Education is a central feature of the garden and a variety of workshops and classes provide information on gardening topics.

 2017 Green Thumb Thursday Summer Series

June 22nd:  Sustainable Food Gardening - The workshop will explore the design and management of sustainable food gardens, drawing on the science of agroecology.

June 29th:  Red, White and Tahoe Blue Container Class - Bring your own 16" max. shallow planting container to create a great decoration for the holiday. We will provide the soil and flowers.

July 6th: Birds in the Garden! - Birds can enliven our gardens with their vibrant colors and melodic songs. Join Kirk Hardie, a local naturalist, to explore the connections between our garden environments and birds.

July 13th: Mountain Gardening- Discover which native and adaptive plants do best in our mountain climate. Mimi Komito will also teach you how to amend your decomposed granite soil and feed your garden without harmful impact to the lake.

July 20th: Tasty Mountain-Friendly Herbs and we are having a tea party! -Join Jan Steinmann and Mimi Komito in the garden to learn about growing herbs in Tahoe. They will also provide herb-centric goodies to munch on while you sip tea among the herbs and garden flowers.


July 27th: Pollinators: The Birds and the Bees- Flowers and vegetables can't flourish without pollinators. UNR Cooperative Extension's Dick Post discusses how to invite the "good guys" that live in or visit the Sierra to your yard.


August 3rd: Mountain Roses and Winter care - So, you want to grow roses in the mountains? While the high altitude at Lake Tahoe is not ideal for most Hybrid Tea roses, there are both native and shrub roses that do well. Come learn which varieties do best and how to take care of them through the worst winters!


August 10th: High Altitude Orchid Care and Maintenance-Don't toss that plant! Let Millie, the Orchid Whisperer, teach you how to get it to bloom again and again! We will be selling orchids, specialty orchid pots and growing medium at this class to benefit the garden. Bring your sickly orchid in for an individual ER consultation!


Our classes our FREE to members and a nominal $5.00 supply fee is requested for non-members. Please see our membership page to learn about the many benefits of membership. We are an organization run entirely by volunteers and donations are always appreciated.


2017  Summer classes are posted on the calendar. They will be on Thursdays 5:30-6:30. We offer classes from June through August.  For any questions please email us DemoGarden

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