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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
April
4/24/2021
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Spring at Mason Farm
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a turn around the Mason Farm Biological Reserve’s Old Farm Trail, which travels through some 260 years of cultural and natural history. Naturalist Ed Harrison will point out wildflowers and discuss how the Garden’s intense management of both field and forest benefits local biological diversity conservation. About 2.5 miles in length, the hike includes a short off-trail foray into the old-growth Shagbark Hickory forest. Wear sturdy hiking footwear and bring insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
4/24/2021
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Anatomy of Shadows: Form and Cast in Watercolor - Zoom Short Course
Have you spent time on a sunny day studying shadows and the patterns they create? Have you looked at the soft subtle shadows as a subject turns from the light? Shadows are an important and useful tool for artists to create form as they accurately render their subjects. Shadows can be used creatively to enhance compositions. Join Kate to study and paint shadows in watercolor. The subject and drawing will be provided, students have the option of using their own subject matter. The course will consist of presentations, demonstrations, handouts, and student work time.
4/27/2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 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 Perennial Circle. 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. Modifications of poses will be offered.
4/29/2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint at Home: Virtual
While the news about climate change can be overwhelming, there are things we can all do in our everyday lives to lessen our environmental impact. In this course, we will cover sustainable strategies that participants can implement at home to reduce their carbon footprint. We will focus on topics including reducing energy, preventing waste, and reconsidering consumption habits. This course will center on the highest impact choices individuals can make to reduce their carbon footprint. Participants will also learn about energy-reducing, cost-saving features at the North Carolina Botanical Garden with a virtual “behind the scenes” tour of some of the Garden’s sustainable features.
4/30/2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Spring Garden Walk
Join us for a leisurely guided walk through our native plant display gardens and learn about some seasonal highlights 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. Best suited for adults and children age 10 & up. Meet at the Gazebo.
May
5/1/2021
1:00 PM - 5/8/2021 3:00 PM
Visualizing Trees, A Photographic Journey Through the Artist’s Lens
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is designed for nature-lovers, image-makers, and those interested in creative expression. All cameras are appropriate from iPhone to pro level. Conceived distinctively for out-door nature photography, Barbara will lead a visualization journey into the gardens of the Coker Arboretum. Students will experiment with the technical aspects of photographing trees, including the use of specific lenses, perspective and distortion control, depth of focus, and exposure management. Students will explore the artistic characteristics of various tree species with attention to the design elements including tonality and contrast, textural attributes, compositional arrangement, ambient light and shadow values.
5/2/2021
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Meditation in the Garden
Mindfulness and meditation are getting a lot of attention these days, from articles in the Harvard Business Review to studies by psychologists and neuroscientists. The basic techniques are easy to learn and practice. Join us for an introduction to meditation in a beautiful outdoor setting. We will mainly practice seated meditation with an optional short walking meditation. Whether you’re a complete beginner, or you’ve been meditating for years and enjoy practicing with a group, we’d love to see you there!
5/4/2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. 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. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/5/2021
1:00 PM - 5/26/2021 4:30 PM
Beginning Colored Pencil
Colored pencil is a next step in advancing from drawing to painting, and introduces the full array of fine art pigments. This course is a hands-on introduction to commonly used materials and techniques such as layering, blending, burnishing and tonal gradation. No prerequisites
5/6/2021
1:15 PM - 6/17/2021 4:45 PM
Integrating Composition and Color Theory: Virtual
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
5/7/2021
1:30 PM - 5/21/2021 4:30 PM
Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes
This course is intended for a broad audience and explores many aspects of the evolutionary history, economic and ecological dominance, current distribution, biology, and identification of the “graminoids.” Through lectures, lab work, and short field trips, students learn to appreciate the subtle and detailed beauty of these plants with inconspicuous flowers. Students also learn materials and methods for identifying these distinctive and important members of our flora. $135 ($122 Members)
5/8/2021
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Excursion: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve, Gaston County
The Redlair Preserve is a 730 acre tract that forms the core of a larger 1200+ acre conservation area along the South Fork of the Catawba River near Mount Holly, NC. The complex topography and geologic diversity of the site provide habitat for a great diversity of plant species and natural vegetation types. The most dramatic species is the rare bigleaf magnolia, the tree species with the largest leaves of any tree species in the US. We will be sure to visit a broad range of habitats and discuss their distribution across the landscape, the natural dynamics of these forests, and the management challenges they present. Although the topography is complex and there will be a bit of up and down, the hike will be of only moderate difficulty as the trails are relatively smooth and well-maintained.
5/8/2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Honeybee Hive Tour at the CCG
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Come learn about one of the world’s most fascinating insects. Bees are responsible for pollinating one third of the world’s food and produce one of the sweetest treats around. Participants explore a real live hive with certified beekeeper, Anne Glauber. Free, preregistration required.
5/9/2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Excursion: Back to the Future: Suther Prairie Nature Preserve, Cabarrus County
After being cared for by generations of the Suther family going back to the 1700s, this relatively undisturbed remnant Piedmont wet prairie on the floodplain of Dutch Buffalo Creek became a “must see” destination over the last two decades for scientists, conservationists, researchers, and reporters/writers from across the country after being included in the natural heritage inventory of Cabarrus County. Hundreds of species have been catalogued on this 9-acre preserve, and the ecotypes of dozens of species are available commercially for conservation projects, including Suther Indiangrass and Suther big (and little) bluestem.
5/11/2021
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Mason Farm Biological Reserve Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a walk with NCBG director of conservation Johnny Randall through Mason Farm Biological Reserve, a 367-acre nature preserve in Chapel Hill that features old farm fields, once cultivated by American Indians and the first European settlers to Orange County, now converted to native plant and wildflower meadows, and ancient woodlands of original forest, never clear-cut or plowed. Johnny will discuss the restoration and management efforts over the last 20 years that have helped to rehabilitate an ecologically exceptional wildland.
5/11/2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. 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. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/12/2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Edible Campus UNC Tour
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Take a walk with the coordinator of Edible Campus UNC, one of the North Carolina Botanical Garden's community outreach programs that creates gardens across the UNC-Chapel Hill campus full of edible and medicinal plants and pollinator-friendly wildflowers. 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!
5/13/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
NCBG Display Gardens Tour
Tour the NCBG display gardens with our director of horticulture, Dan Stern. From our innovative horticultural displays of southeastern native plants and wildflowers to our sustainable gardening practices, learn about how the North Carolina Botanical Garden leads the way as the premier conservation garden in the southeastern U.S.
5/13/2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: How Trees Can Save the World - And What We Can Do To Help
Trees were – and are – one of Nature’s most powerful tools for creating the planet we know and love today. If we plant many new trees and care for the ones we have, we can begin healing our planet.
5/13/2021
1:30 PM - 6/3/2021 4:30 PM
Intermediate Drawing: Virtual
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.
5/13/2021
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Carolina Community Garden Tour
Tour the Carolina Community Garden (CCG) with garden manager Claire Lorch. Learn about this 1/3-acre garden, an outreach program of the North Carolina Botanical Garden, which provides 5000+ pounds of fresh, sustainably grown produce to the University’s housekeepers annually through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents. The CCG’s special features include a solar-powered greenhouse, an extensive composting system, beehives, pollinator-friendly wildflowers, and shiitake mushroom logs.
5/15/2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetative Propagation of Southeastern Native Plants
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate plants native to the southeastern United States. We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, and all participants will have a newly stuck cutting to take home in a rudimentary, DIY mobile greenhouse. This workshop will feature a lecture, in-class demonstrations and participation, and a tour of the NCBG nursery.
5/15/2021
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Blue Wild Indigo at Penny's Bend
This hike will provide a wonderful opportunity to see rare flora at Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, owned by the Army Corps of Engineers, and managed by the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Baptisia aberrans is an imperiled species at the state level and survives in only a small number of remnant Piedmont prairie or savanna patches. The Garden’s management practices at Penny’s Bend has favored a variety of prairie and savanna flora. About 2 miles in length, 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 insect repellent, water, and a walking stick, if you ever use one.
5/15/2021
11:00 AM - 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.
5/15/2021
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Taking iNaturalist to the Next Level: Virtual
You’ve already created an iNaturalist account and shared some observations. Are you eager to take your use of iNaturalist to the next level? If so, please join us for an exploration of iNaturalist's advanced features that can enhance your use of the app and the website, as well as your participation in the iNaturalist community. Whether your goal is to hone, organize, and curate your own species observations, to engage with or create an iNaturalist Project, or to more actively participate in identifying your own and others’ observations, knowledge of (and tips for using) key iNaturalist features will help. We’ll also share strategies for exploring iNaturalist’s wealth of species data and maps, and for connecting with helpful and knowledgeable members of iNaturalist’s worldwide community of users.
5/16/2021
1:30 PM - 4:30 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.
5/18/2021
10:00 AM - 6/1/2021 12:00 PM
Virtual Visiting Artist Master Course: Creating the Wow Factor in Botanical Artworks
In this Visiting Artist Master Course, learn how to employ layered composition and aerial perspective techniques to add depth and drama to botanical artworks. Take your work to the next level with great wall appeal! Demonstrations will be watercolor but the principles covered are applicable to artists using other media to create botanical artworks in color.
5/18/2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. 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. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/19/2021
10:00 AM - 6/2/2021 12:30 PM
Local Trees
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This short 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.
5/22/2021
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Spring Nature Walk
Join us for a leisurely guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails and learn about what’s happening in our Piedmont forest in spring. Slow down and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest. Walks led by our trained Garden Guides.
5/25/2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
Outdoor Yoga in the Garden
Join us for 75 minutes of rejuvenating outdoor yoga. The class will be held outside in our Perennial Circle. 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. Modifications of poses will be offered.
5/27/2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Monitoring and Management at the Green Swamp Preserve
Monitoring studies are essential for the management and preservation of select species, but also for restoration and management on a broader community scale. The Nature Conservancy has supported long-term studies on longleaf pine restoration, the endangered species Lysimachia asperulifolia, and Venus flytrap in the Green Swamp and other preserves. The studies are particularly important for determining the success of restoration efforts but also in quantifying impacts of seasonal controlled burns.
5/27/2021 2:00 PM
Local Trees
This short 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.
5/28/2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Spring Silent Walk
Join us for a leisurely, quiet guided walk on our Piedmont Nature Trails. Our trained Garden Guides will give suggestions on how to focus on the world around you using your senses of sight, touch, hearing, and smell as you silently hike along the trails. The walk will wrap up with a chance to share your experiences with each other.
June
6/1/2021
3:30 PM - 6/15/2021 5:00 PM
Principles of Conservation Biology: Hybrid
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for an experienced audience and introduces the principles of biodiversity and conservation. Students learn about rare plants, conservation genetics, ecological restoration, conservation landscaping, and preserve design.
6/2/2021 2:00 PM
Local Trees
This short 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.
6/5/2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Vegetative Propagation of Southeastern Native Plants
Learn the fundamentals of vegetative propagation and how to propagate plants native to the southeastern United States. We’ll focus on low-tech methods you can apply at home, and all participants will have a newly stuck cutting to take home in a rudimentary, DIY mobile greenhouse. This workshop will feature a lecture, in-class demonstrations and participation, and a tour of the NCBG nursery.
6/5/2021
10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Excursion: Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve, Brunswick County
The Green Swamp Preserve (over 16,000 acres) contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine wet savannas as well as extensive pocosins. The savannas are bounded by pocosins containing pond pine and cypress as well as numerous shrubs including titi. The open savannas have a diverse grass/herb layer with many wildflowers including orchids and insectivorous plants. The Green Swamp is the nexus of Venus flytraps. Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve (~6,000 acres) is characterized by a mix of communities including xeric sandhill longleaf pine and pocosins. The preserve has a variety of carnivorous and other plant species and it is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Upwards of 400 vascular plant species have been reported in the preserve. Fire is integral to the health of these plant communities and is the primary management activity in both preserves. Trails in both preserves are flat but may be wet depending upon the weather.
6/9/2021
1:00 PM - 6/30/2021 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.
6/10/2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Pawpaws and Other Native Tree Fruits for your Garden
Interest in native tree fruits is growing as people are exploring permaculture, homesteading and a renewed attentiveness to food self-sufficiency. Native fruits have less pest problems and are well-suited to the growing conditions of their bioregion. Mary Jac Brennan will talk about pawpaws, American persimmons, chinquapins, and more in time to prepare your site for fall/winter planting.
6/12/2021
9:30 AM - 6/26/2021 12:30 PM
Entomology
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is designed for a broad audience. Students learn insect family recognition and common species identification, insect ecology and conservation, basic life cycle biology, and how to improve insect habitat and conservation in the urban environment.
6/19/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
6/22/2021
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Sustainable Solutions to Your Landscape Challenges: Virtual
Are the trees in your garden maturing, resulting in a change in the level of light (sun to shade) in your garden? Or does your garden have existing mature trees, creating challenges for planting without damaging the roots? If so, this class is for you.
July
7/17/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
August
8/21/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
September
9/9/2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: History and Heritage of the Coker House and Gardens
William C. Coker came to Chapel Hill in 1903 as the first Professor of Botany. Over the first half of the 20th century, Professor Coker, as a botanist, planner and landscape designer, shaped the UNC campus and the Chapel Hill community. He is responsible for the design and creation of the Arboretum, named in his honor. His home and surrounding garden offer insight into this remarkable man and his wife, Louisa Venable Coker, and the enduring influence they had on this community. In 1985, Dr. Woodrow Burns, Jr. and his late wife, Mary Jane, purchased the Coker property from the university and oversaw the restoration of the home and garden.
9/18/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
October
10/16/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.
November
11/20/2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Coker Arboretum Tour
Take a tour of this gem on the UNC campus with Coker Arboretum assistant curator Geoffrey Neal. This walking tour will explore the 5-acres that make up the Arboretum, allowing time for observation and discussion. Each tour differs as the gardens change through the seasons.