Gardening in the City: Homesteading, Dahlias, & Design

Gardening in the City: Homesteading, Dahlias, & Design

Tess Wilson
Jun 16, 2011

Flora Grubb Gardens is one of the most magical spots in San Francisco. I highly recommend making the trip there, even just to bask in the plant prettiness while you enjoy an incredibly good cup of coffee. But if you can take a class there, and figure out exactly what plants and supplies you need, and bask- even better.

Please see the Flora Grubb Events page for information regarding RSVPs, suggested arrival times, and more!

  • Urban Homestead Design Lab June 25th, Flora Grubb Gardens, Free!
  • Start Homesteading! 11am-12pm

    Rachel Kaplan discusses permaculture, small space considerations, common sense concerns, and how to get started, and is eager to answer your homesteading questions. If you can't make it to this event, you can still check out the book Rachel Kaplan co-authored (with K. Ruby Blume) Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living.

    The Birds & The Bees 1pm-2pm
    Bryon Waibel and Priscilla Morris of Her Majesty's Secret Beekeeper discuss keeping bees and chickens happy in the city. For those unable to attend, H.M.S.B. has a sweet little guide to becoming an urban beekeeper, including their favorite beginner's book and which types of bees are best for beginners. (They definitely recommend taking a class before you start, though!!)

  • Discussion with Dahlia Grower Mike Schelp June 26, 11am - 1pm, Free! Dahlias are the official flower of San Francisco, and in August and September, when they're at their finest, you'll often overhear people asking each other if they've made it to the Dahlia Dell yet. The dahlia garden is located on the east side of the Conservatory of Flowers, and is a riot of colors in the fall. If you'd like to bring the festivities home, Mike Schlepp, who grows the dahlias favored by Flora Grubb Gardens, will teach you how to grow the very best blooms.

  • Design Like a Pro Workshop With Billy Goodnick July 16, 11am - 1pm, Free!

  • As someone who's stood in the middle of Flora Grubb Gardens, absolutely overwhelmed by the beautiful plants and on the verge of taking home a beguiling hellebore that would hate my sunny fire escape, I so appreciate one of the principles of this workshop: "The Design Like a Pro Workshop teaches you how purchase with purpose, so you can bring home the only best plants for your garden." Billy Goodnick of Fine Gardening Magazine and bgdc will help you figure out what you're really hoping for from your garden, and how to make it happen. Again, if you can't make it to this event, Billy's Cool Green Garden column and Garden Wise Guy blog are invaluable resources!

Image: Flora Grubb Gardens

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