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(1) Identification of what is blooming in the garden. Ideas of what might fit your own landscape and how to plan for color and interest in every season.
(2) Research-based and practical take-home materials (e.g., lists of deer-proof plants, perennials, vegetable planting schedules, soil test kits and more.)
(3) Essential garden tools for the task at hand.
(4) Recommended sources of continuing education: garden magazines, TV, books, Internet & local horticultural events.
(5) Recommended sources for finding the plants, supplies and landscape services you want.
(6) Landscape design ideas and tips.
(7) Q & A time for addressing specific questions in class, as well as later by phone or email.
(You know you have wasted more money than that on fertilizer and dead plants!)
Classes will be taught on more than one date. You can choose the dates that fit your schedule. Class size will be limited to about 15 people to allow for more personal interaction. Registrations are confirmed only after payment is received. Refunds are not available after March 15th.
Can I purchase only a few of the classes?
Classes are only offered as a total program. Learning to garden is like learning a new language and one class is barely an introduction. It is no surprise that the students who attended the most classes were the most pleased with what they were learning.
What if I have to miss a class?
We all have busy lives and students occasionally have to miss class. In the event of unforeseen conflicts you may contact me to reschedule to a different class date. If you still have to miss class, you will still receive the course materials and you may call, email or stay after other classes to ask me questions on things you may have missed. There are no refunds after classes have begun.
How do I register?
Click on the “Contact Ellen” tab on the main menu, send me your contact information and the dates you prefer to attend. You may also register by calling me at 336-541-5699. Prepayment may be made by cash or check made out to “Ellen Ashley”, mailed to:
8140 Witty Road
Summerfield, NC 27358
Registration is confirmed when payment is received. Refunds are not available after March 7th.
Any personal information you provide me stays with me. I do not post student or client information on facebook, my website or any other electronic media or social site without your written permission. I do not host 3rd party advertisers on my website.
What about weather considerations?
We will have a indoor meeting space where we can stay comfortably warm and dry; however our goal is to be outside in the garden for at least half of each class. Please plan to dress for the weather. In the event of hurricanes, ice storms or floods, classes may be cancelled and rescheduled. Otherwise, class goes on “rain or shine”.
How do I get the most out of your classes?
I will email course materials prior to each class. You will find it helpful to review these prior to attending and bring a list of questions to class. After class, go home and do something in your own garden! There is nothing more motivating than successfully growing something beautiful or delicious.
Do you make house calls?
I offer on-site “plantscape” consulting for $100/hour. We will walk your property together with pen and paper in hand, and within an hour or two, come up with design ideas and a list of favorite plants that fit your personal style. My goal is to leave you inspired and with an executable plan of action.
Do you offer speaking engagements?
Yes. I’m happy to give presentations on many different topics such as butterfly gardening, kitchen gardens, container gardens, cutting gardens, organic gardening, pruning and more. My fee is $150 plus travel expenses.
Gift Certificates are available in any amount. These can be spent on course tuition or “Plantscape” onsite consulting services.
Physocarpus ‘Diablo’ (Ninebark)