The Gardens Presents:

Educational series turns black thumbs green

The Gardens at Heather Farms

What: Reap the benefits of cultivating a garden with a series of inspired classes designed to make green thumbs blossom. The Gardens at Heather Farm’s Fall Adult Education series, From the Ground Up features lessons on developing gardens, then using the garden’s bounty to create one-of-a-kind gifts, table arrangements and culinary specialties.

The series gets started on September 12 with a 3-D Garden Cards class taught by Prudy Noon who makes greeting cards using flowers from her garden. As the drought continues to weigh heavily on the East Bay, The Gardens will offer classes in drought proofing and harvesting rainwater. Katherine Bergman, who specializes in floral designs for wedding and events, will teach a two-part series on creating whimsical centerpieces; chefs will flock to classes on making their own culinary salts and infused olive oils.    

From the Ground Up classes are from 10 a.m. to noon:

Sat 9/12:              3-D Garden Cards

Sat 9/26:              Adding Succulents to an Existing Garden

Sat 10/3:              Roses: New Varieties and Drought Proofing

Sat 10/10:            Drying Herbs

Wed 10/14:         Greywater Reuse & Rainwater Harvesting

Sat 10/17:            Ornamental Grasses & Garden Tour

Sat 10/24:            Grace and Beauty of Maples

Sat 11/7:              Maple Pruning Workshop

Fri 11/13:             Floral Presentation

Sat 11/14:            Culinary Salts & Infused Olive Oils 

Fri 11/20:             Floral Workshop


Cost: Classes range from $15 to $30. Members of The Gardens at Heather Farm receive a $5 discount per class. Cost of membership is $35. Proceeds from class registration benefit the ongoing maintenance of the free public garden and educational programs for children and adults.

Registration: For more information and to register, please visit or call (925) 947-1678.

About The Gardens at Heather Farm: Originally created in 1968 as a non-profit education garden, the six-acre showcase includes more than 20 sustainable gardens each with a different focus on landscape style and plants adapted to the area’s Mediterranean climate. Throughout the summer more than 1,000 roses are blooming in the premier rose garden. The Gardens offer educational programs, horticultural therapy, and is a favorite venue for weddings and other social events. Admission is free, The Gardens are open daily during daylight hours and wheelchair accessible.