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Upcoming Event
5/14/2016 9:30 AM - 6/4/2016 12:00 PM
Home Landscape Design Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 13
The workshop addresses the typical challenges of homeowners in this area. Participants learn how to approach a landscape design project and implement a plan with sustainable practices and materials. Specific topics include principles of design, analysis of the property, functional flow, and public and private areas. The class will review each student’s landscape project. You will receive a list of native plants frequently used in home landscapes. Fee: $120 ($108 NCBG Members)
5/15/2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Good and Bad Bugs in the Vegetable Garden
Spaces Remaining: 20
Most insects in the garden are good, but some are downright pests! Learn how to minimize pests and attract beneficial insects. This workshop will teach you about good and bad bugs in the garden and explore some basic principles of integrated pest management, including crop rotation, intercropping, bio-controls and non-synthetic approaches.
5/20/2016 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Caterpillars Count - A Citizen Science Workshop for Educators
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Looking for a new way to engage your students or visitors in hands-on science learning and contribute valuable information to local research about insects and birds? Become a Caterpillars Count citizen scientist! Caterpillars and other insects are on the trees and plants all around us. They make up a critical part of many ecosystems and are an important food source for birds and other organisms. In this workshop, we'll introduce you to Caterpillars Count, a new citizen science project designed by UNC biologists, and show you how you can become a part of research linking birds to their insect food sources on trees. Learn how to conduct surveys of insects with your students/visitors, monitor changes in the abundance and type of insects present over time, and report your data. We'll also introduce sample learning activities and the Caterpillars Count website, where you can explore the data collected by your group with others from around the state. This workshop is open to and designed for both formal (grades 6-12) and non-formal educators. Each participant will receive a handbook of sample learning activities and a $50 Amazon gift card. Lunch provided. Eligible for 3 hours of Criteria II or III credit toward NC Environmental Education Certification.
6/25/2016 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Botany of Gardening
Spaces Remaining: 15
What makes a seed wake up and germinate? How are flowers pollinated and how are fruit formed? This workshop delves into the science of gardening as we journey through a growing season. Discussion and hands-on activities will cover seeds, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and the science behind gardening practices. Perfect for gardeners who want to have a better understanding of basic botany and aim to have a more prosperous gardening experience. Fee: $30 ($28 NCBG Members)
7/6/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Build a Bog Garden
Spaces Remaining: 5
Don’t be intimidated by carnivorous plants! They’re easy to grow once you know what they need. In this workshop, learn about how to grow pitcher-plants and visit the NCBG carnivorous plant collection and hear of the Garden’s long history with pitcher-plants and their cultivation. Participants create a take-home bog garden that includes a hybrid pitcher-plant, a venus flytrap, and companion plants. Be ready to get your hands dirty! Fee: $35 ($31 NCBG Members). Supply fee included.
8/23/2016 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Creating a Pollinator Garden: A Hands-On Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 15
With relatively little extra effort and expense, your garden can be transformed into a paradise for bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other pollinators. This workshop introduces you to common pollinators and strategies for bringing them to your garden. Participants learn the steps necessary to analyze their garden site, choose appropriate plants, and maintain a pollinator garden. A plant list, step-by step instructions, and other resources are included. Fee: $36 ($32 NCBG Members). Limit 15.
9/10/2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
How to Create a Bird-Friendly Yard Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 15
Your yard and the kinds of plants in it matters more than you may know. Learn how native plants play a very important role in providing the food birds need to survive and thrive and how you can start helping birds in your yard today. Hear about Audubon’s Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year program that works with local nurseries to promote plants that are superstars when it comes to helping birds (our own Matt Gocke, NCBG’s nursery manager, created the list! It’s good, and you can get all the plants here!). We also discuss other ways to make your yard more bird friendly, and most of these approaches will help other wildlife and insects. Fee: $36 ($32 NCBG Members).
9/14/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fourteen Ferns for Fun
Spaces Remaining: 13
Take a walk through the Garden for an introduction to our common native ferns. You will learn about their fascinating life cycle, tips for propagation and uses in the home landscape, and ways to distinguish and remember these graceful native plants. Fee: $12 ($11 NCBG Members)
9/18/2016 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 12
Intended for all levels, students 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: $38 ($34 NCBG members).
10/22/2016 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 13
This full day workshop provides an overview of the theory and practice of therapeutic horticulture. Participants learn how to use plants, gardens and nature as a therapeutic tool for health and well-being, including physical, social, emotional, and cognitive health. We will discuss ways to integrate therapeutic horticulture into various settings for people of all ages and abilities.
12/10/2016 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Basics of Bird Photography
Spaces Remaining: 14
Join local photographers and bird enthusiasts, Mary Sonis and Mike Dunn, for a morning program on how to improve your bird photography. There will be instructional time in the classroom on basic equipment, tips, and techniques, followed by time in the Garden to practice what you have learned. Bring a digital camera, comfortable walking shoes, and dress for the weather. Fee: $20 ($18 members)