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Home & Garden
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
for a list of supplies at least one week prior to class.
2062, 8 Tues., May 21-July 9, 6:30-9:00 pm, Room TBD, $175 (+ textbook).
NATIVE U at Westchester Community College:
A Certificate Program in Sustainable Gardening with Northeast Flora
Sustainable gardens are beautiful and are part of the larger
interdependent whole of our local environment. Learning about the beauty,
importance and benefits of our regional flora will enhance your gardening
experience and help support your community landscape.
the successful "Go Native U" course of study run by the Lady Bird Johnson
Wildflower Center located in Austin, Texas, this program focuses on the
northeastern region. Go Native U at Westchester Community College offers a
schedule of courses that are designed to be of benefit to business owners
as well as garden enthusiasts. If you are a landscaper, landscape
architect or landscape designer, run a nursery or garden center, love
working in your own garden, or seek to improve your home and community
environment, this program is for you. Participants will gain an
understanding of regional ecology and sustainable practices that will
serve to guide gardening, landscape design, land and grounds management,
selection, sales, and marketing decisions.
The certificate consists
of 50 contact hours offered over the period of the year which includes
core courses (18 hrs.), electives (17 hrs.) plus community service (15
hrs.). Some classes will have
LA-CES approved credit hours. All courses taught by highly qualified,
To register for these courses, please call 914-606-6830 and press 1 or
register online at
Gardening To Attract Beneficial Insects
Learn how to attract beneficial insects to your yard using appropriate
native plants. Discover which “good bugs” assist in suppressing pests
(“bad bugs”) in your landscape, which provide pollination. Discuss how to
identify key insects, how to provide them with habitat, and how to support
them with the plants they need at various stages of their life cycles.
CE-GRDN 2031, 1 Wed., May 23, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, CLA-100, $70. K Eierman.
Gardening for Beekeepers
Learn how to keep your honey bees well fed and making healthful, tasty
honey by creating a honey bee garden. Learn about forage needs, the
principles of bee garden design, and the best plant choices, timed to
flower throughout the growing season.
CE-GRDN 2044, 1 Sun., June 2,
1:00-3:00 pm, CLA-100, $45. K Eierman. #6121
Meadowscaping at Home:
How to Make a Native Meadow
Tired of that lifeless, boring lawn? Want to plant something that is
beautiful, low maintenance, and ecologically-beneficial? Learn how to
create a native meadow or a meadow-like garden in your own landscape,
using the best native plants.
CE-GRDN 2041, 1 Wed., June 5, 1:00-3:00
pm, CLA-100, $45. K Eierman. #6122
Field ID of the Common Weeds of Westchester
What is a weed and are they invaders? Learn
how to use a dichotomous key to identify common garden weeds, distinguish
between native and non-native species and successfully manage weed
eradication in your own garden. The course goes outdoors for field
identification and the creation of your own weed herbarium.
2043, 2 Wed., May 29 & June 5, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, CLA-100, $90. M Fabel.
Common Wild Violets of the Northeast
Enter the Lilliputian world of violets in this practical field
identification course. Learn how to identify the common violets of the
northeast using a dichotomous key and hand-lens. Study the ecological role
of violets in our woodlands (and lawns) as well as understand the key
characteristics that make this beautiful dainty flower unique.
2042, 1 Wed., June 12, 10:00 am-12:00 noon, CLA-100, $45. M Fabel. #6124
The Go Native U Certificate
Program is a collaborative effort between Westchester Community College
and The Native Plant Center. A percentage of tuition fees will be donated
to help support the work of The Native Plant Center.