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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 253.

Plant This, Not That!

May 18
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Anderson Education Classroom
Register Here

Class lead by botanist and researcher Lynne Weninegar

Learn about what native plants can be used in place of exotic plants to create a beautiful yard that supports pollinators and birds!

Lynne Weninegar is a lifelong biologist/botanist specializing in plant species of Alabama and their role in forest communities. Her research interests are non-native invasive species and their effects on native habitats, rare and endangered species of the Southeastern United States, and conducting plant inventories. She serves on the conservation committee of the Huntsville Botanical Garden, is a resident hike leader and is a member of the education committee of the Land Trust of North Alabama and program presenter for Tuesdays on the Trail, an award-winning summer environmental education opportunity for children. Now a happily retired educator, she works part-time in the Forestry, Ecology, and Wildlife Program at Alabama A&M University as the resident botanist, herbarium curator, and forestry research assistant. She spends much of her time in southeastern forests and on hiking trails, enjoying the natural beauty of this region. Ms. Weninegar has given numerous presentations on the role of native species and the impacts of using non-native invasive plants in home gardens. She enjoys “gardening with natives”, hiking, time with her family and reading the most current botanical publications as well as being an avid “backyard birder” and nature photographer.

Garden Members: FREE
Non-Members: $5 + Garden Admission  Want to join? Click here!

Plant Invaders Workshop

May 25, September 21, and October 26
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Volunteer Classroom and Back 40 Woods
Taught by Jennifer Davidson
This class is FREE to everyone, but space is limited.

Register for May 25
Register for September 21
Register for October 26

Learn about locally problematic invasive plant species, how to identify them, and the best methods of control. This workshop provides an ID presentation and hands-on* field experience with knowledgeable staff helping and answering questions.

*Participants should bring gloves and wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

Environmentalism is at the heart of everything Jennifer Davidson does. In high school, she discovered the joy of growing her own vegetables and worked her first summer job here at the Garden. She designed her own interdisciplinary major, Environmental Decision-Making, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and studied tropical biodiversity in Costa Rica and Ecuador. She has worked as a ground worker for an arborist and as a freelance gardener and was selected to be the native plant intern at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. In 2017, she started working at Huntsville Botanical Garden (again!) as a full-time gardener, and in 2018 was promoted to horticulture specialist. She has since earned her pesticide applicator’s license from the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and taught a composting class for beginners.

This event is made possible by the Alabama Invasive Plant Council Education and Outreach Grant


Hydrangea Walk

June 13
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Meet in the Guest Center Atrium
Register Here

Harvey Cotten will lead a tour of our Hydrangea collections! Learn the charm and history of the different species and cultivars of Hydrangeas. The walk will leave promptly from the Guest Center at 5:30 pm.

Garden Members: FREE
Non-Members: $5 + Garden Admission  Want to join? Click here!

Raising Carnivores

June 15
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Anderson Education Classroom
Register Here

Rachel Young will introduce participants to the strange world of Alabama carnivorous plants and their habitats. Learn how to grow them in your garden or on a tabletop. Class includes a tour of the bogs in the Garden for an up-close look at how pitcher plants eat bugs.

Garden Members: FREE
Non-Members: $5 + Garden Admission  Want to join? Click here!

Composting 101

June 30
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Anderson Education Classroom
Register Here

Taught by HBG Horticultural Specialist Jennifer Davidson.

This class is for absolute composting beginners! You’ll learn how to turn kitchen and landscape “waste” into a valuable, nutritive, and best of all, FREE soil amendment for your garden. We will discuss different methods of active and passive composting, as well as vermiculture and leaf mold.

Garden Members: FREE
Non-Members: $5 + Garden Admission  Want to join? Click here!

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