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 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4885
The Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration provides comprehensive courses to people who wish to improve their skills in drawing and painting plants in an accurate and technically detailed manner. Studies leading to the certificate will enhance the experience of both the professional and the dedicated amateur artist. The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background, visual arts theory, and practical experience using various media. Classes are taught by NCBG staff, and other area art and botany professionals. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in NATIVE PLANT STUDIES
Spaces Remaining: 4918
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies provides a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States. The program provides basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of professionals as well as dedicated amateur botanists and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area experts. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

 Field Trip Programs for Schools
Spaces Remaining: 5000
School and Children's groups can visit NCBG to participate in an on-site, hands-on educational program. Different programs are available for different ages, and each is aligned to national and state curriculum standards. Each programs lasts about 60 minutes, and can accommodate up to 60 students at a time.

 Group Tours of the Display Gardens
Spaces Remaining: 5000
Botanical Garden Tour Guides lead visiting groups through our Display Gardens on a leisurely 60-90 minute walk. During this walk, your guides will point out plants that are blooming or of particular interest, give you insight into how our gardens were created, and even pass along some home gardening tips. If your group is particularly interested in a specific topic or area of the Garden, our Tour Guides will be happy to accommodate you. Guided tours for adults cost $40 for groups of up to 40 adults, with additional charges for larger groups.

 GIFT CERTIFICATES
Spaces Remaining: 9999
Share your love for the mission of the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a gift certificate in the amount of your choosing. Gift certificates never expire and can be used toward registration in any of our hundreds of programs, or even toward enrollment in one of our certificate programs!

May5/17/2015
1:15 PM - 6/14/2015
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Registration Closed
Sundays, May 17, 31, Jun 7, 14; 1:15–4:45pm In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor. $125 ($115 Members)

5/26/2015
1:00 PM - 6/16/2015
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Registration Closed
Tuesdays, May 26, Jun 2, 9, 16; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $125 ($115 Members)

5/30/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Around the Pond'
Spaces Remaining: 3
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

June6/3/2015
1:00 PM - 6/24/2015
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 12
Wednesdays, Jun 3, 10, 17 24; 1–4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Colored Pencil. Student independently selects a native plant of their choice and designs and completes a complex colored pencil drawing. Student also prepares a critique of their work focusing on botanical accuracy, use of the media and artistic style. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisites: Intermediate Colored Pencil. $125 ($115 Members)

6/6/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Plant Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 13
This short course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn fundamentals of vegetative propagation and techniques for propagating southeastern native plants by means of stem and root cuttings. Class includes hands-on propagation and a tour of the vegetative propagation facilities of NCBG. No prerequisites $30 ($25 Members)

6/6/2015
1:15 PM - 6/27/2015
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 14
Saturdays, Jun 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:15–4:45pm This four-week elective course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals in painting gouache (opaque watercolor) and provides instruction for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing, Beginning Watercolor $125 ($115 Members)

6/7/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1:30 – 4:30pm This new elective course is intended for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG member)

6/7/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Spaces Remaining: 25
Come to the Carolina Campus Community Garden (http://ncbg.unc.edu/carolina-campus-community-garden/ ) and learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with hobbyist beekeeper, Anne Cabell. The workshop will take place on at the Carolina Campus Community Garden located off Cameron Ave. (Rain Date: June 27th) Free. Preregistration required.

6/10/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

6/14/2015An Exhibit: Fragile Flora: Rare Plants of North Carolina
Spaces Remaining: 200
No registration required. An Exhibit: Fragile Flora: Rare Plants of North Carolina May 15 – June 14 Reception, Saturday, May 16; 2:00pm There are currently 27 federally endangered plants in North Carolina. In recognition of Endangered Species Day on May 15 (http://www.endangered.org/campaigns/endangered-species-day/), the Garden will display in the Pegg Exhibit Hall a collection of endangered species of North Carolina. Torey Wahlstrom, a student in the NCBG Native Plant Studies Program, uses botanical illustrations and engaging written descriptions to educate the public about Endangered Plants in North Carolina and inspire support current related restoration projects.

6/15/2015
9:00 AM - 6/19/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Sensing Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will take to the gardens and trails to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Each session has 10 campers, 2 educators, and one teen volunteer.

6/18/2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saving Our Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 199
Join us for a special lecture celebrating National Pollinator Week and the kickoff of the “Saving Our Pollinators” exhibition. The importance of pollination was recognized by Mesopotamians as early as the 9th century BC, which led to the modern study of plant reproductive ecology. There is now, more than ever, the need to better understand the biology of insect pollinators for the sake of both cultivated and native plants. This presentation covers the scientific study of pollination ecology, provides guidelines for ensuring pollinator health in the urban landscape, and offers information on what we can all do to help our native pollinators through these uncertain times. FREE, pre-registration required.

6/20/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Buzz-y Bees'
Spaces Remaining: 8
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. Fee: $10 ($8 members) per child/adult pair NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

6/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This half-day short course is an introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolinas many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. No prerequisites. $40 ($35 NCBG members)

6/21/2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Summer Concert with The Village Band
Spaces Remaining: 200
Join us for a summertime concert at the Garden. Pieces for this performance will include “The Liberty Bell March” (J. P. Sousa), “Lincolnshire Posy” (Percy Grainger), “Galop” (Dmitri Shostakovich), “The Eighties”(John Higgins, a medley of pop tunes), and more! Free, no pre-registration required.

6/22/2015
9:00 AM - 6/26/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Sensing Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will take to the gardens and trails to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Each session has 10 campers, 2 educators, and one teen volunteer.

6/25/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sizzling Cities: Native Bee Communities and Urban Heat
Spaces Remaining: 200
Bees pollinate most of our flowering plants, including many crop species. As urbanization and climate change continue to increase, it is vital to understand how these variables influence the native bee community to predict future changes. Join us to learn about exciting new research focusing on how urban heat affects our native bee communities. FREE, pre-registration required.

6/27/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 18
Saturdays, Jun 27, Jul 11, 18, 25; 9:30am–12:30pm Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. $125 ($115 Members)

6/28/2015
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Edibles on Paper: Berries of Summer in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 13
Draw and paint in watercolor some of our bee-pollinated summer berries. Discover painting the waxy bloom of a blueberry, creating rich dark colors for a juicy blackberry, as well as an introduction to their pollinator friends. Some watercolor experience is helpful. Paint and paper supplied. Fee, including supplies: $45 ($40 members)

6/28/2015
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Fun with Bees! Discovery Table
Spaces Remaining: 100
Stop by the native bee table to get a glimpse of NC’s amazing bee diversity. More than 500 species live in our state alone – from bumble bees to green bees, cuckoo bees to squash bees. Learn how native bees benefit our gardens and the environment and how to support them in your yard. Kids and adults will all find things to do and see, including games to play and specimens to examine. Each family will get to make and take home a bee nesting bundle! Meets in the Education Center breezeway.

6/28/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Plant This, Not That for Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 20
(rain date: July 19) Not all flowering plants are created equal in the lives of pollinating insects. This workshop will focus on which plants to add to your garden to attract bees and butterflies and which are of less interest to pollinators. Since many pollinator numbers are diminishing, find out what you can do to help! Meets at Carolina Campus Community Garden (ncbg.unc.edu/carolina-campus-community-garden). FREE, pre-registration required.

6/28/2015
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
The Plant Pollinator Partnership and Special Importance of Bees
Spaces Remaining: 200
Enjoy a celebration of the extraordinary partnership of flowers and their animal pollinators, a relationship that has influenced the evolution of plants and their primary partners, bees, flies, butterflies and moths, beetles, birds, and mammals over millions of years. Special attention will be given to the importance of bees to the successful reproduction of their host flowers and the significance of flowers to the lives of bees. FREE, preregistration required.

6/28/2015
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
BEE-hold the Humble Pollinator! Exhibit Opening Reception
Spaces Remaining: 200
The word “pollen” may make you think “allergies,” but pollination—the movement of plant pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part—is essential to life. Without it, there would be no apples or tomatoes, no almonds or pecans. Join us for a reception to celebrate the Garden’s new exhibit, part of the “Saving Our Pollinators” program, on the role of bees in the pollination of plants, both wild and cultivated. Be amazed at the diversity of bees and adaptations of flowers to attract their pollinating assistants. Learn about threats to these essential pollinators and what you can do to help reduce these threats and safeguard our bees. No registration required.

6/30/2015
1:00 PM - 7/21/2015
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 10
Tuesdays, June 30, July 7, 14, 21; 1–4:30pm This class is designed to increase the skills and confidence in the use of colored pencils by building on the instruction from Intermediate Colored pencil and adding other media. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor and ink with colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Pen and Ink, Intermediate Watercolor $125 ($115 NCBG members)

July7/6/2015
9:00 AM - 7/10/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Things With Wings'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Each session has 16 campers, 2 educators, and at least 2 teen volunteers.

7/8/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

7/8/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

7/9/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Pollinator Habitat Restoration in NC Botanical Garden Nature Preserves
Spaces Remaining: 200
Former agricultural lands and fire suppressed woodlands often provide appropriate habitat to reconstruct the Piedmont savanna ecosystem and habitat for important pollinator groups such as bees, flies, wasps, butterflies, and moths. The NCBG oversees the conservation and management of nearly 1,000 acres of natural areas. Learn about our restoration activities, such as monitoring pollinator diversity and abundance, creating nesting habitat, and using prescribed fire to help protect and maintain pollinator habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

7/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Cast Shadow
Spaces Remaining: 11
Using different-sized objects and various surfaces, students look at how shadows change with shapes and how shadows are affected by the surfaces they fall on. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/13/2015
9:00 AM - 7/17/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Things With Wings'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Each session has 16 campers, 2 educators, and at least 2 teen volunteers.

7/16/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 15
This half-day short course is an introduction to drawing with colored pencils, using one of North Carolinas many butterflies as the reference. Students are given step-by-step instruction. Students can purchase drawing materials or borrow them for the course. During the course, information about our native butterflies is also provided. No prerequisites. $40 ($35 NCBG members)

7/18/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Hooray for Hummingbirds'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. Fee: $10 ($8 members) per child/adult pair NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

7/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Flat Wash
Spaces Remaining: 11
Working on pre-stretched watercolor paper, students will tackle painting a large flat wash. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/19/2015
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Edibles on Paper: Tomatoes in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Spend this summer getting acquainted with tomatoes! Instruction includes drawing for accuracy, painting wet into wet with saturated color, followed by dry brush to bring out the details. Some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Paint and paper supplied. Fee includes supplies: $38 ($34 members)

7/19/2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
“Bee, I’m Expecting You” – a poetry reading
Spaces Remaining: 200
Viva la bumblebee! “Bee – I’m Expecting You” is North Carolina poet Jeffery Beam’s celebration of the pollinator responsible for every third bite of food we eat. This popular reading of bee poems finds Beam reading from his own Life of the Bee, as well as poems by numerous poets throughout history including Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, and Virgil. Fee: $10 ($8 members)

7/26/2015
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Drawing for People Who Think They Can’t Draw
Spaces Remaining: 16
This workshop shows students that drawing is a skill anyone can learn. Students progress from a blank sheet of paper to a beautiful, finished drawing. Come try, and discover that yes, you can draw! Fee: $38 ($34 members)

7/26/2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Common Native Bees Slideshow and Garden Foray
Spaces Remaining: 200
Learn about some of the most common bees pollinating flowers and supporting the great diversity of our landscapes. In NC, we have about 500 native species and a few introduced species, in addition to the European honey bee. Bumble bees, mason bees, mining or digger bees, sunflower bees, carpenter bees, hibiscus bees, and leafcutter bees are all groups you can easily recognize when you slow down and take a look. After a slide show, weather permitting, we will walk in the garden to see who inhabits our wonderful native plants. Fee: $15 ($10 members)

7/27/2015
9:00 AM - 7/31/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'The Secret Lives of Bugs'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat depends on bees? Or that dragonflies begin their lives underwater? That a daddy-long-legs isn’t really a spider? Discover the weird and wonderful world of beetles, grasshoppers, butterflies, and slugs, and the important role “bugs” play in nature. Campers will hone their naturalist skills while sweep netting in the meadow, dipping for aquatic insects at the pond and stream, identifying pollinators, making bug traps, and more. Guest naturalists and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Each session has 16 campers, 2 educators, and at least 2 teen volunteers.

August8/1/2015
9:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22; 9:15am-2:15pm Location: Reeves South on Aug 1, 8, 15; C106 on Aug 22 This course is introductory and designed for a broad audience. Basic principles of botany, including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology, are covered. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There will also be opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee: $195 ($175 members)

8/1/2015 1:00 PMBeginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 12
Saturdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22; 1:00pm – 4:30pm Location: Reeves North (Aug 1 & 8); Joslin Classroom II (C107) (Aug 15 & 22) This is the entry course for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration and is designed for a broad audience. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. Fee: $150 ($135 members)

8/3/2015
9:00 AM - 8/7/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'The Art of Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn how nature illustrators sketch and color the wildflowers, butterflies, and turtles of our North Carolina piedmont forest while exploring the woodland paths of the Garden with illustrator and naturalist Bob Palmatier. Campers will create their own works of art in graphite and watercolor, and learn the techniques of professional nature illustrators. Each child will have a notebook of sketches, paintings, and a piece of their nature art matted for framing by week's end! Session has 12 campers, 1 educator, and one teen volunteer.

8/8/2015
9:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22; 9:15am-2:15pm Location: Reeves South on Aug 1, 8, 15; C106 on Aug 22 This course is introductory and designed for a broad audience. Basic principles of botany, including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology, are covered. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There will also be opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee: $195 ($175 members)

8/8/2015
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees – Pollinator Hike
Spaces Remaining: 15
Enjoy a hike to look for our native pollinators and learn about the important role they play in the environment. Through observation and some live collection we will observe these unique creatures and learn some basic identification techniques. The pace of our hike will be slow, but be prepared for the heat and bring a hat, sunscreen, drinking water, and maybe bug spray. FREE, pre-registration required.

8/9/2015
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Introduction to Botanical Art and Illustration
Spaces Remaining: 13
This half-day class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Illustration, and introduces the instructors. Fee: $38 ($34 members)

8/10/2015
9:00 AM - 8/14/2015 12:00 PM
Summer Camp 'Sensing Nature'
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Curious preschoolers will love this camp, designed to provide playful, hands-on experiences with the natural world in a small group setting. Young campers will take to the gardens and trails to watch for frogs, listen for birdsong, smell the flowers, touch slimy worms, and taste from the vegetable garden. A new theme will be introduced each day through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included. Each session has 10 campers, 2 educators, and one teen volunteer.

8/12/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

8/12/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

8/15/2015
9:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22; 9:15am-2:15pm Location: Reeves South on Aug 1, 8, 15; C106 on Aug 22 This course is introductory and designed for a broad audience. Basic principles of botany, including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology, are covered. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There will also be opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee: $195 ($175 members)

8/15/2015
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Impressions in Beeswax
Spaces Remaining: 10
Learn techniques in encaustic painting, painting with layers of hot beeswax fused together. You will create six small paintings that will be glued together to make a larger work of images. We will also dip various plant materials in beeswax, iron onto paper, and stain with walnut ink to make a small pamphlet stitch book. Open to anyone interested in working with beeswax! Bring your lunch. Fee: $70 ($60 members), plus $10 materials fee (cash or check) due at class

8/15/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Flower Power'
Spaces Remaining: 8
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. Fee: $10 ($8 members) per child/adult pair NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

8/20/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Butterflies, Science, and You: Observing Butterflies as a Citizen Scientist
Spaces Remaining: 199
Butterflies are some of the most well-known and best understood insects on the planet, but there are still gaps in our scientific understanding of butterflies and the role they play in our environment. You can help! By becoming a citizen scientist, making simple observations of butterflies, and reporting what you see online, you can make valuable contributions to our overall understanding of butterflies and the important pollination services they provide. Learn about the many ways that you can get involved in butterfly research and help conserve these beautiful animals well into the future. FREE, pre-registration required.

8/22/2015
9:15 AM - 2:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Aug 1, 8, 15, 22; 9:15am-2:15pm Location: Reeves South on Aug 1, 8, 15; C106 on Aug 22 This course is introductory and designed for a broad audience. Basic principles of botany, including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology, are covered. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There will also be opportunities for making observations in the gardens. Fee: $195 ($175 members)

8/29/2015Fall Flora
Spaces Remaining: 20
August 29, September 12, 26, October 3 (Inclement Weather Date/Optional Field Trip, October 31) This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

8/29/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pollination
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays, Aug 29, Sept 12, 19, 26 9:30am–12:30pm This course explores the partnership of flowering plants and their animal pollinators. Included will be a study of attractant systems, breeding biology of the floral partner, aspects of the biology and behaviors of pollinators, and importance of pollination to ecosystem health and human food production. Lectures will be followed by field observations and lab work. PREREQUISITES: Botany, Local Flora Fee: $130 ($117 members)

September9/3/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Native Plants for Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 198
Learn about some great native plants that will help support pollinators in your home landscape. This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants to provide habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/3/2015
1:00 PM - 9/24/2015
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 11
Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24; 1:00 – 4:30pm In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

9/9/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

9/9/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

9/12/2015
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Gardening for Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 19
NC is home to more than 500 species of native bees. These beneficial insects are essential to the maintenance of our gardens and the environment. More than 85% of all flowering plants need bees or other pollinators to help them reproduce and bear fruit! This workshop will help you recognize some native bees, understand their relationships with plants, and support them with bee-friendly gardens. Appropriate for novice gardeners, but something for everyone—including plants to take home! Fee: $15 ($10 members)

9/12/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 20
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. Fee: $32 ($29 members)

9/13/2015
1:15 PM - 10/25/2015
Plein Air
Spaces Remaining: 16
Sundays, September, 13, October 11, 18, 25; 1:15pm – 4:45pm Plein Air Painting in the Garden is an elective four-week course designed to teach the basic techniques and tools of painting outdoors using watercolor. The nature landscapes in the Botanical Garden serve as the subject for the paintings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Watercolor (Techniques or Wet and Wild) Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

9/13/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bee Health in an Urban Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 200
We live in an increasingly urbanized world. This talk will describe how suburbanization of the landscape has affected bee biodiversity in Raleigh and Durham, NC and the pollination services bees provide to wild growing plants. We will explore landscape features associated with the conservation of native bee biodiversity, and how we can use garden plantings to conserve bee health and biodiversity. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/19/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'Flutterby Butterfly'
Spaces Remaining: 8
Share a morning of discovery with your little sprout and nurture their natural curiosity for the living world. Each class includes hands-on indoor and outdoor activities for you and your child to learn about plants, animals, and nature. Play games, take a short hike, make a craft, hear a story, and more. Fee: $10 ($8 members) per child/adult pair NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

9/20/2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Caterpillarology – The Study of Pollinator Precursors
Spaces Remaining: 200
Join local naturalist Mike Dunn as he shares some of the secrets of the lives of local caterpillars. Many species of butterflies and moths are important pollinators. But, in addition to plants that provide nectar, they also need host plants for their caterpillars (many are quite specific) to complete their life cycle. Learn more about the fascinating larval stage of these important Learn about some great native plants that will help support pollinators in your home landscape. This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants to provide habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/22/2015
1:00 PM - 10/13/2015
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 14
Tuesdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13; 1:00 – 4:30pm In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

9/26/2015
9:30 AM - 10/24/2015
Landscape for Life
Spaces Remaining: 20
Saturdays September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24 9:30am - 12:00pm Harness nature’s power to create a healthy, beautiful home landscape. Landscape For Life shows you how to work with nature in your garden, no matter where you live, whether you garden on a city or suburban lot, a 20–acre farm, or the common area of your condominium. Conventional gardens often work against nature. They can damage the environment's ability to clean air and water, reduce flooding, combat climate change, and provide all the other natural benefits that support life on earth-including us. The good news is that even one home garden can begin to repair the web of life. It's possible to create a great–looking garden that's healthier for you, your family, your pets, and the environment-and that saves you time and money. Topics will include successful soil, water, plant and materials practices with emphasis on native plants. Also, consider registering for a valuable and subsequent course, Home Landscape Design Workshop, scheduled to begin April 18. Fee: $150 ($140 NCBG Members)

9/26/2015
1:00 PM - 10/17/2015 4:00 PM
Nature Illustration for Kids: 'Butterflies, Bees, and Blossoms'
Spaces Remaining: 11
Learn to identify and illustrate our local butterflies and bees collecting nectar and pollen from late summer wildflowers. Students will hone skills in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil, using materials and techniques of professional nature illustrators to compose works of art that celebrate our pollinators! Each child will receive an art kit and conclude with two matted illustrations. Course is taught by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. Fee: $140 ($125 members), includes student art kit (value $35) NOTE: This is a drop-off program.

9/27/2015
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture: The Living Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 194
Join us for a special two-part lecture with Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships, Doug Tallamy The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, Rick Darke Tallamy will explain why plants evolved in concert with local animals to provide for their needs, why these specialized relationships determine the stability of local food webs, and why it is important to restore life to our residential properties. Then, Darke with explore the richness of life through the richness of the landscape's layers. From ground cover to canopy, Darke will suggest ways to conserve, create, and manage home gardens that are beautiful, diverse, joyfully livable, and double as homes for wildlife. Book signing at 1:00-1:45pm, prior to the lecture. Books for sale in our Garden Shop. FREE, pre-registration required.

October10/1/2015
1:00 PM - 10/22/2015
Applied Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Thursdays, October 1, 8, 15, 22; 1:00 – 4:00pm October 1, 15, 22: C107; October 8: Bell Seminar Room This course supplements information presented in Principles of Conservation Biology. It takes the conceptual and theoretical elements of ecological and conservation biology principles and applies them to conservation, rehabilitation and management of natural areas. The subject matter covered demonstrates how concepts such as island biogeography, population genetics, metapopulation dynamics and ecosystem function are used by conservation planners and land managers. Emphasis is placed on conservation and management practices that are discussed in the classroom and studied in NCBG natural areas. Prerequisite: Principles of Conservation Biology. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

10/2/2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
NCBG ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE – Members' Night Preview (You can become a member at the gate!)
Spaces Remaining: 200
Members' Night: Friday, Oct 2; 5:00pm–7:00pm Open to Public: Saturday, Oct 3; 9:00am–12:00pm The public and NCBG garden members are invited to a second day of the NCBG annual fall plant sale. A large selection of southeastern native perennials, woody shrubs and trees, vines, ferns, and carnivorous plants propagated and grown by our very own horticulture staff will be for sale. Non-members can become members by making a donation at the entrance to the sale to receive members' 10% discount on all plant purchases. Proceeds benefit the horticulture department and fund several part-time garden staff positions. No registration required.

10/3/2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NCBG ANNUAL FALL PLANT SALE (open to the public and NCBG members)
Spaces Remaining: 200
Members' Night: Friday, Oct 2; 5:00pm–7:00pm Open to Public: Saturday, Oct 3; 9:00am–12:00pm The public and NCBG garden members are invited to a second day of the NCBG annual fall plant sale. A large selection of southeastern native perennials, woody shrubs and trees, vines, ferns, and carnivorous plants propagated and grown by our very own horticulture staff will be for sale. Non-members can become members by making a donation at the entrance to the sale to receive members' 10% discount on all plant purchases. Proceeds benefit the horticulture department and fund several part-time garden staff positions. No registration required.

10/3/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monarch Magic!
Spaces Remaining: 10
It’s that magical time of year! Monarch butterflies are in the midst of their incredible journey south to wintering grounds in Mexico. Discover the amazing life cycle of this colorful insect with live specimens, learn how to tag butterflies for citizen science project Monarch Watch, and find out how you can help bring back the monarchs! Each child will receive a special plant to take home. NOTE: Adult chaperone required. Fee: $15 ($13.50 members); no fee for accompanying adult

10/4/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Edibles on Paper: Pumpkins in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 16
Spend this fall getting acquainted with pumpkins! Instruction includes drawing for accuracy, painting wet into wet with saturated color, followed by dry brush to bring out the details. This is a non-credit course. No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG members)

10/9/2015
1:00 PM - 10/30/2015
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 16
Fridays, October 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:00 – 4:30pm Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel to a variety of gardens and habitats. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil. No prerequisite. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

10/14/2015
1:00 PM - 11/4/2015
Beginning Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 16
Wednesdays, October 14, 21, 28, November 4; 1:00 – 4:30pm Colored pencil is a logical next step to advance from drawing to painting; it is a drawing media but introduces a full array of fine art pigments. This course teaches commonly used pencil strokes and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing, and tonal gradation and is a required course for students in the NCBG Certificate program. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

10/18/2015
1:15 PM - 11/15/2015
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 20
Sundays, October 18, 25, November 15; 1:15 – 5:00pm This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. Prerequisite: Botany Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

10/24/2015
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Lichens
Spaces Remaining: 20
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a field trip. Serves as 1/2 elective credit for the Certificate in Native Plant Studies. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite Fee: $65 ($58 NCBG members)

10/28/2015
1:00 PM - 11/18/2015
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 16
Wednesdays, October 28, November 4, 11, 18; 1:00 – 4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw with pen and ink using standard techniques and conventions. Students work with both “old-fashioned” dip pens and modern technical pens to create accurate botanical drawings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

10/31/2015
9:00 AM - 11/21/2015
Intermediate Expressive Watercolor (Wet and Wild)
Spaces Remaining: 16
Saturdays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21; 9:00am – 12:30pm The Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program now offers two complimentary tracks of instruction with two watercolor tracks, one emphasizing techniques for the high detail and accuracy needed for illustrations (Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators) and this new course of techniques for a looser, expressive art while still emphasizing drawing accuracy. This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor and provides instruction based on a fluid brush style combined with careful observation of plants. 'It focuses on learning general methods for using a brush to create forms, adding details, using masks and creating backgrounds. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

10/31/2015
1:00 PM - 11/21/2015
Acrylic
Spaces Remaining: 16
Saturdays, October 31, November 7, 14, 21; 1:00 – 4:30pm This four week course gives the student fundamentals in painting with the opaque water medium, acrylic. The course offers a survey of various methods of painting in this medium and provides instruction in using acrylic for botanical art and illustration. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

November11/1/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fall Leaves in Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 16
This workshop is intended for anyone interested in spending a fun afternoon drawing fall leaves and learning about deciduous trees native to North Carolina. Students receive easy-to-follow instructions to draw in color. This is a non-credit course. No prerequisites and no supplies needed. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG members)

11/3/2015
9:30 AM - 11/24/2015
Soil Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24; 9:30am – 12:30pm This course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils including information on how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed. No prerequisite. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

11/8/2015
1:15 PM - 12/6/2015
Composition
Spaces Remaining: 15
November 8, 15, 29, December 6; 1:15 – 4:45pm This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. No prerequisites. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

11/16/2015
1:00 PM - 12/7/2015
Advanced Traditional Watercolor (for Illustrators)
Spaces Remaining: 16
Mondays, November 16, 23, 30, December 7; 1:00 – 4:30pm This course builds upon Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators. Students independently select a native plant of their choice and design and complete a watercolor painting displaying different aspects of that plant. Instructor is available for consultation and problem solving, as well as in-class critiques. Students prepare a written analysis of their work, explaining their design choices, as well as report describing the botanical details of their selected plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Traditional Watercolor (for Illustrators), Integrating Composition and Color Theory. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members) C106

11/18/2015
1:00 PM - 12/9/2015
Intermediate Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 16
Wednesdays, November 18, 25, December 2, 9; 1:00 – 4:30 pm This course makes use of the techniques and information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in composition, color matching and layering. Students complete a drawing of a native botanical subject of choice. This elective is intended for students who wish to develop a strong, more-advanced-level skill in colored pencil. Prerequisites: Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Drawing Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

December12/4/2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Book Review: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Spaces Remaining: 20
Bring your lunch and join Nicolette Cagle for a discussion of Annie Dillard’s nonfiction book, 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek'. This story is a first-person point of view, detailing the narrator’s explorations of nature and life in the area of Tinker Creek in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The book records the narrator's thoughts on solitude, writing, and religion, as well as scientific observations on the flora and fauna she encounters. No prerequisite Fee: $15 ($12 NCBG member)

 
 

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