It’s a good time of year to learn how to garden in the shade and avoid weeds. Check out this week’s schedules for some options.
• Shade gardening does not have to mean ferns and hostas. An online course at 7 p.m. Wednesday, run by Columbus Garden School, covers shade-tolerant shrubs, understory trees, and lesser-known perennials that enjoy a little break from the sunlight. The class will also provide a list of possibilities, with notes on which of these plants are native and deer resistant. The course fee is $ 22. For more information, call 614-404-7236 or visit www.columbusgardenschool.com.
• Fans can get a double serving of herbs at the Ohio Herb Center, 110 Mill St., Gahanna on Saturday. At 9:30 am, help the center staff harvest herbs from the garden, discover their drying rack and learn how to use the harvested herbs. The course fee is $ 25. At 1 p.m., learn the basics of “Native Edibles of Ohio” with information on how to identify and grow native plants for use in the kitchen. The fee is $ 30. For more information, call 614-642-4372 or visit www.ohioherbcenter.org.
• The Inniswood Garden Society Annual Meeting, which this year is virtual and open to the public, will take place next Sunday at 2 p.m. President Lee Reich, who describes himself as a “farmer” – more than a gardener, less than a farmer – and who writes a bi-weekly gardening column for the Associated Press, will speak about “Weed-Free Gardening.” Pre-registration is required for the free program. For more information, call 614-895-6216 or visit www.inniswood.org.
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