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Posted: February 2, 2016
Take a class! Wylde Center partners with The Homestead Atlanta to host classes.
Take a class! Wylde Center partners with The Homestead Atlanta to host classes.

Wylde Center members receive a registration discount for the following two classes.

2/7: Intro to Native Pollinators

A great workshop for any gardener who wants to learn about how pollinators survive and thrive.

2/7: Beekeeping Basics Class will cover the workings of a bee colony, the role of honey bees and native bees, and the basics of beekeeping equipment and paraphernalia.

Posted: February 2, 2016
Wylde Center is hiring! Farm and Garden Manager for Sugar Creek
Wylde Center is hiring!  Farm and Garden Manager for Sugar Creek

The Wylde Center is hiring a Farm and Garden Manager to take our small herb farm at Sugar Creek to the next level. Experience with working on a small urban farm with production herbs, mushrooms, bees and chickens or some combination thereof is preferable. In addition, the person to fill this position will need to engage local businesses and the community to sell Sugar Creek products.

Posted: February 2, 2016
Purchase your seeds at the Wylde Center
Purchase your seeds at the Wylde Center

Seed Saver Exchange seeds are back! Stop by our office at the Oakhurst Garden to purchase heirloom seeds from the Seed Savers Exchange. We have varieties for your spring and summer garden. Packs are $3 each. Office is located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030.

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Posted: October 21, 2015
Hot off the presses! Wylde Center’s fall magazine
Hot off the presses!  Wylde Center's fall magazine

The magazine is a quarterly publication produced by the Wylde Center highlighting programs and featuring garden articles. The magazine is mailed to all Wylde Center members giving at the $75 level or higher.

This issue includes:
2014-2015 Youth Program Accomplishments
Beer Garden Photos
How to grow garlic
The top 10 native plants to include in your yard
and more!

Posted: August 10, 2015
City Schools of Decatur serve students a healthy lunch – watch the fun video!
City Schools of Decatur serve students a healthy lunch - watch the fun video!

There are big changes inside the City Schools of Decatur cafeterias. Watch this Decatur Farm to School video to learn more about the fresh vegetables and fruits hitting the lunch trays each day and the enthusiastic responses from the students. The cafeteria has invested in your child’s health. Invest in the cafeteria by buying lunch for your child. Purchase a lunch today! http://csdecatur.net/nutrition/

Decatur Farm to School is an official program of the Wylde Center. wyldecenter.org #gowylde

 

Upcoming Classes & Events

Feb

6

Sat

Backyard Chickens 101 - The Homestead Atlanta

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Rd. NE Atlanta, GA 30306 Map Icon
Details...
We’ve joined forces with The Homestead Atlanta and The Celtic Gardener, Anne-Marie Anderson, for our crash course in keeping backyard chickens! This class will cover legislation, coop design, breed selection, care and feeding. You will also receive a resource list of local chicken groups, vets, chick and feed sources. Anne-Marie keeps an urban backyard flock in Decatur, GA. She is Chair of the Atlanta Urban Coop Tour, and enjoys spreading the word about sustainable gardening and urban farming. The last 30 min of the class is Q&A. Bonus: get to meet and handle one of Anne-Marie’s feathered friends!

About the Instructor:
Anne-Marie Anderson is a firm believer in fresh air, urban farming and the power of Mother Nature. Her Decatur-based business, The Celtic Gardener, promotes responsible stewardship of the earth’s precious resources through sustainable landscaping practices such as rainwater harvesting, composting and the use of Southern natives and heirloom plants that actually like it here. She specializes in edible landscaping and urban animal husbandry, particularly chickens and bees. Anne-Marie is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, England. She has lived in Atlanta for 15 years, growing to know and love our climate and native vegetation as a Master Gardener and Georgia Certified Landscape Professional. She teaches Chickens are Easy and Kids in the Coop at the Wylde Center, and is Chair of the 2012 Urban Coop Tour. She is also a Certified Beekeeper.

Price: $40 members/ $50 non-members

[Register here http://callanwolde.org/class-registration/ ]
Feb

7

Sun

Intro to Native Pollinators - The Homestead Atlanta

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Oakhurst Community Garden, 435 Oakview Rd Decatur, GA, 30030 Map Icon
Details...
Join Véronique Perrot, beekeeper of the Edgewood Garden hives, and learn about how pollinators survive and thrive. This class is suited for the curious gardener and people who think they want to become a Beekeeper. Combine with Beekeeping 101 and save!

About the Instructor:
For biologist Véronique Perrot, every garden is a laboratory. Amid the soil, the Paris native cultivates plants, studies bees and chickens, and experiments in attracting pollinators using experience and reverence gained while earning her PhD in Evolutionary Biology. She grew up in Paris but spent enough time in Burgundy to learn how to make jam, can beans, and slaughter chickens. To share her expertise, Perrot not only writes for science journals, but teaches about her passions at the Wylde Center. Véronique keeps bees, chickens, a husband and two daughters in Lake Claire, not far from Little 5 Points.

Price: $20 or combine with Beekeeping Basics and save - $50

[Register here http://www.thehomesteadatl.com/upcoming-workshops/intro-to-native-pollinators-1 ]
Feb

7

Sun

Beekeeping Basics - The Homestead Atlanta

When: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: Oakhurst Community Garden 435 Oakview Rd Decatur, GA, 30030 Map Icon
Details...
Join Véronique Perrot, beekeeper of the Edgewood Garden hives, for an introduction to bees and beekeeping. We will cover the workings of a bee colony, the role of honey bees and native bees, and the basics of beekeeping equipment and paraphernalia. If weather allows, we will look inside one of the Garden's hives, so come with light-colored long sleeved shirt and long pants. Handouts will be provided. (Prerequisite: Intro to Bees and Native Pollinators is suggested – combine these workshops and save!)

About the Instructor:
For biologist Véronique Perrot, every garden is a laboratory. Amid the soil, the Paris native cultivates plants, studies bees and chickens, and experiments in attracting pollinators using experience and reverence gained while earning her PhD in Evolutionary Biology. She grew up in Paris but spent enough time in Burgundy to learn how to make jam, can beans, and slaughter chickens. To share her expertise, Perrot not only writes for science journals, but teaches about her passions at the Wylde Center. Véronique keeps bees, chickens, a husband and two daughters in Lake Claire, not far from Little 5 Points.

**Save on classes by supporting our local partners and becoming members of Georgia Organics or the Wylde Center today!**

Price: $30

[Register here http://www.thehomesteadatl.com/upcoming-workshops/beekeeping-basics-1 ]
Feb

14

Sun

Glassblowing 101: Spring Flowers - The Homestead Atlanta

When: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Decatur Glassblowing 250 Freeman Street Decatur, GA 30030 Map Icon
Details...
Craft your very own flower out of molten glass for yourself or a loved one using a variety of color options. Nothing says love more than creating a beautiful work of art in glass to treasure for years to come!

VALENTINE’S DAY COUPLE’S DISCOUNT: Whether it’s your Valentine, your friend, or someone you want to get to know better, book for two and save!

About the Instructor:
Atlanta native, Nate Nardi always found himself drawn to creative expression through making. He discovered his passion for glassblowing in 2001 and realized that glass art was the discipline he wanted to specialize.

Nardi graduated from Jacksonville University in 2004 with a BFA in glass art, receiving an Excellence in Art award from the Dean. In 2009, he graduated with a MFA from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He has also completed many workshops at different craft schools around the country, like the Pilchuck School of Glass.

Fee: from $45

[Register here: http://www.thehomesteadatl.com/upcoming-workshops/glassblowing-101-spring-flowers-valentines-rate-available ]
Feb

18

Thu

Growing Roses - Atlanta Botanical Garden

When: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309 Map Icon
Details...
Get your roses into shape! Discover the basics of rose pruning, along with selection, planting, and seasonal maintenance. This class highlights the rose care program in place at the Garden.

Instructor: Jimmy Smith, senior horticulturist, Atlanta Botanical Garden
Fee: $29 (Members $24)
Registration Deadline: February 15

[Register here http://atlantabg.org/events-classes/classes/growing-roses ]
Feb

20

Sat

Tree Pruning: Maintaining Your Fruit Forest - The Homestead Atlanta

When: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Where: Global Growers: Decatur's Kitchen Garden, 500 South Columbia Drive Decatur, GA, 30030 Map Icon
Details...
Planting your fruit trees is just the first step – a healthy fruit forest depends on knowing how to care for and prune your leafy friends. Join Daniel Ballard of Convivial Gardens to learn about the maintenance and care of fruit trees and ornamentals on your property. This hands-on workshop will focus on proper pruning, care and maintenance, though we may also cover planting (depending on the site’s needs).

Please bring pruners & gloves and wear warm, comfortable work clothes, as the workshop will take place outdoors.

About the Instructor:
Daniel Ballard is the edible design expert and one of the green thumbs behind Convivial Gardens. With several decades combined experience in landscaping, gardening, and education between them, the Convivial Gardens team knows its stuff when it comes to growing – and eating – plants that thrive in our area and transforming each yard into a gorgeous, edible oasis. They are passionate about edible ecological landscapes and believe that everyone has a green thumb.

** Want to become a member of Georgia Organics and save on classes while supporting the local food movement? Join today!**

Price: from $20.00

[Register here http://www.thehomesteadatl.com/upcoming-workshops/tree-pruning-maintaining-your-fruit-forest ]
Feb

20

Sat

Orchids for Beginners I - Atlanta Botanical Garden

When: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, GA, 30309. Map Icon
Details...
Orchids generally can be divided into two broad groups that dictate cultural requirements. Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum, both beautiful genera, belong to the group whose care requirements are closest to other typical houseplants. Examine how to grow these plants and their relatives in the typical home environment. Each class participant will go home with an orchid plant.

Instructor: Michael Wenzel, plant recorder, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Fee: $34 (Members $29)

[Register here: http://atlantabg.org/events-classes/classes/orchids-beginners-i ]

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