How to Become an Expert Gardener

We’ve got an amazing variety of class topics available right now — with limited seating so reserve your space ASAP!

Are you a beginner gardener? Our January block of classes starts with the absolute basics and ends with you knowing how to design your dream garden (and what plants to stock it with). Not only that, but they’re available on PayPal so you can even purchase them when the cafe isn’t open. If you don’t want to use PayPal, call or visit the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery to pick them up in person. Their number is (864) 255-3385. When you buy all 4 classes together you get $10.00 off the total price!

All classes listed here are from 6:15pm – 8:00pm in the upstairs room of the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery

(Click here to purchase the block of all 4 classes for $50.00)

  • Mon Jan 6th: Gardening in the Southeast for Beginners (click here to purchase this class by itself)
    Brand new to gardening or stuck with a black thumb? Perhaps you have gardened somewhere else and are stumped by South Carolina’s red clay and summer heat? Don’t worry! This class will put you on track to becoming an expert in no time. Learn how to choose a garden site & style, improve your soil, figure out how much to water & fertilize, select plants, start seeds, make compost, and more!  Price: $15.00
  • Thur Jan 9th: Organic Gardening & Permaculture
    If you’re interested in organic gardening and ecology you’ll love permaculture! It just might be the solution to all the world’s woes. Come learn how to design your property as a high-yielding, low-maintenance, sustainable system. We’ll cover the permaculture design principles, gardening techniques frequently used in permaculture, how to grow edible plants in guilds, rainwater catchment, and the best ways to create your own home ecosystem in the upstate. Price: $15.00
  • Mon Jan 13th: Designing a Sustainable Garden (Getting Ready for Spring)
    Get a head start planning next year’s garden! Everything from siting the garden, styles of gardens, bed preparation, plant placement, when to plant what, and tips for reducing your labor in the long run. Learn how to plan yields that will benefit your household, how to propagate your own plants, and where you can obtain what you need (with cost-saving advice). This course is geared toward beginner to intermediate gardeners. Price: $15.00
  • Thur Jan 16th: Selecting Seeds and Plants for the Southeast
    This class will talk about the best edible plants you can grow in this area and whether they should be purchased as seeds or transplants. We will cover annual and perennial crops that can be harvested over all four seasons. Find out which heirloom seeds do best in our climate, native plants that bear tasty produce, and delicious fruits that can double as ornamentals in the landscape. This class is intended for beginner to intermediate gardeners. Price: $15.00 (Click here to purchase the block of all 4 classes for $50.00)

Photo Caption: Learn how to select plants for your location, like these colorful tomatoes.

Not only will you become a knowledgeable gardener, you get to do it while looking at photo eye candy and eating delicious food. Treat your significant other or turn it into a hangout for a group of friends!


Photo Caption: Learn why flowers are a necessity in the vegetable garden.

Again, here’s the link to purchase the block of all 4 classes for $50.00 or contact the Swamp Rabbit Cafe & Grocery to purchase any 4 classes for the same discount. You can choose from anything on the schedule. Gift certificates are available upon request!


Eliza Lord

I'm a Greenville, SC native (the Appalachian foothills) who wears the hats of Greenville Master Gardener & Upstate Master Naturalist. I love to write about food and sustainability.

4 thoughts on “How to Become an Expert Gardener”

  1. Mark Willis
    Twitter: marksvegplot
    - December 21, 2013 3:51 am

    If I could be sure of the end result (i.e. becoming an Expert Gardener), I reckon my $50 would be well spent! I reckon that one of the most significant benefits of attending sessions like yours would be to meet some other like-minded people. Hope the classes go well for you.
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    1. Eliza Lord
      Twitter: appalachianfeet
      - January 2, 2014 11:31 am

      There’s no substitute for experience, but there are all sorts of “experts.” I continually meet “Master Gardeners” who don’t know how to grow food. I’m very proud of the material in these classes and am confident that along with the detailed handouts, students will have everything they need to grow food and flowers successfully. My goal is for complete beginners to walk away feeling empowered that they know how to design and implement their dream garden. Plus you’re right — the camaraderie will be so much fun!

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