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 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4907
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: 4928
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies expands on the Garden's mission by providing 'a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to expand their knowledge and develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States.' The program is designed to give students a well-balanced curriculum combining basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of the professional and dedicated amateur botanist and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area professionals. $100 enrollment fee for administrative costs; courses will entail additional fees. Students must be at least 18 years of age to enroll.

August8/2/2014
9:15 AM - 8/23/2014
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 12
Saturdays, August 2, 9, 16, 23; 9:15am – 1:15pm This course is introductory in nature and is designed for a broad audience. It is a fundamental core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. It covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations of examples in the Garden. No prerequisites $150 ($135 NCBG members)

8/2/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Drawing for People Who Think They Can't Draw
Spaces Remaining: 11
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! Serves as ¼ of an elective credit for both NCBG certificate programs. No prerequisites. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

8/3/2014
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
A Beginner's Guide to Drawing Birds
Spaces Remaining: 8
Sundays, August 3, 17 1:15pm - 4:45pm After a short introduction to basic bird anatomy, students will learn a simple method of drawing a bird. Fee: $65 ($55 NCBG members)

8/4/2014
9:00 AM - 8/8/2014 12:00 PM
Garden Safari - Summer Camp
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 use all of their senses as we explore who lives in the garden through nature walks, crafts, stories, puppet shows, and group play. Snack included.

8/9/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Heirloom Tomatoes in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 14
Spend a summer afternoon getting acquainted with heirloom tomatoes. They are colorful, flavorful, flamboyant, and odd looking, just right for transparent watercolors. Instruction will include drawing for accuracy, painting wet into wet with saturated color, followed by dry brush to bring out the details. No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

8/10/2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Where the Land is the Star
Spaces Remaining: 188
One of the hotspots of the natural world was, and still is, North Carolina. Botanists, naturalists, and explorers gravitated to this land in the 18th and 19th centuries. Although the most celebrated plantsmen of their generations - John Fraser, Andre Michaux, John and William Bartram, and Asa Gray - could be found exploring North Carolina, the real star was the land. Join Tom Earnhardt as he celebrates the Tar Heel landscape and the people drawn to it. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members)

8/13/2014
10:30 AM - 9/3/2014
Beginning Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 11
Wednesdays, August 13, 20, 27, September 3 9:30am - 1:00pm This course is designed for a broad audience. It serves as the entry course for the Botanical Art and Illustration certificate program but is open to anyone. Students learn the fundamentals of illustration through contour drawing, negative space, perspective, and tone. No prerequisites. Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

8/14/2014
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Nature Tales: 'Fairy Tales'
Spaces Remaining: 6
Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the gardens. Program is held rain or shine. Adult chaperone must remain with child at all times. No more than 3 children per adult, please!

8/16/2014
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sustainable Lawns
Spaces Remaining: 16
Types of lawns depend on use, design goals and resources you are willing to invest. You can strive for lawns to be a dense grass of one type, mixed stands of many types of plants or alternatives like mosses or low groundcovers. Lawns can be suitable for very active or more passive use. Alan will look at many lawn options while focusing on the sustainable issues that affect each. Fee: $20 ($15 NCBG members)

8/17/2014
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
A Beginner's Guide to Drawing Birds
Spaces Remaining: 8
Sundays, August 3, 17 1:15pm - 4:45pm After a short introduction to basic bird anatomy, students will learn a simple method of drawing a bird. Fee: $65 ($55 NCBG members)

8/23/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Introduction to Botanical Illustration (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 15
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. It is required for ALL students beginning the NCBG certificate program but is open to anyone. No prerequisites. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

8/24/2014
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Well-Traveled: On the Influence of William Bartram and His “Travels”
Spaces Remaining: 175
We’ll explore the many facets of Bartram’s influence here and abroad, from poets such as Wordsworth and Coleridge, to naturalists including Erasmus, Darwin and grandson Charles, Asa Gray, William Baldwin, and Charles Lyell. Free; advanced registration required

September9/4/2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Bartram’s Travels: A Book Review Discussion
Spaces Remaining: 196
An enduring classic that influenced Darwin, Thoreau, Leopold, and others, “Bartram’s Travels” tells how the Philadelphia botanist William Bartram explored the Southeast. Peruse the book on your own and then join us in imagining a landscape now gone. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

9/6/2014
9:30 AM - 9/27/2014
Pollination
Spaces Remaining: 18
Saturdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27; 9:30am - 12:30pm This course is intended for a broad audience and explores the dynamic relationship between flowering plants and their pollinators. It includes floral reproductive biology, including flowering plant life cycle, breeding system biology, and pollinator attraction mechanisms. Students learn to recognize important insect pollinators. Additional aspects include pollination ecology, conservation, and the importance of pollination to our ecosystems and agriculture/food supply. The class format includes lecture and laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Botany, Local Flora (Effective January 2014) 12 hours. Fee: $125 (members $115)

9/6/2014
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Applying Garden Metaphors in Health and Wellness: A Participatory Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
People are rooted and transplanted, blossom and wilt. The plant and garden metaphors that we articulate in our daily lives express our oneness with nature and our alignment with its rhythms. In the applied context of horticultural therapy, plant and garden metaphors have played important roles in emotional and physical healing. Both within and outside of the therapeutic setting, work with plant and garden metaphors can lead to unexpected revelations and self-insights, enliven the senses, and reawaken the sense of connection with the rest of the natural world. In this 3-hour workshop, we will explore the use of plant and garden metaphors for enhancing our individual well-being. During the first hour, participants will hear about how plant and garden metaphors have been applied to enhancing wellness and accomplishing health goals in therapeutic settings. During the second hour, we will apply plant and garden metaphors as tools for self-exploration in a hands-on project in the Garden. The third hour will be devoted to beginning to develop individualized plans for enriching our lives and enhancing our health and wellness through work with plant and garden metaphors. Join us in the Garden! Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members).

9/7/2014
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Exhibit and Symposium Opening Remarks and Reception: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartram's Legacy
Spaces Remaining: 184
John and William Bartram modeled a way of living centered on exploration and curiosity. Woodin explains how the exhibit illuminates their natural history contributions. Reception and exhibit viewing. Free; advance registration required.

9/8/2014
9:30 AM - 9/29/2014
Plein Air
Spaces Remaining: 17
Mondays, in Sept 8, 15, 22, 29 9:30am – 12:30pm 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 will serve as the subject for the paintings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Watercolor Techniques Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

9/9/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Wiggly Worms'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

9/9/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:00 – 4:30 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

9/11/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sketching Nature: Biological Illustration in History
Spaces Remaining: 187
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Biology professor and nature artist Landin will discuss how paintings of birds, insects, and botanicals have advanced our scientific understanding and demonstrate the wide-ranging and influential effects of nature representation while we ponder the function of biological illustration today. Free; advanced registration required

9/13/2014
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 18
John Bartram’s seeds of plants from Colonial America were widely treasured in 18th century England. This workshop is intended for all interested in seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage and sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG Members)

9/13/2014
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
PAINT OUT!
Spaces Remaining: 198
Enjoy the outdoors with a group of 15 artists from the NC Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the NCBG Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program who will paint landscapes and plants in the spirit of the Bartrams. Completed paintings will be available in the Garden Shop. FREE (Rain Date: September 20)

9/13/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Wiggly Worms'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

9/16/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:00 – 4:30 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

9/18/2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bartram as a Quaker Botanist
Spaces Remaining: 198
Thursday, September 18, 7pm–8pm • Reeves Auditorium While in graduate school, Peter White came upon a pamphlet entitled The Quaker Botanists and learned that from the early 1600s, Quakers, including William Penn, were proponents of natural science, wildflower gardens, and conservation. White will describe John and William Bartram’s significance while also introducing other Quaker botanists including Humphries, Fothergill, Collinson, and Wistar and further speculate on why the early Quakers made good scientists. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

9/20/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bartram's Plants Walk
Spaces Remaining: 194
Join us for one of these free Garden walks (there is another on Saturday, October 18th) to encounter some of the same plants naturalist and artist William Bartram encountered during his travels across the Southeast in the 1770s. Free; advance registration required

9/20/2014
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
Spaces Remaining: 500
Be the first to enjoy NCBG’s signature outdoor event at our Preview Party—be introduced to participating sculptors and NCBG’s first Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty—and celebrate the top award winners. Sculpture in the Garden is a juried showcase of works by North Carolina sculptors highlighting the natural interplay between fine art and garden finery. Carolyn Putney, Chief Curator at the Toledo Museum of Art, will serve as jurist at this event and announce her selections for Best in Show, two Merit Awards and a People’s Choice Award. Preview Party guests will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the People’s Choice Award and have the first chance to purchase sculptures. Cost: $35 per person

9/21/2014
- 12/7/2014
Sculpture in the Garden exhibition
Spaces Remaining: 200
Now in its 26th year, NCBG’s signature event features up to 45 large-scale sculptures created by North Carolina-based artists integrated into the Garden’s outdoor environment featuring an assortment of materials including steel, concrete, wood, marble and more. Prizes are awarded for Best in Show, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice. Come enjoy the interplay between art and nature across five acres of the Garden during its fall display. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

9/23/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Sensational Spiders'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

9/23/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:00 – 4:30 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

9/23/2014
1:00 PM - 10/14/2014
Native Edible & Medicinal Trees of the NC Piedmont
Spaces Remaining: 17
Learn traditional medicinal uses and food gifts of our native trees and how to bring them into your everyday life. We’ll explore the garden, woodland trails, Coker Arboretum, and Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Tree identification, safe and sustainable harvesting, preparation, and uses will be covered in a fun, reverent, and accessible way. All levels welcome Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG Members)

9/24/2014
1:30 PM - 10/29/2014 3:30 PM
Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature!
Spaces Remaining: 6
Learning comes naturally for 4 & 5 year-olds during this popular, fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for the natural world through hands-on activities, nature hikes, stories, crafts, and group play. Preschoolers will learn about the marvels of changing colors, flying seeds, and migrating animals through hands-on activities, nature walks, puppet shows, stories, crafts, and group play. Snack provided. Homeschoolers welcome!

9/27/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Sensational Spiders'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

9/27/2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monarch and the Milkweed – Family Workshop
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. Explore monarch's amazing relationship with the milkweed plant (discovered by William Bartram), discover the amazing life 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 participant will receive a special plant to take home. $12 ages 5+ with adult (NCBG Members $10.50)

9/27/2014
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The World Famous Venus Flytrap
Spaces Remaining: 193
The world famous Venus flytrap is found only in North and South Carolina, discovered in 1759 by North Carolina Governor Arthur Dobbs and named in 1770 by English botanist John Ellis. John and William Bartram saw Venus flytrap in the wild and William published what is thought to be the first drawing in 1767. Dr. Mellichamp will share his knowledge about the flytrap’s unique bog habitat and cultivation, adding details about other bog plants along the way. Dr. Mellichamp is Professor of Botany at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and director of the botanical gardens there. His recent books are Bizarre Botanicals and Native Plants of the Southeast. Book signing follows the presentation. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

9/28/2014
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture, 'The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Epire and the Birth of an Obsession' with Andrea Wulf, New York Times Bestselling Author
Spaces Remaining: 167
Wulf will tell the tale of a group of 18th century naturalists who made England into a nation of gardeners initiated by Pennsylvania farmer John Bartram’s introduction of American trees and shrubs to the English landscape. Wulf explores the botanical passions, obsessions, friendships, and squabbles that knitted the lives of six men set against the backdrop of the emerging British Empire and America's magnificent forests. Born in India and now residing in Great Britain, Wulf is author of The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession (2010 American Horticultural Society Book Award-winner) and Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation, a New York Times best seller. Free; advance registration required

9/30/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
From Plant to Illustration: Botanical Illustration at the North Carolina Botanical Garden
Spaces Remaining: 193
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! The NCBG Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program teaches how to accurately depict plants in the artistic tradition of botanical illustration. Core Curriculum instructor Patricia Savage takes us from appreciation and observation through the work an artist does to produce a botanical illustration. Free; advanced registration required

9/30/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 15
Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30; 1:00 – 4:30 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

October10/5/2014
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Fall Leaves in Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 15
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: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

10/6/2014
- 10/24/2014
Artist-in-Residence Patrick Dougherty
Spaces Remaining: 200
World-renowned, Chapel Hill-based outdoor sculptor Patrick Dougherty will create a one-of-a-kind installation at the Garden incorporating his signature tree saplings into whirling, animated shapes that resemble tumbleweeds or gusts of wind. Constructed over a three-week period, his large-scale installations serve as community projects and provide a rare chance for the community to not only view the work in progress, but contribute under his direction. Visitors will have an intimate view of the creative process as it happens while also enjoying the concurrent Sculpture in the Garden. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

10/6/2014
1:00 PM - 10/27/2014
Field Sketching
Spaces Remaining: 15
Mondays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 1:00pm - 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

10/7/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Who Lives in a Tree'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

10/7/2014
1:00 PM - 10/28/2014
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 17
Tuesdays October 7, 14, 21, 28 1:00 – 4:30 pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

10/9/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The 'New World' of Plants - the Geography of Plants and Place
Spaces Remaining: 191
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Early, exploratory botanists made shrewd guesses about what was novel, often forcing their discoveries into European paradigms. Centuries later, with better information at hand, we can put in perspective the botanical diversity of North America—with no less amazement and wonder! Join us for a whimsical exploration of plants and place focused on the Bartrams’ plants and the southeastern U.S.—through science and literature, imagination and fact. Free; advanced registration required

10/11/2014
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
“To See the Moveing Pensil; display a Sort of Paper Creation, which May Endure for Ages”: William Bartram as a Natural History Artist
Spaces Remaining: 193
Fry will survey William Bartram’s illustrations and examine his scope and influences. Bartram’s religious upbringing as a Quaker was opposed to the very idea of graphical art—but Bartram eluded these prohibitions by producing useful, scientific illustrations and mentored a new generation of young American natural history artists, most significantly ornithologist Alexander Wilson. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

10/12/2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
“The usefull, the beautifull, the singular or the fragrant, are to us the most material”—John and William Bartram and Southern Plants in the Garden
Spaces Remaining: 197
The Bartram family business was based on hardy, woody plants, but in their Philadelphia garden they collected and propagated rarer things, and more likely new herbaceous plants. Visitors to Bartram’s Garden commented on the southern plants and trees, probably then the largest collection in one place anywhere on the continent. It is possible to reconstruct the contents of the Bartram garden over time from a variety of sources. With this we can explore some of the discoveries and garden introductions from the South at Bartram’s Garden. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

10/15/2014
1:00 PM - 11/5/2014
Intermediate Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 16
Wednesdays, October 15, 22, 29, November 5 1:00pm – 4:30pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

10/16/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Franklinia alatamaha
Spaces Remaining: 192
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram is considered the scientific discoverer of several plant species including the Franklin tree, (Franklinia alatamaha), a rare plant when Bartram described it, which later became extinct in the wild. Learn about this discovery, the plant and its remarkable story. Free; advance registration required

10/18/2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Therapeutic Horticulture - An Introductory Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 22
This full day workshop introduces the theory and practice of therapeutic horticulture. Participants will spend the day in the Garden's state-of-the-art horticultural therapy 'Growing Classroom' and gardens learning how to use plants, gardens and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. The workshop will provide an overview of the field and information on therapeutic approaches, activity planning, and working with different populations. We will discuss ways to integrate therapeutic horticulture into various settings for people of all ages and abilities. The workshop is geared toward practitioners and students in the health, human services, and horticultural fields, but anyone interested in learning more about the therapeutic use of horticulture is welcome. Hands-on activities will be part of this workshop. Lunch is provided. CEU credits are available. Register early—enrollment is limited to 22 Deadline for registration: September 19 Fee: $110 ($100 NCBG Members).

10/18/2014
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Retro Bartram: Creating a Watercolor 'Master from the Past' Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
(includes 30-minute lunch break) Learn to create plant portraits similar to antiquated watercolors and hand-colored engravings of Bartram’s time period using watercolors to prematurely age the paper and incorporate 18th century script and type. The goal of this Master Workshop is to create a plant portrait and introduce students to the illustrations of William Bartram and his contemporaries. Requires experience in beginning watercolor. Fee: $65 ($55 NCBG Members)

10/18/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bartram's Plants Walk
Spaces Remaining: 198
Join us for one of these free Garden walks (there is an earlier one on Saturday, Setpebmer 20th) to encounter some of the same plants naturalist and artist William Bartram encountered during his travels across the Southeast in the 1770s. Free; advance registration required

10/19/2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
A Conversation with National Book Award-winning Author Charles Frazier, “Bartram’s Travels” On Cold Mountain
Spaces Remaining: 192
Panel: Margaret D. Bauer, ECU Rives Chair of Southern Literature/Editor, North Carolina Literary Review; Peter S. White, NCBG Director; Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium Join us for a conversation with author Charles Frazier to learn why the main character in Cold Mountain carries a copy of Bartram’s Travels on his journey to Cold Mountain, NC. In a lively exchange with our panelists, Frazier will reveal particular passages in his novel that reference nature and share the role nature plays in his narratives and his own life as a writer. Followed by a reception and book signing Fee: $25 ($20 NCBG Members)

10/21/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Woolly Bears'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

10/22/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Seeing the Forest with the Trees along the Bartram Trail
Spaces Remaining: 192
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! The 100+ mile Bartram Trail takes hikers through the mountains of Georgia and North Carolina, about which William Bartram wrote enthusiastically in his Travels. Steph and Tom will transport you west to explore a section of the Bartram Trail. You’ll hear Bartram’s description of Martin Creek Falls, learn about the forests you can see there today, and discover how these forests have changed. Their book, Exploring Southern Appalachian Forests: An Ecological Guide to 30 Great Hikes in the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia will be available for purchase and the authors will sign copies after the talk. Free; advanced registration required

10/23/2014
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Thursday, October 23, 7pm–9pm Friday, October 24, 9am–4:30pm Saturday, October 25, 9am–4:30pm Sunday, October 26, 9am–4:30pm This intensive four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their “nature notes” with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. Fee: $400 ($375 NCBG Members). Bring your lunch! Course credit: Counts as one elective credit toward NCBG Botanical Art & Illustration certificate

10/24/2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Thursday, October 23, 7pm–9pm Friday, October 24, 9am–4:30pm Saturday, October 25, 9am–4:30pm Sunday, October 26, 9am–4:30pm This intensive four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their “nature notes” with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. Fee: $400 ($375 NCBG Members). Bring your lunch! Course credit: Counts as one elective credit toward NCBG Botanical Art & Illustration certificate

10/24/2014
1:00 PM - 11/21/2014
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 17
Fridays, October 24, November 7, 14, 21 1:00pm - 4:00pm This course builds on the fundamentals of the Botany course 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 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

10/25/2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Thursday, October 23, 7pm–9pm Friday, October 24, 9am–4:30pm Saturday, October 25, 9am–4:30pm Sunday, October 26, 9am–4:30pm This intensive four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their “nature notes” with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. Fee: $400 ($375 NCBG Members). Bring your lunch! Course credit: Counts as one elective credit toward NCBG Botanical Art & Illustration certificate

10/25/2014
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Green Monsters: Meet the Carnivorous Plants – Family Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 11
Venus fly traps, pitcher plants, sundews… oh my! Learn about the secret lives of native carnivorous plants. Meet live specimens, dissect pitcher plants, and find out how you can keep some green monsters in your own backyard. We’ll even give you a special plant to take home to get you started.

10/26/2014
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Nature Notes Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Thursday, October 23, 7pm–9pm Friday, October 24, 9am–4:30pm Saturday, October 25, 9am–4:30pm Sunday, October 26, 9am–4:30pm This intensive four-day workshop with distinguished North Carolina artist and teacher Robert Johnson provides simple methods for making visual notes while exploring nature. Students take field excursions to sketch and make notes, then return to the Botanical Garden studio to enhance their “nature notes” with watercolors. All levels welcome; fee includes watercolors, color chart, brushes, sketch pad, pencil, and high quality watercolor paper. Assistant instructor Ken Moore provides fresh plant specimens for detail studies and assistance in plant identification. Fee: $400 ($375 NCBG Members). Bring your lunch! Course credit: Counts as one elective credit toward NCBG Botanical Art & Illustration certificate

10/26/2014
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The Literary Bartram
Spaces Remaining: 196
William Bartram's Travels published in 1791 has served as a fount of imagination for many drawn to his lush descriptions of the American South and pioneering observations of its native people. Two noted southern poets will show us how Bartram's ideas about the natural world influenced poets and writers. Georgia poet Philip Lee Williams will read from his book The Flower Seeker: An Epic Poem of William Bartram. Jeffery Beam will read poems inspired by Bartram’s work, including those from Romantic writers including Cooper, Thoreau, Moore, Carlos Williams, and Taggart. Beam is currently the poetry editor for the journal Oyster Boy Review. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

10/29/2014
9:30 AM - 11/19/2014
Dendrology
Registration Closed
Wednesdays Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 (inclement weather date: Nov. 26) 9:30am - 12:30pm This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn to identify most of the common Piedmont tree species. Students spend much of the class time outdoors in the Garden learning to identify trees using morphological characteristics such as leaves, bark, twigs, and fruits. In addition, the ecology and natural history of each tree species are discussed. No prerequisites Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

10/30/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Stalwarts of the Southern Garden: William Bartram and the Oakleaf Hydrangea
Spaces Remaining: 187
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bartram’s Travels transcended scientific boundaries and deeply influenced Coleridge, Wordsworth and other Romantic poets. William Bartram became the first person to collect, describe or illustrate forty-two species of plants, among them the oakleaf hydrangea, Hydrangea quercifolia. Dallmeyer will trace how Bartram’s path intersected with this beloved native plant now known around the world. Dallmeyer directs the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program of the College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia and is President of the Bartram Trail Conference. She also manages the Southern Nature Project, an e-community promoting writing about the Southern environment. Free; advanced registration required

November11/1/2014
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 20
This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Directions for the foray will be provided. Serves as 1/2 elective credit for the Certificate in Native Plant Studies. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $70 ($65 NCBG members)

11/1/2014
9:30 AM - 12/6/2014
Soil Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 18
Saturdays, November 1, 8, 22, December 6 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

11/2/2014
1:15 PM - 11/23/2014
Composition
Spaces Remaining: 20
Sundays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 1:15 – 4:45 pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

11/3/2014
10:30 AM - 11/24/2014
Intermediate Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Spaces Remaining: 14
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 10:30am - 1:00pm 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: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

11/4/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Animal Tails'
Spaces Remaining: 6
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

11/4/2014
1:00 PM - 11/25/2014
Advanced Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 19
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25 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: Prerequisites: Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators, Color Theory Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

11/8/2014
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Winter Bird Walk around and through the Big Oak Woods
Spaces Remaining: 14
Join Haven, who specializes in animal behavior and ecology, for a winter bird walk at Mason Farm Biological Reserve. Participants will look for woodpeckers, sparrows, and the newly arrived winter birds. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

11/8/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Animal Tails'
Spaces Remaining: 8
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

11/15/2014
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Squash and Pumpkins in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 14
Spend a fall afternoon getting acquainted with autumn vegetables. They are colorful, flavorful, flamboyant, and odd looking, just right for transparent watercolors. Instruction will include drawing for accuracy, painting wet into wet with saturated color, followed by dry brush to bring out the details. No prerequisites, although some watercolor knowledge is helpful. Fee: $40 ($35 NCBG members)

11/18/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Terrific Turkeys'
Spaces Remaining: 7
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

11/20/2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Sweet Peas 'Terrific Turkeys'
Spaces Remaining: 8
Share a morning of discovery with your growing “sweet pea” and nurture their natural curiosity for the world around them. Each class will focus on a different nature theme, and may include stories, songs, mini-hikes, crafts, and puppets.

11/22/2014
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Holiday Tree Ornament Workshop: Leaf Garlands and Pressed Flowers
Spaces Remaining: 20
Join us for a Holiday Tree ornament making workshop! Participants will create leaf garlands and make pressed flower ornaments on paper to adorn the NCBG Holiday Tree. Materials will be provided, though your own pressed flowers and leaves could add to the variety of designs. Free, but pre-registration required.

December12/4/2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Birds and Squirrels at Your Feeder
Spaces Remaining: 199
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Join Haven, who specializes in animal behavior and ecology, for a discussion of the challenges and solutions to feeding (or not feeding) these animals at our feeders. Free, but pre-registration required.

12/21/2014
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Winter Solstice Concert: A Tuba Holiday Concert
Spaces Remaining: 198
For its 2014 Winter Solstice concert, the Village Band Tuba/Euphonium ensemble will perform a selection of Pre-Christian and Christian winter carols, to include “Deck the Halls”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “The Holly and the Ivy”, “The Wassail Song”, “Carol of the Bells”, “Greensleeves”, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, “Pat-A-Pan”, and others. Free, no registration required.

 
 

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phone: 919-843-8524 

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