Happy Healthy Houseplants

Saturday, January 18, 10am-11am

Join us for an informative session on everything houseplants. We will cover how to choose the right plants for your home and how to care for them so they stay happy and healthy. You will learn about air-purifying plants and pet-friendly plants! Every houseplant needs a home and every home needs houseplants!  Cost is only $10 and includes a spray bottle and mini-trimmers.  Register here!Presenter:  Debbi Barnett, FGS Plant Expert


Tree Pruning for Beginners--CLASS IS FULL!!

If you would like to be put on the wait list, please email Lynn at lynn@fgsdurham.com.  Thanks!

Saturday, February 1, 10am-11am

In the N.C. Piedmont, winter is the ideal time for pruning trees.  A proactive health practice, pruning may be conducted for a variety of reasons including removal of dead wood, removal of poorly formed branches and branch unions, improved resistance to storm threats from ice or wind, disease mitigation, reduction of interference with structures, and crown raising and shaping.  Join Jacob Pressley, Certified Arborist and owner of Grateful Trees and Bees, for a workshop covering the fundamentals of tree pruning and methods to encourage healthy tree structure.  The class will begin with a discussion sharing basic pruning knowledge, including: “the pruner’s pre-amble;” why the dormant season is the best time for pruning; which species it is essential to prune only in the winter; the art of shaping; and various pruning techniques for both fruit and landscape trees.

Participants will then have the opportunity to observe and practice proper pruning techniques on various specimens on the grounds of For Garden’s Sake.  Pole saws will be available to try out, but students are also welcomed to bring their favorite pair of gardening shears or a pole saw of their own to use.  This class is free, but it is limited to ten participants so that each student may have time to try out the hand tools.  CLASS IS FULL.

Succulent Garden Class

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6PM-8PM
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, let us help you create a one of a kind succulent arrangement that you can give to that special person in your life or take home for yourself to enjoy. Cost includes container, succulents, supplies, light snack and one drink. The bar will be open for additional purchases.  Cost is $40 per participant.  Register here.
Presenter: Debbi Barrett, FGS Plant Coach

Terrarium Garden Class and LUNCH!

Wednesday, February 26, 11am-1pm

Enjoy a tasty lunch as we present terrarium soil building, design principles, and maintenance.  After lunch, you will get creative and make your own terrarium garden! You’ll practically be a terrarium guru by the time you leave! Please register early because space is limited to 10 participants.  All materials included. Lunch will include your choice of the following: Salad, fruit, chips and drink or sandwich/wrap, chips, cookie and drink. We will send you an email to confirm your lunch selections once you are registered for the class .  Cost is $45 per participant, and payment is required to hold your spot. Register here!

Presenter:  Debbi Barnett, FGS Plant Coach


Candle Making Class

Thursday, March 12, 6pm-8pm

Join us as Rachel Latson with La Botella teaches you how to make your own homemade 12 oz. soy candle. It will be the first day of Spring and what better way to bring the outdoors in than with candles scented like the very trees, plants and shrubs we will have available at the garden center! Scents like lilac, cherry blossom, magnolia, and more will be an option. Labels will be included as well. Enjoy light snacks, a complimentary glass of wine or hard cider, and additional wine or cider will be available to purchase.   Limited space available, so don’t wait to register! Cost is $35 per participant.

Bonsai for Beginners

Saturday, March 28, 10am-1pm

Want to learn how to create and care for a bonsai?  Join For Garden’s Sake and Harold Johnson, local bonsai enthusiast, in this three hour class on the basic knowledge of the art of bonsai. You will learn what kind of plants to use, what materials are involved, how to shape a nursery plant into a beginning bonsai, and how to maintain your bonsai. In the workshop you will create a bonsai from a juniper by shaping through pruning, wiring and planting in a bonsai container. All that is needed for the workshop will be provided:  plant, pot, wire, soil, handout on future care, and loaner tools for use in the class.  Refreshments and a light snack will be provided. This class is limited to 10 participants due to one-on-one instruction, so please sign up early. Register here. Cost is $50 per participant.

Presenter: Harold Johnson-Triangle Bonsai Society

PLEASE NOTE:  All workshops require a minimum of five participants.  If workshops do not meet this minimum, the workshop will be canceled and registrants will be refunded 100% of registration fee.  If you are registered for a class or event and are unable to attend, you must notify us 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.