Jan 26, 2021
GardenComm Offers Online Courses

Garden Communicators International (GardenComm) has scheduled a slate of online educational workshops, reaching into May 2021.

GardenComm’s 2021 online learning opportunities will take place in a virtual environment, making them accessible to a broader audience. Seven workshops have been scheduled to date, with more to be added throughout the year. These virtual programs are available to members and nonmembers.

February brings two programs, the first about horticultural therapy, and the second is about getting online content to the top of search engine results.

On Feb. 2, wellness promoter Perla Sofía Curbelo-Santiago presents Using Horticultural Therapy Values to Produce Content Your Audience Will Love. The workshop will focus on creating content that addresses the increased interest in gardening activities that help people cope with real-life circumstances such as physical and mental health issues and develop a sense of normalcy in tumultuous times. Sponsored by Corona Tools.

On Feb. 24, marketing expert Stacey Hirvela presents SEO: Rising to the Top – Getting to the Top of Search Results. Whether you find SEO intimidating or want to learn a few new tips, Stacey will teach audiences how to select and frame topics, format text, and write copy for the best Google results possible.

In March, the group presents the virtual program, How to Pair Spring Bulbs with Perennials for a Long-Lasting Show. Presented by blogger and GardenComm president Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, registrants will learn which perennials complement seasonal bulbs by providing color, texture, and camouflage and get tips for adding shrubs to offer long-term, four-season structure and interest in your garden.

A follow-up to this session, The Tropical Paradise Garden with Summer Bulbs, will be presented Tuesday, April 6. Brent and Becky Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs will present ideas on how to weave spectacular bulb plants into a relaxing, tropical garden getaway. Breath-taking slides will illustrate how to integrate summer bulbs with annuals, perennials, ground covers, trees, and shrubs to create an ultimate patio planter, window box, living sculpture, or jungle.

Mary-Kate Mackey will discuss the techniques needed to be a compassionate, strategic, and efficient interviewer in her education session titled Talking to Strangers – How to Master the Interview, on April 22. An award-winning writer, Ms. Mackey co-authored Sunset’s Secret Gardens and contributed to Gardening in the Northwest and the Sunset Western Garden Book and is the author of Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer’s Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style.

May 6 brings the return of the popular Hydrangea Happy Hour. This third installment of the series will focus on Growing Oakleaf and Climbing Hydrangeas. Presented by author, speaker, podcaster, and host of the GardenLine radio show, C.L. Fornari.

All educational sessions are open now for registration to members and nonmembers alike on the GardenComm website. Those who cannot attend the live versions can also receive recorded content, such as the Jan. 12 session titled There’s a new bud in town, led by award-winning author Jeff Lowenfels.

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