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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: mhertzig@hsvbg.org or call  256.830.4447 Ext 253.


Plant Invaders Workshop

February 29, 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 February 29

Register for March 21
Register for April 25
Register for May 30
Register for June 13


Winter tree identification

Winter Tree Identification

March 1 | 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Chris Stuhlinger, Certified Arborist

Want to learn how to identify native trees by using only bark, twig, and fruit characteristics?

This one-session class will teach attendees the basic principles of using combinations of tree characteristics such as overall growth habit, bark, twigs, buds, and fruit to identify about 20 trees (without leaves), at least to the family or genus level. The focus of the class is primarily on overstory and understory trees native to northern Alabama. Included will be an introduction to the use of a dichotomous key for tree identification.

We will meet in the Anderson Education Classroom in the Nature Center for an introduction to winter tree identification and then walk through the Garden to identify various trees. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. In case of unpleasant weather, we will hold the class inside.

Please download the dichotomous key and bring it with you to class: Winter Tree ID Key

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


young couple planting a tree

Tree Selection for Landscapes

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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