For anyone who has ever wanted to acquire a green thumb, your golden opportunity has arrived: Blithewold is introducing a series of classes and hands-on instruction that will enable you to roll up your sleeves, dig in, and reap the rewards of getting your hands dirty.
Held on Saturdays between 9:30 and 11, at the Bristol estate’s Visitor’s Center and Education Space, the first three classroom sessions to be held in February cover the foundations of gardening. Taught by Blithewold’s own horticulturalists, participants will learn the proper methods and techniques that can help beautify any backyard. In just a few hours, you’ll acquire skills that can enhance your gardening experience for a lifetime.
“We love what we do and want to share it,” said head horticulturalist Gail Read, referring to the art and science of gardening. “We’d like to leave people with the ability to create a little piece of Blithewold in their own home.” Participants will also leave with printed materials that can guide them in their future gardening endeavors.
If you have ever fantasized about creating a beautiful garden, the classes are a dream come true. Instead of approaching gardening with trepidation, they’ll enable you to proceed with confidence. Considering the cost of specimen plants and the value of avoiding common pitfalls, the classes could very well end up saving you more than just time and frustration, but money, too. The $30 ($25 for members) spent on a class could be one of the best investments a gardener can make starting out.
The three classes planned for February are “Gardening Basics” on February 2, “Color Theory for Gardens” on February 9 and “Succession Planting for Seasonal Interest” on February 16. Upcoming hands-on instruction planned for later in the year will include “Spring in the Garden,” “Fall in the Garden” and “Preparing the Garden for Winter (Putting the Garden to Bed).” Classes are limited to 50, so, if you are interested, it’s best to move quickly. For more information or to register, go online to Blithewold.org.
Should you be inspired, you might also consider the beauties of volunteering in Blithewold’s gardens. In addition to learning about gardening, while working side-by-side with horticulturalists and fellow volunteers of all abilities, it’s a great way to immerse yourself in the glories of Blithewold.
written by Scott Bean,
Resident and Partner at Link Real Estate