Adult Education Classes


Intro to Beekeeping: A 3-Part, Hands-on Series with Beekeeper Stephen PearsonComb cutting
3-Part Series (2-hour classes), Saturday Mornings:
September 23, 9-11 a.m. – Class 1 – Setting Up Your Hives
September 30, 9-11 a.m. – Class 2 – Getting to Know Your Bees
October 7, 9-11 a.m. – Class 3 – Maintaining Your Hives
In addition to the 3 class sessions, participants will have the opportunity to schedule a hive tending session (in a bee suit, of course!) with the instructor, working with Wellfield’s hives. Sessions limited to 10 students.

Are you interested in honeybees or have you ever considered beekeeping as a hobby? Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with the wonderful world of beekeeping! Wellfield Botanic Gardens’ Volunteer Beekeeper, Steve Pearson provides a practical approach to learning, with hands-on demonstrations combined with in-class presentations, handouts, and other resources to get you started. The 3-part series will show you how to setup your hives, you’ll learn about honeybees (and how to tell from imposters!), as well as maintaining your hives across the seasons. All class participants receive helpful handouts, detailed supply resources (a checklist of what you’ll need and where to get it to get started) and hands-on demonstrations. Participants will also receive their own copy of “First Lessons In Beekeeping” by Dr. Keith Delaplane [Soft cover; 166 pages with 150 color illustrations]. This book is a great companion to the classes and introduces the prospective beekeeper to the basics of beekeeping through easy-to-understand text and numerous color photos on honey, bee biology, beekeeping equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment. Classes are intended for ages 13 and up; class sizes are limited, register to confirm your space.

Members: $50 for all three classes
Public: $65 for all three classes
Register Here

Landscape for Life Series (5 Classes, plus Individual Design Session)
Begins September 5, 2017
Based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative, this course trains homeowners on sustainable gardening practices
Register Here (Class size limited to 16)

Garden Boot Camp
8-week Gardening Fundamentals
Tuesdays at 6-7 pm
February – March 2018
Adult – Series $80
Member – Series $60

Topics to be covered:
Garden Planning, Soils and Soil Building, Companion Planting, Integrated Pest Management, Vegetables, Composting Basics, Maintain Your Garden, Fruit in the Garden

Plein Air Painting
Dates TBD
(Class size is limited to 15)
Adult $85
Members $68

Class instructor will supply all materials, included with the cost of the class.
This class is a way to create a “tool kit” for approaching the centuries old tradition of plein air painting (French for “in the open air”). Students will learn a variety of foundation techniques and tools, which will act as building blocks and skills to improve the painter’s abilities while painting and drawing in open air. Our class in May 2017 sold out! Please call our office 574-266-2006 or email to add your name to the wait list if you are interested in a future class.


For more information email or call (574)266-2006