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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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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
Price is per individual class

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Invasive Plant Species ID and Control

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

Soos Weber, local ecologist and active member 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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

Toss ‘Um TuesdayCorn-Hole

April 11, 18, and 25
5:00PM – 8:00PM
Lake Lonnie Meadow and Cedar Glade
Free with Membership or Garden Admission

McCleary Family Band – April 11
Musgrove Sessions – April 18
PMB band – April 25

Daisy themed Corn Hole Game complete with lights and a score pole will be set-up on the Lake Lonnie Meadow within earshot of the evenings awesome musical guests!
Bring a picnic or a Grab and Go Box from The Table and enjoy a relaxing evening in the Cedar Glade.

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…some history, lots of stories and tips for success

Spring Plant Sale Adult Seminar
April 8, 2017
10:00 AM -11:00 AM
Carriage House
Craig will be on hand in the vegetable tent during the Spring Plant Sale on Thursday, April 6 and Friday, April 7 to answer questions and sign books!
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, through the years, he’s been known as NC Tomatoman. Some know him as the fellow who named Cherokee Purple in 1990. Craig has been the co-host of Tomatopalooza, a co-leader of the Dwarf Tomato Breeding Project, and the tomato advisor for Seed Savors Exchange.  His book 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.
Door Prizes, including books & plants for your vegetable garden!
Members $25; Non Members $30
Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

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 or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


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