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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


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Planting a Straw Bale Vegetable Garden

Saturday, August 26
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Anderson Education Center
Register Here

Abundant crops of great vegetables don’t require traditional in-the-ground soil gardens. Containers of all types and sizes, including straw bales, allow gardeners to grow their treasures wherever the sun shines best.

Price includes a copy of North Carolina Tomato Man Craig LeHoullier’s book and fertilizer needed to get you started!

Taught by Soozi Pline, HBG Director of Education
& Niki Sothers, HBG Director of Horticulture
Members $15, Non-members $20

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


Native Tree Identification

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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
Register for Sept. 17
Register for Sept. 24
Register for Oct. 1
Register for Oct. 8
Register for Oct. 15

Want 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


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Family Campout in the Garden

Friday, September 15 – Saturday, September 16
5:00 PM – 8:00 AM
Dogwood Grove behind Aquatic Garden
Register Here

Campout activities include a hot dog dinner and a hay wagon ride to the Boeing-Toyota Amphitheatre for the ever popular Hoot In The Night owl show 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

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


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Felder Rushing Herb Presentation & Reception

Sunday, September 17
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Carriage House
Register Here

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and hear Felder’s presentation.. Felder is always entertaining and educational. Horticulturist Felder Rushing is a 10th generation American gardener who doubles his pleasure between a celebrated Mississippi cottage and a terrace house in Lancashire, England. The retired Extension Consumer Horticulturalist has 18 gardening books under his belt, countless magazine articles (including Landscape Architecture, Organic Gardening, Horticulture, Fine Gardening, House and Garden, and National Geographic) and for over 35 years continued his twice-weekly newspaper columns. The longtime online gardening Q&A guy for HGTV hosts a weekly live NPR gardening program from wherever he is lecturing across the country and around the world. Felder’s books available for purchase and signing.image002

Contact Tamara Huron at thuron@hsvbg.org for more information.
Members $15, Non-Members $20


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Monarch Watch Butterfly Tag & Release

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


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



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