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Upcoming Event
9/10/2016 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
How to Create a Bird-Friendly Yard Workshop
Spaces Remaining: 13
Are you ready to transform your yard into a bird sanctuary? Learn what birds need in your yard during all parts of their annual cycle, from raising babies in the spring to migrating south in the winter. You'll learn about the four food groups for birds and how to provide shelter. This workshop is equally helpful for large yards and tiny yards. You’ll get a printed copy of Audubon North Carolina’s list of 400 recommended bird-friendly native plants with full details on each one. This workshop is perfectly timed so that you can walk out of the workshop with a wish-list of bird-friendly native plants, and head straight for the NCBG Plant Sale to buy them!
9/14/2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Fourteen Ferns for Fun
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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: 5
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. No prerequisite. Fee: $32 ($29 NCBG members)
10/1/2016 10:00 AM
CLAWS in the Garden – Raptor Photography at the North Carolina Botanical Garden
Spaces Remaining: 26
Photographers have a unique opportunity to have close access to native raptors in the natural setting of the NCBG. These beautiful bird species are made available by CLAWS, Inc., a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping animals through education and rescue and rehabilitation. Participants visit several stations in small teams and have adequate time with each species to obtain quality images. CLAWS provides knowledgeable staff and volunteers at each station. Species available for photographs may include Great horned owl, Screech owl, Barred owl, Barn owl, Red-tailed hawk, Red-shouldered hawk, Coopers hawk, and American kestrel.
10/22/2016 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Therapeutic Horticulture: An Introductory Workshop
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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.
11/5/2016 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Learn Your Backyard Birds!
Spaces Remaining: 14
You been seeing and/or feeding birds in your backyard for a long time, but never learned what species they are. Come to this class ready to learn your backyard birds. There will be a classroom session on identifying backyard birds and then we will proceed to the NCBG bird blind (built by the New Hope Audubon Society) to look at and identify the birds. Bring your binoculars. If you have questions, please contact Tom at
11/12/2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms
Spaces Remaining: 7
This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Bring your lunch. No prerequisite. Fee: $70 ($65 NCBG members)
11/12/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Herb-infused “Moctails”
Spaces Remaining: 20
Join us for a primer on how to make alcohol-free festive drinks. Whether for holiday gatherings or just to accompany your dinner, this is a great way to celebrate! Learn how to make simple syrups and flavor them with herbs. We will use fresh ingredients, along with many items that you likely already have on hand, to prepare a variety of delicious Mocktails that all participants may sample.
12/3/2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Schoolyard Birding and Citizen Science for Educators
Spaces Remaining: 16
Birds are abundant on many schoolyards, especially in winter, and their bright colors and fast movements catch student’s attention. Join Chris Goforth and Melissa Dowland from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to learn simple ways to incorporate bird observation and citizen science projects into your teaching. This hands-on program covers basic winter bird identification, binocular use, and the data collection protocols for a few bird citizen science projects. You’ll participate in some fun, hands-on activities and help collect data that we will submit to citizen science projects. Walk away with a basic guide to local winter feeder birds, a starter bird feeder, a native shrub that provides a food source for birds, and lots of ideas to help you enjoy and study birds in your schoolyard! Please bring a picnic lunch. Eligible for 5 hours of Criteria II or III credit toward NC Environmental Education Certification.
12/4/2016 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
A Holiday Tree Ornament Workshop: Celebrating our Golden Anniversary and 35 Years of Wildflower of the Year
Spaces Remaining: 18
Bring your coloring book talents to decorate and ornament our NCBG50 Holiday Tree. Using mixed media - colored pencils, watercolors, markers, etc- color on paper 35 years of the Wildflower of the Year (WOY) designs by Dot Wilbur-Brooks. Bring your own artist quality colored pencils or watercolors. We will have extra supplies available. Learn about our NCBG Wildflower of the Year Program and visit the Pegg Exhibit Hall WOY Quilt Exhibit. Free. Preregistration required.
12/10/2016 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Basics of Bird Photography
Spaces Remaining: 8
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)
1/7/2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The DO’s and Some Don’ts of Pruning
Spaces Remaining: 20
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: $36.00 ($32 NCBG Members)
2/19/2017 1:00 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 ($16 NCBG members; Free to UNC Students) For directions to the garden site: ) 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.