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This class offers an introduction to the art of Bonsai (Penjing) gardening. You will learn from a master how to create and maintain your first bonsai. Class covers the care required, soil, fertilization, appropriate trimming, and the use of wires to control the shapes of the branches and trunks. (Bonsai plant and dish available for optional purchase for a $30 materials fee.)

Start date: 06/03/17

End date: 06/03/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (6/3/2017-6/3/2017)

Instructor : Robert Wai Cho 

Room :  On campus

Class Fee: $49.00

Materials Fee: $30.00

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Learn a systematic approach to diagnosing plant problems, and discover where to go for sound solutions. Become familiar with common insect, disease, and environmental maladies of landscape plants. Gain hands-on practice diagnosing problems and finding remedies.

Start date: 07/24/17

End date: 07/24/17

1 session

Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (7/24/2017-7/24/2017)

Instructor : Van Bobbitt 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Dwarf conifers are ideal plants for West Seattle's smaller yards and gardens. They're low maintenance and resistant to most insects and diseases; many have year-round color, and there is an extraordinary range of sizes and shapes available. This class covers the information on types of dwarf conifers (genus/species), as well as the basics of site and soil.

Start date: 07/31/17

End date: 07/31/17

1 session

Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (7/31/2017-7/31/2017)

Instructor : Bill Hibler 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Van Bobbitt, South Seattle College horticulture instructor, has arranged an exclusive garden tour and refreshments for us at the Powellswood Garden in Federal Way, WA. It is three acres nestled against thirty-five acres of native successional forest. Our guided tour that will focus on the history of the garden, special plants, and sustainable gardening practices as we explore the major features of this amazing garden: A series of exquisite hedges which help define several distinct garden rooms graced with more than a thousand varieties of trees, shrubs and perennials; woodland and shade gardens; and perennial borders which thrive as a result of an extensive soil conservation project. The garden also features walking paths, a meandering stream and pond, and a conservatory-style Garden Room. After the Tour, the group will enjoy an optional no-host lunch together and side trip to the West Hylebos Wetlands, a moist, lush forest refuge. Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the garden entrance. Class Fee includes all Powellswood tour fees. (You must provide your own transportation to Powellswood.)  

Start date: 07/15/17

End date: 07/15/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:15 AM - 12:30 PM (7/15/2017-7/15/2017)

Instructor : Van Bobbitt 

Room :  Off campus

Class Fee: $55.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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Come join South Seattle College horticulture instructor Van Bobbitt for the day on Bainbridge Island touring the Bloedel Reserve, an internationally-0renowned public garden and forest preserve. The group will have the benefit of Mr. Bobbitt's expertise and a Bloedel Reserve guide providing a horticulturally-focused tour. After the tour, the group will enjoy an optional no-host lunch together on Bainbridge Island before taking the return ferry to Seattle. The Reserve’s founders’ vision was “to provide refreshment and tranquility in the presence of natural beauty."  Come experience this for yourself! Fee includes Bloedel Reserve fees. (You must provide your own transportation to the Bloedel Reserve.)

Start date: 08/05/17

End date: 08/05/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM (8/5/2017-8/5/2017)

Instructor : Van Bobbitt 

Room :  Off campus

Class Fee: $55.00

Materials Fee: $0.00

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Enjoy a complimentary tour of South’s Arboretum & Botanical Garden and learn how to turn your own garden into a botanical gem! Natives, ornamentals and many noteworthy specimens for the urban garden will be featured. A professional horticulturist will guide you through the gardens of the Arboretum, providing a “right plant, right place” perspective to guide your landscape designs.

Start date: 06/03/17

End date: 06/03/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (6/3/2017-6/3/2017)

Instructor :  staff Staff 

Room :  Arboretum entrance

Class Fee: $0.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Enjoy a complimentary tour of South’s Arboretum & Botanical Garden and learn how to turn your own garden into a botanical gem! Natives, ornamentals and many noteworthy specimens for the urban garden will be featured. A professional horticulturist will guide you through the gardens of the Arboretum, providing a “right plant, right place” perspective to guide your landscape designs. Feel free to bring a picnic supper to enjoy in the arboretum before or after the tour.

Start date: 07/10/17

End date: 07/10/17

1 session

Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM (7/10/2017-7/10/2017)

Instructor : Van Bobbitt 

Room :  Arboretum entrance

Class Fee: $0.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Encouraging birds and insects to visit and live in your garden helps to look after local wildlife, keeps valuable green spaces thriving, and can help control garden pests by encouraging natural predators. This class will focus on how to encourage them to visit and/or stay through the use of shrubs, trees, boxes and feeders for perching, foraging and nesting.

Start date: 07/17/17

End date: 07/17/17

1 session

Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (7/17/2017-7/17/2017)

Instructor : Terre Shattuck 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $29.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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All plant groups have the same elemental needs of water, light, and air, but the quantity and intensity of each of these elements varies greatly by location. This class covers the specifics of West Seattle's soil composition, weather, small-size lots, and related issues (drainage, pH) including the "right plant, right place" perspective, soil amendments to boost fertility, companion planting, and avoidance of plants overused in West Seattle.

Start date: 07/08/17

End date: 07/08/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (7/8/2017-7/8/2017)

Instructor : Mark Pollock 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $25.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Learn the skills and steps necessary to complete a natural stone path or patio. The casual, free-form approach to design allows you to relax and be creative rather than worrying about precise cutting and fitting. But a natural stone patio does require a firm base and adequate drainage, important considerations which will be thoroughly covered in this interactive class. Your instructor will present photos from recent projects as well as stone samples and tools. Leave class with a clear understanding of what it takes to design and install a natural stone path or patio.  

Start date: 07/08/17

End date: 07/08/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM (7/8/2017-7/8/2017)

Instructor : Chuck Randall 

Room :  LHO 3

Class Fee: $25.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Why come home to a barren lawn and drab plantings when you could be greeted by your own beautiful oasis? Learn the secrets professionals use to create landscapes that are functional, ecologically beneficial and aesthetically pleasing. Employing slides, lecture and handout materials, you'll learn both design theory and practical tips for transforming your yard into a lovely, welcoming space. Call 206.934.5339 to register two or more people at the Friends Rate of $55.50 each.

Start date: 07/10/17

End date: 07/17/17

2 sessions.

Weekly - Mon 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM (7/10/2017-7/17/2017)

Instructor : Blair Constantine 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $59.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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Learn how to build lasting color in your summer garden using a variety of different types of plants.  Plant selections for optimal display, drought tolerance, and easy maintenance will be emphasized. 

Start date: 06/10/17

End date: 06/10/17

1 session

Weekly - Sat 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (6/10/2017-6/10/2017)

Instructor : Christina Pfeiffer 

Room :  LHO 2

Class Fee: $35.00

Materials Fee: $0.00



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