Edmonton gardening workshops to improve your knowledge

 Hey green thumbs, if you’ve been dying to learn the art of pruning a bonsai or how to grow prairie fruit in your own backyard, there’s a workshop or two that’s sure to satisfy your horticulture interests. Get down and dirty with these Edmonton and area gardening workshops and courses. [Image credit: iStock.com/tdub303]

Salisbury Greenhouses & Landscaping

52337 Range Road 232, Sherwood Park, AB T8B 1B5

The beauty of the workshops offered at Salisbury Greenhouse is that they’re free to attend – you simply need to purchase your own supplies. Workshops typically last between 60 to 90 minutes. Popular workshops include hanging flower baskets, fairy gardens, build-your-own terrarium and succulent window frames. You can attend one of their public workshops, or book your own private function. Check out their website for handy step-by-step guides along with pictures on a variety of DIY projects.

Devonian Botanic Garden

Hwy 60, Devon, AB T7V 1C5

Perhaps it’s fitting that the University of Alberta-operated Devonian Botanic Garden offers a wide-range of adult workshops for those with a thirst for knowledge for everything from art and photography to, of course,, gardening and landscaping. Learn all about orchids, budding and grafting, growing a bonsai and creating a feng shui garden. For the serious gardener, there’s a Master Gardener Program designed to teach you all the skills required to kick-start your career in horticulture.

Prairie Gardens & Greenhouses

56311 Lily Lk Rd, Bon Accord, AB T0A 0K0

Who better to learn gardening tips from than those who run a farm? Gardening workshops and demonstrations are on a drop-in basis and, best of all, are free. Learn to grow prairie fruit in your own backyard, make a fairy garden and grow your own herbs to make custom teas and add flavour to your favourite dishes. End your day with a RGE RD gourmet dinner, serving delicious farm-fresh meals.

Greenland Garden Center

Adult gardening classes are offered on a seasonal basis, with spring sessions running from April to June and fall/winter classes from September to December. Topics include pruning and landscaping, starting seeds indoors and preparing your yard for the cold freeze. Be sure to register in advance and feel free to bring a study-buddy.

Edmonton Horticultural Society

10746 178 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5S 1J3

The EHS is a non-profit organization dedicated to the craft of gardening. They are the lovely people behind the Front Yards in Bloom competition and various garden tours. Their Monthly Speaker Series is free for members; non-members are charged a small fee at the door. Hear industry experts speak about a wide variety of topics, such as urban bee keeping, preserving your harvest and year-round gardening tips. Hands-on workshops are also offered periodically.

The Enjoy Centre

101 Riel Dr, St. Albert, AB T8N 3X4

If you’re looking for an all-around relaxing time where you’ll learn some new gardening skills, enjoy light refreshments and leave with your own hand-made creation, check out Hole’s. Create your own terrarium (all supplies included), learn to arrange fresh blooms like a pro, and learn the art of European “twist” bouquets. Book your own private workshops for parties and corporate events.

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