Nature and Country Living Classes

Nature and Country Living

311    Weaving a Lavender Wand       Instructor: Gayle O’Brien, Master Gardener  New 1:00 pm session added

Lavender Wands, also known as lavender bottles or lavender batons, is an old Victorian pastime. Women would usually spend their free time crafting items out of the flowers.  These were used to scent drawers as a Lavender sachet, hung on cabinets for decoration and freshening. Since the Victorian age till now, there has been a great demand for this lovely plant. Encasing the scent of lavender in ribbon allows you to enjoy the fragrance for years to come. Taking the time to create wands lets you to get lost in the moment while enjoying the aroma as you weave the ribbon around the stalks.  Join us at Humming Hill Lavender Farm and not only learn how to make the wands but get a few tips on growing your own lavender plants too. The cost of materials for each wand is $5.00. Please bring a pair of scissors. Please indicate on the registration form how many wands you will be making. Class limit 20

One Saturday, July 14 at 10:00am This session is full

July 14 at 1:00 pm ,There are still openings in this session
Location: Humming Hill Lavender Farm, Brooklyn
Fee: $5.00 plus cost of materials for each wand made. ($5.00)  



301 Penn State Master Gardeners’ 3rd Annual Fall Clinic   Instructors: Master Gardeners of Susquehanna County

Join the Master Gardeners for their 3rd annual Fall Clinic.  A half day of horticultural education and fun.  Learn how to grow Orchids, how to create a rain garden, Companion Planting fact or myth, and learn about PA plants: Mountain Laurel and Eastern Hemlock.  Take home a winter sowing project that requires no electrical power to grow. Just good old fashion Mother Nature care! Plus, more! Morning coffee will be served, and a small lunch will be provided.

One Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Location:  Montrose Bible Conference, Lake Ave. Montrose

Fee: $20.00


302 Introduction to Horticultural Therapy      Instructor: Janelle Zigon

Horticultural Therapy is just what it sounds like: using horticulture as a therapeutic modality.  Learn how gardening/horticulture activities are used in various settings to help clients meet goals and enhance productive living.  Experience the therapeutic qualities of gardening by creating a succulent garden to take home with you.  Class limit 20 students.

One Wednesday October 3 at 6:00 pm

Location: St. Marks’ Parish Hall, Main St. New Milford

Fee: $5.00 Material Fee: $10.00



303 Upside Down Suet Feeder   Instructors:  Master Gardener, Jim Kasten and Ann Vitale
Do you love to feed the birds over the winter months and watch them flutter all around your yard?  Are you tired of those pesky starlings eating all the suet before your woodpeckers can even get a piece?  Well then, come to this class and make a suet feeder that only woodpeckers, chickadees and other clingers can access!  While you are making your feeder, you can also pick up many bird feeder tips and facts. Each feeder costs $24 for materials. They make a nice gift for the holidays also.  On your registration form, please indicate the number of feeders you wish to make and add the cost to your registration fee.

One Saturday, Sept 29th at 10:00 am
Location:    St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Church St., Montrose
Fee: $5.00   Material fee: $24.00


304 Beekeeping:  Instructors: Jim Perkins and SBA Members

This is a practical course for people interested in learning about our wonderful honey bees, their social structure within the colony and why they are so very important to us.  You will learn the basics of beekeeping, how to take care of a hive and the reason for being a beekeeper.  Learn what the benefits are, and what you will need to get started.  Our Susquehanna Beekeepers Association is here to support you as a new beekeeper.

Four sessions: Two on Tuesday evenings, September 11th and 18th at 7:00 pm at the Montrose High School. Two Saturday afternoon hands on field trip days at local apiary (dates to be established at the first session) from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. If needed, a make-up apiary session will be available.

Location: Montrose Area High School, room 7

Fee: $20.00


305 Create Your Own Winter Outdoor Arrangements   Instructor: Nancy Dooling, Penn State Master Gardener

Design your own winter outdoor arrangements using evergreens and other gifts from nature. Bring your own large urns or large containers (don’t dump the potting soil this fall!). We’ll learn basic design principles and identify and use the beautiful evergreens that surround us during winter. Evergreens will be provided and a limited number of large pots. This is a great way to enjoy some greenery during our long winters.
One Saturday, November 24, beginning at 10:00 am

Location: Penn State Extension Office, 88 Chenango St., Montrose

Fee: $5.00    Material Fee: $5.00