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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.org or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252


Native Tree Identification

Sundays, September 10, 17, 24
and October 1, 8, 15 (six classes)
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Meet in Guest Center
Register for Sept. 10 – FULL | Tree List | Map | Introduction Presentation
Register for Sept. 17 | Tree List | Map
Register for Sept. 24 | Tree List | Map
Register for Oct. 1 | Tree List | Map
Register for Oct. 8 | Tree List | Map
Register for Oct. 15 | Tree List | Map

Other Materials:
Leaf Mophology Handout  |  Location Grid Map  |  Types of Inflorescence Handout

IMG_8108Want to learn how to identify 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 trees per class; and the entire series will cover at least 60 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 the class.

Member free, Non-member $5.00 + Garden Admission
Instructor: Tracy Cook, HBG Assistant Curator

No refunds or cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the class.
Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.org or call  256-830-4447 Ext 252

 


Monarch Watch Butterfly Tag & Release

Saturday, September 30
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Anderson Education Center/Purdy Butterfly House/Celebration Station

10:00 am Register Here

11:00 am Register Here

Monarch butterflies migrate through Huntsville, Alabama from September to mid-October every year
on their incredible journey from Canada to Mexico where they will roost over the winter months.
These seemingly delicate creatures fly feverishly on their pre-determined migration patterns making
quick stops at local Waystations. Huntsville Botanical Garden has a Monarch Watch certified garden
consisting of butterfly host and nectar specific plants, necessary for migrating Monarchs. On
Saturday, September 30 we’ll be tagging, putting a tiny sticker, on the dorsal wing of over 200
Monarch’s and then releasing them into the Garden. The data from these recaptures will be used by
researchers at the University of Kansas to determine the pathways taken by migrating monarchs, the
influence of weather on the migration, and the survival rate of the Monarchs. Come join us on Saturday,
September 30, 2017 for a presentation about migrating Monarch butterflies
and the lifetime experience of tagging and releasing a live butterfly!

Light refreshments, butterflies and tags
$15/person with Garden Membership or Garden Admission
Price includes program, butterfly tags and light refreshments

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


Grumpy Gardener Meet & Greet ReceptionCover-Grumpy 0309 HI-RES

November 3, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Carriage House
Register Here

Meet and Greet Reception with Steve Bender The Grumpy Gardener. Steve will talk about his new book THE GRUMPY GARDENER:  An A to Z Guide from the Country’s Most Irritable Green Thumb. Steve will answer in-depth gardening questions/concerns and sign copies of his book for purchase. Heavy Hors D’oeuvres served. Ticket includes 1 wine or beer. Additional wine and beer available for purchase. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet Steve at the Garden.

Members $30   Non-Members $35


Finance, Food, and Fragrance: The Flavorful History of Vanilla

Saturday, November 4, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Anderson Education Classroom
Register Here

The history of vanilla is definitely not “vanilla!”  Join the Huntsville Botanical Garden and Mr. Mickey J. Lollar for a presentation spanning the globe and its eclectic tastes and rare desires as we explore the botanical origins, production methods, trade history, and diverse uses of vanilla.  In addition to a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Lollar will offer botanical and ethnological examples, recipes, and door-prizes!

Taught By: Mr. Mickey Jordan Lollar, B.S.Ed., M.A.
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.

Member $15/Non-Member $20

Contact the Education Department if you have questions spline@hsvbg.org 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 fkapp@bellsouth.net 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 spline@hsvbg.org 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.



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