Winter and Spring  2020

South Puget Sound Community College

2 campuses- Lacey or Yelm:

Lacey Campus

4220 6th Ave SE

Lacey, WA 98503


Yelm Community Center

2020 Winter & Spring Class and Event Calendar- Kerri Bailey   SPSCC 

Indoor Gardening - Tues. Feb. 4th 6-7:30pm - Discover the joys of indoor gardening. Did you know Houseplants actually clean the air inside your home? Learn how to keep your house plants healthy and happy using organic and natural pest control methods. We will also cover sprouting seeds for grazing on fresh greens all winter long as well as starting seeds indoors to get a jump start on spring. Class includes a handout and eBook.  SPSCC Lacey
There is so much indoor gardening we can do during the winter that helps to beat the blues! Grow your own indoor microgreen garden, fresh sprouts on the counter top, seed starting that saves money and a crash course on growing & caring for houseplants. So much information and ideas packed into this class! 

The Perfect Houseplant -Tues. Feb. 18th 6-7:30pm Anyone can successfully grow houseplants, at least after you take this class! Learn which houseplants and other indoor plants can be successfully grown in your home or office and how to easily care for them. Includes a handout, toxic plant guide and eBook.SPSCC Lacey
 Do you know that Houseplants can clean our indoor air inside our homes and offices? Nasa did many studies on this topic which will discussed. Students will learn the basics of houseplant care, types and which plants prefer low, medium and high light. This class will help you decide which plants are the best for you given your situation and growing conditions. There is a perfect plant for everyone!

Pruning Your Landscape - Tues. Mar. 3rd 6-7:30pm - A fabulous landscape is not only well planted, it is properly groomed. Pruning is not only for the appearance, it can enhance the health of your trees, shrubs and perennials by decreasing risk from disease and insect damage. In this class you will learn basic techniques, tools and equipment, what times of the year to prune as well as how to dead head flowers for prolific blooms. We will have a shrub to practice on for demonstration purposes. Includes a handout and eBook. SPSCC Lacey
This class will take the confusion out of your pruning chores. Once you know when, how and what to prune- at the proper times, you will achieve an amazing landscape! We will discuss how & when to prune trees, shrubs, fruits, canes, berries, vines, grasses, perennials as well as dead heading and dormant spraying. Bring your questions and images for the instructor if desired.  
Create Lawn Envy – Tues. Mar. 17th 6-7:30pm - You should never have “lawn envy” again after you have taken this class. We will cover organic & natural techniques, tricks and tips for you to have the lawn you desire with minimal effort- it’s all about timing. You will also learn which grass species thrive in the PNW; types of fertilizers and soil amendments to use; mowing, watering and over seeding vs. sod. Healthy lawns start with healthy soil! Includes a handout and Ebook. SPSCC Lacey
This class will take the confusion out of your lawn care chores. Once you know what grass needs are and then provide it at the proper times, you will achieve an amazing lawn that will create envy with your neighbors, or at least get them to tell you your secret. We will discuss natural lawn care and how to deal with common problems. Bring your questions and images for the instructor if desired.   

Edible Year-Round Gardens- Thursday April 2nd 6:30-8pm - Combine function with form by using edible plants in your landscape. Flowers, fruits herbs and veggies can be both attractive and useful for cooking, baking, fresh eating and for beverages. Learn which plants you can grow and when, that can be used for crafts, cooking, canning while cut down your grocery bill. We will discuss warm season vs. cool season veggies as well as growing techniques for indoors and out. Includes an eBook and Handout. 

Students will learn a variety of organic growing techniques for indoor and outdoor success from a horticulturist with over 20 years of industry and gardening experience here in the PNW.

Create a Rain Garden Thursday April 9th 6:30-8pm. A rain garden- aka bioretention facility- is a recessed area in the landscape that collects rain from a roof, driveway or street and allows it to collect & soak into the ground. These areas can be beautifully planted with shrubs, grasses, perennials and other native flowers using specific soil mixes. This is a cost effective and attractive way to reduce runoff from your property while having a positive effect on your local neighborhood. You will learn which plants to use as well as the strategy to design your own rain garden at home, school or church. Class includes a handout and eBook.  

Natural Yard Care –Tuesday April 14th 6:30-8pm When we let nature work, life is easier. In this class, you will learn the difference between traditional vs. organic gardening methods and why it makes a difference. Using 6 Natural Gardening Guidelines we will discuss Creating/Using Compost, Importance of Mulch, Fertilizers, Beneficial Microbes, Aquaponics and Companion Planting methods. Learn natural pest control methods, how beneficial insects can control pests and how to identify plant diseases & treat them. Healthy Soil = Healthy Plants… Includes an eBook and Handout.

Attracting Pollinators-Bees, Butterfly & Hummingbird Gardens – Thursday April 23rd 6:30-8pm Attracting Bees, Butterflies & Hummingbirds is not just for old fashioned cottage gardeners! Learn how you can create a gorgeous, easy care garden with increased fruits and vegetable yields while attracting pollinators-butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and other beneficial insects. We will also discuss how to create micro-prairies using native grasses and flowers and other sustainable habitat areas and survival elements. Students will learn which Native Bees (mason, leaf cutter & beneficial), Hummingbirds & Butterflies are local to our area. Includes an eBook and Handout.

Create Backyard Bird & Wildlife Gardens -Tuesday April 28th 6:30-8pm. Learn what you can do to help improve our environment and support native birds and other wildlife in your own backyard.  It has been estimated that we have lost a third of our bird population, so now more than ever is it important to help our feathered and furry backyard friends.  We will learn how to create an attractive and functional wildlife habitat using several elements and techniques of garden design and providing food and water sources. This is a fun project for the whole family turning your yard, balcony container or other landscape space into a welcoming haven. You will also learn how to get your sustainable backyard can be certified by the NWF. Includes handout and eBook.

Herb & Tea Gardens – Tuesday May 5th 6:30-8pm - There is nothing like the taste of fresh herbs & flowers straight from the garden! Learn how to create, care for and harvest your own organic herb & tea garden all year round using a variety of growing methods. Also, we will discuss how to utilize your plants for cooking, creating nutritional & medicinal concoctions, preserves, vinegars, oils and making amazing healthy iced and hot tea beverages. Includes an eBook and Handout.

Herbs Everyday- Thursday May 14th 6:30-8pm. Herbs are food and vitamins as well as medicine- that’s why it is important to use them on a daily basis. Choosing which herbs work most effectively and duration can be confusing and intimating. In this class you will learn why and how this process works by understanding herbal energetics and the three body types or doshas. We will also discuss the different herbal forms and how to infuse herbs into your lifestyle from a practicing herbalist with 30 years’ experience. Class includes a handout & eBook. 

Cooking with Herbs – Summer BBQ  - May 21st 6:30-8pm - Put a little spice in your life, or at least in your food! In this class we will discuss how to use and process both fresh and dried herbs and spices in order to enhance the flavor of your Summer favorite dishes, as well as increase our nutritional intake. We will learn how to make your own seasoning blends, BBQ rubs, Dressings, Salads and other summer favorites. Includes a handout, recipes and eBook.

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