The John and Doris Andrews Horticulture Certificate Program

The Andrews Horticulture Program gives you, the home gardener, the knowledge and skill to select plants and to successfully cultivate your home landscape. The curriculum assists you in developing the gardening techniques best suited for Ohio gardens. Learn through lectures, engaging labs outside at Fellows Riverside Gardens, and hands-on volunteer work. Enjoy learning from local and regional experts and sharing your experiences with other gardeners.

Each course is concentrated within four sessions to be accessible to a broader audience and fit into busy lives. In order to complete a course, each lecture and lab must be attended, along with eight hours of garden-related volunteer work at Fellows Riverside Gardens. The volunteer aspect allows one to develop more hands-on knowledge and skills, as well as providing community support to one of the Mahoning Valley’s gems.

When all requirements are met, attendance to all four sessions and eight hours of volunteer work, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the course. For more information or to register, call Fellows Riverside Gardens at 330-740-7116.

Courses

The Fundamentals of Green Gardening

Tuesdays: 5/2, 5/23, 6/13, 6/20 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

As gardeners, we are stewards of the environment, whether we cultivate a postage stamp lawn or several acres. The Fundamentals of Green Gardening course covers ways to take your home landscape to the next level of stewardship. Sessions include: investigating eco-friendly equipment and tools, ways to maintain healthy soil, exploring innovative design, and learning about integrated pest management, native plants, and pollinator gardening. When all requirements are met, attendance to all four sessions and eight hours of volunteer work, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Instructors

  • Sabrena Schweyer, FAPLD, Salsbury-Schweyer, Inc.
  • Denise Ellsworth, Program Director, Honeybee and Native Pollinator Education, OSU
  • Lee Beers, Extension Educator, OSU Extension – Trumbull County
  • Andrew Pratt, Gardens Director, Mill Creek MetroParks
  • Mandy Smith, Education Manager, Mill Creek MetroParks

Sessions

  • 5/2 – Eco-Friendly Choices
  • 5/23 – Integrated Pest Management
  • 6/13 – Innovative Design
  • 6/20 – Sustaining Landscapes: Pollinators and Natives

Fee: $45 R; $55 NR

Summer Flower Gardening in Ohio and Western PA

Wednesdays: 5/3, 5/17, 6/7, 6/28 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Summer flower gardens are one of the highlights of the home landscape here in Ohio and Western PA. This course digs deep into building a palette of flowers that will enhance and create definition for your home landscape. Sessions include: basic preparations for summer flowers, an in-depth look at perennials for our region, and how to create designs for annuals and container gardens. When all requirements are met, attendance to all four sessions and eight hours of volunteer work, participants will receive a certificate of completion for the course.

Instructors

  • Doug Oster, Home and Garden Editor, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • Gordon Vujevic, Garden Speaker
  • Marcy Dubec, Gardener, Mill Creek MetroParks
  • Rob Chismar, Assistant Gardens Supervisor, Mill Creek MetroParks

Sessions

  • 5/3 – Basics
  • 5/17 – Annuals
  • 6/7 – Container Gardening
  • 6/28 – Perennials

Optional Field Experience

  • Draime Estate Gardens | 7/21, 10 am
    Additional Fee

Fee: $45 R; $55 NR

Trees and Shrubs for the Home Landscape

Coming Fall 2017!

Registration Procedure

Registrations for courses are processed on a first come/first serve basis in the order that payment is received. Payment is due upon registration. Registration is required two weeks prior to the beginning of the course. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and checks are accepted. Call Fellows Riverside Gardens to register or for more information at 330-740-7116.

Cancellation Procedure

Cancellations less than two weeks prior to a course are non-refundable. Cancellations less than four weeks, but before the two week deadline will have a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made four weeks prior will receive a full refund. Courses are held rain, snow, or shine. A full refund will be issued if the course is cancelled by Mill Creek MetroParks.

Volunteer Requirements

  • After registration, complete Mill Creek MetroParks Volunteer Application and background check
  • Garden-related, horticulture-focused volunteer activities count toward the eight hours
  • Upon registration, participant will receive a list of volunteer opportunities

Scholarships will be available through the Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens, information available at www.friendsoffellows.org or 330.740.7116 x 213. The Andrews Horticulture Program is graciously sponsored by the John S. and Doris M. Andrews Education Endowment through the Friends of Fellows Riverside Gardens.