Create your very own Winter Urn at our workshop! Come and be a Niagara College student for an hour or two, enjoy some fresh baked goods and tasty warm beverages made by our very own Benchmark restaurant.
It is that time of year again! Your turkey has been carved. Halloween is over, all of the pumpkins are now rotting jack-o-lanterns, or the kids on your street have smashed them to pieces. The vibrant colour from your fall mums have all faded. To top it all off, the days are getting dreary.
Now that you are totally depressed, here is something to brighten your day. You need something to fill those pots in the front of your house, so what can you do? Well, Niagara College Greenhouse and Nursery is holding two workshops on how to create that perfect display of greens to dress up your front porch for the winter.
Teri Sherwood is our resident expert on how to design planters. Her designs have been decorating the campus for the past 15 plus years. She has the patience and know how to show you how to do it yourself. It is done with fresh new students every year!
What do you get?
By signing up for this workshop you will get a 10″ decorative pot that will fit into your existing urn, or look nice enough to stand alone. We have brought in a fantastic selection of greens as well as accents to add some spice and colour to your masterpiece. On top of that there is a great selection of accessories to dress up your design and add a bit of “pizzazz” to your masterpiece. As an added bonus to you we are throwing in some tasty treats and warm beverages for you to enjoy from our very own Benchmark Restaurant.
Where: The Niagara College Greenhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus
Saturday, May 24th – Schedule: Greenhouse Open House – One Day Only!
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
College Tomatoes for Sale (while supplies last!)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
“The Plant Dr. Is In”: Consult with NC’s ‘plant doctor’ Olga Piedrahita about your sick plants. She will be on hand throughout the morning to offer knowledgeable advice to help heal your plants and help identify plant pests or diseases.
Live Entertainment: Elle Wrabiutza (former Ecosystem Restoration graduate) sings & plays her guitar in guests spots throughout the day (30 minute sets)
“Pump up your Soil with Compost Tea”: Interactive Workshop by Bill MacDonald (Horticulture Faculty): Bill will demonstrate how to make compost tea which will give your soil the nutrients they need to grow the perfect garden! (20-30 minutes)
“Preparing your Perfect Decorative Planter”: Dena Gavin, Horticulture faculty, will host an interactive workshop showing various combinations of plants to fill every size planter to create perfect accents to driveways, yards, pools and decks.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Profits will go towards the NC Rankin Run Team’s donations to the event
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Children’s “Plant a Bean” Activity: Outside the Greenhouse Courtyard, children will be able to construct their own bean plant to take home!!
“Preparing Edible Planters”: Dena Gavin will host an interactive workshop, educating visitors about edible plants and how to create a meal-specific planter (ie. spaghetti sauce planter would include a tomato plant, basil and garlic or onions). Recipes will be on hand.
“Create your Man Yard”: Landscape faculty Mike Hoekstra shares his expertise on how to create the perfect ‘man yard’ complete with barbecue, fire pit or outdoor oasis. Perfect for singles who don’t know where to start with their landscaping, or those eager to create a functional oasis for their families, he will provide advice and design samples for easy maintenance, beautiful yards and gardens.
Sunday, May 25th – Schedule
11:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.
BBQ (profits to enhance Niagara College’s Rankin Run Team contribution)
On Saturday, March 29th the College will be hosting an Open House at both campuses. Please come and visit the Greenhouse and see what is growing for the Spring! Our hours for Saturday, March 29th are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Coleus, also known as Solenostemon, is an herbaceous perennial native to the tropical areas of Africa, Asia, Australia, the East Indies and the Philippines. Although it is a perennial, most gardeners in the US and Canada treat it as an annual based on the zone changes it faces in North America.