Home & Garden
HOME & GARDEN
NEW! 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., Jan. 25, 9:30 am-1:30 pm, KNC-3, $35. M Colella. #14237
Terrariums and Living Décor
Learn how to design funky green terrariums and hanging glass globes using tropical plants, succulents, live moss, and Tillandsia air plants. Learn about building living décor moss dish gardens and vertical plant holders, new to gardening. Create your own living décor terrarium to take home and display in your home or office. Materials provided: glass bowl, gravel, and plants as well as instructions for maintenance and care.
CE-GRDN 2048, 1 Sat., Mar. 22, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, KNC-2, $25 (+ $20 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Colletti. #13828
NEW! 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., Feb. 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, Room TBD, $30. M Tallerico. #13829
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for textbook and a list of supplies at least one week prior to class.
CE-ART 2062, 8 Wed., Jan. 22-Mar. 12, 6:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 (+ textbook). M Tallerico. #13830
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.
Northeastern Native Plants in Our Landscapes
This course provides a comprehensive foundation for garden design using regionally native plants. Learn about the importance of native plants, their benefits to wildlife, showy substitutes for favorite non-native plants, the concern surrounding invasive species, sustainable design concepts, and more.
CE-GRDN 2010, 3 Wed., Feb. 12-26, 6:00-8:00 pm, $130. C Summers. #13831
Native Perennials: Spring/Summer
Learn about the many herbaceous native plants that will enhance your garden and also provide food and shelter for native bees, butterflies, birds, and more.
CE-GRDN 2016, 1 Tues., Feb. 25, 6:00-8:00 pm, $55. B Fischer. #13965
Plant Identification in the Field
Move outside the classroom to learn how to identify plants using a taxonomic key. Try your skills in the field by exploring the demonstration gardens of The Native Plant Center and the grounds of the college campus. A field guide with dichotomous key is required; e-mail the instructor at Jessica.email@example.com for suggested titles.
CE-GRDN 2023, 1 Sat., May 3, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. J Schuler. #14070
Native Plants that Deer Don’t Browse
Discuss the ongoing problems gardeners have with deer and how to mitigate them especially using native plants. Examine perennials, groundcovers, herbs, and shrubs that are deer-resistant, and learn tips and tricks that may discourage deer from invading your property.
CE-GRDN 2034, 1 Sat., Feb. 1, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. R Clausen. #13966
NEW! Common Sense Landscaping
Break away from outdated practices and create a living landscape that helps the environment. Learn how to choose the right native plant for the location; find out about companion planting and site analysis; and get to know your soil and the use of natural materials. This naturalistic approach is taught from the perspective of the owner of a full-service garden center and landscape design and management company.
CE-GRDN 2054, 3 Sat., Feb. 8-22, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $130. P Muroski. #14118
Invasive Species and Management
Learn to identify the invasive species—plants, pests, and diseases—that are negatively impacting native ecosystems in this region. Find out the recommended best management practices for monitoring and controlling invasives as well as pertinent regulations.
CE-GRDN 2037, 2 Thurs., Feb. 27-Mar. 6, 6:00-8:00 pm, $90. J Schuler. #14066
NEW! Identifying the Common Wild Ferns of the Northeast
Fewer than 100 ferns are native to the northeastern United States. Learn the distinguishing characteristics of the 30 most common ones: the shape of the fronds, the spore bearing leaves, the leaf veins, and the margins. The ferns will be illustrated by use of a herbarium, which allows for up-close views.
CE-GRDN 2053, 1 Wed., Mar. 12, 7:00-9:30 pm, $70 (+ $5 materials fee, payable to instructor). M Penziner. #14119
Nativelicious: Gardening with Edible Native Plants
Add beauty to your garden while growing edible fruits, nuts, and berries that improve your backyard ecosystem. Discuss best practices and the insects and wildlife that these native edible plants support. Suggested book: Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants; Bradford Angier;2nd Edition; 2008; Stackpole Books.
CE-GRDN 2030, 1 Sat., Mar. 15, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $80. K Eierman. #13918
NEW! Native Gardening for Bees in Crisis
Bees account for the pollination of a significant portion of food crops and flowering plants, but many bee species are in steep decline. Learn about bee foraging needs, the principles of bee garden design and maintenance, and the best plant choices timed to flower throughout the growing season.
CE-GRDN 2055, 1 Wed., Apr. 16, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $80. K Eierman. #14124
Common Wild Violets of the Northeast
Learn how to identify common violets in the field using a dichotomous key and hand-lens. Study the ecological role of violets and come to understand the key characteristics that make this dainty flower unique.
CE-GRDN 2042, 1 Wed., Apr. 30, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $55. M Fabel. #13861
Field ID of the Common Weeds of Westchester
What is a weed and are they all exotic invaders? Learn how to use a dichotomous key to identify common weeds and successfully manage weed eradication in your garden. The class goes outdoors for field identification and the creation of your own herbarium.
CE-GRDN 2043, 2 Thurs., May 1 & 8, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, $90. M Fabel. #13862
Advanced Plant Identification in the Field
Spend time in the field practicing the use of taxonomic plant identification keys using field guides and discussions. Prerequisite: Plant Identification in the Field or equivalent coursework in botany. Meet in the Lady Bird Johnson Demonstration Garden on the college campus. The class, held outdoors, will allow you to botanize for two hours. Please dress appropriately and bring umbrellas if it is raining.
CE-GRDN 2050, 1 Sat., May 3, 12:30-2:30 pm, $55. J Schuler. #14071
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.