HF&G Classes

Nature is our greatest teacher; every plant, tree and flower. HF&G classes take cues from the natural world around us and encourages participants to take a moment to get to know some of the pollinators, native plants, songbirds and wild mushrooms you can find locally and even in your own backyard!

Holden Forests and Gardens is looking for instructors, contact us if you are interested in becoming an Adult Education Instructor.

Virtual Terrarium Workshop-Registration Closed!

Saturday, December 5 | 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Virtual class

Instructor: Hilary Wright, Horticulturist

$35 members, $50 non-members

Join us via Zoom to make your own custom terrarium. Registrants will be able to pickup a kit containing a selection of tropical plants to create an easy to care for piece of living decor. Every guest will  also receive a care guide. Space is very limited, registration required. Possibility for additional registrations as materials allow.  

Virtual Botanical Painting & Drawing-Registration Closed!

Thursdays, December 3 to January 7 (no class December 24) | 2:00-4:30pm

Live Zoom class

Instructor: Susan Gray Be

$80 members, $100 non-members

Learn composition skills and techniques of botanicals including line, form, shading techniques, and layering using inspiration from the natural world with instructor Susan Gray Bé. This virtual class welcomes all levels of experience and mediums, though there is a focus on acrylics. 

Soil is Alive! 

Tuesday, December 8 | 6:00-7:00pm

Live Zoom class

Instructor: Sarah Kyker, Postdoctoral Research Assosiate

$10 members, $25 non-members

Just one teaspoon full of healthy forest soil can contain millions of microbial species. One research area at Holden Arboretum studies this incredible diversity and how it fosters forest health. This virtual lecture presents current research on fungi and bacteria in forest soil and how Holden scientists are advancing knowledge in this field. Each participant will have the option to be supplied with a bag of very important scientific equipment (CANDY!) to participate in a hands-on demonstration. 

Cozy, Plant-Based Comfort Food Favorites

Saturday, January 16 |1:00 – 3:00 PMInstructor: Linda Kolton, Award-winning vegan chef and cookbook author 

$35 per member, $50 per nonmember

Live, virtual program

 Sometimes, the best way to beat the winter blues is by slipping into a dish of something scrumptious. Comfort food helps us feel safe, cozy, and cared for–and when it’s plant-based, nourished. Soothe your senses and start the new year off right when you learn how to make these delicious dishes you’ll want to repeat all winter long. In this demonstration-style class, award-winning vegan chef and cookbook author Linda Kolton will show you how to master these classic dishes without using dairy, eggs, or animal products: Homemade Vegan Kielbasa Polish Boy, Creamiest Mac and Cheese with Shiitake Bacon, and No-Bake Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bars. Recipes are designed for eaters of all ages!

A Garden for All Seasons: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood

Thursday, January 21 | 6:30 – 7:30PM Instructor: Kate Markert, Executive Director, Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens 

$15 per member, $30 per nonmember 

Live, virtual program

Set on 25 acres in Washington, D.C., Hillwood is the embodiment of Marjorie Merriweather Post’s grand vision. Working with the prominent landscape duo, Umberto Innocenti and Richard Webel, and Perry Wheeler, Post shaped a setting with a diverse and verdant array of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants, offering something to see in every season. 13 acres of formal gardens extend from the house in a progression of outdoor rooms. Each of these spaces, meant to complement the mansion’s interior rooms, encourages an intuitive flow, from the French parterre to the rose garden onto the Friendship Walk and the Lunar Lawn—location of many of Post’s legendary parties.   

Celebrate the history and design of Washington’s garden treasure through a virtual photographic exploration of Markert’s new book A Garden for All Seasons: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Hillwood. Published by Rizzoli Electa in partnership with Hillwood, the book features vibrant new photography by Erik Kvalsvik, along with a foreword by tastemaker Charlotte Moss and afterword by Post’s grand-daughter and Hillwood president emerita, Ellen Charles.   

Participants and readers will find ample inspiration in both the newly commissioned photography and historic images that give context to the gardens Post took great care in crafting.    

Virtual Tree Talk-Lakeview Cemetery 

Presenter: Margeaux Apple, Holden Forests and Garden Plant Recorder

40 minute, Pre-Recorded Video, $5 per person

In our first virtual Tree Talk, join Margeaux Apple, Plant Recorder, in Lake View Cemetery where she provides an in-depth exploration of  four commonly found native and nonnative trees. In this virtual tour, participants will learn how to identify red and white oaks, ginkgos, and white pine and hear some significant cultural and historical stories about these trees that add a layer of charisma to their presence.

This is an approximately 40-minute, pre-recorded program and includes contact information for the instructor, should you have any questions about the content, as well as a map of where to find the trees showcased in this program.

Access to this recording is provided via a password protected link after purchase and can be found in your program’s confirmation letter. 

After the purchase process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. If it is a virtual class, the email will contain a link to the desired class video or login information for Zoom. Please contact drose@holdenfg.org with questions.