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Attention all gardeners!! Join Master Gardener Renee Marsh for another round of informative and inspiring gardening classes.

Vegetable Gardening
Want your own vegetable garden but haven't a clue where to start? Then this is the class for you. It is designed for beginners and will cover how to set up and cultivate a small vegetable garden. You will learn the basics of how to create a garden, prepare the soil and choose the best crops for our climate. We will also discuss how to manage weeds, insects and common diseases with a focus on organic approaches.

Perennial Gardening
Tired of gardens that take too much care? Done with replanting annuals year after year? Then it's time to learn more about how to have a beautiful, low maintenance perennial garden. This class will take you through the fundamentals of soil and light requirements and how to select the right plants. We will also look at how to properly plant perennials, how to maintain your garden through the seasons including pruning and pest management. Finally, we will review some low maintenance plants that thrive in our climate.

Gardening for Birds, Bees and Butterflies 
Help your local pollinators flourish! The course will help you grow a naturally healthy garden that will help our bees, butterflies and birds survive and thrive. Plus it will be a garden that contains a stunning variety of flowers throughout the seasons for your enjoyment. Plant selection, organic and ecologically sustainable growing practices and habitat building will all be covered. You will also learn to recognize some of our common native species and understand their life cycle.

Groundcover Plants - Beyond Pachysandra
Groundcovers can provide the solution to many of your garden challenges! In addition to providing soil cover and suppressing weeds, they add texture and color to your garden with minimal maintenance. This course will cover a wide range of groundcovers that can thrive in all spots in your garden - in shade, in sun, on slopes or under trees. From evergreens to deciduous, herbaceous to woody, flowers to foliage, this group of plants will have something for you. Come explore beyond pachysandra and ivy!

The Beauty of Ornamental Grasses
Beautiful, low-maintenance and easy-growing ornamental grasses can texture, add color and movement to your garden year round. Grasses come in many colors, sizes and shapes. Some are even grown in the shade! This course will introduce you to wide range of native and non-native grasses suitable for Connecticut. We will look at their landscape design qualities, how they can be incorporated into your garden and how to grow and maintain them.

Place programs in cart and follow instructions all the way thru. You can either pay online or create a registration form and pay by check. If paying by check you must include your driver’s license number or your registration will be returned. Once we receive your check, we apply it to your online registration form. No one is registered until payment is received and applied to your online registration form. If you do not create an online registration form and come to our office for us to create one for you, an additional $10 fee will be assessed.

Requests must be submitted in writing. They will be prorated and $10 processing fee is withheld from each program withdrawal. The balance will be applied to your household account to use for a future program. If the refund is due to medical reasons, a full refund will be issued as long as your request is accompanied by a doctor’s note.

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to change schedules/locations as necessary and cancel programs due to insufficient registration or lack of instructor(s).

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