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Upcoming Event
9:00 AM to 7/19/2019 3:00 PM
Things with Wings - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 6-7)
Registration Closed
Learn about native bats, birds, bugs, and even seeds that fly as we search the gardens, forest, and ponds for nature's winged wonders. Campers will investigate the lives and habitats of our high-flying neighbors and enjoy hikes, games, stories, and crafts. Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We'll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden as we explore early summer flowers.
8:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Moth Magic - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 10 & up with accompanying adult. Join us during National Moth Week to observe some of our night-flying neighbors – MOTHS! Discover how to attract moths and their caterpillars in your home landscape, hear some of their fascinating adaptations, and get tips on how to identify some of our common species. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
9:00 AM to 8/2/2019 3:00 PM
Junior Naturalists - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
9:30 AM to 8/24/2019 2:30 PM
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is introductory in nature and designed for a broad audience. It covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations in the gardens.
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Insects on Parade
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
In summer, the empire of insects spreads. ~Adam Zagajewski Enjoy a walk with a Garden Guide and search for some of the many insects that call the Garden home. Learn some of their secrets and about the important roles they play an important role in our local landscape.
9:00 AM to 8/9/2019 3:00 PM
Junior Naturalists - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-10)
Whether your child is interested in plants, bugs, or birds, this is the camp for kids who love nature! Campers spend the week honing their naturalist skills and developing an understanding of ecology by getting their hands dirty exploring the Garden’s woodlands and wetlands. Guest naturalists, art projects, and field trips will enrich our nature study and fun! Session has 16 campers. Fee: $285 ($256 Members)
1:00 PM to 8/27/2019 4:30 PM
Beginning Drawing
An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. Prerequisite for Intermediate Drawing, Beginning Watercolor, and Beginning Colored Pencil. Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to 15 hours per week.
1:00 PM to 8/28/2019 4:30 PM
Intermediate Colored Pencil
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Here There Be Dragons
Dragonflies and damselflies are a common sight along most bodies of water, a gorgeous sign of summer in North Carolina. Join Chris Goforth from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences to learn which dragonflies travel in front of storms, the crazy acrobatics required to reproduce, and the fantastic way that dragonfly nymphs live up to “dragon” in their name. Dragonflies and damselflies are truly unique animals, so come get to know a few local species and hear all about the amazing biology, behavior, and body parts that make these creatures so fascinating!
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The Camera in Your Pocket: Garden Videography for the Novice
Today’s mobile devices are much more than communication tools. Most of us now carry a video camera with us at all times, and we have the ability to record, edit, and share short video clips in a matter of minutes! In this fun and hands-on workshop, you’ll join Emmy award-winning videographer Simone Keith as she teaches you simple and effective ways to use your smartphone or tablet to create and share professional-looking video content from your garden and nature. Bring your mobile device (smartphone or tablet) with you to class. Please also pack a lunch for the day!
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We'll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden as we explore early summer flowers.
6:00 PM to 9/24/2019 9:00 PM
Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants Series
Registration Closed
The Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants Series is 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.
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
iNaturalists in Action
Join us for this hands-on introduction to recording plant and wildlife observations with the iNaturalist mobile app and website ( We’ll meet in the classroom for a brief overview of the application and a discussion of photographing flora and fauna for identification. We’ll then carpool to nearby Mason Farm Biological Reserve to make observations, and we’ll return to the classroom at the end to take a closer look at some of them. We'll provide suggestions for recording observations on your own and contributing observations to citizen science projects. To participate, you will need to bring a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet.
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Drawing for People Who Think They Can't Draw
Drawing is a skill anyone can learn! In this workshop, students progress from a blank sheet of paper to a beautifully finished drawing. Come try, and discover that yes, you can draw! $42 ($38 NCBG members)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Bites & SITES: Native Plants & Sustainable Landscape Practices in University Landscapes & Public Gardens
The North Carolina Botanical Garden is planning to utilize the Sustainable SITES® and the Living Building Challenge frameworks in the design and construction of the future Plant Biodiversity Research Center. Emily McCoy, a landscape architect formerly with Andropogon and currently with Design Workshop and an adjunct professor at NC State, has been a leader in the use of the Sustainable SITES® framework in design projects nationally. Bring your lunch and come hear how Emily uses conservation practices, including the use of native plants, in her design work in university and public garden settings to minimize ecosystem impacts of building and landscape projects. SITES® uses a multiple impact framework to benefit the environment, landowners, and local/regional communities and economies, and is the most comprehensive system for creating sustainable and resilient land development projects.
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
An Introduction to Birds and Birding
Join instructors from the New Hope Audubon Society for an introductory course in bird identification, classification, physiology, behavior, and more. This course is aimed at bird watchers of all skill levels. Whether you're not sure if that bird at your feeder is a chickadee or a nuthatch or whether you know how to tell ruby-crowned from golden-crowned kinglets, this class will have something for you. $55 ($50 Members of NCBG and NHAS)
1:00 PM to 11/7/2019 12:30 PM
Advanced Traditional Watercolor
This course builds upon Intermediate Traditional Watercolor. 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 and a report describing the botanical details of their selected plant. Prerequisites: Intermediate Traditional Watercolor, Integrating Composition and Color Theory. $150 ($135 Members)
1:30 PM to 9/26/2019 4:30 PM
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in climate and soil types across the state as well as other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive regions: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, relict prairies, and grasslands. Students explore the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity. Class sessions include nine hours of lecture and a full day field trip with Julie and UNC Herbarium director Alan Weakley.
9:15 AM to 10/19/2019 12:45 PM
Intermediate Drawing
In this class, students continue their journey to learn the skills needed to produce a clean, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include: measuring, ellipses in perspective, and tonal gradation. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $150 ($135 Members)
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: September Serenity
All walking is discovery. On foot, we take time to see things whole. ~Hal Borland Join a Garden Guide for a quiet, relaxing stroll in the Garden to explore the many natural beauties of late summer.
10:00 AM to 9/14/2019 12:00 PM
Gardening for Wildlife
Are you interested in attracting more pollinators and wildlife into your garden? Gardening for wildlife can establish sustainable landscapes that promote life of all kinds. Lauri will share ways to provide essential habitat elements like food, water, cover, and places to raise young while also creating beautiful, colorful gardens that appeal to various aesthetic preferences. Learn how to make your garden a mini nature preserve for birds, butterflies, and other pollinators and wildlife.
1:30 PM to 10/19/2019 5:00 PM
Integrating Composition and Color Theory
In this class students learn the basics of color and the techniques for properly mixing pigments to match a specific color. Concepts of the color wheel and analogous/complementary colors are explored through instruction and numerous exercises. The three attributes of color – hue, value and intensity are also covered. This class was formerly known simply as Color Theory. It serves as a prerequisite for the Advanced Watercolor classes and for Intermediate and Advanced Colored Pencil. Prerequisites: Composition, Intermediate Watercolor
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Certificate Program Annual Celebration
Join us for a Celebration of the 2019 graduates of the Native Plant Studies and the Botanical Art & Illustration certificate programs! From 2:00 to 2:30, we will provide brief programmatic information and updates, providing a background to the programs for those who are visiting with graduates and for those considering registering for the certificate programs. We will then turn the focus to celebrating our graduates! We will hear from students and instructors of both programs about their journeys and experiences with the programs. After the program, we will adjourn to the Pegg Exhibit Hall and DeBerry Gallery for a reception honoring our graduates and the opening of the Botanical Art & Illustration student exhibit in the DeBerry Gallery. Native Plant Studies graduates will also share posters of their work.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Plants We Eat & Wear
Explore some of our most fundamental relationships with plants—the primary foods we eat and the clothes we wear. Our diet and clothing reflect a fascinating history of the domestication and international sharing of plants across cultures over the past 15,000 years. What are the implications of our increasingly global and industrialized diet, and the “locavore” agitation against it? The lecture will be followed by a sampling of plant foods from around the world.
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Caterpillarology - FOR FAMILIES!
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Fall is a great time to observe the larvae of butterflies and moths – the caterpillars! Meet live caterpillars, hear their fascinating stories, what they need to survive, and explore the garden for these mysterious insects and their plant partners. $10 ($9 Members) per child; no fee for accompanying adult
7:15 PM to 9:30 PM
Singing Insects Night Walk at Mason Farm
Fall is when the night choruses of crickets and katydids reach their peak in diversity. Join us for a night walk at Mason Farm, where there could be over 40 species present, each singing its own species-specific song. Please bring a flashlight, and you are welcome to bring an audio recorder. Since at least a few species may be visible, a camera with a flash may also come in handy. No pets. $10 ($9 Members)
1:00 PM to 10/8/2019 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 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. $150 ($135 Members)
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
FREE Edible Campus Tour
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of NCBG’s community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible, medicinal, and pollinator-friendly plants. We’ll see and taste from the gardens, and we’ll learn about the program and how it supports food justice initiatives at the University, and more!
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Native Southeastern Medicinal Plants
Explore the beauty of native southeastern medicinal plants through field identification. Using the expansive resources of the NCBG display gardens and the Piedmont Nature Trails behind the Garden, students take in the abundant medicine that our local flora has to offer. Topics include field identification, ethical gathering and harvesting, history and lore of each plant, therapeutic and medicinal uses as well as preparations. No prerequisites.
11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum curator Margo MacIntyre. We'll cover the unique history and composition of this wonderful garden as we explore early summer flowers.
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Nature Journaling in the Garden
Develop your nature journaling skills, whether you are just getting started, want to add visual notes to a written journal, or simply enjoy drawing what you see. Through guided exercises, we’ll practice perceptual and drawing skills to quickly establish a framework for a diagram, drawing, or description in your journal, then experiment with portable drawing and painting media. We’ll also look at strategies for organizing your journal for outdoor excursions. All skill levels are welcome! Come dressed to venture outside. Bring your favorite journal and tools or refer to the provided materials list. $36 ($32 Members)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The Mountains-to-Sea Trail in Orange County and Across North Carolina
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is an 1,175 mile walking trail that traverses North Carolina from Jockey’s Ridge State Park in the east to Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The trail provides the opportunity to observe and learn more about the natural and cultural heritage of North Carolina. Are you familiar with opportunities to hike the MST in Orange and nearby counties, or how the MST is part of a greater interconnected trail system across the state? Pack your lunch and come learn more from the Executive Director of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
9:00 PM to 10:30 PM
Moth Night
Moths are among our most diverse, colorful, and ecologically important groups of organisms. Approximately 2,700 species occur in North Carolina, but most people only ever see just a few and are startled when they first see a Luna Moth or a Polyphemus Moth, never having suspected that there were such species flying around in the night. Moth Night shines a light on this amazing group of organisms. We'll use two common techniques to sample moth populations – blacklights and baiting – to take a look at the local fauna. Bring your cameras, with best results obtained using a flash.
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms
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. $70 ($63 Members)
10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Field Trip: The Sandhills Gamelands
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Ever wanted to see a pitcher plant in the wild? Now’s your chance! Come explore one of the finest examples of a longleaf pine ecosystem in North Carolina, home to rare and fascinating plant communities, with expert botanist Bruce Sorrie. We’ll discuss the role of fire (natural and managed) in maintaining the various plant communities in this 60,000 acre public reserve and how the species on the reserve have adapted to the ecosystem’s nutrient-poor soils and frequent disturbance. Transportation to the Sandhills is not included in the timing or in the trip fee. Field trip begins at 10:30 a.m. and ends between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Hoffman, NC (just outside the Game Land). Participants must get themselves to Hoffman (about 80 miles or 1.5 hours south of Chapel Hill).
1:15 PM to 10/27/2019 4:45 PM
Flowering Plant Families
This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with field studies in the Garden and close-up examination of representative examples. Prerequisite: Plant Taxonomy. $130 ($117 Members)
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Growing a Backyard Medicine Garden
Let’s explore beautiful native medicinal plants you can grow in your own backyard! Using the NCBG display gardens as our classroom, we will meet both shade-loving and sun-loving plants. We’ll learn about each plant’s growth patterns, nutrient needs and growing tips. Spatial and design considerations will be included. We’ll discuss each plant’s medicinal qualities and simple preparations you can make at home, and we’ll explore differences between cultivating plants at home and wildcrafting. $32 ($29 Members)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Food Forests: Vertically Layered Edible Gardens
Food forests are a permaculture concept now gaining popularity as new concept for edible public gardens in the United States. One of the first developed in our state is a gorilla gardening effort started on a piece of abandoned land in the late 1990s in Asheville, NC. These designs are intended to mimic a forest ecosystem with layers of plantings from ground covers to canopy trees, with edible fruits and medicinals making up many of the species.
9:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Graduation Preparation
Students will receive guidance on Independent Projects, graduation procedures and requirements, as well as organizing the exhibit, photographing and framing their paintings, and an introduction to marketing their work. Non-credit course. $76 ($68 Members)
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Early Autumn at Mason Farm
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)
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
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. $38 ($34 Members)
1:30 PM to 10/20/2019 4:30 PM
Calligraphy means beautiful writing. Calligraphers use a number of different families of letter forms, or “hands.” One of these hands – copperplate – is traditionally used in botanical illustration to identify the subject of the illustration. This two-session course introduces the basics of copperplate. Students learn how to make letterforms using the correct stroke sequence for lower and upper case letters with dip-pen in ink and watercolor paint. Proficiency will require practice beyond the scope of this course. No prerequisite.
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Botanical Contact Printing: Fabrics
Explore fabrics, thread, and natural dyes while learning about eco/botanical contact printing. We’ll cover vocabulary, techniques, flowers and foliage, wild color recipes and we’ll explore the process of extracting plant tannins and natural wild color to create beautiful permanent immersions from nature. This workshop includes hands-on activities and time in the Garden. You’ll take home two silk scarves, vintage printed fabric and a fabric sample book of different leaves, plants and pods. A great opportunity to learn a new surface design skill for creating gifts, quilt fabrics and more.
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
UNC Herbarium Tour
Join Herbarium staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of the UNC Herbarium, a research collection of plants and fungi from around the world. The Herbarium curates nearly 1 million specimens of fungi, lichens, algae, mosses, vascular plants and plant fossils. We will tour the various collections and discuss how the specimens are collected and how they are used to document biodiversity, to target conservation efforts, and to understand the evolution of plant life.
1:00 PM to 11/12/2019 4:30 PM
Beginning Watercolor
In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing. $150 ($135 Members).
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Fall Leaves in Watercolor
Celebrate Fall! Learn about native trees with colorful fall foliage and receive detailed instructions and demonstrations to complete a small watercolor painting of fall leaves of a tree species native to North Carolina. No prerequisites. Supply fee included. $41 ($37 Members)
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Peak of Autumn at Penny's Bend
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. $15 ($13 Members)
1:00 PM to 11/9/2019 5:00 PM
Plant Taxonomy
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. This course serves as a prerequisite for Flowering Plant Families. Prerequisite: Botany. $130 ($117 Members).
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Nature Walk: Saxapahaw Island Park and the Haw River
Come explore Saxapahaw Island Park, one of the newest Alamance County Parks along the Haw River Trail and Mountains-to-Sea Trail . We will explore the trails in the 30-acre Park, find fall-blooming wildflowers, and identify the trees which grow on this sandy oasis in the Haw River. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Children are welcome, but please leave pets at home.
1:00 PM to 11/20/2019 4:30 PM
Intermediate Expressive Watercolor
This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor and provides instruction based on a fluid watercolor style combined with careful observation of plants. Learn techniques and methods to create form, values, details, textures as well as backgrounds. Prerequisites: Beginning Watercolor, Intermediate Drawing. $150 ($135 Members)
2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: A New Garden Ethic
In a time of mass extinction and climate change, how and for whom we garden matters more than ever. Our built landscapes reflect social ethics and values that guide our response to reviving wildness in and outside the urban environment. How can we recognize and develop compassion for other species? What roll do native plants have in opening us to the perspectives of others? What happens to our society when we advocate for the equality and freedom of a silent majority? Through ecology, psychology, landscape design, horticulture, philosophy, and social science, we’ll explore the rich complexity of rethinking pretty and what a garden means in the anthropocene.
1:00 PM to 12/5/2019 4:30 PM
Pen and Ink
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. $150 ($135 Members)
6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Full Moon Nature Walk at Mason Farm
Join a Garden educator for a moonlit stroll at Mason Farm Biological Reserve. We’ll walk along a flat 2-mile loop, making several stops along the way to watch the moon rise and learn about the natural world after dark. Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes, and bring water and a flashlight. You may wish to bring binoculars. This event is appropriate for adults and older children. No children under 10, please. No pets. $10 ($9 Members)
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
FREE Battle Park Tour
Learn about the history and preservation of the property now known as Battle Park on the UNC campus. We'll walk through the park in the peak of its autumn glory, covering hotspots visited and named by Kemp Plummer Battle himself as well as the philosophies behind the preservation and conservation of our natural areas. Free; preregistration required.
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Nature Walk: Fall Colors at Horton Grove Nature Preserve
Join us for a late-autumn walk at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in central Durham County! We will explore the autumn flora of the meadow, then walk on woodland trails to enjoy the colors of red maple, hickory and beech. Free; preregistration required.
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Edibles on Paper: Holiday Citrus
A favorite around the holidays, the gift of an orange was a cherished symbol of joy, good luck and prosperity in many cultures received in the cold of winter. Discover painting colorful citrus in transparent watercolor. Techniques covered include color matching, wet on wet washes and detailing with drybrush. Watercolor experience helpful. $56 ($50 Members)
1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Winter Vegetative Propagation
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate woody plants through stem cuttings during the dormant season (November through February). We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, emphasizing plants native to the southeastern United States. The workshop will take place in the classroom and the NCBG nursery. This class can accompany our Native Plant Propagation workshop for those who have taken it, but you don’t need to have taken Native Plant Propagation to participate. $32 ($29 Members)
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: The North Carolina Wildflower of the Year - A Retrospective
The North Carolina Wildflower of the Year Program is a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Botanical Garden and the Garden Club of North Carolina. For the past 37 years, this program has encouraged the use and propagation of native plants in the home landscape by promoting a different North Carolina native species each year and distributing seeds to interested gardeners in the southeastern United States. The NC Wildflower of the Year Program is a part of the 'conservation through propagation' theme of the Garden that strives to ensure that wild populations of native species are not damaged by unethical harvesting or over-collecting. Come hear a retrospective on this long-held and much loved Garden program.
1:30 PM to 3/7/2020 4:30 PM
Winter Flora
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 plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves!
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Veni, Vidi, Vici! - Secrets to Understanding Botanical Names of Wildflowers
Get to know the origins and meanings of the Latin names of plants. Explore scientific names that are mischievous, historic, honorific, wrong, descriptive and just plain fun! No verbs will be conjugated. Fee: $24 (NCBG Members $22).
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Let's Talk About Sex (in Plants)
Heterostyly, dioecy, monoecy, polygamy…oh my! The Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species have long intrigued evolutionary biologists including Charles Darwin who penned a book by the same name in 1877. Separating sexual function between different individuals carries risks, especially for sedentary organisms. Picture yourself on a deserted island…alone. Nevertheless, many plants take that chance to ensure cross-fertilization between individuals. Join Garden Director Dr. Damon Waitt, on an exploration of the ecological and evolutionary consequences of sex…in plants.
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Morgan Creek Valley Tour
The Morgan Creek Valley in Orange County holds a wealth of natural and cultural heritage, from ice-age rhododendron bluffs and rare wildflowers to American Indians and moonshiners. Come prepared for several short hikes as we explore the length of the Morgan Creek valley, journeying by van from its headwaters near Maple View Farm to the Triassic Basin bottomlands of the Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a magnificent birding area where 118 bird species have been documented.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Native Plant Combinations
Take home some ideas for your yard at this lunchbox talk on native plant gardening. The focus will be on native plants that work well together. From sun to shade, spring to fall, and wildflowers to shrubs there’s sure to be something for everyone. Even if you don’t garden, come on out for some pretty plant pictures to remind you that it won’t always be February.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Trillium: A Natural History and Life Cycle Through Botanical Art
It is an extra special thrill hiking through North Carolina’s piedmont or mountain woodlands in the spring and suddenly encountering a Trillium or better yet, a colony of them. This exquisite ephemeral wildflower emerges in March or April and is all but camouflaged among the leaf mulch of our deciduous trees until its striking single flower announces its presence. It’s seen briefly before it disappears underground again by the end of June. The local circle of the American Society of Botanical Artists have teamed up with an instructor from the Garden’s Native Plants Studies Certificate Program to tell the complex and beautiful story of Trilliums using original artwork in a presentation portraying the species of the Piedmont and their natural history. The over twenty original drawings, paintings and illustrations will also be on display during the presentation.
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Hike: Spring Ephemerals on the Piedmont Nature Trails
Take a walk through the Piedmont Nature Trails with NCBG’s Battle Park Manager, Nick Adams, in search of trout lilies, sweet Betsy’s, windflowers, and many more of the spring ephemerals that brighten the forest floor this time of year. Please note that the hike is moderate to strenuous, depending on your abilities. The Piedmont Nature Trails traverse uneven and/or steep terrain at times. You are encouraged to bring a hiking stick! For the safety of our guests, dogs are not allowed on tours. Meeting spot: The breezeway at the front of the James & Delight Allen Education Center.
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers in Watercolor
Celebrate a sure sign of spring - ephemeral wildflowers! Come learn about Southeastern native spring ephemerals and how to paint them with watercolor. Bev will give instructions, demonstrations and individual guidance. No prerequisites. Fee includes all supplies.
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
LUNCHBOX Talk: Do Venus Flytraps Eat their Pollinators for Lunch?
Did you know that Venus Flytraps do not “eat” the insects that pollinate them? What are these special insect pollinators, and why do they not succumb to this carnivorous plants’ predation? Bring your lunch and come learn more about this fascinating North Carolina longleaf pine savannas research from Dr. Clyde Sorenson, entomologist from NC State University.