$20 for a Canning and Preservation Class at Garden Inspirations in Waxahachie ($45 Value)

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Students preserve fresh time capsules in the form of canned produce, jams & jellies depending on the season & can take home their creations.

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Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Before canning, the only method of preserving fresh produce was to commission a Flemish artist to paint its likeness on the walls, then allow only the most imaginative children to lick it. Sink your teeth into year-round bounty with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a canning and preservation class with all supplies included at Garden Inspirations in Waxahachie. Click here for class dates and times.

Garden Inspirations' green-thumbed mother-and-daughter team, Marilyn Simmons and Donelle Simmons Smith, ply the Waxahachie community with pesticide-free veggies and train new green thumbs in the gardening arts. The preservation and canning class imparts the know-how to transform fresh produce into long-lasting time capsules of taste to be devoured at any time of year, making seasonal, locally grown goods accessible to wintertime tongues. The class merges a lecture-style overview with a mostly hands-on approach as preservationist apprentices try their hands at a variety of food-storage rituals. Students emerge from the kitchen with the canned, jammed, or jellied fruits of their labor in hand, which may include pear honey, green beans, or pickled pickles. Like the produce hurled at underwhelming comedians, class creations change depending on the season.

Garden Inspirations

"Gardens are a lot like people,” Marilyn Simmons told Now Magazines. “As they grow and mature, they come into their own.” Marilyn and her daughter Donelle, owners of Garden Inspirations, have their own unique plot. “A Radio Flyer wagon is home to an assortment of flowers and trailing potato vines and an herb garden is flourishing in a nonfunctioning barbecue grill.”

At their farm, the two work to show pupils how to plant their own beds with pesticide-free veggies, which blossom into sources of personal pride. The full schedule of classes includes introductory courses on overcoming the gamut of challenges that aspiring gardeners face, such as inhospitable soil, lack of time, and accidentally planting their car keys. Knowledgeable about diverse garden types—including rooftop, field, and aquaponic—the instructors impart their wisdom on the best kind of garden for each grower’s individual needs, as well as which vegetable varieties grow most readily in North Texas and how to plant them. When not brewing compost tea or working beneath trellises tangled in emerald wisps, the crew does a radio show which talks about how to obtain baskets of naturally grown peaches, cucumbers, and squash.

Customer Reviews

Thanks for a great class
Nancy M. · March 29, 2012
Very knowledgable and friendly people!
Raymond M. · March 21, 2012
Wonderful people and great learnings!
Stephanie S. · February 21, 2012
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    Twin Lakes Estates

    108 Ridgecrest Dr.

    Waxahachie, Texas 75165


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