Scilla Bifolia

Adult Programs

Cork Planter Box

Create a one-of-a-kind planter box using recycled wine corks. Bring your friends for an afternoon of fun. All supplies included.

$35 (Members $28)
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Register by February 20.

If you wish to make an arrangement in your planter box, feel free to bring plants from home. Fernwood will have soil available.


Celebrating Birds

WARBLER WORKSHOP 10am–12pm
Oh those beautiful but challenging warblers! Naturalist Wendy Jones walks you through how to identify warblers both by sight and by ear.

$15 (Members $12)
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INVITING BLUEBIRDS TO YOUR BACKYARD 1:30–3pm
Bluebird expert John Harville introduces the natural history of bluebirds and shares tips on how to invite them to nest in your own backyard.

$15 (Members $12)
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Register for both programs!
$22 (Members $18)
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Invasive Species Management

Is garlic mustard, Japanese knotweed, or honeysuckles invading your yard? Jarod Harmon of the Cass County Conservation District walks you through identification of invasive species and how to properly manage these aggressive plants on your property. 

$10 (Members $8)
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Understanding and Managing Soils

Whether you are an experienced gardener or a novice, this class will help you develop a better understanding of the importance of soil to your garden. Learn how to evaluate and improve your garden’s soil, how to choose the right plants for your soil conditions, and how to maintain soil health and fertility through organic practices.

$12 (Members $10)
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Register by March 9


Birding Local Wetlands

Join naturalist Wendy Jones for a trip to local wetlands to learn about duck identification. Spotting scopes provided. Bring binoculars and dress for cool breezes across open fields. Meet in the Fernwood parking lot at 9am or at the Three Oaks Sewage Ponds at 10:30am.

$15 (Members $12)
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Register by March 15.


Spring Pruning

Horticulturist Steve Bornell demonstrates the spring pruning of trees, shrubs, and perennials on a tour through the gardens.

$15 (Members $12)
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Beginning Photoshop Elements Workshop

Bob Denny from Fernwood’s Photo Club leads this hands-on workshop introducing the beginning photographer to digital image post-processing using industry-standard Photoshop Elements software, concentrating on the “Full Edit” portion of the software.  Classroom instruction is combined with demonstrations and participant exercises.  Topics covered include file management and resizing, global image optimization and cropping, selection tools and “local” image adjustments, raw file format conversions and sharpening and “output” optimization, as well as an introduction to layers and layer masks.  Please bring your home laptop computer pre-loaded with a relatively recent version of Photoshop Elements.

Class size is limited to ensure one-on-one support.

$110 (Members $90)
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Register by March 31.


Birds of Fernwood

Bluebirds, brown thrashers, tree swallows, and rufous-sided towhees are back – enjoy a walk through the Arboretum and gardens in search of our recent bird arrivals. Please dress for the weather.

$12 (Members $10)
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Register by April 12.


Growing Ferns from Spores

Discover how ferns differ from other plants. You will learn how and when to collect fern spores and what varieties are easiest to propagate. You will find out what growth media to use and how to overcome common obstacles. Join us on Sunday afternoon and start your own culture that you can observe as it develops over time.

$12 (Members $10)
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Register by April 13.


Kokedama: A Centuries-Old Garden Art

Josephine Fowler, of Puddingstone Farms, will demonstrate and construct two to three Kokedama, utilizing simple and easy-to-care for plants and herbs. Learn about the technique and history of this centuries old Japanese art and create your very own table top herb garden Kokedama. Instruction on taking cuttings to start new plants as well as care and maintenance are also provided. All materials and plants are included.

$40 (Members $32)
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Register by April 18.


Warblers at Warren Dunes

May brings on the migration of warblers, and Warren Dunes State Park is one of the best places to enjoy them. Naturalist Wendy Jones leads an easy walk searching for those along with scarlet tanagers, hummingbirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and many more.

Meet at the Floral Lane entrance (park fee applies).

$15 (Members $12)
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Register by May 3.


Pastel Art Workshop

Cathy McCormick, president of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, will lead an art workshop featuring the vibrant spring landscape in soft pastels. A supply list is available upon registration. Bring a lunch or pick up something in the Café.
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Be sure to view the exhibit by Northern Indiana Pastel Society members on display the gallery March 30-May 27.

$50 (Members $40)
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Register by May 15.


Propagation of Plants in Gravel

In this class you will learn about using gravel as a medium for plant propagation. Gravel offers both superior drainage and an environment that minimizes competition from weeds.  Gain some practical experience rooting a variety of succulents to take home while learning about in-ground seed propagation and protecting spring bulbs from herbivory with gravel amendments.

$12 (Members $10)
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Register by May 11.