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Spaces Remaining: 4897
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.

Spaces Remaining: 4927
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.

 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.

Spaces Remaining: 10000
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!

- 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.

9:30 AM - 12/6/2014
Soil Ecology
Registration Closed
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)

1:15 PM - 11/23/2014
Registration Closed
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)

9:30 AM - 11/24/2014
Intermediate Watercolor Techniques: Wet and Wild
Registration Closed
Mondays, November 3, 10, 17, 24 9:30am - 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)

1:00 PM - 11/25/2014
Advanced Watercolor for Illustrators
Registration Closed
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)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Birds and Squirrels at Your Feeder
Spaces Remaining: 190
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.

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Family Workshop: Natural Ornaments
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Decorate for the holidays naturally with acorns, pinecones, milkweed pods, and more! Use your imagination to craft your own unique ornament with materials that nature supplies. Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate to celebrate your creative work. All materials included. Fee is for child only; no fee for adult chaperone.

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Series: 'Ready for Winter'
Spaces Remaining: 6
Winter is coming and we need help putting the vegetable garden to bed! Learn about what happens to a garden in winter, what work needs to be done to be ready for spring, and enjoy planting some cold season veggies. We will also have the opportunity to sample garden treats.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Author Poetry Reading and Book Signing 'Mountain Gravity' Laurence Avery, Author and Poet
Spaces Remaining: 197
Do yourself a favor and don't miss this reading by Laurence Avery from his first collection of poems Mountain Gravity. Avery, a very engaging speaker, had a decades long career as a teacher and scholar at UNC Chapel Hill where he served as chair of the English Department. He has published numerous articles and six books on British and American playwrights and has won numerous awards. His poems have been published in numerous literary reviews. The poems in Mountain Gravity touch the reader with historical stories of Cherokee Indians who lived in the North Carolina mountains, of contemporary Southern families maturing in a fast paced world but who ground themselves in nature, and of Carolina flora and fauna, beloved by Avery, adapting to rapidly changing habitats. “Avery is alert, direct, quietly witty and always thoughtful; it is in his poetic nature to appreciate and to celebrate, a difficult thing for many writers to do but from the first poem of Mountain Gravity to the last – where ‘monarch butterflies swirl and light, frantic, then calm’, he does it beautifully.” Michael McFee. Free, but pre-registration required.

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Winter Solstice Concert: A Tuba Holiday Concert
Spaces Remaining: 192
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.

1:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Winter Flora
Spaces Remaining: 14
Sundays, Jan 18, 25 Feb 1, 8, 1:45–4:45 pm (Inclement weather date: Feb 15) This course is designed for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of winter and early spring native plants in a natural setting. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves! No prerequisites. Fee: $130 ($115 NCBG members). Fee includes copy of May and Tom Watts, Winter Tree Finder.


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