEGINNERS GUIDE TO SEEDS

Have you ever wanted to plant your garden using seeds but didn’t know where to start?  Or are  you interested in saving seeds for next year, but not sure what is the best way or which seeds to save?  In this class, we will do an overview, from flowers to vegetables, on using seeds from start to finish.  Learn about the various seed types available, how to “read” seed packets, different methods and containers available, starting seeds indoors, and how to save various seeds for the next year.  It’s “seed 101”!  Taught by an Advanced Master Gardener and Organic Lifestyle columnist.  This class will help take the guesswork out of seed starting!

 

Course #                     Monday                       NHS

6:30-8:30 PM  Starts 3/12/18  1 Class

Nicole Christensen, Master Gardener                  Fee $39