Whether you’re an aspiring gardener, a seasoned expert, or just inspired by flora and fauna, we have the perfect classes for you at Lynchburg Parks & Recreation!
Part of our mission with our newest Please Do Hug the Trees campaign is to bring our community programs that inspire contributions to our natural world through conservation, preservation, and appreciation. Below, we’ve outlined just some of our programs that support this mission. The best part is that they’re all free! Ring in Spring with our classes focused on gardening!
Desert Landscape: The Flora of Namibia | March 21 | FREE
Join Margaret Mundy at Templeton Senior Center for a visual trip to the gardens of Namibia! Namibia lies in the second driest area in Africa after the Sahara. Despite this, both woodlands and desert species are found in the country. Namibia is home to rare and distinctive plants. Discover the beauty of this area as Margaret Mundy shares highlights of her scenic trip.
“Go Native” Gardening | March 22 | FREE
Master Gardener Karen Sacasky, urges us to “Go Native” by incorporating native plants in our landscaping and gardens. She will share great ideas on what works best in our area at Templeton Senior Center. Take advantage of this program before your next trip to the gardening section!
The Zen of Deer Management | March 29 | FREE
Love ’em or hate ’em, deer are a part of life here in Central Virginia. Master Gardener John Casler will focus on helping you to “think like a deer” to keep them from invading your garden. Learn techniques to keep from sharing your harvest with our native wildlife.
Impatiens: America’s Most Popular Annual | April 5 | FREE
Master Gardener Joe Pond shares why Impatiens are America’s most popular annual. This beautiful plant is easy to grow, comes in lots of varieties, and is perfect for any level of gardener. Come and find out more about this garden staple!
Square Foot Gardening | April 12 | FREE
Master Gardener Deb Straw discusses the concept of square foot gardening, a technique that gets you higher yields in a smaller space. Techniques Deb uses in her own garden will inspire you to incorporate this gardening method in your own yard, no matter your space limitations.
Butterflies and the Flowers that Attract Them | April 19 | FREE
Who doesn’t love butterflies? Master Gardener Sue Piepho shows you how to identify local butterflies and the flowers to plant that will attract them to your yard. Make these special insects welcome in your garden!
Growing Great Soil for a Great Garden | April 26 | FREE
You’ve probably heard of composting, but have you heard of how great it is for your garden AND for the environment? Master Gardener Klawa Thresher will talk about the importance of composting and how to grow a better garden through composting.