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Date
Upcoming Event
October
10/3/2020
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
iNaturalists in Action: Wildflower Workshop: Virtual
Join us for this online, interactive introduction to recording wildflower (and other plant and wildlife) observations with the iNaturalist mobile citizen science app and website (inaturalist.org). We’ll meet virtually by Zoom for this workshop. First, we'll provide an overview of the application, and we'll discuss tips for photographing flora and fauna for identification. We’ll then provide a live, outdoor video demonstration of how to use iNaturalist to make wildflower and other plant observations. Next, we'll allow time for you to step outside to make your own initial observation. We'll discuss the results and provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and, if desired, contributing them to citizen science projects. To participate, you will need to have a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet available during the workshop, and you will need internet video and audio access so that you can join the workshop. Before the workshop, we will send participants an email invitation with a link to join by Zoom, and we will send a link to instructions for installing the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or tablet.
10/3/2020
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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. Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home. No prerequisites.
10/3/2020
1:00 PM to 11/7/2020 4:00 PM
CANCELLED - Carolina Xeriscapes: Cultivating Future Landscapes Workshop
Registration Closed
In this workshop, participants will create their own full-sun Carolina Xeriscape and expand their imaginations about future landscapes. Participants should have a specific full-sun site in mind for their Carolina Xeriscape garden and plan to establish it over the course of the workshop. We will start with a 3-hour zoom workshop in which participants meet each other virtually, learn the basics of no-water Carolina Xeriscape gardening, and begin to develop a site plan.
10/5/2020 9:00 AM
Nature Box - for FAMILIES!
Are you and your kids looking for a break from screen time? Ready to swap remote learning for some hands-on, outdoor learning? Try a Nature Box! Designed for grades K-4, each box is full of fun, nature-themed activities, crafts, and experiments that celebrate the season. First up, FALL! Explore pollinators, fall color, creepy crawlies, and more. All supplies and materials included. Purchase online beginning October 5, then pick up at the Garden and complete the activities on your own schedule. Additional add-on materials for siblings can be purchased when you order a Nature Box. Quantities of boxes and add-on materials are limited. Boxes will be available for pick-up starting October 15. Fee: $37.63 (includes $2.63 sales tax); Members $33.86 (includes $2.36 sales tax)
10/6/2020
11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Children’s Wonder Garden. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Variations of poses will be offered. Sign-up and plan to join us as part of your lunch break.
10/7/2020
1:00 PM to 10/28/2020 4:30 PM
Intermediate Colored Pencil
This course adds to the information covered in Beginning Colored Pencil and hones skills in color, value and layering. Students will be introduced to new surfaces and techniques. 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.
10/8/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Losing Venus - The perils of the Carolinas' most charismatic plant
Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) is the most widely recognized carnivorous plant, and endemic to only 100 km landward radius around Wilmington, North Carolina. Although a few large populations occur on protected lands, the number of individuals is declining, entire populations are being lost, a seemingly secure species is now vulnerable to local extinction and loss of wild genetic variation, and a proposal for federal endangered species listing is under consideration. Johnny Randall will share about NCBG efforts to learn more about and conserve the Venus flytrap through DNA sequencing and seed collection and storage.
10/10/2020
10:00 AM to 1:30 PM
Early Autumn at Mason Farm
Event is Full
An in-depth tour of Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail that travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Explore the beauty of fall, and learn about the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest on the Reserve. The walk includes a short hike off-trail into the Shagbark Hickory Forest. Wear sturdy footwear and bring water (and a walking stick if you use one). Meeting spot supplied upon registration. $15 ($13 Members)
10/12/2020
5:00 PM to 11/23/2020 4:00 PM
Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants (Hybrid Fall Edition)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants is a certificate series designed to provide home gardeners and emerging landscape professionals with foundational concepts of landscape design, species selection, implementation and maintenance of compellingly beautiful and ecologically productive native plant gardens based on conservation principles.
10/13/2020
11:00 AM to 10/27/2020 12:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Children’s Wonder Garden. You will be immersed in the sounds and sights of nature as Sam leads you through a series of seated, standing and lying poses in the meadow with views of native flowers, trees, and butterflies. The class is gentle and invigorating. Variations of poses will be offered. Sign-up and plan to join us as part of your lunch break.
10/14/2020
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Fall Garden Walk
Join us for a leisurely guided walk through our unique native plant gardens and learn about some seasonal highlights – from what’s in bloom to fall color – as well as what makes the NCBG a conservation garden. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides. Please dress for the weather and in comfortable shoes for walking outdoor pathways. Meet in Entry Breezeway. Best suited for adults and children age 10 & up Space is limited. Pre-registration required. *All participants must wear a mask during the walk.
10/16/2020
1:30 PM to 10/30/2020 3:00 PM
Native Seed Propagation: Hybrid
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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 prerequisites.
10/17/2020
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fall Wildflowers: Sketching with Watercolor in the Garden
Celebrate the changing season! Learn about native plants that flower as summer ends and fall begins. We will seek to capture the essence of our subjects with watercolor sketching. Receive instructions and demonstrations to complete a small en plein air painting of wildflowers. No prerequisites. This course will be held outdoors in the Garden and in the classroom with the majority of the time being spent outdoors.
10/20/2020
7:00 PM to 11/3/2020 8:30 PM
Book Discussion - The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History
This virtual course is intended for a broad audience. Students will independently read The Secrets of Wildflowers: A Delightful Feast of Little-Known Facts, Folklore, and History, by Jack Sanders and meet via two Zoom sessions to share wildflower stories, information gleaned from the reading and personal experience. Students will be responsible for presenting two of the native wildflowers featured in the book.
10/22/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Rare Wildflowers of North Carolina
Join us for a virtual tour across North Carolina to see some of our most rare, beautiful and sometimes overlooked wildflowers. We will explore from the mountains to the coast and learn what makes a plant rare and what is being done to protect them through stories of both woe and conservation success.
10/22/2020
1:00 PM to 11/19/2020 4:30 PM
Field Sketching
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 through the variety of gardens and habitats at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. 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.
10/23/2020
1:00 PM to 11/20/2020 4:30 PM
Mixed Media: Botanicals in Watercolor, Colored Pencil, and Pen & Ink
This class is designed to increase your skills and confidence in the use of the various art media taught at the Garden. The instructor demonstrates techniques to combine watercolor, ink and colored pencils to create vibrant botanical paintings. Students receive one-on-one instruction to evolve their own unique drawing and painting. Prerequisites: Pen & Ink, Beginning Colored Pencil, Intermediate Watercolor
10/31/2020
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Peak of Autumn at Penny's Bend
Event is Full
A two-mile hike through the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area in northeast Durham. Surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and prairies with regionally rare plants. Explore the fall scenery as you learn about how the Garden manages this unique property. 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. Meeting spot supplied upon registration. $18 ($16 Members)
November
11/1/2020
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Virtual Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Heirloom Seeds - Saving Stories, Preserving Biodiversity
Interest in growing organic and sustainable gardens has skyrocketed during the pandemic, evidenced by shortages of seeds and vegetable starts. Join us as visionary seed saver, storyteller, and former NCBG volunteer Ira Wallace explores how tradition, taste, place, and storytelling work to preserve biodiversity, regional food traditions, and seed saving. She will share stories of seeds and the gardeners who save them for great heirloom varieties like Greasy beans, Cherokee Purple, and Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter tomatoes.
11/3/2020
1:00 PM to 11/24/2020 4:00 PM
[CANCELLED] Intermediate Traditional Watercolor: Virtual
Registration Closed
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens and photo references, 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
11/4/2020
1:00 PM to 12/9/2020 4:30 PM
Intermediate Expressive Watercolor
This class introduces students to fluid watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet. Students will learn to work with more water in the beginning and middle of the painting process and then rely on the skills learned in Beginning Watercolor to refine and add detail towards the end of the process. Students will create textures for backgrounds, work on color mixing using a limited palette, and learn to use glazing and masking fluid. Techniques for correcting mistakes in watercolor will also be covered. Upon completion of this course, students will have knowledge/skill of the following: • Working with various amounts of water and watercolor paint; • Working wet-on-wet; • Working with masking fluid; • Making a variety of watercolor textures such as salt, plastic wrap, etc.; • Glazing; • Working with a limited palette; and • Color mixing
11/5/2020
1:30 PM to 11/6/2020 4:30 PM
Local Trees
This six-hour course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do. No prerequisites.
11/7/2020
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Lichens
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 foray out into the Garden.
11/12/2020
1:30 PM to 11/13/2020 4:30 PM
Local Trees
This six-hour course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do.
December
12/10/2020
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Survival by Degrees - 389 Bird Species on the Brink
National Audubon Society scientists crunched the latest data on climate change and the state of birds, and the results paint a picture that is both troubling and hopeful. The report — released in October — shows that two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction because of rapid changes to our climate. The good news is that Audubon’s science also shows that if we take action now we can help improve the chances for the vast majority of species at risk. Join us to learn what Audubon’s latest research tells us about the future of North Carolina’s most beloved birds, from songbirds to shorebirds, and how our fate is linked to birds when it comes to climate change.
April
4/11/2021
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Annual Evelyn McNeill Sims Lecture: Coloring the Conservation Conversation
Dr. Lanham will discuss what it means to embrace the full breadth of his African-American heritage and his deep kinship to nature and adoration of birds. The convergence of ornithologist, college professor, poet, author and conservation activist blend to bring our awareness of the natural world and our moral responsibility for it forward in new ways. Candid by nature — and because of it — Lanham will examine how conservation must be a rigorous science and evocative art, inviting diversity and race to play active roles in celebrating our natural world.