Home & Garden

New! Living Decor: Terrarium Holiday Ornaments
Let’s trim our holiday tree and add to our home decor with small glass globes filled with air plants, moss, potpourri and more! Learn how to maintain your ornaments long after the holidays have passed. Create and design two small living decor ornaments to take home.
CE-GRDN 2066, 1 Sat., Nov. 15, 12:00 noon-1:30 pm, Room TBD, $20 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Colletti. #84010

Explore a Career in the Decorating Business
Are you creative? Do you have an eye for color? Are you addicted to those TV decorating shows and design magazines? Can you decorate for a living? Explore career options in the decorating field and needed educational requirements. View some before and after pictures of projects and a look at the behind the scenes activities that take place to get the project done.
CE-CRXPL 2018, 1 Sat., Sept. 20, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, KNC-3, $35. M Colella. #83436

Staging for the Home
For home owners and realtors looking for guidance on preparing a home for sale. Learn about the important areas to consider for change and discover some simple (and inexpensive) remedies to create a fresh and appealing look for the buyer.
CE-HOME 2005, 1 Sat., Sept. 20, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $30. M Tallerico. #83507

Interior Design 101
Learn the basic tools to create an artful home including creating a floor plan, the use of color, and window treatments. The principal elements of design will be discussed: balance, proportion and color. Address design as an artist approaches a canvas, with the room as the composition. Email instructor at mt.design@verizon.net for textbook and a list of supplies at least one week prior to class.
CE-ART 2062, 8 Wed., Sept. 17-Nov. 5, 6:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 (+ textbook). M Tallerico. #83506

Silk Floral Arrangement 101
Learn the basic principles of silk flower arranging, including everything you need to produce creative arrangements for your home, office, and friends. Utilize color intensity, shape, and form to design breathtaking arrangements.
CE-CRAFT 2029, 7 Fri., Sept. 26-Nov. 7, 6:00-8:00 pm, Room TBD, $150 (+ $85 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Desire. #83595


GO NATIVE U at Westchester Community College
A Certificate Program in Sustainable Gardening with Northeast Flora

Discover the benefits and beauty of plants native to the Northeast in this program designed for home gardeners and professionals alike.

Landscape architects, designers, nursery staff, landscapers, and gardening enthusiasts will learn about regional ecology and the sustainable practices that can be used to enhance home and community environments.

Students can enroll in single classes or pursue a certificate, which consists of 50 contact hours (18 hours/core courses, 17 hours/ electives, and 15 hours/community service) plus a final exam. Some classes offer LA-CES approved credit hours. All classes are taught by qualified, experienced professionals.

To register for these courses, please call 914-606-6830 and press 1 or register online at www.sunywcc.edu/CE

All classes held in the Classroom Building, Room 100 unless otherwise noted.

Core Classes:
Introduction to Native Plants and Landscapes
Gain a comprehensive foundation for garden design using native plants. Learn about the importance of native plants, showy substitutes for non-native plants, sustainable design concepts, and more.
CE-GRDN 2010, 3 Wed., Oct. 8-22, 6:00-8:00 pm, $130. C Summers. #83523

Native Perennials: Summer/Fall
Discover the many lovely herbaceous plants that will enhance your garden while providing food and shelter for native bees, butterflies, birds and more.
CE-GRDN 2016, Sat., Oct. 18, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. B Fischer. #83721

Native Trees and Shrubs

Explore the best native trees and shrubs for this region and the latest techniques for establishing them in a landscape.
CE-GRDN 2009, 2 Wed., Nov. 5 & 12, 6:00-8:00 pm, $100. C Summers. #83520

Elective Classes:
New! Native Herbal Plants: History and Traditional Uses
Introduces medicinal properties of native plants as they were used by traditional indigenous cultures of the northeast. Explore native herbs, learn how to prepare herbarium specimens, and how modern herbalists make herbal tinctures, healthy syrups, and teas. The conservation and preservation of threatened native species and proper harvesting techniques will also be discussed.
CE-GRDN 2065, 2 Sat., Sept. 27 & Oct. 4, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, CLA-100, $90. C Kessman. #83955

NY Wetlands: Balancing Ecology, Laws, and Aesthetics
Discover how state and municipal laws in NY affect projects in and around wetlands. Learn how to select appropriate native plants for a site and how to control invasive plants common to wetlands.
CE-GRDN 2049, 2 Thurs., Oct. 2 & 9, 6:00-7:30 pm, CLA-100, $80. K Turoczi. #83565

New! Wetland Field Study
Spend three hours exploring the wetland communities of the Angle Fly Preserve in Somers (www.somerslandtrust.org/angle-fly-preserve/about-angle-fly-preserve). Look at components of wetlands including soils, plants, and hydrology, and discuss human impacts and invasive species affecting wetlands.
CE-GRDN 2067, 1 Sat., Oct. 25, 9:00 am-12:00 noon, Offsite, $80. K Turoczi. #84011

New! Landscaping for Higher Ecosystem Function
A landscape may be beautiful but what is its ecological value? Learn how to leverage the ecosystem function in your landscape not only to support wildlife, but to maximize the ecosystem services which humans depend upon. You will learn how to conduct ecosystem-driven soil and site analysis, identify local ecosystems,and select the most appropriate native plants for your landscape.
CE-GRDN 2064, 3 Sat., Nov. 1-15, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $130. K Eierman. #83956

Bugs in Your Native Garden: An Introduction to Basic Identification
Discover the basic identification of common insects and related invertebrates with discussions of how to bring more insects into the garden and keep them there. Learn about the relationship between our insects and their natural ecosystem.
CE-GRDN 2046, 1 Mon., Nov. 3, 7:00-9:00 pm, CLA-100, $55. L Forcella. #83957

New! Bugs in Your Native Garden: An Advanced Guide to Common Insects
Move on to advanced identification of common insects found in the area. Featured species will be discussed in detail and specimens will be on hand for examination. Prerequisite: Bugs in Your Native Garden: An Introduction to Basic Identification.
CE-GRDN 2063, 2 Mon/Tues., Nov. 10 & 11, 7:00-9:00 pm, $90. L Forcella. #83958

New! Proper Pruning Practices
Learn the proper techniques and methods for pruning deciduous and evergreen shrubs and small trees. Topics include correct timing, renewal pruning, and recommended tools. Dress for weather and bring your pruners for hands-on work in the garden.
CE-GRDN 2062, 1 Wed., Nov. 5, 10:00 am-2:30 pm, $115. A Perkowski. #83959

Ecological Design
An introduction to a different design approach using native plants appropriate to the ecological system of your site. Reimagine a new landscape design for small or large sites or a restoration of an existing site using the concept of native plant communities. Learn how to select the native plants suitable for the different plant communities in creating or restoring a natural landscape.
CE-GRDN 2029, 1 Tues., Nov. 18, 10:00-12:00 noon, $55. E Katoni. #83602

NEW! Invasive Species: Problems and Progress
A first step in conserving local biodiversity is to deal with invasive species that outcompete native species and throw off ecological balance. Get to know invasive species: how they got here, why they are a problem, and the efforts under way to regulate their spread.
CE-GRDN 2061, 1 Fri., Sept. 26, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. Jessica Schuler. #84073

NEW! Stand Up to Plant Bullies
CE-GRDN2060, 1 Fri., Sept. 26, 12:45-4:30 pm, $90. B DelToro and J Dean. #84009
Classroom: Learn to identify the invasive plants commonly found in the region and best techniques and strategies to manage them. Find out how to use iMapInvasives, the NY Natural Heritage Program’s new online database tool that helps monitor and report invasive infestations in your gardens and community. The class will move outdoors for a field session later in the afternoon.
Field: Get outside, roll up your sleeves, and tackle invasive species head-on in this practicum session that is a continuum of the classroom session. Work with the tools used in battling invasives and learn first-hand the best ways to remove them from the landscape. See how to use iMapInvasives with an actual demonstration in the field. Students will receive a login account to use at home. Dress appropriately for field work and the weather.

Back to School with Go Native U
Nature’s Invaders: Unwelcomed Plants and Pests
Earn up to 5.5 hours of LA-CES approved credits
in a single day. A great way to jump-start your certificate!

Date: September 26
Location: Classroom Building, Room 100 (park in Lot #4)

Invasive Species: Problems and Progress    10:00 am-12:00 noon      
Lunch (on your own)                                           12:00 noon-12:45 pm
Stand Up to Plant Bullies: Classroom             12:45-2:45 pm
Break                                                                     2:45-3:00 pm
Stand Up to Plant Bullies: Field                        3:00-4:30 pm

Register for both courses or just one. Call 914-606-6830, press 1, to register now.

The Go Native U Certificate Program is a collaborative effort between Westchester Community College and The Native Plant Center. A percentage of tuition fees supports the work of The Native Plant Center.