Courses

Watercolour Series: Summer Herbs (Online)

Thursday, July 22 - Thursday, July 29 10.00am - 12.00pm

Join this two part series with an open mind and experimental heart to capture the essence of various summer herbs. Learn to appreciate the unpredictable nature and beauty of watercolour with the guide of artist and illustrator Susan Pearson. From a light touch with delicate pencil lines using controlled washes, bringing washes to clear and sloppy wet washes, this series will use inventive techniques that will help you create subject matter in an encouraging and fun way. All levels of ability are welcome.

Veggies for Year-Round Harvest (Online)

Saturday, August 7 11.00am - 1.00pm

The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of your edibles! Join Jennifer Lipka to learn the essentials for continuous harvest this winter and discover some of the best varieties for cooler weather. Look at design ideas for diverse growing spaces and conditions to help you develop a winter plan for your space, and work on some plant combinations to try out at home.

Eco-printing on Paper (Online)

Saturday, August 14 10.00am - 11.30am

Eco-printing is the technique of transferring the colour, shape, and details of plant material onto paper by using heat. With Czarina Lobo’s guidance, we will experiment with different plant materials, learn which are best, make bundles in various ways, and end with stitching a beautiful booklet.

This family-friendly workshop will open up a whole world of creativity, as you can use the same techniques on other fibers.

Intro to Houseplant Care (Online)

Thursday, August 19 6.30pm - 8.30pm

There has never been a better time to get more greenery into your home. Join Alexandria Thompson of Figaro’s Garden to learn the basics of indoor plant care. This class will introduce the top considerations for houseplant success. Learn how to select and care for indoor plants based on your growing conditions, including; light exposure, humidity, soil, and pest control. Alexandria will provide a foundation for identifying general care based on plant families and their characteristics and hands-on demonstrations with her house plants.

Boozy Botanical Blends (Online)

Thursday, August 26 7.00pm - 8.30pm

It’s summer! What better time to broaden your entertaining toolkit with some botanical cocktails?

Creative Cocktail Consulting’s Cole Benoit will discuss botanicals you can grow in your home garden for cocktails and ideas for using and preserving them for optimal flavour. Cole will guide you to create your own sample cocktails at home, made with summer-inspired botanical ingredients; we’ll also discuss home bar basics such as tools and techniques to get started.

Designing Bulb Gardens (Online)

Tuesday, September 14 6.30pm - 8.00pm

From cut flowers to containers to permanent garden features, bulbs can add value, detail, and fun to any garden space. In this class, Janis Matson will discuss design concepts as they apply to colour, texture, blooming time, and layering. Which bulbs are considered annuals, perennials, or naturalized in our climate? From the easy to grow to the more exotic, we’ll learn the importance of exposure, soil, and planting depth for a variety of bulbs.

Botanical Illustration (Online)

Thursday, September 23 - Thursday, October 7 10.00am - 12.00pm

Learn how to draw plants from an aesthetic and botanical perspective while improving your observation and artistic skills. This 3-session course is ideal for anyone wishing to approach botanical drawing from a beginner level in the comfort of their own home. Participants will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through botanical drawing projects using graphite pencils. Instructor Katharine Dickinson will guide participants through contour and gesture drawing exercises, followed by longer studies using line and tonal drawing techniques.