If you're looking for a fun horticultural project to help pass the winter, consider learning about grafting. You can learn the techniques from the comfort of your home with this award-winning, distance-learning course developed by Cornell University. The How, When, and Why of Grafting for Gardeners teaches techniques such as chip budding, T-budding, and top-wedge grafting. Not only do you learn the principles of grafting through Web-based lectures, video demonstrations, and interactive discussions, there's a hands-on component as well. Each student receives a grafting knife, grafting supplies, and a hibiscus plant on which to practice their technique. The course starts March 1, runs 10 weeks, and costs $300.
For more information on this grafting course, go to Cornell University's Web site at: www.cce.cornell.edu/hortdl/.