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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. 

Contact the Education Department if you have questions: or call  256.830.4447 Ext 253.

Plant Invaders Workshop

The March 21 Plant Invaders Workshop is cancelled. Please check back for information on future dates for this class.

March 21, April 25, May 30,
and June 13
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Davidson, HBG Horticulture Specialist

The Plant Invaders project is a Huntsville Botanical Garden educational outreach effort to inform members, visitors, volunteers, and staff about locally problematic invasive plant species identification and current best methods of control. HBG has identified six invasive plant species that are particularly problematic in the Garden and the surrounding areas. Each workshop will have a presentation and a field component that will give attendees to practice what they learn. Our goal is to help you identify invasive plants and learn how to eradicate them from your property and control their spread.

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes. Remember, mosquitoes and ticks are starting to wake up from their winter snoozes, so wear your long sleeves and pants. Tools, gloves, eye protection, and insect repellent will be provided; however, you are welcome to bring your own equipment.

Each class is a stand-alone course:
Register for March 21
Register for April 25
Register for May 30
Register for June 13

Composting 101

The March 28 Composting 101 class will be postponed at this time with an intent to reschedule as we are able to. Please check back for updated information.

March 28 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Davidson, HBG Horticulture Specialist

This class is for absolute composting beginners! You’ll learn how to turn kitchen and landscape “waste” into a valuable, nutritive, and best of all, FREE soil amendment for your garden. We will discuss different methods of active and passive composting, as well as vermiculture and leaf mold. 

Garden Members: $15
Non-Members: $25 (price includes Garden admission) 

young couple planting a tree

Tree Selection for Landscapes

The March 29 Tree Selection for Landscapes Program will be postponed with an intent to reschedule as we are able. Please check back for updated information.

March 29 | 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Instructor: Chris Stuhlinger, Certified Arborist

Learn the basics of selecting the right tree for your property. We will discuss the reasons for planting, site conditions, tree characteristics, suggested species to plant, and species to avoid. Included will be some non-native species, small trees, and street trees. We will summarize the pros and cons of the various planting stock sizes and types. Also highlighted will be some woody species that will be available at the Spring Plant Sale.

We will meet in the Anderson Education Classroom in the Nature Center. If time allows, we will walk outside to view some recommended tree species. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In case of unpleasant weather, we will hold the entire class inside.

Garden Members: $15
Non-Members: $25 (price includes Garden admission)

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