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Adult Programs


The Garden provides a variety of opportunities for adults to expand their knowledge of plants and their place in nature. From gardening practices to botanical drawing and a wide range of selections in between there’s something here for everyone! Let’s get growin’!

Huntsville Botanical Garden now offers Artists of North Alabama & South Central Tennessee an opportunity to attend classes focused on  Botanical Illustration!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Botanical Illustration Art Pencil 2

Pencil 1 Prerequisite for Pencil 2 classes

9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Anderson Education Center classroom
Instructor Frank Andrus, Certified Botanical Illustrator
Members $40, Non-members $50 per class
Art Supply Sources – coming soon
Material List for Pencil 2

Intermediate drawing classes where participants will learn the skills to produce clear, accurate pencil drawings.  Course includes contour drawing, values of value, tonal gradation, and composition while working in tandem with fellow students.

Register for Pencil 2 Class 4 – Rescheduled to February 25      |  Syllabus for Class 4

Worksheets for Pencil 2 Class 4:

Consider the little things, Nature of Light, Light and Core Shadows, Halos, Homework Exercise

Register for Pencil 2 Class 5 – Rescheduled to March 4th     |  Syllabus for Class 5

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Native Tree Identification

Jan 29th – March 5th, 2017
Sunday afternoons
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Instructor: Tracy Cook, HBG Assistant Curator
Tree List – PDF 

Want to learn how to ID native trees by using bark, twig, flower, fruit and leaf characteristics?

This class will be a 6 week series on using combinations of diagnostic characteristics such as bark type, overall growth habit, and leaf and bud shape and arrangement to identify native tree species, at least to the genus level. The focus of the class is on both deciduous and evergreen overstory and understory trees native to northern Alabama mountains. We will cover about 10-15 trees per class; and the entire series will cover at least 70 species over approximately 40 genera including Maples, Oaks, Hickories, Magnolias, Pines, Hollies, Ash, and more. A few invasive species may also be covered. We will meet in the Anderson Education Classroom in the Nature Center; but most classes will involve walking out into the garden to get familiar with the trees in person, so please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In cases of truly unpleasant weather, the class will be held inside.

Although you are welcome to drop in for any single class, the first class will focus on terminology and what to look for to “see” the traits mentioned in commonly available field guides and botanical descriptions; so it is highly recommended to attend. Handouts will be available for those who miss it.

Register for a date below:    
February 19  
February 26   
March 5  

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Lewis Birding Trail Virtual Tour

February 18, 2017yellow-rumped-warbler-on-eastern-red-cedar
10:00am-12:00pm
Murray Hall
Register Here

Join us for a special birding workshop presented by local bird enthusiast Herb Lewis. Herb will share some secrets of creating a magnet for birds in your own backyard as well as taking you on a virtual tour of the Lewis Birding Trail at Huntsville Botanical Garden.

His simple ideas and principles have brought 80 bird species to his Huntsville backyard since 2004 and have helped guide the Garden towards a more bird friendly environment! The Garden is now an eBird Hotspot with over 100 species identified.  Herb will also share personal photos of many birds enjoying their wildlife habitat and weather permitting will end this program with a walk along the Lewis Birding Trail!
Free with Garden Admission or Membership

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Plant ID Walk-Attracting Birds To Your Garden

Sunday, February 19
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Meet at the Garden Railway
Register Here
Featuring plant collections with a walk in the Garden lead by Carol Lambdin, Landscape Architect.

Carol will provide expert gardening advice on the best plants, including trees, used to attract birds.  By selecting a variety of native plants to offer year-round food in the form of seeds, berries, nuts, and nectar you’ll be providing a valuable habitat for our featured friends.

Be sure to wear your comfortable walking shoes for this two hour ID walk through the Garden!
Free with Garden Admission or Membership

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Hands-on Pruning Techniques, Including How to Properly Prune a Crepe Myrtle!

February 25
1:00-3:00 PM
Nichols Arbor and the Garden
Taught by Niki Sothers, HBG Director of Horticulture
Register for this Program

This hands-on pruning class will help build your confidence and just in time for those late winter pruning projects in your own yard!  Niki Sothers will begin the class with an informative Power Point in the Nichols Arbor followed by a Garden walk.  She’ll be armed with tools for the job at hand, showing and directing you in the practiced skill of correctly pruning dormant trees and shrubs.  Included in this program will be those must use tips on how to avoid the dreaded   “Crepe Murder” pruning so prominently used in the south!

Members $15; Non-members $20

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.org or call our direct line
(256)837-4344


Botanical Illustration Art Classes, Color Layering, 1-5
CL C1, CL C2, CL C3, CL C4, CL C5

March 6, March 10, March 18, March 25, March 29
9:30 AM-12:30 PM on March 6th, 18th, 25th, and 29th
1:00-4:00 PM on March 10th
Anderson Education Classroom
Instructor Frank Andrus, Certified Botanical Illustrator

Material List  |  Art Supply Sources

In these classes beginners will acquire knowledge of tools, papers, and fundamentals of illustration.  Drawing, perspective, composition and tonal values are covered.  Comfortable for people who think they can’t draw and refreshing for an artist with some skills.
$40 members; $50 non-members

Register for Color Layering Class 1 – March 6th   |  Class 1 Syllabus

Register for Color Layering Class 2 – March 10th  |  Class 2 Syllabus

Register for Color Layering Class 3 – March 18th  |  Class 3 Syllabus

Register for Color Layering Class 4 – March 25th  |  Class 4 Syllabus

Register for Color Layering Class 5 – March 29th  |  Class 5 Syllabus

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Vegetable Gardening for Beginners

Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 AM -12:00 PM
Murray Hall
Register Here

Niki Sothers, HBG Director of Horticulture will guide you through the process of designing and planting your best vegetable garden ever!  With a few basic principles you’ll be on your way to creating that much coveted personal picking garden in your own backyard.
Members $15; Non-members $20

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Invasive Plant Species ID and Control

Saturday, March 25
1:00 PM -3:00 PM
Murray Hall
Register Here

Soos Weber Caudill, local ecologist and officer of the Alabama Invasive Plant Council (ALIPC), will identify invasive plants now found in the Tennessee Valley.  As exotic non-native species move in native plant species become crowded causing less diversity in our natural landscapes.  Learn how to both identify and keep these plants at bay in your own landscape.
Free with Garden Admission or Membership

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Epic Tomatoes for Southeastern Gardens61SKT4MKO1L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

…some history, lots of stories and tips for success

April 8, 2017
10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Carriage House
Register for this Program

Talk Given By Craig LeHoullier, author of Epic Tomatoes; How to Select & Grow the Best Varieties of All Time Epic Tomatoes is the Gold winner-Best overall book-revealed at the 2016 Garden Writers Association conference in Atlanta, September 2016!

Craig LeHoullier, tomato advisor for Seed Savors Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes-from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season.  He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them.  No book offers such a detailed look at the specifies of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout the book.
Members $25; Non Members $30

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.org or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Butterfly Release

Saturday, May 6
10:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for May 6th 10:30 Session
Register for May 6th 1:00 Session

Saturday, June 10
10:30-11:30 AM or 1:00-2:00 PM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for June 10th 10:30 Session
Register for June 10th 1:00 Session

Saturday, July 15
10:30-11:30 AM
Anderson Education Center & Purdy Butterfly House
Register for July 15th 10:30 Session

Help us repopulate the Purdy Butterfly House by releasing live butterflies in the morning, afternoon, or both!  We’ll begin this program with a brief presentation in the Anderson Education Center classroom followed by time spent in the butterfly house enjoying an environmentally safe restoration of our indoor butterfly population!  This event will provide a memorable photogenic opportunity for all!
Member $5, Non-member $6.50, Under 3 $0

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike

Saturdays, May 13, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22
10:00 AM -11:30 AM or 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Meet at the Garden Railway
Members $10, Non-member $12

Discovering Dinosaurs Day Hike: Guided daytime walk led by education department staff through the Dinosaurs Uproar Alive exhibit and the Dinosaur loop in the Children’s Garden complete with a hands-on activity and something to take home!  A different activity will be offered each date.

Register for May 13 @ 10 AM 
Register for May 13 @ 1 PM
Register for June 10 @ 10 AM
Register for June 10  @ 1 PM 
Register for June 24  @ 10 AM
Register for June 24  @ 1 PM
Register for July 8  @ 10 AM
Register for July 8  @ 1  PM
Register for July 22 @ 10  AM
Register for July 22 @ 1 PM 

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Mother’s Day Luncheon & Butterfly Releaseflowers

Sunday May 14th
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Carriage House
Anderson Education Center Classroom
Purdy Butterfly House
Register Here

In addition to a yummy lunch and the opportunity to release live butterflies into the Purdy Butterfly House, all mother’s in attendance will receive a lovely gift bag containing packages of seeds and information on butterfly gardening, a native azalea in a 2 gallon pot (donated by Vernon Bush), and instructions on how to plant and care for your azalea.  We’ll have plenty of butterflies to release so bring your camera to capture the moments!

Menu includes: chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches, mixed vegetable tray with dip, fruit salad, kettle chips, butterfly cookies and iced botanical tea.

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Movie Night in the GardenMovie Night-FacebookImage

Friday, June 2
Rain Date Friday, June 16
7:30 PM – Admission & Concessions Open
8:15 PM – 9:45 PM- Movie Viewing Time

Toyota Boeing Amphitheater
Register Here

Featuring Disney’s Pixar The Good Dinosaur. Movie night is open to the public and included in activities for campers registered for the Campout in the Garden, June 2-3.  Every ticket includes a complimentary bag of popcorn and a bottle of water with additional concessions available for purchase.  Bring a picnic and come early to enjoy playtime time in the Children’s Garden before the movie!
Family Pack $20, Individual $5

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Family Campout in the GardenFamily-Campout-Logo

June 2nd – 3rd
5:00 PM-8:00 AM
Register Here
Fun night sleeping under the stars with your family!

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for an outdoor viewing of The Good Dinosaur® Movie followed by star gazing with the Von Braun Astronomical Society, roasting marshmallows and a night sleeping under the stars in the Dogwood Grove!

You bring the tent and bedding and we’ll provide the rest!!!
Parent/Child $60; Family of Four $100; Extra Child or Parent $25

Advanced Registration required for all family/children’s education programs unless otherwise noted.

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


Firefly Night Hikes

June 13, June 27, July 11, and July 25
7:30 PM
Meet in the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheater
(First parking lot immediately to your left as you enter the Garden)

Register for June 13
Register for June 27
Register for July 11
Register for July 25

Children of all ages will enjoy these new family friendly night hikes at Huntsville Botanical Garden.  Bring your own flashlight and let us guide you through an evening of exploration as you feel the changes in the Garden when night approaches.  We’ll see fireflies in the meadows, orb weavers spinning their webs and maybe, if we’re lucky, some nocturnal animals out foraging for dinner.  During this two hour event we’ll stop along the way to roast s’mores for a fun nighttime snack! Wear comfortable walking shoes and a sense of adventure!

Members $10, Non-members $12
Free for children aged 3 and under

Contact the education department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call our direct line 256-837-4344


 


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