The middle of January is an ideal time for gardeners to envision plans for their garden and consider new changes for gardening design, choice of plants and applied process. Learning from experts in exciting, fun settings is always a great approach. Here are four for your January planning.
Learning and planning opportunities
The seed and gardening catalogues have been filling your mail box regularly, while remnants of the most recent snow and ice cling steadfastly here and there. January is the month for getting organized, and for gardeners, the month to learn, consider, and dream of your garden-to-be. The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College features a winter celebration with Doug Tallamy, a University of Delaware professor in the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology Department. Tallamy has many awards, books, articles and years of teaching to substantiate his expertise. Glean insight and suggestions from his lecture while you hob-nob with like-minded gardeners over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tallamy will help you consider new ways to look at the landscapes around your garden and the animals you are helping by growing the native plants of which they depend. Tallamy’s most recent book, ‘The Living Landscape’, will be available for purchase and signing. Saturday, Jan. 17, 4 p.m. in the Science Center Room, Elderidge Commons. Awbury Arboretum offers an interesting learning topic in for January as part of its educational workshop events. On Jan. 17, an introductory orchard workshop may be valuable for both new gardeners, as well as, those experienced growers of fruit trees considering a new approach. The workshop is guided by Sebastian Kretschmer, a described agricultural social entrepreneur and gardener. His passion to support local communities and vision for sustainable land and energy has lent his efforts worldwide, and most recently to founding engineering and consulting company, One Village Farm. The ‘Biodynamic Orchard Workshop’ will address biodynamic orchard practice basics, or in other words, growing fruit without chemical pesticides. Focus will include soil, application, pest control and preparation sprays, as well as, successful projects Kretschmer has experienced in various parts of the world. The three-hour orchard workshop begins at 10 a.m.
Fun for children and adults
While this year’s Flower Show is still more than a month away, you can celebrate in January both the current temperature status, and Disney’s movie hit ‘FROZEN’ while at the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest . On Saturday, Jan. 17, The Philadelphia Flower Show will offer a preview of this year’s ‘Celebrate the Movies’ Flower Show theme while watching ‘FROZEN’ and enjoying the fun. Among the planned activities are ticket giveaways, raffles, photos with Princess and Prince Charming and all variety of fun. This Winterfest event begins at noon. Of similar excitement and fun, for the wee and winter weary, will be the first of three ‘OrKid Days’ events at Longwood Gardens. January’s turn for introduction to the soon to be presented, ‘Orchid Extravaganza’ provides great fun for all at Longwood’s grand conservatory. Children can learn at discovery stations, participate in the giant rainforest activity, story-telling, puppets, games, and, of course, orchids. Adults anxious for the next fabulous orchid exhibit, with scheduled grand opening later in January, can breathe in their delicate perfumed aromas while delighting in the tropical warmth of the exquisite conservatory. Since this event occurs on Monday, Jan. 19, there will also be ‘I have a dream activities’ to share in the Children’s Garden at Longwood Gardens. The next ‘OrKID Days’ are featured Feb. 16 and March 14, 2015. The Jan. 19 three-hour event begins at 11 a.m. Whichever event is right for your plans, enjoy January for learning, preparing and dreaming, as gardeners are known to do.