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Resolutions and motivations for local gardening

Local garden centers offering classes to learn new skills

BEES ON A BICYCLE
1909 Market St., 703-225-9686

› Saturday, Jan. 20: Essential Oils Made Easy, 2 p.m. Learn about the essence of a plant (literally), the source of essential oils, used for centuries in other cultures for medicinal, aromatic and culinary purposes.

› Wednesday, Jan. 24: Designing Your Spring Garden, 5:30 p.m. Learn how to arrange plants, place beds, use containers and overcome other challenges in garden design.

› Thursday, Feb. 8: Terrariums: A Whole Garden Contained, 5:30 p.m. How to create a whole garden in one spot. $15 plus supplies bought on-site.

› Saturday, Feb. 17: The Toxin-Free Home, 2 p.m. How to clean your home, your hair, your laundry, without toxins, using natural plant essences

› Saturday, Feb. 24: Drinking Shrubs, 4 p.m. Learn to make plant-based cocktails.

› Thursday, March 8: Planting for Pollinators, 5:30 p.m., Chattanooga WorkSpace, 302 W. Sixth St. $15

› Saturday, March 17: Essential Oils for Bath and Beauty, 2 p.m. Learn how a plant’s essential oils are beneficial for the skin and hair, for soothing muscles, easing stress and even warding off bugs.

› Thursday, March 22: Succulent Bar Happy Hour, 6:30 p.m. Plant a succulent arrangement, learning what soil works, how to place rocks in the garden for special interest and other tips. Fee depends on supplies chosen. Snacks and beverages provided. Co-hosted by Inspire Chiropractic.

THE BARN NURSERY
1801 E. 24th St. Place, 423-698-2276

› Saturday, Jan. 13: Miniature Garden Make Take Workshop, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each $35, all-ages session includes a container, potting soil, charcoal, colorful stones, a few plants and figures and, of course, fairy dust. Repeats at same times Saturday, Feb. 3.

› Saturday, Jan. 27: Terrarium Make Take Workshop, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Each $35, all-ages session includes container, potting soil, charcoal, colorful stones and a few plants and figures. Repeats at same times Saturday, Feb. 24.

HOLCOMB GARDEN CENTER
5513 Highway 153 in Hixson; 423-877-8782
2705 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe; 706-861-4769

› Saturday, Jan. 27: How To Have a Beautiful Lawn, 3 p.m., Hixson location. Spring lawn class is free, but space is limited. Call 423-877-8782 to leave a name and number in case of cancellation due to inclement weather.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN NURSERY
1100 Hubbard Road, Signal Mountain; 423-886-3174.

Note: Must register for all classes.

› Saturday, Jan. 13: Kokedama Class, 10 a.m. This form of bonsai is a moss ball bound in string to become a structural art form. $35.

› Saturday, Jan. 20: Benefits of Attracting Birds to Your Garden, 10 a.m. There are reasons to attract birds to your yard beyond the pleasure of their company. Learn how they can improve your health and well-being. Free; limited space.

› Saturday, Jan. 27: Fairy Garden Workshop, 10 a.m. Build a miniature world of your own with a container, soil, rocks, moss and three plants included in the fee. Other accessories at additional cost. $30.

› Saturday, Feb. 3: Terrarium Art Workshop, 10 a.m. Scale down the plant world with living art under glass. Bring your own container or buy on-site. Cost depends on materials used.

› Saturday, Feb. 10: Valentine’s Cork Succulent Wreath, 10 a.m. Use up all those extra wine corks. $20 covers materials.

CRABTREE FARMS
1000 E. 30th St.; 423-493-9155

› Saturday, March 3: Pruning Intensive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Hands-on workshop to learn the art and science of pruning with landscape architect Matt Whitaker. Outdoor instruction; dress for weather. $40 members, $45 nonmembers. Limited to 35.

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