Monday, January 5, 2009

Get Outside with the Oakhurst Community Garden Project

Celebrate the New Year at the Oakhurst Community Garden Project with fun classes!
435 Oakview Road, Decatur

The Oakhurst Community Garden Project welcomes the New Year with a new slate of fun, crafty, cooking, and gardening classes. Save money by making your own healthy soups. Or perhaps you have always wanted to try your hand at tending a honey bee hive? Well this is all possible at the Garden, located in your community and within walking distance.

Classes for families and singles, celebrate with us and learn a fun-filled skill at the same time!Thank you DeKalb Medical for sponsoring our January-March 2009 series.

-Winter Sowing a Perennial Garden -Save money by using recycled containers.
Sow the seeds of this year's garden by Winter Sowing, an innovative wayto easily grow plants from seed with Glynis Ward! We will sow perennial garden seeds which need a period of cool weather (stratification) for successful germination using your recyclables! Native and non-native perennial seeds, soil and supplies are provided, you bring as many clear and opaque recyclable containers as you would like: milk jugs, soda, water or juice bottles, plastic food tubs with lids, clear take-out "hamburger" boxes.
Tuesday, January 6th, 7 – 9 p.m.
$22 Garden members, $27 non-members (fee includes a $2 materials charge)

-Serious Sketchers in the Shadows!
Come join Ms. Sylvia on Wednesday evenings to draw with traditional and natural materials as Rembrandt would, with an eye on the lightness and varying degrees of darkness to create a garden variety of renderings. This is a monthly class geared towards middle and high school ages, but adults are welcome,too!
Monthly Class: Start dates January 7th, February 4th, March 4th
7:30-9 p.m.$95-/4 days per month (includes materials)

-Crane Origami
In Japan, the Crane is the symbol of peace. Start your year with a peaceful afternoon folding beautiful sheets of origami paper intocranes. Each student will also have the option of creating a mobile to hang the cranes from. Children ages 7 and up are welcome to attend, but must be accompanied by an adult. Class fee includes one mobile.
Sunday, January 11th, 1-3 p.m.$15 for Garden Members, $20 for non-members (fee includes $5 materials charge)

-Table Cloth Tea, Plein Air in the Garden!
Come join Ms. Sylvia the second Wednesday of each month in the garden to paint and draw on paper, placemats and a tablecloth. We will work with traditional paints and the natural pigments that we find in the gardenand in our teacups! Bring a mug for tea! This is an adult class, but childcare is available for an additional fee.
January 14th, February 11th, and March 11th, 11 a.m.-1p.m.$35/per workshop (includes materials)Soup: Good for your body, warms your soul, and saves money!

-Trying to put your New Year's resolutions into action? Warm, healthy soup is the perfect place to start and keeps dinner on a low cost budget.
Join Charli Vogt for a delicious course on the basics of soupmakings. Broths, ethnic twists, using local and seasonal produce as well as using the odds and ends from your fridge. Charli is a nurse and herbalist that loves to cook and always has new ideas how to combine food. Bring your apron, your favorite knife and jars to carry home the leftovers. Dinner is included as well as fresh cornbread.
Thursday, January 15th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.$30 Garden members, $35 non-members (fee includes $5 materials charge)

-Get the Buzz: An Introduction to Beekeeping
An overview of the beekeeper's year. Learn the basics: Where is the best place to set up a hive? When do you order bees? Where do you find your materials? When is the best time to harvest honey? All these questions and more will be answered by Curtis Gentry, a beekeeper with over 30 years experience.
Tuesday, January 20th, 6-9 p.m.$25 Garden members, $30 non-members

-Sustainability in the Garden
Drought and watering bans have forced Atlanta gardeners to think differently about how they manage their gardens. Obtaining water, lessening our human impact, fostering nature in an urban environment, reducing and re-using, composting, co-existing with garden creatures andinsects – are all things we have begun to think about more. Glynis Ward will help the gardener ease into a more sustainable style of urban gardening with plenty of ideas to foster your imagination and have a more carefree, environmentally friendly garden.
Thursday, January 22nd, 7-9 p.m.$20 Garden members, $25 non-members

-Make a Nuno Felted Scarf
In this class, Eiko Taylor will show you how to take chiffon cloth, sheep fleece, and yarn and create a one of a kind, lightweight scarf. Using soap and water and a physical molding, the students will adhere the sheeps wool to the chiffon. Sheep wool comes in so many beautiful colors that whatever you do will turn out fabulous and just in time for winter. Class is for both beginner and advanced.
Friday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:30 p.m$29 for Garden members, $34 for non-members (includes $4 for materials)

-Growing Fruit: A discussion of unique and overlooked varities for you to grow
The yard has always been a unique place to grow flowers and food. Many only consider ornamentals and vegetables to explore, but fruit (a traditional and delicious part of any landowner's property) is often forgotten in our modern landscapes. Join Robert Hamilton as he presents often-overlooked fruits and how to grow them easily. Resources, problems and plant care will be discussed. Learn today so that you can plant before Spring arrives.
Wednesday, January 28th, 7-9 p.m. $20 Garden members, $25 non-members

-Felted Purse: Traditional Method
Using soap and water to bind sheep fleece in the traditional method offelting, students will create a stylish purse under the creative and experienced guidance from Eiko Taylor. This method, once learned can be used for a variety of unlimited projects fueled by your imagination. Great class for first time felters or experienced ones who want to create a purse.
Friday, January 30th , 6:30-8:30 p.m$33 for Garden members, $38 for non members (inludes $8 for materials)

The mission of the Oakhurst Community Garden Project is to cultivate vibrant greenspace and inspire a community of environmental stewards. The Garden is located at 435 Oakview Road in Decatur. It is free and open to the public from sun up to sun down. For more information, please visit

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