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Understanding and Improving Garden Soils | Virtual class series

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August 5, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What’s the big deal about soil? As gardeners, we spend most of our time thinking what’s above the ground: we ruminate on plant choices and combinations, and we carefully track light exposure, water, and temperatures. But gardening success is equally dependent on what goes on beneath the surface! An understanding of soil chemistry, biology, and physics can be the difference between a good gardener and a master.

Over the course of four classes, your instructor, Bryce Lane, will help you understand basic soil principles and how to apply them in your garden. Topics will include how to improve the soil in your garden, steps for properly preparing a garden bed, ways to reduce fertilizer inputs, and guidelines for choosing the best compost. With this knowledge and these practical tips, you will be ready to improve the soil in your garden to maximize the growth of your plants like a pro!

About the Virtual Classroom: This class series will take place in the comfort of your home via Zoom Webinar. Zoom Webinar has no additional cost and is very easy to use. All you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. Prior to the first class, you will receive an email going over what to expect from a virtual class using Zoom Webinar. You will have everything you need to feel comfortable prior to the class beginning!

Class Schedule: Every Thursday, August 5-26, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT

Need to miss a class? No worries! All class sessions are recorded and will be provided to attendees.

Members: $150/person
Non-Members: $250/person

Interested in becoming a Garden member? Click here!

About Bryce Lane:

Bryce grew up in Western Massachusetts, where he discovered his passion for plants and telling others about them, working at a local garden center through high school and college. After earning his B.S. in plant science from the University of Massachusetts in 1979 and an M.S. in horticulture from The Ohio State University in 1981, he came to the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University as a lecturer, teaching in both the two-year and four-year undergraduate programs. He taught numerous classes, ranging from Plant Identification to Introductory Horticulture, to Garden center Operations. In 1987, he became the undergraduate coordinator, serving the department in that capacity until he retired with 33 years of service. Bryce taught both large and small courses, for majors and non-majors. In the past 30+ years, he has taught more than 20,000 students. He has received numerous local, regional, and national teaching awards and is frequently invited to speak at many workshops and symposia, about horticulture and gardening as well as teaching and leadership. He hosted and produced a three-time, Emmy winning UNC TV public television show called "In the Garden With Bryce Lane" which was on the air for 11 seasons.

Although Bryce “retired” from NC State in January 2014, he is quite busy in the next chapter of his career. He still teaches horticulture part-time at NC State University and also teaches numerous evening classes (in person and now online) at the JC Raulston Arboretum. He is a popular speaker for garden symposia, workshops, and conferences, and also works with NC Cooperative Extension, doing agent training on how to produce effective educational videos. He is also the host of a gardening podcast offered through a local garden center in Raleigh NC entitled Logan Garden Shop Podcast Featuring Bryce Lane.

Bryce has gardened on the same property for 37 years! He and his wife Sue of 43 years have 2 happily married daughters and 6 fantastic grandchildren who all live nearby.  

Huntsville Botanical Garden

4747 Bob Wallace Ave SW
Huntsville, AL 35805 United States
(256) 830-4447