Home Gardening Webinar Series


Four online classes packed with practical information
to get your garden ready for cold weather and beyond

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 PM

October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 2020



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The care you give your garden this fall can determine how successful it is next year. Whether you’re an experienced gardener or just starting out, you’ll learn tips and techniques that will get your garden (and you!) off to a happy, healthy start in 2021.

ONLINE CLASSES are 1-1/2 hrs. each and include How-To presentations, handouts, and plenty of time for Q&A:

  • “Pruning Basics”: Learn about the science behind why, when, and how to prune your woody plants. (Hint: In many cases, fall is NOT the right time, but late winter is.) We’ll also cover how to make good choices when determining which plants and projects can be pruned by a home gardener and which require the services of a professional…saving you not only money but also risks to life and limb.
  • “Preparing Your Home Garden for Winter”: It’s that time of year again! Time to prepare new beds, rake, cut back, weed, divide, clear debris, mulch, and protect your established and newer plantings from winter damage. In other words, another beautiful autumn in New England! There’s no guarantee that Winter 2020-21 will be as kind as last year. Learn now how best to prepare your garden to weather the challenges of the coming season.
  • “Planting Spring-Blooming Bulbs”: After a long cold New England winter, spring-flowering bulbs are a joy to behold. In this class we’ll briefly cover the history of bulbs and their origins. Then spend most of our time discussing growing conditions, planting techniques, and the many different bulb choices available to us today: from early spring snowdrops, daffodils and tulips to late season alliums…and including some stop-your-neighbors-in-their-tracks unusual species.
  • “Gardening Ergonomics”: Gardening is the number one pastime in America, but four hours in the garden can create more stress on our bodies than a full work week at most jobs. Ergonomics is about fitting the task to the person to improve performance, comfort, and safety. Your body is a perfect machine and your most valuable “garden tool.” Learn how to use ergonomic postures, techniques, and tools to keep your body operating at peak performance and make gardening more pleasurable.


INSTRUCTORS are senior Master Gardeners who are experts in their topics:

  • Gretel Anspach — An association member since 1998 and Lifetime Master Gardener, Gretel is a retired engineer with a passion for both the art and the science of gardening. A sought-after MMGA Speakers Bureau presenter, her repertoire includes a wide range of practical topics. She is also the volunteer manager of a food pantry garden in Marlborough.
  • Nancy Brais – A Certified Master Gardener, Nancy holds a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and has been working as an Ergonomics and Disability Management Specialist Consultant since retiring from corporate life. A passionate gardener and trained landscape design professional, she applies ergonomic principles to optimize functionality and comfort, enhancing your gardening experience.
  • Kathi Gariepy – A Lifetime Master Gardener since 2000 with over 10,000 MMGA volunteer hours under her belt, Kathi is a founding member of the MMGA Speakers Bureau and has spoken to hundreds of organizations throughout New England. Her presentations are known for their eye-popping photographs, many taken in her personal gardens.


COST: The cost of the four-lecture Home Garden Webinar Series – Fall is $60, payable by credit/debit card or PayPal. Classes are not available individually. Registration closes Monday, October 5. Refunds not available after October 5, 2020 or for individual classes.



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