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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  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Botanical Illustration Art Classes, Pencil I, 1-5

April 10, 17, 24, 29, and May 8
2:00-5:00 PM
NO Prerequisite
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Instructor Frank Andrus, Certified Botanical Illustrator

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.

Pencil I-3  April 24 | Register Here
Pencil I-4  April 29 | Register Here
Pencil I-5  May 8 | Register Here

$40 members; $50 non-members


Botanical Illustration Art Classes, Color Pencil I, 1-5

April 5,12,19,26 and May 3
2:00-5:00 PM
Anderson Education Classroom
$40 members; $50 non-members
Color Pencil I Prerequisites: P I, P II, CL

Instructor Frank Andrus, Certified Botanical Illustrator
Learning to use color pencils the right way insures your success.  Observation skills will be polished with the building of records.  Exercises with demonstrations in class grow your understanding of how to see, understand, and apply the wide array of detail that makes up subject matter.
Color Pencil I-4  April 26 – Register Here  | Color Pencil I-4 Syllabus
Color Pencil I-5  May 3 – Register Here    | Color Pencil I-5 Syllabus


Botanical Illustration Art Classes, Color Pencil II, 1-5

May 10, 17, 24, 31 and June 3
2:00-5:00 PM
June 3 – 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
$40 members; $50 non-members
Anderson Education Center
Instructor Frank Andrus, Certified Botanical Illustrator
Color Pencil II Prerequisites: P I, P II, CL, CP I

The study of “Underpainting” will add strength to your art renderings.  Introduction to “Solvent” as a major tool produces stunning pictures that mimic oil paintings.  All work at this level is produced on quality Hot Pressed watercolor paper as your final plate material.


Color Pencil II-1  May 10 – Register Here |  Color Pencil II-1 Syllabus 
Color Pencil II-2  May 17 – Register Here |  Color Pencil II-2 Syllabus
Color Pencil II-3  May 24 – Register Here |  Color Pencil II-3 Syllabus
Color Pencil II-4  May 31 – Register Here |  Color Pencil II-4 Syllabus – coming soon
Color Pencil II-5  June 3 – Register Here  |  Color Pencil II-5 Syllabus – coming soon


Toss ‘Um TuesdayCorn-Hole

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


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  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Exploring Plant Fossils with an Expert Paleontologist

Saturday, May 13, 2017
11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Anderson Education Classroom
Register Here
Member Free; Non-Member Free with Garden Admission

PowerPoint/Show-and-Tell with a Q & A all led by local paleontologist Ashley Allen.  The Show-and-Tell portion will include viewing and touching over 25 unique one-of-a-kind fossils found in Alabama by Mr. Allen!  The fossils will be on display in the Anderson Education Center beginning May 13!


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  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Mother’s Day Luncheon & Butterfly Releaseflowers

Sunday May 14th
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Carriage House Luncheon catered by The Table!
Presentation in the Anderson Education Center
Butterfly Releases in the Purdy Butterfly House
Hosted by the Education and Horticulture Department
Event Full/Registration Closed

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!

tableinthegarden_main_pantoneblack7c_RGBLuncheon catered by The Table, the Garden’s new restaurant!  The revised menu is full of yummy brunch items including chicken salad croissants and butterfly cookies, but we’ll also have a biscuit bar and breakfast casseroles from Chef Jacob’s recipe book!

 

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Native Azalea Propagation Class

Saturday, May 20 2017
Anderson Education Classroom
Purchase Tickets Here

Native Azalea Propagation Class taught by HBG’s Bush Azalea Trail namesake Vernon Bush.  Vernon propagates thousands of native azaleas each year and he’s refined his techniques to a science that he’s happy to share!  You’ll be given hands-on instructions throughout the class and will leave with a growing box designed by Vernon, a multitude of practical propagation supplies, soil, fertilizer and even a few plants ready to grow!  Limited to 15 seats!
Member $50, Non-Member $60

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Plant ID Walk – Guest Center

Sunday, May 7, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Members free, Non-Members $5.00 plus Garden Admission
Purchase Tickets Here

Featuring new plants in beds around the Guest Center with a walk in the Garden lead by Carol Lambdin, Landscape Architect.  With over 140 new species of plants now being showcased in and around the new Guest Center Carol will feature those shining the most in the month of May for this one of a kind Garden walk!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com 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 spline@hsvbg.com 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 spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Establishment and Aesthetics of the Traditional Japanese Garden

Saturday, June 3
1:00-4:00 PM
Members $15, Non-members $20
Purchase Tickets Here

ESTABLISHMENT AND AESTHETICS OF THE TRADITIONAL JAPANESE GARDEN
日本庭園

Whether for recreation, aesthetic pleasure, or spiritual practice, the Nihon Teien (Japanese Garden) utilizes a historical, philosophical, botanical, and physical landscape to provide serene sanctuary for its visitors.  This 3-hour lecture will introduce you to the storied history behind traditional Japanese Gardens, the philosophies that have cultivated traditional Japanese garden design, and optimal garden design techniques that are centuries old.  Also included in this lecture will be plant and garden ornament identification and details of plant health and soil amendment and supplementation.  Upon conclusion, the participants will possess a small portfolio of information, ideas, and sample garden design plans.

Mr. Mickey J. Lollar is a graduate student in History 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.  Mickey is focusing his graduate studies of Cultural Resource Management (including Historical Landscaping) and Archaeology on Asia and has been under the private tutelage of a Sensei for over two years.  In addition, being the son of the instructor of “Floral Design,” graduating with a Floral Design Specialist certificate, and being a student of the Alabama Master Gardeners curriculum, Mickey has a well-established history in the botanical and landscaping industries.

Mr. Mickey Jordan Lollar, B.S.Ed., M.A.
Advocate, Shoals Writers Guild
Volunteer Curator and Education Programs Director, Berry Public Library & Museum
Teacher: Social Sciences, English-Language Arts, Music, and Art History & Practice
Creative Writing, World History, & Music Instructor, Freelance Writer, International Lecturer, and Alabama Master Gardener
Graduate: Literary Theory
Graduate Student: Cultural Resource Management and Tourism & Archaeology

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Plant ID Walk – Guest Center

Sunday, June 4, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Members free, Non-Members $5.00 plus Garden Admission
Purchase Tickets Here

Featuring new plants in beds around the Guest Center with a walk in the Garden lead by Carol Lambdin, Landscape Architect.  With over 140 new species of plants now being showcased in and around the new Guest Center Carol will feature those shining the most in the month of June for this one of a kind Garden walk!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com 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 spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Plant ID Walk – Guest Center

Sunday, July 16, 2017
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Members free, Non-Members $5.00 plus Garden Admission
Purchase Tickets Here

Featuring new plants in beds around the Guest Center with a walk in the Garden lead by Carol Lambdin, Landscape Architect.  With over 140 new species of plants now being showcased in and around the new Guest Center Carol will feature those shining the most in the month of July for this one of a kind Garden walk!

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


HBG’s Annual Tomato Contest

Saturday, July 22
9:15 AM -11:15 AM
Register Here 

Show off your prize winning tomatoes at the Garden’s Annual Summer Tomato Contest! Come out to see who has the best tomatoes in the Tennessee Valley!
Guest judges will award the top three prizes for both children and adults:
Best Tasting, Best Cherry Tomato and Biggest by Weight.

Certificates and prizes for all six winners!

Free Registration for Garden members & $5 plus admission for Non-members

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.com or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


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