(828) 252-5190
151 W. T. Weaver Blvd :: Asheville NC 28804-3414

Adult Classes

Instructor leading an Adult Education class at the Botanical Gardens

2020 Education Classes for Adults

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers many helpful and informative classes designed to deepen your relationship to the region’s flora and fauna and to help you successfully landscape with natives. We enjoy relationships with many of the region’s naturalist experts. Thanks to their generosity, we can offer our community an in-depth and affordable look at one of the world’s most unique and diverse native habitats.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person classes for April and May have been cancelled.  If you have already paid for a class, you may donate your fee, take a credit for a future class, or receive a refund.  Please call 828-252-5190 to let us know your preference.

REGISTRATION

Welcome to our 2020 class schedule! Please click on the arrows to reveal each class description.  PRE-REGISTRATION and PRE-PAYMENT are required for all classes.  Please note that most classes have a maximum capacity and some classes fill up quickly.  To register and pay, please call (828) 252-5190 or come by during Visitor Center hours (Monday – Saturday 10 to 4; Sunday noon to 4).

MARCH 2020

CANCELLED -- Are You Bearwise? -- CANCELLED

with Ashley Hobbs

CANCELLED -- SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Due to the risk of COVID 19, this program is cancelled.  It will be rescheduled as soon as we determine it is safe to do so.

BGA BUTLER ROOM

Ashley Hobbs, Assistant Furbearer and Black Bear Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss the natural history of black bears in western North Carolina and how one can use that information to safely coexist with these North Carolina treasures. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Among the topics covered will be : * The new BearWise initiative which provides ways to prevent conflicts as well as resources to resolve problems and which encourages community initiatives to keep bears wild. * The next phase of the Urban-Suburban Bear Study in Asheville.  For more information on how to coexist with bears, visit http://bearwise.org

 

Ashley Hobbs is the Assistant Black Bear and Furbearer Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2015 with A Bachelor’s in Forestry Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Science. She has a background in human-wildlife conflict mitigation and has worked all over the southeastern US in addition to parts of southern Africa.

Participants must pre-register for classes: 828-252-5190.

This class is free, registration required.

Limit 30

Plant grouping

APRIL 2020 -- CANCELLED

CANCELLED Annual Spring Wildflower Walk CANCELLED

with David Clarke

SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 9:30-11:30 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

A professor in the UNCA Biology Department, Dr. David Clark is regarded as one of the premier botanists of South American floras. He has discovered dozens of new plant species while leading more than 20 rainforest plant collecting expeditions sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Geographic Society.   His research interests include the flora of the southern Appalachians. David possesses an unpretentious wit and an infectious style of sharing his vast knowledge of plants. Join him for an informative walk enjoying spring wildflowers in the Gardens – rain or shine!

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 16

CANCELLED Designing with Native Plants CANCELLED

with Dr. Lisa Wagner

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM & GARDENS

Using native plants in ways that create pleasing and attractive gardens can be as simple as using nature for your inspiration. Combining plants that work together in their natural landscapes, with an eye to what patterns and combinations look just right, with judicious “editing” can elevate both enjoyment of your garden and successful stewardship of your landscape, providing sustenance for you, and fellow inhabitants of your site. The program will include a presentation (1½ hour), followed by an outdoor walk using BGA plantings as examples.

 

Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for over 20 years. A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), she’s interested in native plants, sustainable gardening, public education, and promoting habitat restoration, as well as being a passionate gardener. She gives frequent presentations and classes as a volunteer, on a variety of topics including gardening for nature and creating a native woodland garden. Her blog, Natural Gardening   http://www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 30

CANCELLED Garden Walk CANCELLED

with Kaita Collier

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 10:00 -11:30 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

Enjoy a walk through the gardens with a focus on spring wildflowers, plant communities and the various habitats found in the garden. Discussion will include the ecologically focused management and design techniques we use in the garden. Bring along a loupe and binoculars for more intimate views of the garden and wear weather appropriate clothing. We will walk rain or shine.

 

Kaita Collier is the Horticulture Assistant and Office Administrator at the Botanical Gardens. She grew up in upstate NY and moved south to attend Warren Wilson College where she earned a degree in Environmental Science and Forest Resource Conservation.  Kaita lived in the Florida Keys, the Virgin Islands and Charleston, South Carolina working in the horticulture and environmental science fields before returning the Asheville. She recently earned a Masters Certificate in Horticulture from NC State University.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 12

CANCELLED Spring Bird Walk CANCELLED

with Andrew Laughlin

SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 8:30 -10:00 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

Join us for an easy, early morning bird walk in the Gardens led by Dr. Andrew Laughlin, longtime birder and UNCA assistant professor and researcher. As we look for, listen to and enjoy the birds, we’ll learn to recognize their songs and calls. Field guides helpful but not required. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for rain or shine.

 

Dr. Andrew Laughlin is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies department at UNC Asheville where he teaches General Ecology, Avian Ecology & Conservation, and Wildlife Ecology & Management. His interest in birds was sparked 20 years ago in Portland, OR, where he saw his first Great Blue Heron rookery at a wildlife reserve just south of the city center. His current research includes a re-survey of the bird communities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, studying the effects of climate change and Eastern Hemlock decline on bird distribution and abundance in the Park.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 12

CANCELLED Wildlife Friendly Gardening CANCELLED

with Kit & Steve Schmeiser

SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2:00 -4:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM

In this program you will learn how to provide key elements in your yard and garden – however large or small – that are friendly to wildlife and which therefore attract wildlife for your enjoyment. We will discuss the advantages of incorporating native plants and natural landscaping; choosing themes, such as butterfly and hummingbird gardens; and just allowing some areas to go “wild”. Applications will be provided for certifying your property, church, school or workplace as a Wildlife Friendly Habitat with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the National Wildlife Federation.

 

Steve and Kit Schmeiser live in Fairview where they are in the 13th year of restoring and maintaining their meadows, woodlands and streams as a wildlife-friendly habitat. They have certified their property with the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and NC Wildlife Federation’s (NCWF) The Butterfly Highway project. They also have worked with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on NCWF’s F.A.I.T.H. habitat certification. Steve is a founding member and Past President of Mountain WILD! ~ the western NC chapter of NCWF. He has completed training as a Habitat Steward with NWF and as a Master Stream Steward. Kit is a founding member of Mountain WILD!, serves as a Chapter President and manages its Facebook page. She has been a Board member and Chair of the Education Committee at the Botanical Gardens at Asheville.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 30

MAY 2020

2020 Spring Plant Sale

The online Spring Plant sale has ended, because we've sold out of plants. Thanks to everyone for your overwhelming support! BGA staff and volunteers are busy growing plants for the Fall Plant sale, which is tentatively scheduled for September 12. Check back or sign up for our e-newsletter to get updates.

NEW: BearWise Online with Buncombe County Libraries

Hosted by NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Buncombe County Government

Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 4 PM – 5 PM

If you encountered a bear walking in the woods or along your neighborhood street, would you know what to do?

Do you want to learn more about our neighborhood friends and hiking trail partners?

Join us Thursday, May 13 at 4 PM for our BearWise talk online!
You’ll learn everything you want to know and be able to ask questions to the experts!

Program is free and welcome to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult to sit in on this Zoom program.
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Meeting ID: 965 6818 3392
Password: Bears!

You can dial in to listen as well.
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Password: 316449
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No registration is necessary.

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Woody Plant Natural History Walk -- cancelled

with Ron Lance

SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Class description coming soon.

JUNE 2020

Successful Planting Strategies for Native Perennials and Shrubs -- Cancelled

with Reems Creek Nursery

SUNDAY, JUNE 7, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM

Bad luck with rhododendron or some other native plant? Natives present us with a lovely palette of plants that bring beauty and much-needed ecosystem services to our gardens. But, just like humans, native plants enjoy a range of environments and thrive when they are planted in conditions that are well-suited to their nature. In this talk we’ll guide you through best planting practices for a variety of native shrubs and perennials. In addition, we will discuss the growth habits of some favorite natives, what to consider before siting a plant, and designing gardens that showcase the beauty of natives. We will leave time for questions and discussion at the end.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 20

Insect Victory Garden -- Cancelled

with Heather Rayburn

SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM

The way humans have treated the earth has resulted in the shocking disappearance of 45% of insect populations in just the past 40 years. This terrifying decline threatens our entire food web and our future as a species. In celebration of National Pollinator Month, insect enthusiast Heather Rayburn of MonarchLover.org will show what gardeners can do to join together as part of a “Victory Garden” style effort to reverse this decline and begin what scientist Doug Tallamy calls the “largest collective conservation effort in history.”

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 20

 

Amazing Reptile Adaptations

with Landon Ward

SUNDAY, JUNE 21, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Class description coming soon.

White Pine Cone

JULY 2020

Fire Wise Landscaping

with Jessica Hocz

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Class description coming soon.

An adult education class

AUGUST 2020

Naturalist Walk

with Jay Kranyik

SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 9:00 - 11:30 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

On this slow ramble through the Gardens, we will observe and discuss numerous aspects of our natural history. Botany, scientific nomenclature, reading the landscape, birds, insects, weather, plant compounds, and other interesting subjects will be pondered in a fun, non-intimidating setting.

Past naturalist walks have been graced by duck-eating hawks, snakes that could not fly, a seed marauding bear, Hummingbirds with antennas and other moments of serendipity! This is an outdoor class. Bring rain jackets/umbrellas if needed, as well as a loupe and binoculars if you have them.

 

Jay Kranyik is the BGA Garden Manager, Horticulture Chairman, naturalist, and nature photographer. He has botanized widely in the region, and is coauthor of “The Flora of Dupont State Forest, NC.” He is also a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society and is a Blue Ridge Parkway “Junior Ranger.”

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 24

Botany by Family

with Marc Williams

SUNDAY, AUGUST 30, 2:00 -5:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM & GARDENS

This botany-intensive class will focus on the families of plants found commonly in southern Appalachia. We will cover the differences in how plants look regarding leaves, flowers, fruits and other parts and how this may help in proper identification. The way plants are classified based on these features and more recently DNA will be discussed relative to how they are referred to scientifically. We will also look at the best book and web resources for the exploration of botany in the region. The class will feature a powerpoint covering the major characteristics of botany in general and then we will examine various forms of plant material on a walk through the gardens to further emphasize the lessons learned.

 

Marc Williams is an ethnobiologist. He has studied the people, plant, mushroom, microbe connection intensively while learning to employ botanicals and other life forms for food, medicine, and beauty. His training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture with a minor in Business from Warren Wilson College and a Master’s degree in Appalachian Studies concentrating in Sustainable Development with a minor in Geography and Planning from Appalachian State University. He has spent close to two decades working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms. He has travelled throughout 29 countries in Central/North/South America and Europe and all 50 of the United States. Marc has visited more than 200 botanical gardens and research institutions during this process while taking tens of thousands of pictures of representative plants. He is also Executive Director of Plants and Healers International www.plantsandhealers.org and on the Board of Directors of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies. He has taught hundreds of classes about the marvelous world of people and their interface with other organisms while working with more than 70 organizations in the last few years and online at the website www.botanyeveryday.com.  Marc’s greatest hope is that this effort may help improve our current challenging global ecological situation.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 20

Fall plant sale

SEPTEMBER 2020

Fall Plant & Rummage Sale

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Botanical Gardens and numerous local plant vendors will offer a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers for fall planting. BGA members will get a 10% discount on BGA-grown plants that we sell at the gazebo, and memberships are available at the sale.

Other vendors include Carolina Native Nursery, Colonial Acres Nursery, the Men’s Garden Club of Asheville, Mountain Mist Nursery, Red Root Native Nursery, Sandy Much Herb Nursery, Saturnia Farm, June Wilbanks, and Wildbud Natives, all of whom contribute a portion of their proceeds to the BGA.

Shop the Rummage Sale for books, tools, art, housewares, and one-of-a-kind treasures!

As always, this event will take place rain or shine. The Botanical Gardens receives no city, state or federal funds. Instead, we receive our funding exclusively through memberships, donations, gift shop sales and the fall and spring plant sales. Free admission and parking on site or nearby.

Fall Bird Walk

with Dr. Andrew Laughlin

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 8:30 - 10:00 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

Join us for an easy, early morning bird walk in the Gardens led by Dr. Andrew Laughlin, longtime birder and UNCA assistant professor and researcher. As we look for, listen to and enjoy the birds, we’ll learn to recognize their songs and calls. Field guides helpful but not required. Bring binoculars if you have them and dress for rain or shine.

 

Dr. Andrew Laughlin is an assistant professor in the Environmental Studies department at UNC Asheville where he teaches General Ecology, Avian Ecology & Conservation, and Wildlife Ecology & Management. His interest in birds was sparked 20 years ago in Portland, OR, where he saw his first Great Blue Heron rookery at a wildlife reserve just south of the city center. His current research includes a re-survey of the bird communities of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, studying the effects of climate change and Eastern Hemlock decline on bird distribution and abundance in the Park.

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes: 828-252-5190.

Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 12

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