Longwood Gardens releases 2010 lineup of Continuing Education Classes.


New
Floral Fun Classes, exclusive Back Door Tours, never-before offered Certificate
courses and a look at native wildflowers are just a few of the inspiring,
hands-on courses and interesting classes Longwood Gardens’ Continuing Education
is offering in 2010. The complete Course Catalog of classes, lectures and
workshops is available now at Longwood Gardens or by calling 610-388-1000 ext.
559.  Choose from a wide variety of interesting classes for both beginning
and professional gardeners, as well as classes for aspiring artists,
photographers, floral designers and more.  Information is also available
on Longwood’s website, http://www.longwoodlearning.org/www.longwoodlearning.org.

Course Highlights

Longwood is adding a new Certificate of
Merit Course. The Certificate of Merit
in Ornamental Horticulture
is designed for serious gardeners wishing to expand
their knowledge of horticulture. Students in this program can create their own
focus and develop expertise in areas that are of interest (plant sciences,
Plant ID, horticulture techniques) after completing the required core courses.
Longwood will continue to offer its popular Certificate Courses in Ornamental Plants and Floral Design.

         
Experience the Philadelphia Flower Show in
a whole new way on March 2 when 
Floraldesigner Jane Godshalk.
Offers an early morning guided tour. Travel by motor coach to the show and
begin with a behind-the-scenes early morning guided tour before it opens to the
public. Later enjoy a floral demonstration; and use the hospitality lounge
throughout the day. There will be time to shop in the retail section, enjoy a leisurely
lunch in or around the Convention Center or explore the show further. 
Everyone will take home a goody bag and an additional ticket in case you’d like
to return to the show at a later date.

Native
Spring Wildflowers
,
beginning April 13, is offered for
the first time via a co-sponsorship by Longwood Gardens and Mt. Cuba Center.
Spring wildflowers are thrilling to observe in nature and gardeners often wish
to recapture that enchantment in their home gardens. This course will present
information on identification and cultivation of many herbaceous perennials and
woody plants, native to our area. Students will gain valuable tips on
purchasing, site selection, planting, maintenance, and companion plants, as
well as enjoy guided plant walks.

Floral designer Hitomi Gilliam delves
into all things “new” in the lecture, Artflor—The New Modern—Designing Flowers for
Changing Times
. During this April 21 evening lecture, discover how
today’s modernistic aesthetics in fashion, art, architecture, gardens, and home
decor trends translate into a new look for floral design. 

         
Other fun classes include making a “green
roof” birdhouse
on March 20, a new After-Hours
Photography
class beginning March 4
and Floral Fun Fridays, in which each month you can create a themed floral
design, regardless of experience.

Experience Longwood Gardens in the
morning before the gates open to the public with our Peek Through the Back Door series. You’ll see the displays at
their peak and learn how the magic is created.  Mark your calendars for
these 8 am tours:

Saturday June 26 --Fabulous Fruits and
Vegetables

Saturday July 17 -- Topiary Tales

Saturday Sept 11 --Mowing Patterns with
a WOW

New Online Component

You
will see an interesting addition to some of our classes in 2010.  A few
courses will be supplemented with online materials and activities to extend and
support learning via Longwood’s new Learning & Instructional Virtual
Environment (LongwoodLIVE). Just a few classes have online components at this
time, and students will be provided user IDs and passwords to access courses
and communities that are hosted via LongwoodLIVE.

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