Saturday November 16, 11-3PM
Join us for this fun-filled Do-It-Yourself Alpine Garden workshop. In this two-part class, we will teach you how to make a hypertufa planter and then help you creature the miniature Alpine Garden of your dreams!
Week one 11/2 you’ll hand craft a planter out of cement, peat, and perlite and let it cure during the week.
Week two 11/16 we will fill the planters, and select from a variety of mosses, dwarf species, and brilliantly colored flowers to creature a miniature garden made from alpine plant species grown by volunteers here at the Garden.
More about Rock Gardens:
Alpine gardens try to imitate the conditions of the plants' place of origin, for example large stones,gravel beds,and high altitudes known for windy conditions. Though the plants can often cope with low temperatures, they dislike standing in damp soil during the winter months.The soil used is typically poor (sandy),but extremely well-drained.
In San Francisco, our mild winters and damp conditions are perfect for growing alpine gardens.
The first true alpine garden was created by Anton Kerner von Marilaun in 1875 on the Blaser Mountain, in Tyrol, Austria, at an altitude of 7,190 ft.
Photo by Andrew Sieving
Photo by SF Botanical Gardens