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Growing Exceptional Plants

An Effective Gardening Series

January – October 2019

Dates: Quarterly Sessions: January 31-February 2; October 17-19. Cancelled: May 2-4 and July 18-20*
Presented By: Dennis Klocek
Schedule for Each Session: Thursday 7:00p – 8:30p, Friday 9:00a – 5:30p, Saturday 9:00a – 1:00p
Registration Check In: Thursdays, 6:30p – 7:00p
Course Fee: $250 for each quarterly session.\

* Spring and Summer Sessions have been cancelled due to unforeseen Instructor challenges.

Registration Open

To grow exceptional plants requires the blending of three disciplines:

  • Morphology: the study of plant forms based on the scientific works of Goethe.
  • Plant Nutrition:  the study of soil types, climate influences, plant evolution and physiology.
  • Phenology: the study of the cycles in nature linked to the sun and moon.

This new quarterly offering by Dennis Klocek will address these areas of plant management based on insights gained from alchemical methods, as they appear in the course of a grower’s year. Designed for serious gardeners as well as the commercial grower, the goal of these offerings is to provide abundant practical insights into the production of the highest quality plants for food and medicine.

Each session will involve plant study, alchemical methodologies, and planetary rhythm influences that when integrated improve dramatically the quality of cultivated plants. Sessions can be taken individually or as a whole course in growing exceptional plants.

For more information, contact (916) 963-2500 or

Topics covered in the Sessions will include:

January 31 – February 2, 2019: Winter

  • Basic geology
  • Silica, lime and clay
  • Enhancing observational skills
  • Plant mineral relationships
  • Laws of organisms and lower plant physiology
  • Seasonal tasks and the planting calendar

May 2 – 4, 2019: Spring (Cancelled)

  • Principles of agricultural astronomy
  • Solar influences and length of day
  • Lunar influences and sowing and transplanting practices
  • Higher plant evolution
  • Plant families and their influence on medicinal properties
  • Creating sprays to enhance plant hormones
  • Seasonal tasks

July 18 – 20, 2019: Summer (Cancelled)

  • Secondary plant metabolites as sources of medicines
  • Hydrosols and aromatherapy
  • Building distillation apparatus
  • Fermenting principles and alchemical laboratory work
  • Herbal harvesting for optimal storage
  • Seasonal tasks

October 17 – 19, 2019: Fall

  • Human subtle bodies and the action of medicinal plants
  • Phytochemistry principles based on alchemical insights
  • Practical methods for making herbal preparations
  • Terpenes, phenols, gems, essential oils
  • Advanced spray preparations

For more information, contact (916) 963-2500 or

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