In The Garden With Cyndi


In The Garden With Cyndi is a fun, casual gardening class for adults where you get to learn tips and tricks, get your hands dirty, and get expert advice on a myriad of gardening techniques and best practices.

Cyndi believes that gardening should be all about the enjoyment of your gardens. So, in this workshop series, it is through fun and interesting lessons that her classes will teach you everything you need to know to install and maintain beautiful gardens that you love.

You have probably already encountered Cyndi Czerkawski somewhere around Auburn! Cyndi has been developing the gardens for Auburn City Schools for over 12 years. She designed and implemented the plant materials at the Auburn Public Library. And Cyndi worked for years at the Kreher Preserve & Nature Center as a naturalist and educator.

Before arriving in Alabama, Cyndi served her community as a rehabilitation therapist specializing in horticulture activities. She lead patients in developing butterfly gardens and other therapeutic horticultural programs.

Cyndi has always had a love and passion for gardening, and for spreading that passion to the people around her. Now, Cyndi is sharing her extensive experience with the community through In The Garden With Cyndi, the KPNC’s newest workshop series.


Getting Started
April 11 | 1 – 4 PM
It’s spring – time of renewal – and time to get the garden packed out and ready for the year. Learn how to choose the right space and the right plants that make you happy! And take home a packet of seeds to get started.

Creating a Pollinator Garden
May 2 | 1 – 4 PM
We will learn what plants attract the pollinators, as well as add beauty to our surroundings. Students will make a flower arrangement to take home!

Do you have “thyme” to create a sensory garden?
June 6 | 1 – 4 PM
Learn how to choose and plant herbs and plants that appeal to all your senses. You’ll get to bring home a bundle of herbs to cook with!

Come to a Garden Party…
July 11 | 1 – 4 PM
Learn how to make delicious drinks and delectable appetizers using vegetables from your garden. Bring home your very own mint plant – for tea, mojitos, or BOTH!

Whimsical Gardens
August 8 | 1 – 4 PM
Learn how to create a backyard filled with ferns for the fairy folk, a children’s garden with a pole bean teepee or a sunflower play house, and a recycled art garden. Make your own dish garden with succulents.

Gardening for Wildlife
September 19 | 1 – 4 PM
Discover shrubs, flowers, and trees that support wildlife; and make your own rustic bird feeder!

Spiders, Snakes, and Scarecrows, Oh My!
October 3 | 1 – 4 PM
Learn who might be visiting your garden, and if they are friend or foe. Come and discover what might be making holes in the leaves of your lettuce.  And get to know some beneficial insects too.

Fall Crops & Garden Art
November 14 | 1 – 4 PM (originally scheduled for the 7th)
What can you plant in cooler temperatures? Learn how to keep your garden going through the winter. And as you are cutting back those summer plants, don’t let that plant material go to waste. Get some great ideas for projects you can make!

Topiaries and Evergreens in the Garden
December 5 | 1 – 4 PM
Discover some great plants that provide sculpture in the garden. Then, sip hot chocolate while you and your fellow students get a virtual tour of a winter botanical garden!