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.

  • 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.


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Section Title
Holistic Gardening Workshop
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Sep 27, 2019 to Nov 01, 2019
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Rice Campus
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition non-credit $325.00
Section Notes
Limited Enrollment

Refund Policy

A 10 percent processing fee will be subtracted from all refunds. Due to the high demand for courses, registrations are considered final as of 10 days prior to the class start date. No refunds will be issued after these dates and credits will not be given for future classes. No refunds will be granted for participants who miss a portion of a program. Refund requests before the deadline must be made in writing to gscs@rice.edu.