In an era when all of us want to live a little “greener” but may not have a naturally green thumb, this class will offer the perfect opportunity for your apartment residents to learn the basics of gardening in an urban setting. An instructor will provide a brief lecture on choosing the best native plants for your unique climate and show how to plant them in containers so they can be enjoyed on a patio or balcony. This class can cover both decorative plants and vegetable gardening. After the presentation, invite attendees to put their newfound knowledge into practice by providing supplies for them to pot their first plant for their own apartment.
To enhance your “go green” theme, serve green foods – pistachio ice cream, green popcorn, chips with green salsa, green cupcakes, etc.
If your budget allows, purchase an inexpensive gardening kit for each attendee to take home, along with their newly potted plant. The kit could include a hand-held gardening shovel tied with a green bow, seed packets, and printed educational information provided by the speaker.
For additional engagement, you could follow up this event with a contest for prettiest patio garden.
Ways to find a speaker:
Google the Master Gardener Association in your city.
Call your local plant nursery.
If you are in Texas you can Google the Texas AgriLife Extension in your county.
Ways to add your own flair:
To get the attention of your residents, staple a packet of seeds to your flyer.
If you post a larger poster for the event in a high-traffic area, surround it with beautiful potted plants.
Event Type: Party, Program
Target Group: Misc. Adults/Seniors/Single Adults/Women/Men
Seasonal: Any time of year
Event Scope: Breadth
Have you done an event like this in the past? If so, share your best practices with us in the comments section.