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Monday, January 27,2014

Certified urban gardeners

Hunter Park GardenHouse offers certification program for those seeking experience in gardening for high-density neighborhoods

by Nicole Halvorsen
Monday, Jan. 27 — The Hunter Park Garden House on Lansing’s East Side is offering an Urban Gardener certification program next month for beginner to intermediate home-gardeners.

The program consists of 10 instructional, lecture-style sessions to learn basic yard and greenhouse gardening skills, featuring guest speakers Saturday afternoons and hands-on labs taught by Garden House staff Tuesday evenings. The skills will be “appropriate for high density, small lot neighborhoods,” according to the program’s website.

Participants will plant and care for a garden together over the duration of the program. Topics to be covered include when to plant certain crops; making compost; pests and diseases; planning a garden layout and more.

Registration fees vary. The fee for the program is $100, but drops to $75 by committing to 20 work-share hours, and $50 for committing to 40 work-share hours. Work share hours are hands-on volunteer hours at the Garden House.

Applications are available online or can be printed and mailed in to the Allen Neighborhood Center. (Directions here.)

Urban Gardener Certification Program
12:30-2 p.m. Saturdays beginning Feb. 15 and 6-7 pm. Tuesdays beginning Feb. 25
Hunter Park GardenHouse, 1400 block East Kalamazoo Street, Lansing
$100, $75, $50
allenneighborhoodcenter.org/gardenhouse/urbangardener
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