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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

Urban Forestry Certification Program

Wednesday, November 15 – Friday, Nov. 17
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM each day
Anderson Education Center
No-cost for ALSDE Ag Teachers, $50 for
current AUFA Members and $75 for Non-Members.

This is a great three-day, intensive class, taught by industry experts, that requires lots of effort and study time! Includes an industry certificate awarded after passing exam. The UFCP is an excellent first step toward other industry certifications including the ISA Certified Arborist and the Alabama Tree Surgery License. Thanks to grant and foundation funding and industry support, the program is no-cost for ALSDE Ag Teachers, $50 for current AUFA members and $75 for non-members. CEUs for ISA, TCIA and RF are also awarded.

Tuition includes study guides, reference books, refreshments, certification exam and industry certificate upon passing the exam.

Registration through instructor, Fred Kapp or call 205-862-2588 Sponsors include: Alabama Urban Forestry Association, Green Industry Web Portal and the Huntsville Botanical Garden.GIWP Tree

Contact the Education Department if you have questions or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

The Green Industry Web Portal (GIW Portal) is a free service for the Green Industry to help train employees, potential employees, and students wanting to gain certifications and licenses or the knowledge needed to improve their lives and careers.

Established in 1989, the Alabama Urban Forestry Association (AUFA) is a committed leader in arboriculture and urban forestry. AUFA promotes proper selection, planting and tree care, tree protection and other tree issues in the urban setting.Urban Forestry Logo

Christmas in Williamsburg

focusing on the greenery and fruit used for seasonal decorating

December 2, 2017
2:00-4:00 pm
Anderson Education Center classroom
Door Prizes!!!
Register Here

WilliamsburgWilliamsburg was the capital of the Virginia Colony from 1699 to 1780, played a significant role in the American Revolution, is affiliated with such luminaries as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, and still boasts the College of William & Mary, the second-oldest institution of higher education in the United States.  Today, Colonial Williamsburg is a historic district and living-history museum, where actors in period costume depict daily Colonial life in the streets, stores, and workshops.  Perhaps one of the most far-reaching and utilized influences of Colonial Williamsburg is its trademark Christmas decorations.  Interestingly, the custom of affixing fruits, vegetables, dried flowers, herbs, and other plant life to basic Christmas forms like wreaths, swags, and roping traces its roots only to the early years of the twentieth century!  So how did such opulent and fragrant décor become synonymous with historic Williamsburg?  Join Mickey J. Lollar as he presents the history and takes you on a tour of Colonial Williamsburg, and then discusses “boughs of holly, fans of apple, ornaments of dried okra, pomegranate, oyster shell, and all things natural” for the upcoming Holiday Season.  The participants will leave the lecture with copious information, diagrams of Williamsburg arrangements for home construction, and door prizes!

Mr. Mickey J. Lollar is a graduate student in History: Cultural Resource Management & Archaeology at the University of North Alabama.  In addition to being a certified teacher of the Social Sciences, English-Language Arts, Art History and Practice, and Music, Mr. Lollar is a writer, international lecturer, and extensive traveler.  In addition to graduate work in Ethnobotany and Historical Landscaping, being the son of the instructor of the University of North Alabama’s “Floral Design Specialist” certificate, graduating with a “Floral Design Specialist” certificate himself, and being a student of the Alabama Master Gardeners curriculum, Mickey has a well-established history in the botanical and landscaping industries.

Photography 201-Going from Snap-shots to Great Shots

Six Week Series:
January 4,11,18,25 & February 1, 8
6:00-8:00 pm
Murray Hall
Register Here

Taught by local photographer Henry SmithIMG_7058
Henry is a retired Mechanical and Nuclear Engineer who has been seriously interested in photography for over 50 years. He is a Master Photographer in the Huntsville Photography Society, and has taught photography at UAH/OLLI, Learning Quest and at the elementary and high school levels

This is a six-week series designed for those who are familiar with using their camera and desire to improve the quality of their photos. Participants should be comfortable adjusting shutter speed and aperture (no phone cameras). The functions of the camera and their impact on the image, photographic composition and different approaches to photography will be discussed. Students are expected to complete and email weekly assignments to the instructor for in-class positive critiques the following week. No equipment is needed in the classroom and no auditing please.

Limited: The class will be limited to 20 students.

Lewis Birding Trail Virtual Tourbirding

February 17
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presentation from 10am – 12pm
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

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Botanical Brewing

March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Carriage House

Register for March 1 – coming soon
Register for March 8 – coming soon
Register for March 15 – coming soon
Register for March 22 – coming soon
Register for March 29 – coming soon

Each class will be taught by a local craft beer brewer!

The Brewers Association defines American craft brewers as “small, independent and traditional”.  Huntsville, Alabama is full of independently-owned commercial breweries that employ traditional brewing methods and emphasize flavor and quality, and we’re fortunate to have a few represented throughout the Botanical Brewing classes.

It’s not just the flavoring of beer that’s botanical, it’s the entire process from plant to alcohol! Learn the science behind your favorite brew as brewmasters walk you through the botany of beer; from wheat to spices to hops.  Not sure of the difference between a Porter, IPA or Belgium Wheat?  We’ve got the answers!
Light refreshments included along with a tasting of unique and different craft beers each week!
Door prizes!  Who doesn’t love a bit of swag from your favorite microbrewery!

Member $25/Non-Member $35
Class appropriate for adults 21 and older

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