Learn the practice of “holistic gardening,” harnessing the power of gardening and nature to enhance the health, wellness and well-being of people and communities. Joseph Novak, Ph.D., shares techniques to create and sustain a flourishing food garden of fruits, vegetables and herbs. Understand how gardens function as complex ecosystems and how to create healthy soils and compost. Review organic and sustainable strategies to manage common plant problems. Hands-on activities include designing a food garden, propagating plants, identifying organisms and their impact, diagnosing plant problems and planting a container garden. This course is a fit for people interested in gardening at home or in a community or organizational setting such as a school or healthcare organization. Adaptations will be recommended for gardeners of a wide range of ages and physical abilities. This course is primarily classroom-based with some demonstrations in the Rice University Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden.Co-sponsors
- The Betty and Jacob Friedman Holistic Garden
- Biosciences at Rice
- The Garden Club of Houston
Participants must provide a signed release of liability to complete registration for this course.