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Upcoming Event
7/22/2018 2:30 PM
to 4:00 PM
From Seed to Sapling and Beyond: The History and Future of the North Carolina Botanical Garden
Join NCBG director Damon Waitt and special guests for a presentation and panel discussion celebrating the past, present and future of the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Jointly sponsored by the Chapel Hill Historical Society and the North Carolina Botanical Garden, both formally established in 1966, the program will recreate Garden history through the lens of the plants and people that make the Garden what it is today and what it aspires to be in the future: the most significant botanical resource in the southeastern U.S. and the model for what it means to be a university-affiliated, conservation-focused botanical garden in the 21st century.
7/28/2018 8:00 PM
to 9:30 PM
Moth Magic - FOR FAMILIES!
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
For ages 8 & up with accompanying adult. Join us to celebrate National Moth Week and observe some of our night-flying neighbors – MOTHS! We’ll spend some time learning about these beautiful and under-rated insects and their fascinating adaptations, and then head outside to see who’s come to visit the baits and blacklights. Discover how to attract moths and their caterpillars to your yard, and get tips on how to identify some of our common species. Fee: $8 ($7 Members) per person
7/30/2018 9:00 AM
to 8/3/2018 3:00 PM
Dragonfly Detectives - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 10-12)
Registration Closed
Do you dream of being a scientist? Then this is the camp for you! Curious kids will participate in fun, hands-on citizen science projects, where they will collect real data that help scientists in their research, with a focus on uncovering the mysterious lives of nature's drones—dragonflies! Campers will learn how to make a hypothesis, conduct dragonfly research in the field, and present their findings, as well as explore aquatic ecosystems, animal migrations, and more. Each camper will receive their own toolkit, including an insect net and field guide, to continue their studies! Session has 12 campers. Fee: $280 ($252 Members)
8/4/2018 9:30 AM
to 8/25/2018 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.
8/4/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Pollination on Parade
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
…even the insects in my path are not loafers, but have their special errands. ~Henry David Thoreau Enjoy a walk with a Garden Guide and learn about the importance of bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and other native pollinators, and the important role that native plant gardening plays in pollinator conservation.
8/4/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Drawing for People Who Think They Can't Draw
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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)
8/6/2018 9:00 AM
to 8/10/2018 12:00 PM
Art of Nature - Nature Explorers Summer Camp (ages 8-12)
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn how nature illustrators sketch and color wildflowers, birds, frogs, and more with local artist, naturalist, and environmental educator Bob Palmatier. Campers will create their own works of art from observation of real plant and animal specimens using watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil. Each child will have a notebook of sketches, paintings, and a piece of their nature art matted for framing by week's end! Session has 12 campers. Fee: $180 ($162 Members), includes take-home art kit
8/7/2018 1:00 PM
to 8/28/2018 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.
8/8/2018 1:00 PM
to 8/29/2018 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. $150 ($135 Members)
8/25/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Introduction to Botanical Art & Illustration
This class explores the history of botanical illustration, shows examples of various types of botanical illustrations and botanical art, describes the coursework for the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration, and introduces the instructors. Supply fee included.
8/26/2018 2:00 PM
to 4:00 PM
Certificate Program Annual Meeting
Join us for our Certificate Program Annual Meeting this August! This afternoon gathering will cover policy and procedural updates and an opportunity to ask questions about the program and talk about your experiences with other students and faculty. Refreshments will be provided! After meeting together in Reeves Auditorium, we’ll break out into sessions for presentations by this year’s graduates in Botanical Art & Illustration and Native Plant Studies. Hear about our NPS grads’ final projects and capstone experiences, and take the opportunity to visit our BAI grads’ work in the DeBerry Gallery.
9/1/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Streamside Saunter
Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt. ~John Muir Enjoy a guided walk on our beautiful Piedmont Nature Trails, just behind the Display Gardens. Learn about our local woodland flora and fauna as we stroll the streamside path.
9/4/2018 7:00 PM
This intermediate-level evening course explores the dynamic relationship between flowering plants and their pollinators. It includes floral reproductive biology, including the flowering plant life cycle, breeding system biology, and pollinator attraction mechanisms. Students learn to recognize important insect pollinators. Additional topics include pollination ecology, conservation, and the importance of pollination to our ecosystems and agriculture/food supply. Prerequisite: Botany. $65 ($58 Members)
9/7/2018 1:00 PM
to 10/5/2018 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).
9/9/2018 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. $36 ($32 Members)
9/13/2018 1:00 PM
to 10/4/2018 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).
9/15/2018 9:30 AM
to 12:30 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)
9/15/2018 4:30 PM
to 6:30 PM
30th Annual Sculpture in the Garden Preview Party
Join us as we celebrate the opening of the 30th annual Sculpture in the Garden, the juried outdoor sculpture exhibition uniting the work of North Carolina artists with the curated landscapes of the North Carolina Botanical Garden to create a stunning and novel way to experience sculpture, the natural world, and the relationship between the two. At the Preview Party on Saturday, September 15, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., you'll have first viewing and the opportunity to purchase sculptures, meet participating artists, and enjoy beverages and hors d'oeuvres. A jurist will announce selections for Best in Show and Honorable Mentions, and you'll be able to cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Tickets are $30 per person.
9/19/2018 1:30 PM
to 10/10/2018 4:30 PM
Copperplate Calligraphy
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 four-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 prerequisites. $144 ($130 Members)
9/23/2018 1:15 PM
to 10/21/2018 4:45 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)
10/6/2018 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)
10/6/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Sculpture in the Garden + Glorious Fall Wildflowers
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Beauty surrounds us, but usually we need to be walking in a garden to know it. ~Rumi Every fall the Garden hosts one of the Triangle’s most anticipated art events, Sculpture in the Garden. Join us for a walk to enjoy dozens of original works by North Carolina sculptors as well as a beautiful array of fall wildflowers.
10/13/2018 9:30 AM
to 11/3/2018 12:30 PM
Fall Flora
This course is intended for a broad audience. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in a natural setting. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of basic plant morphology, naming conventions for plants and the history of scientific naming, how to identify the prominent plants of the season using a dichotomous key and field characteristics, all through a season-specific lens. No prerequisites. $130 ($117 Members)
10/20/2018 1:30 PM
to 10/27/2018 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. $65 ($58 Members)
10/21/2018 1:30 PM
to 11/18/2018 4:30 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)
10/23/2018 1:00 PM
to 11/13/2018 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)
10/24/2018 1:00 PM
to 11/14/2018 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)
10/28/2018 1:15 PM
to 11/11/2018 4:45 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)
11/3/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Tree Stories
The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Many of our deciduous trees are bursting with color now and all of them have interesting stories to tell, if you listen. Walk with us and explore the beauty and mystery of some of our native trees.
11/3/2018 1:00 PM
to 4:30 PM
Fall Leaves in Colored Pencil
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. No prerequisites. Supply fee included. $45 ($40 Members)
11/8/2018 1:00 PM
to 12/6/2018 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)
11/10/2018 9:30 AM
to 11/17/2018 12:30 PM
Soil Ecology
This 6-hour course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils, including 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 prerequisites. $65 ($58 Members)
11/20/2018 1:00 PM
to 12/11/2018 4:30 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)
12/1/2018 10:00 AM
to 11:00 AM
FREE First Saturday Tour: Preparing for Winter
In a way, winter is the real spring – the time when the inner things happen, the resurgence of nature. ~Edna O’Brien Take a walk and learn how the plants and animals of the Garden are preparing for the cold months that lie ahead.
1/13/2019 1:15 PM
to 4:45 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)