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The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers educational classes for adults and children throughout the year.

2014 Adult Educational Classes: 
  
April 20
Sunday
Bird Walk, Simon Thompson
8 – 10 am
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

An early morning walk in the Gardens, led by Simon Thompson, expert birder and ornithologist.  We'll be looking for, listening to, and enjoying the spring birds in our area.  You'll be learning the more common songs and calls of our native birds.  Join us for an easy walk and bring binoculars, a field guide, and maybe a pen and notebook to keep track of our sightings.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190

April 26
Saturday
CLASS IS FILLED
Annual Wildflower Walk,
Glenn Palmer
10 am – 12 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens
NOTE: This one sells out quick.

Glenn Palmer, President Emeritus of BGA,and  Master Gardener, will offer an orientation on wildflower identification for beginners while leading a tour of the Botanical Gardens. During the walk, participants will learn the use of guides and keys, such as the Peterson and Newcomb books. Basic botanical terms will be introduced.

Cost: BGA members: $10, Nonmembers: $15
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

May 17
Saturday
A Southern Appalachian Tree Walk in the Gardens, Rebecca Priddy
10 am – 12 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Rebecca Priddy, Certified Naturalist, will lead a walk in the Botanical Gardens and using a tree checklist, observe the Southern Appalachian trees that live here. Come out and get to know and appreciate the trees by increasing your observation and identification skills. We will talk about being a citizen forester, the Asheville Tree Map project, and the Science of Phenology. You can read more about Becky at her blog: http://ayearwiththetrees.blogspot.com. Meet at the BGA Visitor Center. Rain or Shine: bring rain gear/umbrella!

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190

June 7
Saturday
Creating a Native Pocket Meadow, Lisa Wagner
10:30 am – 12 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Lisa Wagner is a plant ecologist and Director of Education, S.C. Botanical Garden at Clemson.  She will help you create a "pocket" meadow of native plants to provide an attractive wildlife-friendly alternative to traditional perennial plantings, providing habitat and sustenance for pollinators and other insects.  She will connect you with the resources and sources you need for sustainable gardening.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190

June 8
Sunay
The Language of Science, Jay Kranyik
9 – 11:30 am
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Jay Kranyik,  BGA Garden Manager, will lead this naturalist walk, which will cover basic plant morphology, Latin and Greek word roots and the fantastic clues the reveal, and how color, form, texture, region, and even people show up in both common and scientific names.  Join us!  Rain or shine.  Bring rain wear/umbrella. 

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

July 5
Saturday
Ferns and Fern Allies, Jenny Lellinger
2 – 4 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Jenny Lellinger, teacher, naturalist, and past president of the Western Carolina Botanical Club, will join you to explore the great diversity of native Pteridopytes growing in the Asheville Botanical Gardens.  Ferns, club mosses, spider mosses, horsetails, and quillworts are well represented throughout the Blue Ridge, where North meets South in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.  How do we tell these seemingly monochromatic plants apart?  Join us, indoors or out!  Optional but recommended are a hand lens and "Fern Finder" by Hallowell and Hallowell.  Both will be available for sale before the walk.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

July 20
Sunday
Native Shrubs for Mountain Landscapes, Ronald Lance
2-4:30, Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Explore the diversity of our native woody shrubs in a photographic presentation indoors, then venture outside to search them out. This program will focus on the natural history and utilitarian characteristics of our most interesting and peculiar shrubs. Learn how these plants are useful in mountain gardening and in the wildlands where they live. Rain or shine! 

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

July 27
Sunday
Finding and Identifying Mushrooms, Charlotte Caplan
2-4:30 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

This class introduces some of the extraordinarily varied and beautiful mushrooms that can be found in Western NC and the role of fungi in forest ecosystems. We will look at the features used to identify them, how to recognize the main families, and how and where to find mushrooms. Some common edible and poisonous species will be illustrated and, hopefully displayed for closer examination.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

August 2
Saturday
A Southern Appalachian Tree Walk in the Gardens,  Rebecca Priddy
10 am – 12 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville

Rebecca Priddy, Certified Naturalist, will lead a walk in the Botanical Gardens and using a tree checklist, observe the Southern Appalachian trees that live here. Summer is a perfect time to observe the leaves and fruits on the trees. Come out and get to know and appreciate the trees by increasing your observation and identification skills. We will talk about being a citizen forester, the Asheville Tree Map project and the Science of Phenology. You can read more about Becky at her blog: http://ayearwiththetrees.blogspot.com. Meet at the BGA Visitor Center. Rain or Shine: bring rain gear/umbrella!

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

August 24
Sunday
Botanical Garden Walk, Dr. David Clarke
9:30 am – 11:30 am
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Dr. David Clarke is a botanist in the UNCA Biology Department and is regarded as a premier botanist of South American floras. He has discovered more than a hundred new plant species while exploring for the Smithsonian Institution.  David possesses an unpretentious wit and an infectious style of sharing his vast knowledge of plants. Join him for a walk through our Gardens.--rain or shine.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

September 5 & 6
Friday & Saturday

Knowing and Drawing the Tree Folk, Carol Parks 
  and John Mac Kah
9 am – 5 pm 
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Carol Parks, professional gardener and teacher, and John Mac Kah, professional painter, artist and teacher, combine their skills to present a two-day workshop.  You will learn to identify and draw selected native tree species found in the BGA and create your own unique nature journal.  We will begin in the classroom with instruction in drawing techniques and orientation as to key tree identification methods.  We move outdoors for an in-depth look at each of our chosen trees, then spend the remainder of the time illustrating them in our journals.  All experience levels are welcome!  Those who have drawing skills and prefer to work with paint media are invited to do so, but instruction will be limited to drawing techniques.

Cost:  BGA members: $60, non-members $85.
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eservations are required.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

September 7
Sunday
Native Plants for Pollinators, Lisa Wagner
1:30 – 3 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Lisa Wagner, author of the award-winning blog www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com returns to help you design a garden to encourage native pollinators (and honey bees) by using native plants that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, as well as providing larval food sources and nesting habitat.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

October 25
Saturday
Growing Native Plants from Seed, Pat Sommers
10 am – 12 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Here's an opportunity to learn propagation from Pat Sommers, who has her own nursery where she grows all of her plants from seed and spore.  We will walk in the Gardens to look at seeds for ripeness and to understand how a plant's cycle and environment tell us how to germinate the seed.  Then we'll go inside to sow some seeds and talk about growing your own plants.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

November 2
Sunday
Native Conifer Trees of Western North Carolina, Jason Rodrigue
1:30 –  5 pm
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room & Gardens

Jason Rodrigue is a forester with  the U.S. Forest Service and a forest silviculturist for the National Forests in North Carolina.  He will present a “talk & walk” program highlighting the unique characteristics, ecosystem niche, stressors, and current status of the top native conifer trees in Western North Carolina. Native conifers in our Gardens will be identified and discussed in depth during the walk.

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

November 8
Saturday
Creating a Native Woodland Garden, Lisa Wagner
10:30 am – 12 pm

Lisa Wagner, Education Director of the S.C. Botanical Garden at Clemson, will help you design a landscape with plants that grow in our native forest communities and provide a wonderful plant palette for creating diverse and beautiful woodland gardens using Eastern North American natives.  Join us to connect with nature and help restore native habitat!

Cost: BGA members: $12, Nonmembers: $17
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.

November 15 AND 22
Saturday
Analyze and Landscape Your WNC Mountain Homesite, 
Linda Alford and Master Gardner Volunteers
9 am – 1:30pm both days 
The Botanical Gardens at Asheville, Butler Room

Landscaping in our mountains presents unique challenges, such as dealing with slope erosion, managing storm water runoff, and being fire-wise. This course integrates science, common sense and practical information to help homeowners—gardeners and non-gardeners alike - understand those challenges, analyze your own properties, and develop strategies for smart landscaping to get the most for your time and money, to protect your home, and to help preserve our mountain environment.

Cost: BGA members: $30, Nonmembers: $45
Reservations are required
.  Contact Office Administrator at BGA for additional information and/or to register (828) 252-5190.