LTC offering beekeeping, gardening classes at PHS

Posted January 15, 2018

Lakeshore Technical College is offering several beekeeping and gardening classes at Plymouth High School this winter and spring.

Beekeeping classes

The following series of beekeeping classes will meet on Saturdays in the LTC-Plymouth Science and Technology Center at the school, located at 125 Highland Ave.; fee for each is $17.72:

  • Exploring Beekeeping: Get an introduction and overview on beekeeping, including the history of bees, understanding beehives, the life cycle of a honey bee, byproducts of the hive, and an overall understanding of hobby beekeeping. You will be able to make a well-informed decision about keeping bees after this class. Students receive a set of “beekeeping trading cards,” which illustrate and describe bees and beekeeping techniques. Class 25628 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 3.
  • Beekeeping - Level 1: Learn how to start a backyard beekeeping hobby. The class includes an in-depth look at the hive cycle, apiary set up, Langstroth hive step up, installation of honeybees, general hive maintenance, and problem solving. Safety precautions and beekeeper first-aid also will be discussed. Class 25629 will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3.
  • Beekeeping - Level 2: This class focuses on the needs of an established hive, including feeding methods, managing pests and parasites, and identifying and treating infectious organisms. This class will also cover trouble-shooting and common challenges of ongoing hive management. Class 25636 will meet from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 14.

Gardening classes

LTC also will offer the following gardening classes at PHS, which meet from 6 to 9 p.m., unless otherwise noted; fee for each is $17.72 (or $4.50 for district residents ages 62 and up):

  • Perennial Planting: Learn to incorporate perennial plantings into your yard and garden design, including how to select plants, prepare beds, and care for hardy perennials. Class 25646 meets Thursday, Feb. 15.
  • Home Landscape Design: Create a landscape design for your business or home. Develop a plan using flowers, shrubs, trees, structures, and your own creativity to add texture and design to a landscape. Class includes an individual review of plans with the instructor. Class 25648 meets from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays from March 14 to 21.
  • Shade Gardening: Learn from a master gardener about the numerous plants that thrive in minimal sunlight. Discover an extensive list of new and old annuals, perennials, ground covers, and shrubs that can be combined in exciting and beautiful ways for shady places. You’ll also learn how to develop a shade garden under trees. Class 25650 will meet Tuesday, April 3.
  • Vegetable Gardening: Get started or improve your large or small vegetable garden and learn about seed germination, cropping methods, insect and disease problems, as well as organic, square foot and vertical gardening. Class 25651 will meet Wednesday, April 11.

Learn more:

• To register, call (888) 468-6582 or visit
Read an article about technology courses offered by LTC at PHS this winter.
View or download a complete guide to LTC personal enrichment classes this winter.