Classes

We are charging a minimum $5 fee for all classes to discourage no-shows. To register and pay the fee you follow the registration link after the class description.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our classes will be offered on-line using a cloud-based service, WebEx. You will be sent an email containing a link that will allow you to join the online class ten minutes before the session begins. To assure that the class is not interrupted with unwanted noise, we ask that you mute your microphone until you wish to ask a question or make a comment at the end of the class. Since this is the first time we are attempting to hold classes online, we ask for your understanding and goodwill as we undertake this adventure.

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Introduction to Beekeeping

 Introduction to Beekeeping

Date and Time:  Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 10am to 12 noon

Place:  Leslie House, Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Rd., Ann Arbor, MI

In this class, we will examine what it takes to be a beekeeper.  We will go over the time, cost and equipment needed to successfully manage your own hive of bees.  Open to all levels, but geared to those thinking about starting their own hives or interested in seeing what beekeeping entails.  The class is free and will serve to introduce you to the season-long course that follows.

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Course in Beekeeping

 Course on Beekeeping     

The  season-long course of 10 classes is being offered to interested students as a package for the price of $80, with drop-in opportunities for individual sessions at the rate of $10.00 each.  Topics for each monthly class are briefly listed below, with more detailed descriptions of each here.  The series will begin on February 15, 2014.  Registration and payment for the full series can be done here.  

To see a full description of all the classes, please click here.

Monthly Class Topics of the Course


February 15:       Equipment Options for Keeping Bees

March 22:            Specialty Tools and Assembling Your Equipment

April 12:                Bee Biology/Checking Over-wintered Hives

May 17:                Splitting Hives and Swarm Prevention

June 7:                 Supering and Honey Production

June 21:               Hive Inspection and Pest Identification

July 19:                 Varroa Mite Monitoring

August 23:           Honey Extraction

September 27     Managing Hives in the Fall

October 11:          Preparing Your Hives for Winter


Exploring Bees! 1: Equipment Options for Keeping Bees

Meghan Milbrath, local beekeeper and Project Grow instructor, begins her 10-class series on beekeeping this month with a discussion on equipment options for keeping bees. This class is designed for those interested in keeping bees or expanding their apiary and will cover the equipment options for keeping bees. We will discuss the pros and cons of different hive types and various beekeeping tools. Participants will have an opportunity to examine equipment and gear and will be led through the equipment decision-making and purchasing process, to help them decide on which equipment to buy and exactly where to get them.

Registration and payment for the full series is $80.00 and can be done here from Eventbrite.  Drop-in option for this one class is $10.00 ($15.00 per couple) and can be paid in cash at the door.


Exploring Bees! 2: Specialty Tools and Assembling Your Equipment

In this second class of her season-long series, Meghan Milbrath will focus on setting up your hive and answering questions about assembling your equipment. A series of more specialized equipment will be brought in for participants to examine, along with other tools and jigs to help you assemble your equipment. Participants are welcome to bring in any equipment that they have questions about or need help assembling.

Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.


Square Foot Gardening

Do you want to garden this summer but are limited in space? Do you have space, but don’t know how to start? Then this class is for you! James Lee, certified Square Foot Gardening instructor, will again present a class on this popular and well-established method of gardening in a small space. Topics will include reasons for using the square foot approach to gardening, methods for creating such beds, and planting schemes that take advantage of the newly created beds, all without weeds!. Participants will also be able to visit the Square Foot Garden bed at Leslie and see this method in action. The fee for this class is $10.00.

Please visit Eventbrite to register and pay for the class.


Exploring Bees! 3: Bee Biology; Checking Over-Wintered Hives

Outside, at the Apiary in the Discovery Garden at Leslie, Meghan Milbrath, in this third class of the series, will discuss the different types of bees, their biology and anatomical adaptations. The focus will be on the natural cycle of the colony over the season. Then, weather permitting, we will check the hives at Leslie and learn how to do a first check of over-wintered hives and how to get them ready for the upcoming season. Rain date: Sunday, April 13th.

Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.


The Rain Barrel Workshop

What:     Pop-up Rain Barrel Workshop
When:    Saturday April 19th, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Where:  The Yellow Barn at 416 West Huron
Cost:       $65   

Build your own rain barrel with Project Grow and Mi Rain Barrel! We provide all the supplies, volunteers to help, and food-grade recycled barrels. This workshop will take place at The Yellow Barn at 416 West Huron between 12:30 and 2:30pm. Please visit www.mirainbarrel.com/signup to register and click "store" to learn more about the finished rain barrel. Cash & checks with valid ID will be accepted at the door. Please contact   if you have any questions or would like your barrel to be assembled by PG volunteers.


Extending Your Growing Season with Low Tunnels

Shari Kane and Dave Steele, Project Grow gardeners, have developed the art and science of winter gardening with low tunnels and want to share their discoveries with you. Meet them at their plot in Lakewood and see what a low tunnel is and how it has allowed them to grow vegetables when snow is on the ground and to start earlier, long before most gardeners can begin! Then learn how they did it, down to the last nut and bolt, so that you, too, will be able to do it next winter.  The class is free but registration is required.


Water Conservation 1

The first of a two part series of classes   This explores water conservation in home (backyard and indoor) and community gardens. Specific goals include:

  • Awareness of community/municipal garden rules regarding water use.
  • Understanding the ecology of how much saturation is needed to support plant life.
  • Understanding how much water you really use and how much it costs.
  • Appropriate times to water and most efficient method for each time.
  • Plant selection and gardening methods that save water
  • Efficient times to water versus good times for plants to be watered
  • The benefit and dynamics of rain gardening
  • Ingenuous ideas of some small-space and water-wise gardening.

The class is free but registration is required.


Exploring Bees! 4: Splitting Hives and Preventing Swarms

At the Apiary in the Discovery Garden at Leslie, we will discuss swarm biology and behavior and examine hives for signs of swarm preparation. We will discuss and possibly perform splits or other types of swarm management, as well as options for preventing, catching, and dealing with swarms. Rain date: Sunday, May 18.

Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.


 


Integrated Pest Management

 Pests are an unhappy but realistic aspect of gardening.  They cannot be eliminated, but they can be managed.  The IPM approach to their management looks at the life cycles of pests and their impact on the environment and combines it with available pest control methods so as to manage the destruction they inflict in ways that  are least costly and hazardous to people, their gardens and the environment.  Inge Ferguson, Master Gardener, will walk you through this well-established method for identifying, monitoring, preventing, and controlling pests in your garden.  Class is free but registration is required.


Exploring Bees! 5: Supering and Honey Production

At the Apiary, we will discuss major nectar-bearing honey plants and honey flows and how to manage the hive to maximize honey production. We will discuss different supering strategies and hive arrangements, as well as possibly making “nucs” to manage queens and swarms. Rain date: Sunday, June 8. Instructor: Meghan Milbrath. Class limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.


Daylilies!

 Rebecca Hutchins, expert daylily grower, hybridizer, and owner of Miss Becky’s Lily Farm in Carleton, Michigan, will again teach a class on daylilies.  Topics to be covered are the biology of daylilies, best cultivation practices, methods of hybridizing new cultivars, saving and growing out seeds.   Examples of blooming daylilies from her farm will also be shown.  If you have ever had questions about daylilies, this class is for you!  Class is free, but registration is required.


Saving Seeds

Many dollars are spent by gardeners each year on seeds.  And yet, with some planning and a little work, much of the cost for seeds can be avoided.  This class will cover the advantages of gardening with heirloom varieties and seed-saving basics that can help you save money and ensure that you get the varieties that you grow and love.  Participants will then try their hands at saving seeds from a variety of vegetables, including fresh tomatoes, grown by instructor, Marcella Trautmann.  Class is free, but registration is required.


Exploring Bees! 8: Honey Extraction

At the apiary, we will see learn what honey to extract from the hive, how much to take and the various options for extracting it.  We will cover all types of extraction equipment and methods.  Rain date:  Sunday, August 24th.  Class  is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.


Exploring Bees 9: Managing Hives in the Fall

At the apiary, we will see that the bees are getting ready for winter.  We will discuss how to prepare a hive so that it is at an optimal strength and size for over-wintering.  Rain date:  Sunday, September 28.  .  Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.


Exploring Bees 10: Preparing the Hive for Winter

At the apiary, we will set up the hives for over-wintering and will discuss various options for managing moisture, food, and heat in the hives.  Rain date:  Sunday, October 12th.  Class is limited to those who have already paid for the full course, though drop-ins are permitted, with fees of $10.00 ($15.00 per couple), payable in cash at the door.