Hosta College Class Listing - 2019

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Class ID: 1001 Title: All About Hostas
Details: If you are just discovering the amazing world of hostas, then this class is for you! Geared for the beginning hosta gardener, we will cover very basic information about hostas, answering questions such as, What is a hosta? How do I get hostas for my garden? and, how do I plant, fertilize and mulch hostas? We will discuss watering techniques and problems such as slugs, deer, crown rot, Hosta Virus X and nematodes. We will also cover tips for growing them BIG…REALLY BIG! Class notes are provided with the presentation.
Instructor: Don Rawson Maximum Enrollment: 30
Bio: Don lives on four acres near Grand Rapids, Michigan. He and his wife have many flower gardens in which they grow hostas, irises, daylilies and other perennials. Don enjoys hybridizing new hosta cultivars and rock hounding...which explains why his landscape is filled with many one-of-a-kind hostas, as well as, unusual rocks and boulders. Don currently serves as the president of the West Michigan Hosta Society and the co-chairman of the Nomenclature Committee of the American Hosta Society.
 
Class ID: 1002 Title: Getting Started in Grafting - 2 Hour Class
Details: Take advantage of this FINAL time we teach this class!! A Make it and Take it class--make and take home 2 evergreen and 2 deciduous plants. Some plants cannot be reproduced by seed, so many times they are grafted. Plants such as Japanese Maples, Magnolias, Ginkgos, crabapples are all grafted (just to name a few). Learn and watch a presentation on how and why we graft. Then, practice making the cuts on sample wood before you actually start to graft your own plants. Lots of instructor guidance. We recommend you bring on old shirt, apron or small towel to protect your clothing. Color, detailed handouts included along with all materials needed to make 4 plants.
Instructor: David & Leslie Dannaher Maximum Enrollment: 15
Bio: Dannaher Landscaping & Nursery is a small family owned and operated business located in Galena, OH. Started by Dave in 1978, he was joined by his wife, Leslie, in 1980 and both have degrees from the Ohio State University in Horticulture.
Fees: $32.00 Requires: 2002
 
Class ID: 1003 Title: Things That Work For Me
Details: Jack Barta has been growing and selling hosta and other perennials for over twenty years as Jack’s Hostas LLC. Over that period of time he has had many hands on experiences with things needed for plant propagation. Jack will show many of the items that he uses and share his experiences. He talks fast, and his talk with sources will be listed on his website: JacksHostas.com. Enjoy and take fast notes!
Instructor: Jack Barta Maximum Enrollment: 30
Bio: As a horticulturist, Jack is a grower, seller and hybridizer. He grows several thousand varieties of hostas in his yard and spilling over into 3 neighbors' yards. He was the co-host of the AHS 2013 “Escape to Wisconsin” Convention with his garden on the tour. In an earlier life Jack was a music educator for 36 years and took the band to the Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl, National Cherry Blossom Festival, America on Parade at Disney World.
 
Class ID: 1004 Title: Bonsai Workshop I - 2 Hour Class
Details: NOVICE:Create a hardy Snowbird bonsai with your own hands! Each novice participant will receive a hardy pre-bonsai Juniper, a 7" ceramic pot, an 8" bonsai scissors, a 7" concave branch cutter, five spools of bonsai wire, and bonsai soil. Each student will receive guidance by an instructor from the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society to style their tree by trimming, wiring, and re-potting into a fine Snowbird bonsai (Place it on the ground in October, mulch to cover the pot up to the bottom of foliage, and go to Florida. Come back in April, put it on your bench, and enjoy summer.) All will receive a 6 page primer via Email to study before the class so that they may absorb the classroom instructions faster and more completely. THIS 2+ HOUR CLASS MAY RUN OVERTIME INTO THE LUNCH PERIOD. CLASS WILL BE A COMBINATION OF WORKSHOP I AND WORKSHOP II STUDENTS- 8 TOTAL STUDENTS.
Instructor: William Struhar Maximum Enrollment: 7
Bio: Bill is a long-time serious gardener, Michigan Master Gardener Program, 1978; evolved to shade, thence to hostas in the '90's, and to bonsai 20 years ago. He is a member of American, Michigan and Metro Detroit Hosta Societies, Hosta Hybridizers, and Ann Arbor Bonsai Society. Leads yearly beginner bonsai workshops at Hosta College and Michigan All-State Bonsai Show at Meijer Gardens.
Fees: $75.00 Requires: 2004
 
Class ID: 1005 Title: Bonsai Workshop II - 2 Hour Class
Details: EXPERIENCED: ONLY PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THIS CLASS BEFORE AND WILL PROVIDE THEIR OWN TOOLS & WIRE: Create a hardy Snowbird bonsai with your own hands! Each experienced participant will receive a hardy pre-bonsai Juniper, a 7" ceramic pot, and soil for repotting this tree, Each student will receive guidance by an instructor from the Ann Arbor Bonsai Society to style their tree by trimming, wiring, and re-potting into a fine Snowbird bonsai (Place it on the ground in October, mulch to cover the pot up to the bottom of foliage, and go to Florida. Come back in April, put it on your bench, and enjoy summer.) All will receive a 6 page primer via Email to study before the class so that they may absorb the classroom instructions faster and more completely. THIS 2+ HOUR CLASS MAY RUN OVERTIME INTO THE LUNCH PERIOD. THIS CLASS COMBINES NOVICE AND EXPERIENCED STUDENTS - 8 TOTAL STUDENTS.
Instructor: William Struhar Maximum Enrollment: 5
Bio: Bill is a long-time serious gardener, Michigan Master Gardener Program, 1978; evolved to shade, thence to hostas in the '90's, and to bonsai 20 years ago. He is a member of American, Michigan and Metro Detroit Hosta Societies, Hosta Hybridizers, and Ann Arbor Bonsai Society. Leads yearly beginner bonsai workshops at Hosta College and Michigan All-State Bonsai Show at Meijer Gardens.
Fees: $33.00 Requires: 2005
 
Class ID: 1006 Title: Secrets of Shade
Details: Together we will look at the “many shades of shade”. There is a very special beauty and essence that can only be found under the majestic green canopy. Let’s take a peaceful walk beneath the trees and discover more than we thought we knew.
Instructor: Sandy Wilkins Maximum Enrollment: 57
Bio: Sandy, a long time shade gardener, has held many offices in local and national Garden and Hosta groups. She is the Mother of the Hosta College and now enjoys sharing her two great loves: gardening and teaching Bible Studies.
 
Class ID: 1007 Title: Advanced Hosta Hybridizing 2019 Breeding for the Market or Not!
Details: We all like to see our hosta babies in other people’s gardens. How do we know what is attractive to others. What categories of hostas are in high demand and in short supply? Also, How to successfully rush a plant to market, speeding up the process as we are all getting older
Instructor: Bob Solberg Maximum Enrollment: 26
Bio: Bob, owner of Green Hill Farm Inc. one of the leading introducers of great new hostas, hosta hybridizer of over 100 introductions, nationally known speaker on all things hosta; Publisher of the "Green Hill Gossip" and the "Gossip Jr."; Co-founder of the American Hosta Growers Association and current board member, Dixie Regional Director, and American Hosta Society Historian.
 
Class ID: 1008 Title: Let’s Talk Hosta - The Big Picture
Details: This class offers basic tips for achieving hosta gardening success. Marcia will give simple suggestions pertaining to “the whats, why’s, and wherefores” of growing hosta and will share her secrets with the belief that small details make a big difference.
Instructor: Marcia Sully Maximum Enrollment: 29 FULL
Bio: Marcia, an avid gardener for over thirty years, maintains a collection of over 1,200 hostas and opens her garden to the public every July. She offers hosta presentations to area garden societies and actively sits on the boards of 3 of the 4 hosta societies she belongs to, including the American Hosta Society.
 
Class ID: 1009 Title: Alpine and Miniature Gardening
Details: A PowerPoint presentation containing a basic introduction to alpine plants, how to grow them in your garden, creating sandbeds, planting into tufa rock, planting hypertufa troughs, soil mixes, winter protection and propagation.
Instructor: Esther & Martha Benedict Maximum Enrollment: 25 FULL
Bio: Esther has enjoyed gardening for over 30 years and particularly enjoys propagating and seed sowing. This has lead to the development of Benedict's Nursery which specializes in alpines and other unusual plants. With the help of her husband, Robert and their two youngest children, they maintain numerous display gardens including sandbeds, shady tufa crevice gardens, hypertufa troughs, bog beds and a sunny crevice bed in progress.
 
Class ID: 1010 Title: French Dirt
Details: Many times the French gardens are thought to be only the great formal gardens, but there is so much more to “French Dirt”. We will not delve into the gossip of past or present, but take a look at the different types of gardens in France from Normandy to Provence. We were pleasantly surprised a few years ago on a trip to Normandy in the fall and have visited often finding new gardens to explore. In Provence, the dirt is indeed special and several new gardens have been created that I am sure will delight you.
Instructor: Linda & Ron Williams Maximum Enrollment: 22
Bio: Owners of ‘Garden Travelers’, Linda & Ron have traveled the world looking for the unique and private destinations. For the last 15 years they lead groups on ‘one-of-a-kind experiences’. Check out: gardentravelers.com
 
Class ID: 1011 Title: Native Trees and Shrubs for the Landscape
Details: Tree and shrubs add structure in the landscape. Some of the most beneficial for birds and insects are native species, and many of these have been overlooked by nurseries. Learn about some of these species that are easy to grow and will add interest to your yard.
Instructor: Macy Reynolds Maximum Enrollment: 30 FULL
Bio: After retiring from a teaching career, Macy became a Master Gardener. As part of her education she also completed three Ohio state certifications in weeds, trees, and insects. These spawned an interest in native plants and their benefits to native insects and habitat. Her own native plant gardens are often on garden tours for the Midwest native Plant Conference of which she is a founding member.She gives many talks to a variety of groups introducing them to the variety and beauty of these plants. In addition, she heads the group of volunteers who manage and weed the Yellow Springs Women’s Park that boarders the Little Miami Bike Path with all native plants and shrubs. This park draws visitors from many states and lures photographers of flowers and butterflies.
 
Class ID: 1012 Title: Tips to Improve Your Garden and Nature Photography
Details: Frustrated with the poor quality of many of your photographs. We’ll look at some simple photography concepts that will help you improve the artistic value, color, lighting, and other features. You’ll learn the best time and places to take photographs, and the simple preparatory steps you can take to improve your success.
Instructor: Charlie Harper Maximum Enrollment: 35
Bio: Charlie Harper (PhD Biology) is returning to Hosta College, where he has taught classes on Photography and Daylilies over the past 5 years. He's a Master Gardener and member of the Black Swamp Hosta and Daylily Society in Toledo, OH. Charlie's emphasis is on helping new enthusiasts learn the easiest, most enjoyable ways to practice his topics in the home garden.
 
Class ID: 1013 Title: How to Prepare a Winning Cut Leaf Exhibit
Details: Hosta Shows are a fun way to meet hosta people as well as to learn how to grow and exhibit beautiful hostas. In this class, we will discuss how to select and prepare your leaf specimen for the show. We will discuss how to prepare your entry tag correctly. Finally, we will discuss how the judges reach their conclusions.
Instructor: Dianne Giordano Maximum Enrollment: 15
Bio: Dianne is very active in the Western New York Hosta Society. She is a former board member, treasurer and now is in charge of the hosta leaf shows for the club.
 
Class ID: 1014 Title: Butterfly Gardening: Beyond the Pollinators’ Perennials
Details: This class will provide a look at host plants, mimicry species, seasonal nectar, plant requirements, butterfly species and an understanding of butterfly and moth cycles, interesting moth and butterfly species and the differences between moths and butterflies.
Instructor: Ron Schilb Maximum Enrollment: 31
Bio: Ron has been a gardener for over 40 years; he worked as an ONLA Certified Technician for Metroparks, Montgomery County, OH for 11 years, and he curates the Wegerzyn Garden’s Witch Hazel Collection of 120 varieties. He is an ISA certified arborist and an OH department of Agriculture commercial pesticide applicator. Ron was a High School Biology teacher and science teacher for 31 years.
 
Class ID: 1015 Title: Colored Pencil Hosta
Details: Students will use colored pencils to complete coloring book drawings of hosta gardens created especially for Hosta College. Instructor will cover basics of using colored pencil, including layering and blending. Materials fee includes erasers, blending pencil, and two unique hosta coloring pages. Students - Bring your own colored pencils or purchase a set of 24 from the instructor for an additional $12
Instructor: Beth Veldey Maximum Enrollment: 15
Bio: Beth has been a Master Gardener, and is a past president of both the Central Ohio Hosta Society and Metropolitan Daylily Society. She has collected hosta for 23 years. Many of her plants appear in the drawings and paintings she has done since retirement.
Fees: $7.00
 
Class ID: 1016 Title: Growing Hosta From Seed
Details: In this class I will try to pass on what I have learned in 14 years of growing hosta seeds. We will cover all of the steps involved in growing hostas from seed, starting with obtaining the seed all the way through to planting the seedlings outside in the Spring. Each person will receive a ½ size flat with 4 cell packs filled with potting material, a dome to cover the flat, and a large assortment of hosta seed to plant.
Instructor: Clarence Hanna Maximum Enrollment: 28
Bio: Clarence and his wife, Jane, live on 3 acres near Marion, Ohio. Clarence is very active in hybridizing and grows approximately 20,000 hosta seeds every winter. Clarence is a member of the Ed Elslager Hybridizing Group which meets in Ann Arbor, MI
Fees: $8.00
 
Class ID: 1017 Title: Rock Painting
Details: Learn how to add color to your garden by painting flowers on a rock or stepping stone. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN MEDIUM SIZE ROCK OR FLAT STEPPING STONE TO PAINT. Dorothy will provide the newspaper, brushes, paints and sealant. After the paints are dry, Dorothy will spray them with a sealant. Later in the day you can pick up your work of art.
Instructor: Dorothy Julius Maximum Enrollment: 20
Bio: Dorothy is an avid gardener and award winning floral designer using natural material. For 16 years Dorothy and her husband had a home based Floral & Nature Craft business specializing in Pressed Flower & Leaf Designs, jewelry and stationary items.
Fees: $2.00