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

Adult Classes

Instructor leading an Adult Education class at the Botanical Gardens

2019 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.

REGISTRATION

Welcome to our 2019 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).

Beardtongue plant

MARCH 2019

Native Plant Gardening in Small Gardens & Containers

with Dr. Lisa Wagner

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

BGA BUTLER ROOM

Many of our native species are well-suited to small spaces, allowing you to create natural garden vignettes in decorative containers, by entrances, or around mailboxes. Slow-growing shrubs and compact perennials are easiest to use, but larger-growing natives are also suitable when used in annual or short-term plantings. Combining plants in small spaces doesn’t have to be complicated, but benefits from using nature’s inspiration to create pleasing naturalistic designs. Join Lisa Wagner to learn about her favorite natives and design strategies for small gardens and containers.

Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for more than 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 does 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 (www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com), reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world.

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

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

Class is limited to 30 participants.

Hemlock Conservation & Restoration

with Margot Wallston and a representative from the Asheville-based Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI)

SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2:00 to 4:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM & GARDENS

Utilizing the outstanding hemlock population at the Botanical Gardens as a framework for our conversation, representatives from the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) will discuss current hemlock management occurring in this region.

The talk will begin with a walk around the gardens so that participants can become familiar with our native hemlocks, their role as a foundation species within the ecosystems where they grow, and learn how to evaluate tree health. Participants will then move into the Butler Room to learn more about the hemlock woolly adelgid, management options, and the ongoing work of the HRI. Interested participants are welcome to stay after the talk to ask questions and view various hemlock treatment application methods and products.

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

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

Class is limited to 24 participants.

Tracking Spring Green-up as a Citizen Scientist

with Steve Norman

SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM & GARDENS

The mass eruption of leaves and flowers each spring is one of the renewing wonders of our mountains, yet any naturalist’s appreciation of spring is in the details. Spring does not come at the same time for all species for reasons of habitat and plant history. What’s more, the timing of budburst can vary by up to three weeks from one year to the next. In this class, we will explore why there are differences in budburst and flowering among species in the Gardens and provide tools so that attendees can become citizen scientists that track spring each year, either formally or informally. This class will take place both in the Butler Room and in the Gardens. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors.
Steve Norman is an ecologist with the US Forest Service Southern Research Station in Asheville with a decade of experience studying phenology–the science of seasonal cyclical change. He tracks the seasons from satellites in space and photography on the ground and then makes sense of what he sees across vegetation types and elevations and from seasonal weather.

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

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

Class is limited to 12 participants.

A plant identification class

APRIL 2019

Annual Spring Wildflower Walk

with David Clarke

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 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 to 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 12

Botany by Family

with Marc Williams

SATURDAY, APRIL 20, 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

Garden Walk

with Kaita Collier

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 10:00 -11:00 pm

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 has been the Horticulture Assistant at the Botanical Gardens for two years. 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. After college 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. She currently lives in Weaverville with her husband and two children.

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

Spring Bird Walk

with Merrill Gilfillan

SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 8:30 -10:00 pm

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

Join us for an easy, early morning bird walk in the Gardens, led by Merrill Gilfillan, longtime birder and writer. 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.

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

Spring plant sale

MAY 2019

2019 Spring Plant Sale

FRIDAY MAY 3, Noon-6pm

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 8:30am-3pm

The Botanical Gardens and numerous local plant vendors will offer a wide variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. BGA members will get a 10% discount on BGA-grown plants that we sell at the gazebo. 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 spring and fall plant sales. Free admission and parking on site or nearby.

Enjoying Wildlife in Your Yard and Garden

with Steve & Kit Schmeiser

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

BGA BUTLER ROOM

This program will explain 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 12th 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 Board Member, 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

Beardtongue plant

JUNE 2019

Wood ID

with Ron Lance

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

BGA BUTLER ROOM

Native plant specialist Ron Lance will show us how the different cell types and their configurations affect our utility of wood. These characteristics can be as useful in identifying trees as looking at the leaves or twigs. This program will introduce participants to the anatomical features of wood and reveal how the composition of the wood differs among many of our local trees. An 8x or 10x power hand lens will be useful for examining wood samples.

Ron Lance has more than 40 years of experience growing, studying and teaching about native plants. He’s written several guides and keys for Southeastern plants, including The Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge, The Surveyor’s Guide to the Trees of North Carolina, and Woody Plants of the Southeastern US – A Winter Guide.

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 18

Butterfly Highway : Connecting People and Nature Through Pollinator Conservation

with Bryan Tompkins and Mountain WILD

SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM

These days, there is a good chance that you have heard about the plight of North Carolina’s native pollinators. Loss of habitat, pesticides, disease, climate change, and non-native invasive species are all issues affecting the health and diversity of native pollinators in the state. With the issuance of the Presidential Memorandum – Creating a Federal Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators in 2014, the US Fish and Wildlife Service began prioritizing and focusing efforts on preserving and restoring pollinator habitat. Though pollinator diversity and populations are in decline across the state, one native pollinator has recently been spotlighted – the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee. Historically, the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee was one of the most common bumble bee species in western North Carolina. In recent years, its population has plummeted and in 2017 it was federally listed as an endangered species. Although the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee has not been observed in North Carolina since 2006, there are over 200 historic occurrence records of this important species, with a vast majority of the occurrence records for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee occurring in the North Carolina mountains. Since the listing in 2017, the USFWS – Asheville Field Office has prioritized staff time to conduct surveys for the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee.

Last year, the USFWS teamed up with Wild South (a local land conservation NGO) to create a Citizen Science program to help in the survey efforts for the species. This presentation will include a discussion of the federal listing of the Rusty-Patched Bumble Bee and Endangered Species Act consultation requirements, a look into other pollinator species such as the Monarch Butterfly and Yellow-Banded Bumble Bee that are currently under review for federal listing, a review of the local survey efforts and data collected over the last two years, and a look at how this information is being used to guide future recovery efforts and pollinator habitat restoration in the mountains of western North Carolina.

Bryan Tompkins grew up in a rural farming community near Milledgeville, Georgia. Spending much of his youth playing in the forests and swamps around his home instilled in him a great appreciation of nature. In 1995, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia College and State University. Bryan started his career with the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway but has spent the past 15-years as a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in Asheville, North Carolina. He currently serves as the USFWS – Southeast Region recovery biologist for the federally endangered rusty-patched bumble bee and is the Energy Project Coordinator for the Asheville Field Office where he reviews energy production and development projects such as hydropower, coal combustion, natural gas, solar arrays, and wind farms. His job responsibilities consist of coordinating with energy companies to protect threatened and endangered species and their habitats from impacts associated with energy production projects. His recent efforts have been focused on the conservation of pollinator species with emphasis on the preservation and restoration of native pollinator habitat in North Carolina. He is an active Board member for the recently founded North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance – a diverse group of dedicated stakeholders from state and federal agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and non-profit organizations that have shared interests in advancing pollinator conservation in North Carolina. In his free time, Bryan enjoys backcountry camping, float fishing for trout and smallmouth, gardening, and spending time in the outdoors with his family. 

 

Although this is a FREE class participants must still pre-register by calling: 828-252-5190, or emailing bgardens@bellsouth.net

Class Limit: 30

A cynotype of a fern

JULY 2019

The Language of Science

with Jay Kranyik

SUNDAY, JULY 14, 9:00-11:30am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

On this naturalist walk through the gardens, we’ll explore and demystify many facets of scientific nomenclature in a manner that is entertaining and empowering for those seeking a closer relationship with the natural world. Latin and Greek word roots will reveal how color, form, texture, region, and even people show up in both common and scientific names. Lessons will be offered in a fun, non-intimidating way. Extensive handouts will be provided so that you can continue your new journey well after the class ends.

Rain or shine – bring rain gear/umbrella.

Jay Kranyik is the BGA Garden Manager, Horticulture Chairman, and a self-taught naturalist and nature photographer. He has been with the gardens since 1999. He has botanized widely in the region and is co-author of “The flora of Dupont State Forest, NC.” He is 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 BGA members, $20 for non-members.

Limit 24

Gardening on Slopes

with Nina Shippen

SUNDAY, JULY 28, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM

In this class, remedies will be reviewed for preventing and correcting eroding slopes while still enjoying them as gardens. We will look at how to measure and assess slopes, discuss useful plants and how to plant them, and review some methods for slope stabilization. We will also look at indicators that suggest the need for professional engineering and construction interventions.

Nina Shippen practices residential landscape and garden design through her company Gardeniña, which focuses on coupling the principles of healing gardens with sound ecologic practices to create satisfying gardens for her clients. A graduate of the landscape design program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, she has lived and gardened in Transylvania County since 2005.

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

An adult education class

AUGUST 2019

Naturalist Walk

with Jay Kranyik

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 9-11:30am

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

Fall plant sale

SEPTEMBER 2019

Fall Plant & Rummage Sale

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 9am-3pm

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. 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.

Note: If  you would like to donate garden tools, books or other interesting items to be sold in the rummage sale, bring them by the Visitor Center 10 am to 4 pm, Monday-Friday and 12-4 on Sundays once the Visitor Center is open for the season. You’ll get a gold star in our book.

Native Grasses

with Gary Kauffman

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

BGA BUTLER ROOM & GARDENS

In this class participants will gain an appreciation of the diverse native grass flora here in the Southern Appalachians with an emphasis on western NC. The natural communities in which grasses occur will be discussed, and specimens of common native grasses will be provided to help differentiate the different species and identify key characteristics.Participants will also learn which species are suitable for gardens as well as disturbed areas. Books about grass and related floras will be provided for student perusal.

Gary Kauffman has been the botanist/ecologist program manager for the National Forests in NC since April of 2007. The National Forests in NC cover 1.2 million acres across 4 forests, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in the mountains, the Uwharrie NF in the Piedmont, and the Croatan NF in the Coastal Plain. Since 2002 Gary has coordinated the invasive plant program across the 4 forests, and continues to serve as the Forest Botanical Products Specialist. Other duties include planning revision at the forest level, restoration of rare plant populations and rare plant communities, and NEPA compliance for forest projects. Gary has a master’s degree in botany/mycology, and has been with the USFS since 1992.

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 30

Our bridge

OCTOBER 2019

Fall Bird Walk

with Merrill Gilfillan

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13, 8:30 -10:00 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

Merrill Gilfillan, longtime birder and writer, will lead an easy, early morning bird walk in the Gardens. 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.

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 12

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