North Carolina Botanical Garden

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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
October
10/12/2020
12:00 PM - 11/20/2020 12:00 PM
Nature Box - for KIDS!
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, seasonally themed activities, crafts, tools, and experiments that get kids learning outdoors. This fall, explore leaf color change, flower-pounding, birds, a scavenger hunt, and more. Supplies and materials included. Purchase online, then pick up at the Garden and complete the activities on your own schedule. An extra set of materials for a sibling (limit of 2 per registration) can be purchased when you order a Nature Box. Quantities of boxes and add-on materials are limited. Fee: $37.63 (includes $2.63 sales tax); Members $33.86 (includes $2.36 sales tax) Extra set of materials for sibling (limit of 2 per registration) = $15 (includes $1.05 sales tax)
10/27/2020
11:00 AM - 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.
10/28/2020
10:00 AM - 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 ages 10 & up. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. *All participants must wear a mask during the walk.
10/31/2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Fall Garden Walk
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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 ages 10 & up. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. *All participants must wear a mask during the walk.
10/31/2020
1:00 PM - 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 - 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 - 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
11/3/2020
1:00 PM - 12/5/2020 3:00 PM
Composition: Virtual
This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good artistic composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. Composition serves as a prerequisite for Integrating Composition and Color Theory. 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.
11/4/2020
1:00 PM - 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 - 11/6/2020 4:30 PM
Local Trees
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This 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 - 4:00 PM
Lichens
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
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.
11/11/2020
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Visiting Artist: Collection of Curiosities
Our visiting artist, Lara Call Gastinger, will lead this special class on sepia watercolor. In this class, students will be painting only with sepia watercolor and will develop basic watercolor skills such as layering and brush control. Each student will compose a painting made up of 3 collected specimens from their yard, a journey, or meaningful collection into one painting. In the end, a student will have created their own “Collection of Curiosities.” All levels are welcome.
11/12/2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Biodiversity Depends on Co-existence
A key factor affecting biodiversity is the number of species that can live in the same place at the same time. Closely related species are likely to have similar traits and similar ecological needs. On one hand, similarities may result in close relatives being more likely to live in the same environments. On the other hand, similarities may cause close relatives to compete or interfere with one another during growth and reproduction, making co-existence difficult in the long term. Learn about present-day patterns of co-existence of Lobelia sect. Lobelia (Campanulaceae) and what they can teach us about the ecology and evolution of living with close relatives.
11/12/2020
1:30 PM - 11/13/2020 4:30 PM
Local Trees
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This 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.
11/15/2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Autumn Wildflowers at Battle Park
Take in Battle Park’s full autumn glory while we cover woodland wildflowers and talk about their value to wildlife – from insects to large mammals – at all stages of their life histories. From their sources of sustenance to the habitat they create for all kinds of critters, wildflowers are truly amazing.
December
12/10/2020
12:00 PM - 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.
12/12/2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Graduation Preparation for the Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration Online
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. $90 ($81 Members)
April
4/11/2021
2:30 PM - 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.