Meets: Wednesdays 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Dates: February 17 – March 10
Class format: Zoom classroom
Instructor: Jen Santry
Houseplants can provide happiness, reduced stress, better air quality, focus, and increased creativity during these hard times or anytime. If you’ve been interested in cultivating an indoor garden, propagating a few plants, or purchasing your first monstera or heart-shaped philodendron, this course will help you learn the basic steps and how-to’s of maintenance and care to keep your plants happy and healthy. Through Zoom sessions, videos, online demonstrations, tips, links, resources, and Q&A discussions, we’ll explore plant varieties for both beginners and beyond. You’ll learn about plant-specific soil mixes and amendments, watering, lighting, feeding, caring through the seasons, and propagation of houseplants.
Participants will also have the opportunity to take home a plant cutting at the end of the course to help jumpstart their own indoor garden. Students have the option to pick up a houseplant cutting from PC campus. Type of plant will depend on availability.
About the Instructor
Jen Santry teaches online courses in the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Certificate at Peninsula College and UMASS Amherst’s online Sustainable Food and Farming Bachelor’s Program. She is currently working on her Ed.D. in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin Steven’s Point. Jen has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years as an environmental instructor, land and animal conservationist, and local food advocate. She’s grown food and flowers for over 20 years, first as a garden designer and landscaper, then as a manager of community gardens and farms, and now as a houseplant hobbyist. She’s completed the Colorado Master Gardener program, taught Master Composter courses, and has a Certificate in Sustainable Food and Farming. She currently has over 85 varieties of houseplants and can’t wait to share her passion and experience in indoor gardening with others.