Courses

Create a fabulous hanging basket just in time for Mother's Day! Fill your basket with hardy spring blooms that will be bursting with color. Keep the basket for yourself or give away as a beautiful gift. Please bring your favorite container. Instructor will provide all blooms, foliage and soil. Please dress for the weather and bring your garden gloves.


Saturday, May 9, 2020, RTEC 123
Landscape professionals and homeowners can learn about drip and low volume irrigation, including the basics of how a typical irrigation system works and steps to convert a traditional sprinkler zone into a a drip zone.


Saturday, April 4, 2020, CHLAB 301
Explore when and how to plant a variety of crops including spring bulbs, flowering branches, summer annuals, perennials, peonies, roses and dahlias. Learn about soil, compost and amendments for healthy crops as well as harvesting techniques and post-harvest care for flowers to maintain a long vase life. Class will begin on the COCC Bend campus and then students will then self-transport to the instructor's flower farm to view and learn about seed starting in her garden room and plant their own tray of seeds to take home.  Materials are provided and some gardening experience recommended. Seats are very limited. 


Saturday, April 18, 2020, BEC 0154
Central Oregon is a challenging growing environment, but many medicinal herbs seem to love it. This class will explore medicinal garden designs, gardening and propagation techniques and recommended herbs for this region. The class includes a field trip to Oregon Wild Harvest, a medicinal herb farm in Culver, OR. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation.


June 3-6, 2020, BEC 0152
It is possible to have a successful garden in our challenging region! Join Master Gardener Liz Douville to learn about climate, soil basics, fertilizers, compost and watering requirements. This class is a great first step for those who are new to gardening in the High Desert or for seasoned gardeners to find fresh ideas for an existing garden.


Saturday, May 2, 2020, HCC 0140
Students will create unique Japanese Ikebana floral arrangements using techniques established over centuries. Historical, cultural and spiritual aspects of the practice accompany hands-on learning. After each meeting, students may take their arrangements home.


May 2-23, 2020, BEC 0152
Learn how natural soil processes work in Central Oregon and how to implement land management strategies that foster healthy soil biology for long term resilient landscapes, farms and gardens. Focus will be on life in the soil and important relationships affecting nutrient cycling, soil structure and successional cycles. Participants will apply what they learn to their own properties.


April 4-11, 2020, BEC 0155
Do you have limited space, or need help planning and setting up your garden space? This class will help you create balance and harmony in smaller spaces by integrating organic herbs, vegetables and perennials to design a garden that is beautiful, yet functional. We will talk about ways to utilize space if it is limited with the use of containers, and vertical gardening. The second half of class will focus on students designing their own garden space by applying techniques learned in class.


Saturday, February 8, 2020, BEC 0154
Saturday, March 21, 2020, RDM3 305
Before the weather warms up and entices you outside to dig in the dirt, spend some time studying planting calendars, researching plant varieties that flourish in Central Oregon and sharing ideas to get the most out of the gardening season. Learn the keys to successful gardening from an experienced Central Oregon gardener.


Saturday, February 22, 2020, HCC 0140
Saturday, March 7, 2020, RDM3 306
Learn the most important factors for growing tomatoes including light, temperature, variety, and location. Instructor Kathy Gault is an experienced Bend gardener who grows 20-25 varieties of tomatoes annually.


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