Forest Park Forever Classes
From Our Backyard to Yours – Indoor Classes With Experts from Forest Park Forever
Second Tuesdays | 5:00-6:30 p.m.
All classes will be held in the Learning Lab Classroom of the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center. All classes are $10 – free for members!
Members, please email us to receive your coupon code for free classes.
- November 8: How Plants Grew Culture
From the clothes on your back to what’s for dinner, plants play a pivotal role in our everyday lives. Join me in discussing how plants shifted, changed, and grew the very culture of our civilization. Taught by Tony Boudreau.
- December 13: Tree Planting: Selection, Establishment & Care
An old Chinese proverb says “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” But if the tree was planted wrong 20 years ago, now it may be dead or dying. The problems from incorrect planting often take years to manifest. A tree is a long-term investment and premature death means lost time that cannot be recovered; we can buy trees but we can’t buy time! Learn how to properly select, plant and care for trees and give a gift to the future. Taught by Mark Halpin.
- January 10: Starting Seeds Indoors
Get a head start on the spring vegetable planting season by starting seeds indoors this winter. Seeds started indoors are less vulnerable to pests, mature earlier in the season and are less prone to competition from weeds. This class will equip participants with the right knowledge and tools to start common vegetables and difficult to germinate seeds that require pre-treatment (such as native wildflowers). Learn what steps need to be taken to collect and prepare seeds for germination and what "tools" are required for successful healthy germination and transplanting plants into your garden. Participants will receive a packet of vegetable seeds and two native wildflower seed packets which have been prepared for germination. Discover that expensive supplies are not necessary, and that common household items can be used to sprout seeds indoors this winter. Taught by Patrick Greenwald.
- February 7: Pruning Trees & Shrubs
- Pruning woody plants correctly makes them healthier, prettier, and allows us to balance our own needs with the plants’ needs. Pruning them incorrectly can turn them into sickly monstrosities destined for an early grave. With so much conflicting information about it and so much at stake, pruning can be very intimidating. But if you learn the basic guidelines and adhere to them you can ensure that your woodies are healthy, happy and beautiful! Taught by Mark Halpin.
- March 14: Horticulture in Forest Park: Past & Present
Did you know that in 1935-36, the City’s greenhouses in Forest Park produced 1 Million plants in a single year? Horticulture has been important to Forest Park since it was founded in 1876. Come learn about the fascinating history of gardening in the Park and learn how horticulture continues to shape the visitors experience. We will be using the book Forest Park by Caroline Loughlin and Catherine Anderson as a guide. Taught by Patrick Greenwald.
- April 11: Gardening with Sun-Loving Native Plants
Gardening in our Midwest summers with full sun, dry/poor soil conditions and high humidity can be challenging. It can require much in the way of soil amendments, water and fertilizers. But does it have to? The good news is there are a multitude of native Missouri plants that thrive in these conditions without water, fertilizers and amendments and at the same time, attract abundant varieties of wildlife, inviting nature into our own landscapes. In this course, we will discuss how to effectively garden with native plants who love the sun and drought conditions, how it can be made easier and more aesthetically pleasing all year long and how to create a habitat that wildlife won’t be able to pass up. This class may take place outside if the weather cooperates, so please dress accordingly. Taught by Susan Van de Riet.