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 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4890
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: 4919
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!

March3/7/2015
9:15 AM - 1:15 PM
Botany
Spaces Remaining: 11
Saturdays, Mar 7, 14, 21, 28; 9:15am–1:15pm Learn the basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples, and includes opportunities for observing examples in the Garden. No prerequisites. $135 ($125 Members)

3/8/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Depth and Perspective
Spaces Remaining: 10
Sundays, Mar 8, 15, 22, 29; 1:15–4:45pm Learning how to “see” depth and perspective frequently flummoxes artists. This 4-week course teaches the student how to create the illusion of depth and informal techniques in sighting perspective. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing $125 ($115 Members)

3/8/2015
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Vernal Pool Wonders
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Chorus frogs, dragonfly larvae, and spotted salamanders … oh my! Nature is waking up in the garden’s vernal pools. These spring nurseries are swimming with life in early spring. Peek into the ponds with dip nets, meet live critters, and learn about the wonders and mysteries of life in a vernal pool. Dress for the outdoors. No fee for accompanying adult. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

3/12/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Identifying and Controlling Invasive Plants
Spaces Remaining: 13
Through classroom and field demonstrations, students learn the tools and methods needed to identify invasive species and effectively remove them under various scenarios. No prerequisites. $30 ($25 Members)

3/14/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: Diggin’ Spring Vegetables
Spaces Remaining: 6
Learn which vegetables to grow in spring and help us get the garden ready for planting! Children will help prepare beds, plant seeds, learn how to make recycled pots to take home, and enjoy a story. Dress for outdoors. No fee for accompanying adult. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

3/14/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Spring Flora
Spaces Remaining: 16
Saturdays, Mar 14, 28, Apr 25, May 9; 1:30–4:30pm This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

3/15/2015
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
16th Annual Evelyn McNeil Sims Lecture: Arborescent!: An appreciation of the trees of the Southeastern United States.
Spaces Remaining: 183
Why do we have such a diversity of trees in the Southeastern United States? Why are they here and where did they come from in deep time? Where are they going? What effect do they have on our lives? We will explore the evolutionary history of the trees of the Southeastern United States, and their aesthetics, economics, and medicinal uses. Every spring the Garden offers a lecture focusing on native plants and their conservation and ecology. The lecture series was initiated in 2000 with a gift from Botanical Garden Foundation Board member Nancy Preston to honor her mother, Evelyn McNeill Sims. Free. Preregistration required.

3/16/2015
10:00 AM - 3/17/2015
The Art of Carbon Dust
Spaces Remaining: 13
Monday, Tuesday, Mar 16, 17; 10am–4pm Students learn the technique of a carbon dust drawing, using the dust sanded off from carbon pencils to “paint” lovely, detailed, and richly modeled drawings in continuous tone. Bring your lunch for a 30 minutes lunch break. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. $100 ($90 Members)

3/18/2015
1:30 PM - 4/29/2015 3:30 PM
Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature
Spaces Remaining: 3
Learning comes naturally for 4 and 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 ‘dig in’ to the vegetable garden, dip in the pond for tadpoles, observe birds up-close, and more. Healthy snack provided. *NOTE: This is a drop-off program.*

3/18/2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Composting Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Muriel Williman, Orange County Waste Management Educator and composter extraordanaire will be demonstrating how to put your food scraps to good use-what to compost, what not to compost and why. She will also show you how easy it is to start your own vermicomposting. We will hold the class rain or shine, and people should dress for the weather and be prepared to stand outside without shelter for the duration of the class, so weather depending, a sun hat or raincoat may be appropriate. Free, but registration required. Parking is available in the parking lot right across from the CCCG.

3/19/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
The Historic Gardens of Eyre Hall: The 5th Annual Herb Society of America and NC Botanic Garden Spring Lecture
Spaces Remaining: 169
Laurie Klingel lives and gardens in Cape Charles on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She owns and operates Appleseed Nurseries, Inc., a retail nursery, with her husband, Jeff who is a landscape designer. In addition to growing and selling plants, Laurie is the head gardener at Eyre Hall, an early 19th century historic garden in Cheriton, Virginia. Eyre Hall boasts a formal garden which includes extensive Boxwood parterres, crape myrtles, and contemporary mixed garden borders. Historic outbuildings within the garden include a 1758 dairy, 1807 Smokehouse, and 1818 Orangery. A major focus of Laurie’s garden work is the design and installation of thousands of spring blooming tulips, daffodils, and other bulbs. Registration fee: $10.00 Free to HSA and NCBG members, but please register in advance to reserve a seat. For more information: NC Unit, Herb Society of America, Inc. Mary Jo Wilson—336-674-2424 www.ncherbsociety.org

3/20/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ephemerals
Spaces Remaining: 8
Celebrate Spring! Students learn about native plants that flower in early spring and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small drawing of an ephemeral plant species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites, and no supplies needed. $40 ($35 Members)

3/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Natural Colors Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 17
Celebrate the spring equinox when red, orange and yellow pigments are visible in the surrounding trees and garden plants, and before the green chlorophyll of summer masks their colors. On International Color Day come learn the origin of natural colors come, how we perceive them, what they mean to us, and all that we can create from them. Explore color as light, as pigment and as art by participating in hands-on painting activities. Use natural pigments and other materials to make homemade paint and create a cave-style painting to take home! Rebeccah has a M.S. in Natural Resources Management and a B.S. in Biology. Her work focuses on species conservation, habitat protection, public land management, and education. In her exploration of medieval book paintings she learned about the fascinating natural materials that contributed to the creation of artistic masterpieces. Fee includes materials and supplies. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG Members)

3/22/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Shiitake Mushroom Growing Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 3
Learn how to grow shiitake mushrooms by preparing logs with mushroom plugs for the CCCG and taste delicious samples of mushroom dishes. Please bring a charged cordless drill (bit size 5/16 or 8mm) if possible. Children are welcome. Free. Preregistration required. (Rain date: Mar 29)

3/22/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Leopold Bench Building Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 12
During this workshop, participants build a Leopold Bench to take home. This bench is simple, yet classic for any garden and landscape. Rough finish pine wood will be cut to size for assembly by the participants. If you can, please bring a power drill/screwdriver and a paint brush to seal the bench. Otherwise, tools will be provided. $80 ($70 NCBG Members)

3/23/2015
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Portfolio Preparation: What You Need to Know
Spaces Remaining: 12
An artist's portfolio is an edited collection of their best artwork intended to showcase an artist's style or method of work. In this class, students learn how to assemble, label and organize a portfolio (also called a presentation book.) No prerequisites. $40 ($35 Members)

3/24/2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Giants Among Us Walk
Spaces Remaining: 11
Join us for a walk at Coker Arboretum, http://ncbg.unc.edu/coker-arboretum/, and hear about the North Carolina Champion Big Tree Program. Participants learn how a tree becomes a champion and how to take tree measurements. There are 4 champion or co-champion trees at Coker Arboretum and this is a great opportunity to re-measure these champion trees! Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

3/26/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Diversity and Natural History of the American Oaks
Spaces Remaining: 105
Bring your lunch and join us for a presentation emphasizing the patterns of species diversity in the oaks. The lecture explores the interface between the structure and function of traits and the significance in the natural history of this important genus throughout various woodlands of the Americas. Free. Preregistration required.

3/28/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'I Spy Spring'
Spaces Remaining: 5
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. Non-registered siblings are not permitted.

3/28/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Root Vegetables in Watercolor
Spaces Remaining: 8
Get acquainted with root vegetables! 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. $40 ($35 Members)

3/29/2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Craft of Woodturning
Spaces Remaining: 197
As a former forest manager, Michael Thompson appreciates the trees of the SE in their native habitat. Upon retirement, he shifted his appreciation to using wood as material for wood turning and the creation of fine art pieces, especially from burl wood (wood grown in a deformed manner). He explains his art of woodturning through demonstration. A number of his pieces will be on display. Free. Preregistration required.

3/31/2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Plant Communities
Spaces Remaining: 16
Tuesdays, Mar 31, Apr 7, 14; 9am–12pm; Apr 21; 8am–6pm This course introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in climate and soil types across the state as well as other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive regions: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with transportation provided. No prerequisites. $125 ($115 Members)

3/31/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX series: Protecting our Forests from Pests and Diseases
Spaces Remaining: 114
Bring your lunch and learn about the impact that serious pests and diseases have on forest health, some of the major threats to our southeastern native trees and what you can do to help prevent their introduction and spread. Free.Preregistration required.

April4/1/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
White Pines Restoration Walk
Spaces Remaining: 9
Join us in Chatham County (30 min south of Chapel Hill) for a tour of TLC’s White Pines Preserve, (directions: http://www.triangleland.org/what-we-do/nature-preserves/white-pines-nature-preserve ) where participants explore this unique population of white pines, the eastern most occurrence of white pines in North Carolina by almost 80 miles. The Preserve is located on steep bluffs at the confluence of the Rocky and Deep Rivers, where a unique micro-climate has allowed these white pines to thrive. Learn more about the habitat, history, and our ongoing restoration efforts in this unique ecosystem. Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Carpooling is encouraged. Free: Preregistration required.

4/8/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: The Biochemistry of Spring
Spaces Remaining: 108
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! This lunchbox series lecture delves into the subtle climatic cues and the complex biochemical reactions they trigger which make possible the bursting buds and myriad shades of new, green leaves on the plant species all around us each. Free. Pre-registration required.

4/9/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Campus-to-Garden Trail Adventure
Spaces Remaining: 12
Rediscover Chapel Hill with your feet, walk on dirt, practice orienteering, experience urban natural areas, watch Meeting-of-the-Waters Creek tumble through the Coker Pinetum, all via the Campus-to-Garden Trail. Join Johnny and Ken for this urban adventure beginning at the Garden proper, through the Coker Pinetum and Battle Park, ending at the Coker Arboretum. Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for walking over uneven ground for this 1.5 mile trek. If you’re not tuckered-out, trace your way back through the Pinetum or take a shuttle back to the Garden from the Arboretum. Meet at the NCBG visitor parking lot gazebo. Free. Preregistration Required.

4/10/2015
3:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Priceless Gem Tours: The Noble Grove Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This walk around campus will explore the beauty, history, and future of UNC’s heritage trees. Each year, UNC Visitors’ Center offers tours in the “Priceless Gem Series” to highlight the landmarks that make UNC’s campus special. This April, NCBG is partnering with the UNC Visitors’ Center to offer two such tours that will focus on the grand trees of UNC. Tours begin at the UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St. Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Free. Preregistration required.

4/11/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Local Deciduous Trees
Spaces Remaining: 14
Saturdays, Apr 11, 18; 9:30am–12:30pm As part of our 2 month exhibition and symposium of our eastern deciduous forest, we offer this 6-hour short course is aimed for a broad audience, perfect for those just beginning their study of trees, or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. This short course offers students a chance to learn some of the common trees in the Piedmont of North Carolina. We will spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails—learning common trees and how to identify them and understanding why they grow where they do. No prerequisites. $65 ($55 Members)

4/11/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: Pizza Garden
Spaces Remaining: 8
Join us in the vegetable garden for a pizza planting party! We’ll learn how to add all the ingredients – basil, oregano, tomatoes, and peppers – to grow a “pizza garden”, and send you home with some delicious plants to add to your backyard. Enjoy harvesting and tasting too! NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

4/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 3
Saturdays Apr 11, 18, 25, May 2; 1–4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw 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 $125 ($115 Members)

4/11/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Book Review: Teaching the Trees
Spaces Remaining: 200
Join Joan Maloof, author of Teaching The Trees for a conversation of the book’s collection of natural-history essays http://www.ugapress.org/index.php/books/teaching_trees/. Author and biologist Joan Maloof discusses with participants the series of lively, fact-filled expeditions into forests of the eastern United States. Each essay offers a lesson in stewardship as it explores the interwoven connections between a tree species and the animals and insects whose lives depend on it—and who, in turn, work to ensure the tree’s survival. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

4/12/2015
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest
Spaces Remaining: 188
Joan Maloof has probably visited more US old-growth forests than anyone alive today. In this presentation she discusses what remains of these never-logged forests and what makes them so special. She also discusses the Old-Growth Forest Network – an organization formed to ensure that each county in the US capable of supporting forest growth will preserve at least one forest open to the public. http://www.oldgrowthforest.net/ Join us to hear of these special forests and how we can help save them for the next generation. Maloof is the author of Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest and Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests. Maloof has a PhD in ecology and is the founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, and enjoys spending as much time as possible in beautiful, natural, places with good people. Free. Pre-registration required.

4/12/2015
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
Celebrating Trees: A Woodwind Concert
Spaces Remaining: 194
Join us for this special woodwind concert! Following the Joan Maloof lecture, local musicians of the Village Band entertain us and in the appreciation of trees, playing music inspired by nature as well as selections of the best-loved pieces for woodwind ensembles. Free, but preregistration required.

4/18/2015
9:30 AM - 4/25/2015
Home Landscape Design Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 11; 9:30 – 11:30am This workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this area. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project, how to implement a plan with sustainable materials and finally, will be given a list of native plants of this area frequently used in home landscapes. Specific topics will include analyzing the property for wind and sun orientation, a functional flow, and treating special features of your landscape. The concepts of sight line, public and private areas and “rooms” will be discussed. Fee: $50 ($45 NCBG Members)

4/18/2015
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Meet the Trees
Spaces Remaining: 11
Grab your hiking shoes and join us on a scavenger hunt through the gardens and Nature Trails to meet the trees of the Piedmont Forest! Whose twigs were used as early toothbrushes, where did those spiky seedpods come from, which tree roots were originally used to make root beer? Learn fun tree lore and how to identify some of our most common trees. We’ll end our time by making leaf presses to take home. Dress for the outdoors. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

4/19/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Honey Beehive Tour
Spaces Remaining: 197
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. Free. Preregistration required.

4/19/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Reading Nature Poetry
Spaces Remaining: 196
Dr. Poultney reads his own poetry as well as nature and tree poems by important poets. Sherman K. Poultney is a native New Englander who now resides in North Carolina. He has published poems, short stories, song, plays, and photos in various media over the last 49 years. Having won prizes for poems in various contests, he continues to publish annual chapbooks of poems. He has a PhD degree in physics from Princeton University. He teaches a structured poetry workshop locally. Free. Preregistration required.

4/19/2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Children's Springtime Violin Concert
Spaces Remaining: 196
The Piedmont Youth and Family Orchestras are a vibrant community group of young musicians and their parents who play great music, make great sounds and have great fun together. Currently consisting of 5 performance groups - a beginner's orchestra, intermediate and advanced chamber orchestras, a jazz orchestra and wind ensemble. Join us as we share musical favorites including Vivaldi's Spring Concerto, Aron Copeland's Hoedown, selections from 'The Sound of Music' and our own improvisations of our jazz favorites. Free. Preregistration required.

4/22/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Anticipating Fall Color: What, Why, and Wow!
Spaces Remaining: 114
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Johnny will explore the physiological, ecological, environmental, biogeographical factors of leaf color change in anticipation of fall. This presentation complements and is an antithesis to the earlier LUNCHBOX presentation on The Biochemistry of Spring. Free, but please register in advance.

4/23/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series Restoring the Mighty Giant: Creating Resistance to Two Pathogens
Spaces Remaining: 114
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Bring your lunch and join Tom Saielli for a lunchtime talk focusing on the TACF’s efforts to use genetic breeding to successfully produce a chestnut tree that has resistance to the fungal pathogen Cryphonectria parasitica (chestnut blight), and is now making progress developing chestnut trees that are resistant to the soil pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi. Free. Preregistration required.

4/23/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology
Spaces Remaining: 20
Thursdays, Apr 23, 30, May 7, 14; 1-3pm This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces students to the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Students learn about rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design. Prerequisites: Botany, Plant Ecology $125 ($115 Members)

4/23/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sketching Among Our Trees
Spaces Remaining: 20
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Students learn how to create tree sketches using pencil as well as pen & ink, using contour line and shading techniques. Sketching is a great way to become acquainted with our southeastern forest and trees. Supplies Provided. $40 ($35 NCBG Members)

4/24/2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
On Arbor Day: Blight Resistance Chestnut Trees Grace the Coker Arboretum
Spaces Remaining: 200
The North Carolina Botanical Garden will host a ceremonial planting of potentially blight-resistant American chestnut seedlings as part of the NCBG’s “Among Our Trees” exhibition. The chestnut seedlings, called Restoration Chestnuts 1.0, are part of a unique breeding program led by The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) to restore the American chestnut to the eastern forests of America. Tom Saielli discusses the history and ecology of the American chestnut during the planting event. The general public is cordially invited to attend this special event to help celebrate the preservation and promotion of North Carolina’s ecological and cultural history. Once the mighty giants of the eastern forest, American chestnuts stood up to 100 feet tall, and numbered in the billions. In the beginning of the 20th century the fungal pathogen responsible for chestnut blight, accidentally imported from Asia, spread rapidly through the eastern forests and by 1950 the fungus had eliminated the chestnut as a mature forest tree. In 1983 The American Chestnut Foundation began a special breeding process, which in 2005 produced the first potentially blight-resistant trees called Restoration Chestnuts 1.0. Now assisted by more than 5,000 members and volunteers in 23 states, the organization is undertaking the planting of Restoration Chestnuts 1.0 in select locations throughout the eastern US. The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) is a 501 (c) 3 conservation organization headquartered in Asheville, NC. For more information on TACF and their work to restore the American chestnut tree, contact TACF Director of Communications Ruth Goodridge at (828) 281-0047, email: ruth@acf.org, or visit www.acf.org. Free. Preregistration required.

4/24/2015
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Priceless Gem Tours: Springtime in the Coker Arboretum
Spaces Remaining: 9
Come see the unique trees and beautiful wildflowers that make the Coker Arboretum a “Haven in the Heart of Chapel Hill”. Each year, UNC Visitors’ Center offers tours in the “Priceless Gem Series” to highlight the landmarks that make UNC’s campus special. This April, NCBG is partnering with the UNC Visitors’ Center to offer two such tours that will focus on the grand trees of UNC. Tours begin at the UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St. Registrants will be notified of meeting place. Free. Preregistration required.

4/25/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts 'We Love Trees'
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. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

4/25/2015
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tree Climbing!
Spaces Remaining: 13
(Rain Date: May 9) Did you ever want to climb high up in a tree, but were afraid to? Patrick Brandt of the Piedmont Recreation Climbers will demonstrate safe tree climbing with ropes. He and his fellow climbers will facilitate those who want to climb up a tree in a safe and secure manner. Climbers must sign a waiver. Registration required. Fee: $15 ($12 NCBG Members)

4/25/2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Trees in Our State Forest: Clemmons Educational State Forest
Spaces Remaining: 198
Come join Michael Huffman, forester, and other NC Forest Service Staff for a hands-on demonstration and presentation to learn about our trees in our State forests and the N.C. Forest Service. Count tree rings, learn about the Longleaf Pine, talk with a forester and more! Free

4/25/2015
1:00 PM - 5/16/2015 4:00 PM
Nature Illustration for Kids
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
'Life Among the Hardwoods' - Our eastern hardwood forests support an incredible diversity of plant and animal life: furred raccoons, skunks, and flying squirrels; scaled or moist-skinned tree frogs, garter snakes, and salamanders; often hidden from us under a carpet of leaves or beneath logs slowly returning to soil; colored by the moist blues and greens of moss, lichen, and forest plants like trillium and wild ginger. Walk the Garden’s forest trails with sketchbook and artist's pencil in hand during 4 successive spring Saturdays as tree buds open and wildflowers emerge, and learn how to compose paintings and illustrations of this natural beauty in watercolor, pen and ink, using professional art materials and techniques. Each student will conclude the class with at least two matted illustrations. Course is taught by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. NOTE: This is a drop-off program.

4/28/2015
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Trees in Our Forest Walk
Spaces Remaining: 13
Join us for an ecological hike on the Piedmont Nature Trails. Learn to identify some of our common Piedmont trees and their habitat preferences as well as how to read the forested landscape. Along the way, discover that with keen observation and a little practice, you too can see the forest with the trees! Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

May5/2/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Piedmont Savanna Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, May 2, 9, 16, 30; 9:30am–12:30pm $125 ($115 Members)

5/3/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Expressive Painting: Watercolor Trees
Spaces Remaining: 16
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. Joyce Kilmer Trees are a fusion of line, color, and shape. Rich with visual poetry, trees represent excitement, life and change. Join nurse/artist Beverly Dyer for this expressive painting workshop. Students learn how to paint trees with loose, spontaneous watercolor techniques. No experience required. Everyone is an artist. Beverly is an avid nature journaler and spends much of her time hiking, sketching, and painting at Mason Farm. She writes a blog called The Art Prescription: A daily dose of art and haiku (artprescription.com). Fee (Includes materials and supplies): $30 ($25 NCBG Members)

5/3/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Spintops: A Wood Turning Demonstration for Families
Spaces Remaining: 16
A Spintop is a toy spun rapidly on the ground, balanced on its tip. These wooden toys have been the pleasure of children since long ago. In a fascinating transformation of a block of wood into a functional item, Frank Penta will demonstrate the art of wood-turning for families and each child will go home with a spintop! Frank’s work integrates function and aesthetics with fine detailing and finishing into one-of-a-kind designs. Numerous pieces of his work will be on display and for sale in the NCBG Garden Shop. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

5/3/2015
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Meet Roy Underhill
Spaces Remaining: 198
Roy Underhill of PBS fame runs the Woodwright’s School (http://www.woodwrightschool.com/)which is devoted to revealing the pleasures of hand-tool working in wood. Roy entertains us with stories of his school, wood working practices, and his travels. Free. Preregistration required.

5/5/2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Longleaf Pine Forest in the American South
Spaces Remaining: 198
Covering 92 million acres from Virginia to Texas, the longleaf pine ecosystem was one of the most extensive and biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. Today these forests have declined to a fraction of their original extent, threatening such species as the gopher tortoise, the red-cockaded woodpecker and the Venus fly-trap. Conservationists have proclaimed longleaf restoration a major goal, but has it come too late?” Join us to hear of this remarkable and important “story”. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG Members)

5/6/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink: Media Exploration
Spaces Remaining: 12
Wednesdays, May 6, 13, 20, 27; 1–4:30pm This 4-week course is an in-depth exploration of drawing with ink, including exercises in creating texture with pen and ink and scratchboard. It also introduces the student to ink-wash, a bridge between watercolor and ink, stretching a student's grasp of value. New surfaces, such as drafting film and Yupo are introduced. Prerequisite: Pen & Ink $125 ($115 Members)

5/9/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: Herbs
Spaces Remaining: 8
It’s thyme to plant herbs! Enjoy a morning learning about and planting some favorite sweet and savory plants – like rosemary, mint, and chives – in the vegetable garden, and create an herb basket to take home for Mother’s Day. NOTE: Adult chaperone required.

5/10/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 15
Sundays, May 10, 17, 31; 1:15–4:45pm 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. (Note: Class on 5/17 will be held in the Bell Seminar Room at NCBG rather than the classroom.) Prerequisite: Botany $125 ($115 Members)

5/10/2015
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Mother's Day Tree Walk at Mason Farm
Spaces Remaining: 14
Take your mother for a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s “old farm trail,” which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will focus on native trees specifically and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Meeting place will be confirmed at registration. Fee $15 ($12 NCBG members).

5/13/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Urban Landscaping for Wildlife
Spaces Remaining: 111
Bring your lunch and join us for a free lecture! Chris discusses basic wildlife habitat requirements, the unique challenges posed to wildlife in the urban environment, and simple strategies to maximize habitat quality through progressive landscaping with native trees and plants. Chris suggests a variety of native plant tree species that could be used to provide food and cover for birds and other wildlife in the urban environment. Free: Preregistration required.

5/14/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Series: Bending Sticks: The Documentary
Spaces Remaining: 114
Bring your lunch and join us for a free screening! This past September at the Garden, Patrick Dougherty transformed locally harvested tree saplings into a remarkable piece of public art. This is his most recent sculpture, Home Grown, which invited collaboration and engaged our community in the making of the piece. Join us for this film showing, followed by a conversation with some of the volunteers who assisted Patrick in the making! The feature length documentary Bending Sticks celebrates the twenty-five year career of internationally renowned environmental artist Patrick Dougherty, who has created hundreds of monumental, site-specific sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. The film follows the artist and his collaborators during a year of stick work and reveals Dougherty’s process, personal story and inspirations. Free: Preregistration required.

5/16/2015
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Penny's Bend Wild Blue Indigo Hike
Spaces Remaining: 15
Ed Harrison, Penny’s Bend Management Committee member, leads a hike through the spring landscape of this 84-acre natural area surrounded on three sides by the Eno River in northeast Durham. With luck, the wild blue indigo (Baptisia australis) will be in full bloom. Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and remnant diabase glades and prairies with regionally rare plants. About 2 miles in length, much of this hike is on primitive trails over uneven terrain, with one short, steep climb up from the river. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring a walking stick, insect repellant and water. Fee: $15 ($12 NCBG members). Directions provided after registration.

5/16/2015
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Flowering Plant Families
Spaces Remaining: 19
Saturdays, May 16, 30, June 6, 13; 1–4pm This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy Fee: $125 ($115 NCBG members)

5/17/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Integrating Color Theory & Composition
Spaces Remaining: 10
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)

5/17/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Spaces Remaining: 17
This course is intended for a broad audience. Participants explore the beauty of spring native south eastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG gardens themselves as well as woodland trails in close proximity, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. $30 ($25 Members)

5/26/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Intermediate Watercolor for Illustrators
Spaces Remaining: 9
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: 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. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings.

June6/3/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Advanced Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 18
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: 18
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 - 4:45 PM
Beginning Gouache
Spaces Remaining: 20
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: 19
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)

6/14/2015An 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.

6/14/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 19
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)

6/15/2015
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.

6/21/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Butterflies in Colored Pencil (Short Course)
Spaces Remaining: 9
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
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 19
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)

6/22/2015
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.

6/27/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Summer Flora
Spaces Remaining: 19
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 - 4:30 PM
Entomology
Spaces Remaining: 19
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)

6/30/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Botanicals in Colored Pencil, Watercolor and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 17
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.

7/11/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Cast Shadow
Spaces Remaining: 14
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.

7/18/2015
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
How to Paint a Flat Wash
Spaces Remaining: 13
Working on pre-stretched watercolor paper, students will tackle painting a large flat wash. No prerequisite. $40 ($35 Members)

7/27/2015
9:00 AM - 7/31/2015 3:00 PM
Summer Camp 'The Secret Lives of Bugs'
Spaces Remaining: 4
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.

August8/3/2015
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.

8/10/2015
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.

September9/26/2015
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)

 
 

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