Upcoming Classes

Orchids 101 – Saturday. June 6, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Are your Bloomers a little Bashful and your Leaves looking Listless?
Come and be enlightened and learn how you can change your “orchid karma” in this easy to understand and informal talk with our orchid expert, Sue Fordyce Darden.
You will come away with a deeper understanding about what orchids need to thrive (and actually BLOOM) in your home. You will learn the A to Z about orchid care for both outdoor and indoor orchids, and practical ways to meet their needs.
You are welcome to bring an orchid or two that you may have questions about.
The cost is $10.00 and bring a friend for free! Sign up for this class (925) 447-0280.

Landscape Design Workshop Series – The Lawn is Gone, Now What?
June 6th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Free
Thinking of remaking your landscape with water conservation in mind?
Puzzled about what to do with your lawn? Does your landscape need a fresh re-think?
Join us on June 6th from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. for a Landscape Design Workshop focusing on water conserving changes. For more information go to aldenlane.com/flourish. Learn tips to get started.

Greywater 101 – Sunday, June 7th at 12:30 Free
Come hear Natalie Kilmer from Greywateraction.org.  Learn how you can save water and keep your garden green with greywater. Greywater, water from sinks, showers, and washing machines, is a great source of irrigation and can greatly reduce your outdoor water use. Greywater systems are especially important in times of drought. Come learn about popular greywater systems, design considerations, water saving potential, costs, regulations, health and safety, soaps and products, and how to choose a system that is a good match for your home and landscape.

Fairy Garden Workshop (and Dinosaurs, too!)
Saturday, June 13, 10:00 – 11:00 am 
Cost is $44.00 plus tax
Put some creative FUN into your life and join us in making a Fairy Garden (or Dinosaur (Habitat).
This miniature garden comes with a 10″ terracotta pot, an assortment of outdoor miniature plants of your choice, soil, and a wonderland of colored gravels, stones, jewels, logs, trees for swings, rocks, shells, mosses – and a darling little bunny to add to your fairy landscape (or 2 dinosaurs for a dino habitat). We have lots of pictures for inspiration, and other tempting miniature accessories for sale.
This is a great parent-grandparent/child activity, or get a bunch of your friends together for some Fairy bonding fun. No matter what, we guarantee a good time! Fairy Dust included!
Call our Cashiers at Alden Lane (925) 447-0280. We can only take paid reservations up to June 10, as space is limited.

Get Ready to Show Your Roses at the Fair!
Rosarian Sally Estes of the Mt. Diablo Rose Society will offer a class on how to Enter, Stage and Show your Roses at the fair.
Join this amazing rose grower and show winner to learn the tricks of the trade.
The class will be offered on both Saturday, June 13th and Sunday,
June 14th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Call to ­reserve a seat.

Crafternoon June
MISTER BAGGINS THE SCARECROW Saturday, June 27th    1:30 to 3 pm
Who doesn’t love a well crafted scarecrow (except the crows)! This guy is absolutely adorable, and you’ll have a great time assembling ‘ol Mr. Baggins to grace your yard and do his duty.  You will be using a hot glue gun as well as doing some hand whip stitching and, of course, stuffing with excelsior. You’ll be proud to have him around. Pole, burlap, stuffing and other materials are included, but you need to bring him his own hat.  The cost for Mr. Baggins is $49.00 plus tax. Please sign up June 24 to reserve your space.

Succulent Talk July 11th 10-Noon
Using water wise cold hardy succulents in the landscape and as container accents. Class will cover varieties, care and culture, exposure, watering, soil preparation and propagation.

Crafternoon July  
CONCRETE POT-PALOOZA! – Saturday, July 25th  1:30 to 3pm
What FUN! We are going to construct 4 different fast drying concrete pots using different methods with one beautiful result! These crafty concrete containers will be  a variety of shapes- pleated, free formed with fabric, tostada shaped and unique, and will fit a 4-5″ potted plant. Your imagination will go wild once you get hooked on making these hefty little gems. We include all materials and instruction, and you will go home (maybe a little dirtier than when you started)  with the satisfaction of saying “I made that!” and be proud of what you have accomplished. We promise you will have FUN, and be inspired to make more at home. The cost for this workshop is $35.00 plus tax. Please sign up by July 22 to reserve your space.