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 CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in BOTANICAL ART and ILLUSTRATION
Spaces Remaining: 4881
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: 4914
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!

June6/10/2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Pollinator Garden Tours at Chatham Mills
Spaces Remaining: 200
Wednesdays, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, and Sept 9; 5:30–6:30pm Tours of Chatham County Cooperative Extension’s Pollinator Paradise Demonstration Garden will be led by Agriculture Extension Agent Debbie Roos and are FREE, open to the public, rain or shine. Meet on the sidewalk in front of Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro. For more information: http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-gardentours/. FREE, NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

August8/29/2015
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Pollination
Spaces Remaining: 15
Saturdays, Aug 29, Sept 12, 19, 26 9:30am–12:30pm This course explores the partnership of flowering plants and their animal pollinators. Included will be a study of attractant systems, breeding biology of the floral partner, aspects of the biology and behaviors of pollinators, and importance of pollination to ecosystem health and human food production. Lectures will be followed by field observations and lab work. PREREQUISITES: Botany, Local Flora Fee: $130 ($117 members)

8/29/2015
1:30 PM - 10/31/2015 4:30 PM
Fall Flora
Registration Closed
August 29, September 12, 26, October 10, 31 This course is intended for a broad audience, as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

September9/3/2015
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Native Plants for Pollinators
Spaces Remaining: 130
Learn about some great native plants that will help support pollinators in your home landscape. This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants to provide habitat. FREE, pre-registration required.

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

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

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

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

9/12/2015
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Family Gardening Workshop: 'Diggin' Fall Vegetables'
Spaces Remaining: 8
Learn which vegetables to grow in the fall and help us get the garden ready for planting! Children will help prepare beds, plant seeds, and make their own “seed tape” to take home. Note: Adult chaperone required. Fee: $10 ($8 members); no fee for accompanying adult

9/12/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 13
This workshop is intended for a broad audience. Learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. Fee: $32 ($29 members)

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

9/13/2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bee Health in an Urban Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 175
We live in an increasingly urbanized world. This talk will describe how suburbanization of the landscape has affected bee biodiversity in Raleigh and Durham, NC and the pollination services bees provide to wild growing plants. We will explore landscape features associated with the conservation of native bee biodiversity, and how we can use garden plantings to conserve bee health and biodiversity. FREE, pre-registration required.

9/19/2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Little Sprouts: 'Flutterby Butterfly' - FOR KIDS!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
For ages 3-5 with adult. Share a morning with your little sprout learning about our beautiful butterflies and the plants they depend on for all parts of their life cycles. Enjoy a hands-on nature hike, play games, make a craft, hear a story, and more. NOTE: One adult per child, please. No non-registered siblings. Fee: $10 ($8 NCBG members) per child/adult pair.

9/19/2015
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
Spaces Remaining: 500
Be the first to enjoy the Garden's signature event! Our Preview Party will highlight the natural interplay between fine art and garden finery. Come meet the sculptors and celebrate the award winners. Jennifer Edwards, curator for the Bechtler Museum in Charlotte, NC will serve as this year's juror and award Best in Show and the Merit Award. Guests will have the opportunity to vote for the People's Choice Award and to be the first to purchase pieces helping raise funds to support the NC Botanical Garden. September just got Cooler! $40.00 ($35.00 members)

9/20/2015
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Caterpillarology – The Study of Pollinator Precursors
Spaces Remaining: 6
Join local naturalist Mike Dunn as he shares some of the secrets of the lives of local caterpillars. Many species of butterflies and moths are important pollinators. But, in addition to plants that provide nectar, they also need host plants for their caterpillars (many are quite specific) to complete their life cycle. Learn more about the fascinating larval stage of these important Learn about some great native plants that will help support pollinators in your home landscape. This talk focuses on native perennials and shrubs that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season, host plants for butterfly and moth caterpillars to feed on, and grasses and other cover plants to provide habitat. $15.00 ($10.00 members)

9/22/2015
1:00 PM - 10/13/2015
Intermediate Drawing
Spaces Remaining: 2
Tuesdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13; 1:00 – 4:30pm In this class, students learn the skills needed to produce a clear, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include; contour drawing, values, tonal gradation, rendering plant anatomy, plate composition, and working with microscopes. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

9/26/2015
9:30 AM - 10/24/2015
Landscape for Life
Spaces Remaining: 16
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 October 31, 2015. Fee: $150 ($140 NCBG Members)

9/26/2015
1:00 PM - 10/17/2015 4:00 PM
Nature Illustration: 'Butterflies, Bees, and Blossoms' - FOR KIDS!
Spaces Remaining: 5
Saturdays, Sept 26, October 3, 10, and 17 (4 sessions); 1:00-4:00pm. For ages 8-12. Learn to identify and illustrate our local butterflies and bees collecting nectar and pollen from late summer wildflowers. Students will hone skills in watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil, using materials and techniques of professional nature illustrators to compose works of art that celebrate our pollinators! Each child will receive an art kit and conclude with two matted illustrations. Course is taught by naturalist and children's book illustrator Bob Palmatier. *NOTE: This is a drop-off program.* Fee: $140 ($125 NCBG members), includes student art kit (value $35).

9/26/2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
WonderFest: Music and Magic in the Garden
Spaces Remaining: 75
Wear your most magical costume and join us for a fun-filled evening of hands-on nature activities and music in the Garden! Meet live critters from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences! Build a home for a fairy or gnome with natural materials! Pot up a native plant to take home! Enjoy nature crafts! Listen to live Bluegrass music by Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends! 5:30 - 6:30 pm = Nature Activities 6:30 - 7:45 pm = Music and Food Food trucks will be available! (trash-free picnics welcome) Fee: $15 per family (before 9/18); $20 (after 9/18) Preregistration required. NOTE: Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Proceeds from WonderFest will benefit the Garden's education programs for children and families, including Wonder Connection, a one-of-a-kind program that empowers pediatric patients with the wonders of nature and science. For more information about Wonder Connection and/or Youth & Family Programs: ncbg.unc.edu/education-and-events.

9/27/2015
2:00 PM - 4:45 PM
Jenny Elder Fitch Lecture: The Living Landscape
Spaces Remaining: 32
Join us for a special two-part lecture with Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke: Rebuilding Nature’s Relationships, Doug Tallamy Doug Tallamy explains why specialized food relationships determine the stability of the local food webs that support animal diversity, its importance to restoring life to residential properties, and how to re-establish our landscapes’ living ecosystems. The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden, Rick Darke Rick Darke looks at landscape layers from ground cover to canopy and suggests ways to conserve them in home gardens. Presentation features authentic illustrated examples of residential gardens that double as wildlife havens. FREE! Pre-registration required. Limit 200. Book signing at 1:00-1:45pm, prior to the lecture. Books for sale in our Garden Shop.

9/30/2015
1:30 PM - 11/4/2015 3:30 PM
Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature - FOR KIDS!
Spaces Remaining: 6
Wednesdays, Sept 30 - Nov 4 (6 sessions); 1:30-3:30 pm. For ages 4-5. Learning comes naturally for preschoolers 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. This fall, Bluets will learn about the marvels of changing colors, flying seeds, and migrating animals. Snack provided. Homeschoolers welcome! *NOTE: This is a drop-off program* Fee: $105 ($95 NCBG members)

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

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

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

10/3/2015
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monarch Magic - FOR KIDS!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
For ages 5-10. It’s that magical time of year! Monarch butterflies are in the midst of their incredible journey south to wintering grounds in Mexico. Discover the amazing life cycle of this colorful insect with live specimens, learn how to tag butterflies for citizen science project Monarch Watch, and find out how you can help bring back the monarchs! Each child will receive a special plant to take home. NOTE: Adult chaperone required. Fee: $15 ($13.50 NCBG members); no fee for accompanying adult.

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

10/4/2015
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Piedmont Wildlife through the Seasons
Spaces Remaining: 50
Photographer Mary Sonis chronicles a year of wildlife walks in North Carolina with photos of local wildlife that live in the Piedmont. This nature and wildlife photography program reveals the rich diversity of wildlife in our State. Fee: $15 ($10 NCBG members). Limit 50.

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

10/10/2015
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Painting with Leaves on Fabric
Spaces Remaining: 12
Learn to paint and print with leaves, grasses and natural materials to make designs on fabric. Heliographic fabric paints can be used for various techniques such as sun printing, stenciling, stenciling and mono printing. Supply fee included. Fee: $42 ($38 NCBG members). Limit 12.

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

10/17/2015
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Drawing with Metalpoint
Spaces Remaining: 12
Experience how to draw with metalpoint on paper, a centuries-old technique that predates graphite pencils. The class covers how to prepare a surface and how to use metal in a stylus to create delicately crosshatched drawings that will continue to “develop” as they tarnish. Supply fee included. Fee: $42 ($38 NCBG members). Limit 12.

10/17/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Native Plants for Shade
Spaces Remaining: 19
Join us under the canopy as we meet some of our shade-loving native plants. This workshop begins in the classroom as we discuss some of our beautiful natives that enjoy the shade, followed by a walk-about in the Garden. An informational plant list will be provided. Fee: $28 ($26 NCBG Members). Limit 20

10/18/2015
1:15 PM - 11/15/2015
Plant Taxonomy
Spaces Remaining: 17
Sundays, October 18, 25, November 15; 1:15 – 5:00pm This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. Prerequisite: Botany Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

10/24/2015
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Lichens
Spaces Remaining: 12
This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a field trip. Serves as 1/2 elective credit for the Certificate in Native Plant Studies. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite Fee: $65 ($58 NCBG members)

10/28/2015
1:00 PM - 11/18/2015
Pen and Ink
Spaces Remaining: 14
Wednesdays, October 28, November 4, 11, 18; 1:00 – 4:30pm In this class, students learn to draw with pen and ink using standard techniques and conventions. Students work with both “old-fashioned” dip pens and modern technical pens to create accurate botanical drawings. Prerequisite: Intermediate Drawing. Fee: $150 ($135 NCBG members)

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

10/31/2015
9:30 AM - 11/7/2015 12:30 PM
Home Landscape Design Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 16
2 Saturdays, Oct 31, Nov 7; 9:30am-12:30pm The workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this area. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project and how to implement a plan with sustainable materials. Specific topics include analysis of the property, functional flow, public and private areas and “rooms” will be discussed. You will receive a list of native plants frequently used in home landscapes. Fee: $50 ($45 NCBG Members)

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

November11/1/2015
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM
Fall Leaves in Colored Pencil
Spaces Remaining: 10
This workshop is intended for anyone interested in spending a fun afternoon drawing fall leaves and learning about deciduous trees native to North Carolina. Students receive easy-to-follow instructions to draw in color. This is a non-credit course. No prerequisites and no supplies needed. Fee: $38 ($34 NCBG members)

11/3/2015
9:30 AM - 11/24/2015
Soil Ecology
Spaces Remaining: 16
Tuesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24; 9:30am – 12:30pm This course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils including information on how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed. No prerequisite. Fee: $130 ($117 NCBG members)

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

11/8/2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Natural Colors Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 15
Celebrate the fall when colorful natural pigments - yellows, oranges, reds and purples - become visible in the once green trees and garden plants. Explore the origins of natural colors including animals, vegetables and minerals, and discover some of their historical uses and common meanings. Participate in a hands-on activity using natural pigments and other raw materials to make homemade paint and create a cave-style painting to take home! Fee includes materials and supplies. Fee: $45 ($40 NCBG Members). Limit 15.

11/15/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Watercolor and Mixed-Media Holiday Cards: An Art Prescription Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 15
Join nurse artist Beverly Dyer for a watercolor and mixed-media card making workshop. We will play with watercolor, collage, and stamping on watercolor paper, and everyone will leave with 5 ready to be delivered note cards and envelopes.. All you need to bring is your imagination and a willingness to play. 'Everyone is an artist.' Fee includes materials and supplies. Fee: $28 ($25.00 NCBG members) Limit 15.

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

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

11/21/2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Fanciful Birds Holiday Tour Ornament Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 19
Learn a new craft for the holidays! Please join us for this fun workshop, creating fanciful birds from natural materials that will adorn our Holiday Tree. Free. Preregistration required. Limit 20.

December12/4/2015
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Book Review: Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Spaces Remaining: 17
Bring your lunch and join Nicolette Cagle for a discussion of Annie Dillard’s nonfiction book, 'Pilgrim at Tinker Creek'. This story is a first-person point of view, detailing the narrator’s explorations of nature and life in the area of Tinker Creek in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. The book records the narrator's thoughts on solitude, writing, and religion, as well as scientific observations on the flora and fauna she encounters. No prerequisite Fee: $15 ($12 NCBG member)

January1/23/2016
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The DO's and Some Don'ts of Pruning
Spaces Remaining: 19
This is an informative workshop on the fundamentals of pruning. Participants are instructed on the different types of pruning equipment and safety, the best pruning techniques, and the proper time to prune. The primary focus is, but not limited to, trees and shrubs. Pruning is a beneficial horticultural practice for the overall health of plants, as well as, stimulating new growth and flowering. Fee: $30.00 ($27 NCBG Members). Limit 20.

1/23/2016
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Winter Twigs in Tinted Ink Wash
Spaces Remaining: 15
Winter twigs with buds and their various textures and details are ideal for learning the technique of ink wash. Instruction includes drawing for botanical accuracy, applying ink wash, combining graphite pencil, tinting ink, as well as using watercolor top glazes. All levels. Supply fee included. Fee: $55 ($50 NCBG members). Limit 15.

February2/21/2016
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Get Ready for Spring: A Vegetable Gardening Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 20
Get ready for spring! We are excited to have the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) as the learning laboratory for this workshop in our Home Gardening Series. This workshop covers what vegetables to plant for a spring garden; when to start planting; how to grow your own vegetable seedlings; tips on protecting plants from freezing; and how to get a large harvest from a small space. Following the workshop, plan on staying to volunteer with the CCCG volunteer corp! Fee: $18.75 ($17 NCBG members; Free to UNC Students) For directions to the garden site: http://ncbg.unc.edu/carolina-campus-community-garden/ ) The workshop itself will be held in the library of the Newman Catholic Student Center located at 218 Pittsboro St. in Chapel Hill. Parking is available behind the church. Plan to meet at the Church. CCCG is located nearby. Limit 20.

April4/9/2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Weeds 101
Spaces Remaining: 20
Every gardener and homeowner can tell you what they consider to be a weed. Too often, one person’s weed is another creature’s critical food source or shelter, while another person’s prized plant might be the next ecological disaster. Discussion will include a brief history of weeds and their impact on ecosystems and our economy. This workshop focuses on ways to identify your weeds and strategies for their management, whether they be friend or foe. Management practices include time-tested approaches and some new techniques we employ here at NCBG, with an emphasis on environmentally responsible gardening. Participants are welcome to bring in their own specimens for identification. Fee: $25 ($22.50 NCBG members) Limit 20.

 
 

For questions about particular courses (pre-requisites, supplies, materials, inclement weather, etc.) please contact the instructor.

For questions about the Certificate Programs (either Botanical Art and Illustration or Native Plant Studies) please contact the Director of Education:
email: easterli@email.unc.edu
p
hone: 919-962-9460

For questions or feedback about registration, please contact the Registration Assistant: 
email: ncbgregistration@unc.edu
phone: 919-843-8524

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phone: 919-962-0522 
fax: 919-962-3531
general email: ncbg@unc.edu
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