All garden classes hosted at Common Ground Garden, 687 Arastradero Road, Palo Alto 94306
More classes on the way!
A ticket for one of our classes supports all of our community oriented programming, including: Youth Education (free field trips for Title 1 schools), garden Volunteer Program, and weekly sustainably-grown-vegetable donations to the Palo Alto Food Closets (SPAFC and PAFC).
View our classes in calendar format here.
Organic Gardening 101: How to grow without pesticides
June 24 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Learn how to approach pests and diseases from a more holistic perspective, with Suzanne Bontempo, a certified IPM Advocate, in association with Our Water Our World. We’ll explore how garden ecosystem works through the lens of Integrated Pest Management, with a focus on beneficial insects. Many predators and parasites are our allies. Discover who’s who on the Top 10 most wanted list of beneficial bugs, and gain the upper hand by attracting them to your garden.
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How to Grow and Use Medicinal Herbs
September 9 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: $30 ($25 Early-bird; purchase before August 9)
‘Let food be thy medicine…’ – Hippocrates
Come learn about herbs that grow well in our Bay Area climate and that are easy to use for self care. We will focus on kid- and dog-friendly herbs. Learn to identify, grow, and use them on a regular basis, including:
Penni Thorpe is a volunteer at CGG and a long time lay herbalist and flower essence practitioner in San Mateo. She started learning about easy-to-grow herbs and their use while raising her children. See more classes and workshops Penni offers at her website, here: www.healingflowerenergies.com.
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Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty
October 14 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: $30 ($25 Early-bird; purchase before September 14)
Pruning is vital to your fruit tree’s health. This class the second part of our ‘Home Orchard’ series, including ‘Summer Fruit Tree Thinning and Pruning for Quality’ (6/17/2017), ‘Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty’ (this class), and ‘Bare-root Fruit Tree Planting’ (1/20/2018). Purchase your tickets early and save!
If you want a fruitful abundance, make sure you understand the art of pruning, from apricots to apples, pomegranates to plums. In this class, you will learn basic techniques of pruning and what tools to use. Tom Cronin, the workshop teacher, will first demonstrate how to prune a tree and then foster hands-on learning with one-on-one assistance in the pruning process.
Tom Cronin has gardened for over 25 years, and he is extensively involved in a number of garden projects. To read all about his experience, visit his website, Tom’s Edible Gardens.
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Bare-root Fruit Tree Planting
January 20, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Price: $30 ($25 Early-bird; purchase before December 20)
Learn to plant your own backyard orchard! This class is the third part of our ‘Home Orchard’ series, including ‘Summer Fruit Tree Thinning and Pruning for Quality’ (6/17/2017), ‘Fall Fruit Tree Pruning for Beauty and Bounty’ (10/14/2017), and ‘Bare-root Fruit Tree Planting’ (this class). Puchase your tickets early and save!
Do you know how to choose an appealing apricot tree? How to care for a mulberry? How much water a pomegranate tree needs in this drought? This workshop is your chance to learn hands-on what an arborist sees when selecting and caring for fruit trees. Tom Cronin, a masterful arborist, will take you into the garden to plant some trees and learn about…
Tom Cronin has gardened for over 25 years, and he is extensively involved in a number of local projects, such as City Trees and Incredible Edible Redwood City. To read all about his experience, visit his website, Tom’s Edible Gardens.
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