What You'll Get
Green thumbs mean many things, including the fact that someone is an avid gardener, semisuccessful finger painter, or actually just a gecko in need of a lift to the next truck stop. Add some color to your opposable digits with today’s Groupon to Garden Inspirations in Waxahachie. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get a two-hour Introduction to Vegetable Gardening in North Texas class for one (a $30 value).
- For $20, you get a two-hour Introduction to Vegetable Gardening in North Texas class for two (a $55 value).
- For $125, you get an eight-week vegetable course for one (a $295 value).
- For $175, you get an eight-week vegetable course for two (a $590 value).<p>
Garden Inspirations’ green-thumbed mother-and-daughter team, Marilyn Simmons and Donelle Simmons Smith, plies the Waxahachie community with pesticide-free veggies and train new green thumbs in the gardening arts with a full schedule of classes. Students in the introductory course learn how to overcome 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, or aquaponic—the instructors impart their wisdom on the best kind of garden for each grower’s individual needs, as well as what vegetables varieties grow most readily in North Texas and how to plant them.
The eight-week vegetable course combines hands-on classes in the vegetable lab with lessons from an interactive workbook. The course covers a wide range of gardening techniques, as well as how to grow students’ favorite vegetables while saving money and ensuring food security by individually padlocking each stalk of corn. Upon passing the final exam, students receive a vegetable-garden starter kit, a certificate of completion, and a slew of discounts on future workshops, Local Flavor Dinner tickets, and other green-minded goodies.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 23, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Classes are non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About 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.