Garden club posts "Workshop Weekends" Saturday workshop schedule

Posted: Sunday, May 01, 2011

To register for Central Peninsula Garden Club workshops, email Marion Nelson at More information may be found online at, or call 283-4632 or 398-8669. There is a $5 per person for most workshops; a few have a supply fee. The money goes to cover the month's overall expenses.

May 7

10 a.m. -- Composting Fast and Furious. Presenter: Don Thompson, well known as one of the area's expert gardener who does it all including the creation of yards of compost! Don uses leaves, manure and more for a fast, hot turn around. Don's workshops always fill up fast and you always learn something new. Group size limit: 15 people. Location: Off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

11 a.m. -- Local Insects & Their Identification. Presenter: Dominique Collett author of "Insects of South-Central Alaska," an excellent, locally relevant resource. Dominique is a true expert on this topic (also mushrooms) and many others. He will give a power point presentation and have hands-on projects. Location: Christ Lutheran Church, Fellowship hall.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. -- Home Greenhouse Management. Presenters: Will & Jane Madison. Learn tips and tricks about home greenhouse management from expert gardeners, and fastidious greenhouse managers for healthy plant production & pest control. Group size limit:12 people for each workshop. Location: East Redoubt.

Noon -- Bees, Pollinators and Garden Production. Presenter: Janice Chumley, UAF Extension Service. Janice will show and tell you about how and why pollinators in general and keeping a working bee hive near your growing areas, improves production. This is aimed at enhancing your gardening results more than producing a quantity of honey which would also be nice. (If allergic to bees, please do not attend this workshop.) Group size limit:15. Location: Off Mackey Lake Road.

1 p.m. -- Raised Beds and How They Grow! ... some even turn into a Small Greenhouse. Presenter: Don Thompson, well known as one of the area's most expert gardeners and builder of many raised beds and inexpensive home greenhouses. Don's workshops always fill up fast. Group size limit:15. Location: Off Kalifornsky Beach Road.

3 p.m. -- LDS Church 2-Year Food Storage Security Program. Presenter: Curtis McCubbins. Curtis will present the overall guidelines as recommended by the LDS Church for the 2-year, emergency family food storage program. He will also show various storage containers and supply sources. Location: LDS Church, Kenai, Forest Drive.

May 14

11 a.m., 1p.m. and 3 p.m. -- Photographing Flowers & Plants. Presenter: Bill Heath. Introduction to concepts useful in flower/plant photography, including, lighting, some camera settings and techniques to make images stand out compared to the typical snapshot. Participants will need a camera with adjustable settings, a fresh battery and lots of memory card space because we will be taking lots of images. Beginners to old pros welcome. Bill has taught photography at KPC for the past 6 years. His work has been featured in local and statewide shows, and is in private and public collections, U.S and abroad. Group size limit: 6 people each workshop. Location: Trinity Greenhouse in the Perennial House.

10 a.m. -- Create a Hanging Flower Basket. Presenter: Connie Royal of Connie's Flowers. Learn from an expert who puts together hundreds of lovely baskets every season. Baskets and potting soil provided. Plants are not provided but available for purchase at Connie's. Supply fees: $15 for one "regular" basket or $20 for one lobelia basket. Group limit: 10 people. Location: Connie's Flowers Greenhouse on Strawberry Road.

1 p.m. -- Raised Beds and Raising Backyard Chickens plus Custom Designed "Chicken Tractor." Presenters and Chicken Tractor builders: Chris and Britt Cook, and Tori Yancey of Sterling Meadows Hatchery (SMH) with several of her prize winning bird varieties. This is a multi-feature workshop with great raised beds that serve as mini hoop houses and chickens that scratch and peck around in the beds etc. The custom "Chicken Tractor" is worth the stop alone. Get the low down on raising a few backyard chickens and from Tori and the latest SMH information/recommendations regarding breeds for eating and egg production. Great compost manure contributors! Group size limit: 20 people. Location: off the Spur Highway.

3 p.m. -- Home Peony Growing. Presenters: Rich and Irene Repper, Echo Lake Peonies commercial peony farm. Learn root evaluation, dividing, fertilization, and common diseases issues and what to do about them. One root provided to all workshop participants courtesy of the Reppers. (Forty or more, 3-4 year old roots available for purchase after the workshop.) Group size limit: 15 people. Location: Echo Lake Farm Peonies.

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