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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. 

For questions about our Adult Programs, please contact or 256.830.4447 ext 253.

Current Programs

Terrariums: Bringing Gardening Indoors | In-person class

January 15 at 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m.

Terrariums are a fun and fascinating way to bring gardening indoors. Plus, they serve as an exquisite decoration and a unique conversation piece in your home! Join Rebecca Turk as she teaches you the best construction methods for constructing and caring for a terrarium.

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Houseplants 101 | In-person class

January 29 at 10:00 am — 11:30 am

Join us at the Garden to learn about houseplants with Kitt from Botanica: A Houseplant Shop! Learn everything you need to know to be successful in selecting and caring for houseplants in your own home. In this class, Kitt will cover all of the basics such as lighting, watering, common types of plants, soil, and possible diseases, as well as a demonstration of proper watering and repotting techniques. A variety of houseplants from Botanica will also be available for purchase exclusively for class participants!

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Simple and Novel Techniques for Feeding Birds | In-person class

February 12 at 10:00 am — 12:00 pm

Using different methods for feeding birds is a fun and impactful way to attract a variety of bird species to your home garden. In this class, join us for a morning of examining feeder designs, food offerings, and placement techniques developed by Herb Lewis through his many years of observing feeding behaviors. Proven in Herb’s own backyard bird oasis, these simple and novel techniques can help bring birds into close view and make your bird watching experience even more enjoyable. Weather permitting, we will be taking a walk to view examples of a few designs.

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Hypertufa Class | In-person class

February 26  and March 26 at 10:00 am — 12:00 pm

Let’s put on some gloves and get our hands dirty! Hypertufa pots are fun, unique, and easy-to-make containers for your home garden. These containers are made by combining Portland cement, perlite, peat moss, and water. The resulting material looks like concrete but is very lightweight.

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Gardening in Containers | Virtual class series

Every Thursday, March 3 — March 31, from 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

More people are growing plants in containers than ever before! Why? Many people are choosing to downsize, urban living is becoming increasingly common, and small space gardening is increasing in popularity. Successful container gardening requires a thorough knowledge of the science of plant growth, container and media dynamics, and container gardening design principles. Come join us for this comprehensive class about all things related to plants and containers!

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Creating and Caring for Sustainable Landscapes | Virtual class series

Every Thursday, May 19 — June 23, from 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

This is a 6-week course for folks who are interested in gardening in a more sustainable way. We will define, and discuss the concept of sustainability as it relates to all our home gardening practices. Come learn more about gardening techniques that save energy, conserve water, reduce inputs, restore ecosystems, attract wildlife, and much more!

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