Adult Classes

Instructor leading an Adult Education class at the Botanical Gardens

2022 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.

Welcome to our 2022 class schedule!  If you would like to receive emails with information on our upcoming classes please sign up here.

Click on the arrows to reveal each class description.  Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all classes. Please note that classes have a maximum capacity and some classes fill up quickly.  Register and pay for all classes online here

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Eastern Screech-Owl

APRIL 2022

2022 Spring Plant Sale - In Person Event

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 11:30 am - 6:00 pm & SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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. 

MAY 2022

Spring Bird Walk

with Dr. Andrew Laughlin

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 8:30 - 10:00 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

 

DESCRIPTION: 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.

 

BIO: 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 ONLINE

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

Limit 12

Spring Wildflower Walk

with Dr. David Clarke

SUNDAY, MAY 8, 9:30 - 11:30 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

 

DESCRIPTION: David Clarke will lead a walk through the Botanical Gardens and share a botanical perspective on the plants we encounter. As botanists, we are tasked with sharing a broad and deep knowledge of plants, placing our local flora in the context of evolutionary change over vast expanses of space and time. Here are some examples of the questions we will answer: Why are some of the closest relatives of our native plants found in Siberia and East Asia? What does the horsetail (Equisetum) have to tell us about climate change? Are box turtles a good choice for dispersing fruits? What is the function of the hairs that form where veins join on the underside of oak leaves? A relative of which plant in our collection is the source of a toxin used by the FSB (erstwhile KGB)? Dress for the weather and bring a hand lens (optional) and a sense of adventure (mandatory)!

 

BIO: David Clarke is a botanist and Professor of Biology at UNCA, where he has taught for the past 21 years. He has taught 24 courses, most of them focused on plant diversity, conservation, ecology, and evolution. He particularly enjoys teaching field courses that take advantage of the high-quality natural areas of the Craggy Mountains. He has served on the board of the Botanical Gardens for 20 years.

 

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes ONLINE

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

Limit 16

JUNE 2022

Woody Plant Natural History Walk

with Ron Lance

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 10:00 am - 12:00

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

 

DESCRIPTION: Come to the Gardens for a 2-hour guided walk that will focus on the natural history of our native plants. The diversity of species allows for no shortage of talking points and observations. Enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the plants and learn how fruits and seeds are used by wildlife and by humans. Identification tips are but one part of the broad narrative of natural history for our trees, shrubs and herbs.

 

BIO: Ron Lance is a Biologist and Land Manager with the North American Land Trust and currently caretaker of a 3000-acre, privately owned tract of land near Glenville, NC. He has held posts in education, natural history interpretation, biology, forestry, botany and horticulture since 1975. He served on the Board of the International Oak Society for 12 years, and has authored and co-authored numerous publications dealing with native woody plants of the Southeastern U.S., including “Woody Plants of the Southeastern U.S, a Winter Guide” by the Univ. of Georgia Press and Pyracantha in Flora of North America, volume 9. His interest in hawthorns has yielded 14 separate publications on Crataegus.

 

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes ONLINE

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

Limit 16

White Pine Cone

JULY 2022

No Classes Scheduled

An adult education class

AUGUST 2022

No Classes Scheduled

Fall plant sale

SEPTEMBER 2022

Fall Plant Sale - In Person Event

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 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. 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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 8:30 - 10:00 am

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

 

DESCRIPTION: 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.

 

BIO:  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 ONLINE

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

Limit 12

OCTOBER 2022

Not-So-Common Native Trees

with Carol Parks

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 10:00 am - 12:00

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

 

DESCRIPTION:  The BGA is home to more than 100 species of native trees, many of which are likely familiar to you and fairly easy for you to identify. But a number of the natives, fortunately present in the Gardens, are less commonly seen in the wild. Our class will focus on these trees. We will talk about identifying them, their natural history, their place in folklore — and reasons for their uncommonness.

 

BIO: Carol Parks earned a degree in zoology a hundred years ago, enjoyed a long career in book publishing, then turned to a study of dendrology after watching thousands of acres of Western North Carolina trees succumb to “progress.” She teaches tree ID and appreciation classes at John C. Campbell Folk School and at other venues around WNC.

 

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes ONLINE

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

Limit 12

Woody Botany in the Off-season

with Marc Williams

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 10:00 am - 12:00

MEET AT VISITOR CENTER (Outdoor Class)

 

DESCRIPTION: This class will focus primarily on a plant walk around the gardens during the start of the most challenging time to botanize during the year. Once the flowers, fruits and leaves are mostly gone one must turn to more subtle clues to determine the identification of many plants. We will engage in a dialogue about off season woody plant characteristics, ethnobotanical applications and various resources available for further study.

 

BIO: Ethnobiologist Marc Williams has studied the people, plant, mushroom and microbe interconnection intensively while learning to employ botanicals and other life forms for food, medicine, and beauty in a regenerative manner. 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. Marc has over two decades experience working at a multitude of restaurants and various farms and has traveled throughout 30 countries in Central/North/South America and Europe as well as all 50 states of the USA. His travels include visits t over 200 botanical gardens and research institutions during this process while taking tens of thousands of pictures of representative plants and other entities. He has taught hundreds of classes to thousands of students about the marvelous world of people and their interface with other organisms while working with over 100 organizations and particularly as a Board of Directors member of United Plant Savers, Plants and Healers International 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 ONLINE

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

Limit 20

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