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Adult Programs

Botanical Wood Coasters

Spring is just around the corner, and these botanically inspired coasters are just the thing to bring a touch of the season indoors. Using wood slices and image transfers, we’ll create a set of four botanical coasters. All materials provided.

$15 (Members $12)
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Perennials: New Releases and Old Favorites

Find out what to look for at the garden centers this spring by spending an hour with Patty Steinhauser of Stonehouse Nursery. Patty shares images of new perennial cultivars and recommended old stalwarts. Patty and her husband Jay own and operate their wholesale nursery in Berrien Springs where they specialize in producing new introductions of perennial liners to be grown in the nursery industry.

$12 (Members $10)
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Starting Annuals from Seed

Learn techniques of raising annual flowers and vegetables from seeds. Following a brief slide show and demonstration, try your hand at sewing a small flat of seeds provided or bring a package of your own seeds from home. Seeding biennials and perennials will also be discussed.

$15 (Members $12)
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Register by February 23.


Paper Flower Wreath

Create a seasonal wreath just in time for spring! Learn to construct flowers in various shapes and sizes using crepe paper and how to adhere them to a wreath form for the perfect arrangement. A materials list will be provided upon registration.

$20 (Members $16)
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Register by March 10.


Birding Local Wetlands

Join naturalist Wendy Jones for a trip to local wetlands to learn about duck identification. Spotting scopes provided. Bring binoculars and please dress for the weather. Meet in the Fernwood parking lot at 9:30am or at the Three Oaks Sewage Ponds at 10:45am.

$15 (Members $12)
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Register by March 16.


Spring Pruning

Early spring before bud break is a great time to rejuvenate most of your woody trees and shrubs through judicious pruning. Join the Fernwood horticulture staff in this walk through the gardens as we demonstrate various pruning methods on a variety of woody plants.

$12 (Members $10)
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Naturally Dyed Foliage Eggs

Create one-of-a-kind eggs using natural materials! We’ll use foliaged plants to create an imprint and color the eggs using dyes made from fruits and vegetables. Bring 10-12 hard-boiled eggs. All additional materials provided.

$30 (Members $24)
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Register by April 13.


Birds of Fernwood

Walk through Fernwood’s arboretum and gardens in search of bluebirds, brown thrashers, rufous-sided towhees, tree swallows, and other recent arrivals. Please dress for the weather.

$12 (Members $10)
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Register by April 20.


Grocery Store Botany

So you think you know a fruit from a nut, but do you really? Learn how grains, nuts, kernels, pulses, pips, pepos, berries, drupes, and legumes along with stems, corms, tubers, and flower buds form the foundation of many familiar foods. Join us for a botanical excursion into the world of food!

$12 (Members $10)
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Register by April 21.


What Tree is That? Arbor Day Tour

Celebrate Arbor Day at Fernwood with the Fernwood Horticulture staff on a walk to learn how to identify most of the common ornamental and native trees of Michiana. Complimentary saplings available while supply last.

Free with paid Fernwood admission.


Warblers at Warren Dunes

Spring bird migration is well under way, with colorful warblers arriving every day. Enjoy an easy walk at Warren Dunes State Park searching for those along with scarlet tanagers, hummingbirds, orioles, and many more. Please dress for walking the trails. Meet at the Floral Lane entrance (park fee applies).

$15 (Members $12)
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Register by May 4.


Pastels Workshop

Cathy McCormick, president of the Northern Indiana Pastel Society, leads an art workshop featuring the vibrant spring landscape in soft pastels. A supply list is provided upon registration. Bring a lunch to picnic in the gardens or pick something up in the Café.

$55 (Members $45)
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Register by May 2.


Homemade Spa Kit

Learn the basics of making your own luxurious bath and body items, including bath bombs, sugar scrubs, shower melts, and foot soaks. You will create different varieties inspired by the season. A materials list is provided upon registration.

$45 (Members $36)
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Register by May 12.


Propagation of Shrubs from Softwood Cuttings

After learning how and where to take cuttings from woody plants and how to coax them to develop roots, gain some practical experience working on Fernwood’s shrubs and take home an assortment of cuttings to grow and eventually plant in your home landscape.
 
$12 (Members $10)
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Register by May 19.


  

Got Water?
In an effort to reduce the plastic at Fernwood and in the landfills, as you head to Fernwood on a day hike or bus tour, we encourage you to bring your own refillable water vessel. Fernwood thanks you, and the environment will thank you too!