Classes & Consulting
Garden Outside The Box offers a variety of classes, workshops, and demonstrations. Interested in learning the basics of vermicomposting (composting with worms)? How about planting a Monarch Way Station for the pollinators? Organic gardening anyone? Just a sampling of what we offer. Don’t see exactly what your looking for? We can create the perfect class in your price range for your group. For more details:
Garden Party Class Series -
Monthly Class + Shopping (discounted prices!)
Garden Teas - Healthy Tastings - Garden Trivia - Giveaways
Have fun, meet like-minded friends, and learn something new!
Wide variety of topics to choose from:
- Defining the Organic Gardening Method - The Proactive Method
- Organically treating Pests and Insects - The Reactive Method
- Heirloom Tomatoes
- A World of Herbs
- Growing Garlic - The Fall crop
- Indoor Composting with Worms
- Container Gardening
- Growing Ginger and Turmeric - in Michigan!
- Seed Starting
- Growing Potatoes
- Cold Crops and Cole Crops
- Intensive Gardening
- Microgreens and Shoots
Garden Party BIRTHDAY PARTY for Little Gardeners -
Let us help you celebrate your child's next birthday! Fun hands-on parties using imagination and creativity to explore the garden and gardening practices. Growing - Harvesting - Tasting
For ages 5-11. Includes a sow and grow take home project. Different Packages to choose from.
School Garden Program & Classroom Compost Bins -
Calling all Teachers....want to start a sustainable gardening program for your class? We can help you with all the challenges associated with school gardens. For example: forget the summer crops when no one is there to care for them anyway...let's focus on season extension and growing Spring and Fall gardens. We will help you with a plan that works - let's make learning by doing in the garden easy and fun!
We also specialize in indoor worm composting - this method is super easy with no odors and kids just love the little wigglers!
Vermi-Composting 101 -
1 hour presentation followed by Q&A
Brief overview about soil health, organics and the goal of using Vermi Castings in the gardens -
Hot Compost vs. Cold Compost –
Intro to Vermi-Composting / Worm Anatomy –
Why use Red Wigglers? - Brief video clip -
Environment: Types of housing, bedding -
Feeding & Watering –
Using worms in the garden – European Night Crawlers –
How to use Vermi Compost -
Making Compost Tea –
Gardening Trivia –
30 minutes Adult or Children
Interactive 12 questions with prizes!
Topics can include: seed saving, growing from seed, heirlooms vs hybrid, plant biology, nutrient cycles, urban gardening, growing organically, soil health, composting, seed beds, season extension, and more
Garden Design –
1 hour offered in Fall and Early Spring
Have you always wanted to grow the biggest pepper in the neighborhood? The first one with red tomatoes? This class is for you - we go over the basics for beginners and get into techniques even immediate advanced gardeners can use. Topics can include: Garden Location, Plant Spacing, Intensive Practices, Space Saving techniques, Organics, Soil Health – no till practices, Seed Starting, Season Extension, Raised Beds and Urban Methods
Kids in the Garden –
1 hour – recommended ages 5 - 12
Designed for kids and their adult partner who want to grow something Great! Connect with where your food comes from. Did you know that kids are 6 times more likely to try veggies that they grow fresh from their garden? Topics include: soil health, organic growing, seed starting, windowsill gardening, and urban garden methods. This is an interactive workshop that includes take aways and tasting.
Butterflies, Pollinators, Native Gardens –
How to design and plant a Monarch Way Station as well as attracting pollinators and wildlife into the garden. By the end of this class you will have a complete working drawing that once planted can be registered with the Official Database. Bring paper and pencil.
Garden Party at your Home/Work –
Invite your friends over….learn something new….buy a garden kit….have fun! Let’s play garden trivia – I have “live” prizes!
Great for adults, gardeners, co-workers, friends, Scout groups, birthdays, and more!
We also offer fundraising packages – call for details
Tiny Terrariums –
Ages 12 to adult or Children’s Session age 8-12
Design a tiny world under glass. Using different mosses, natural elements, and miniature figures.
Upcoming Class Topics:
Tree ID – Let’s go on a hike
Children’s Growing Series: 6 weekly classes offered Spring/Fall and Summer
Consulting and Garden Services -
Need help growing? Live in Metro Detroit? Garden Outside The Box offers garden and landscaping consulting. We specialize in the following:
- Garden and Landscape design with proper plant selections and proper spacing
- Pest and Disease management specializing in Organic methods
- Urban Gardening techniques including vertical gardening and space saving
- Hydroponics and Indoor growing
- Compost and Vermicompost (worm farm) Set Ups for classrooms and home
- Monarch Way Stations - Butterfly and Pollinator Gardens
- Native Gardens and Landscapes
- Gardening with special needs
- Youth Horticulture Programming
- Landscape Pruning and Maintenance
- Reality Landscape "Staging" - Creating Curb Appeal for selling your home
- DIY Consulting Packages - step by step customized guide to help you save money while achieving a professional landscape