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The Botanical Gardens at Asheville offers educational classes for adults throughout the year.

2016 Adult Educational Classes: 
  
Saturday, March 12
1 pm - 4
Wood Identification,  Ron Lance
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Native plant specialist Ron Lance will show us how the different cell types and their configurations affect our utility of wood. These characteristics can be as useful in identifying trees as looking at the leaves or twigs. This program will introduce participants to the anatomical features of wood and reveal how the composition of the wood differs among many of our local trees. An 8x or 10x power hand lens will be useful for examining wood samples. 

Lance has more than 30 years of experience growing, studying and teaching about native plants. He’s written several guides and keys for Southeastern plants, including The Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge, The Surveyor’s Guide to the Trees of North Carolina, and Woody Plants of the Southeastern US – A Winter Guide.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).  

Sunday, April 3
noon - 4
Plant Families, Marc Williams
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Ethnobiologist Marc Williams will walk the Gardens with participants and delve into the major plant families of the Southern USA. Participants will reinforce plant identification skills by observing family patterns such as leaf, flower and fruit types. The phenomenon of exotic invasive plants will also be covered in relation to their family membership. Participants will gain a more holistic understanding of the major plants comprising the Southern US flora and their potential ecological and ethnobotanical applications. Williams is Executive Director of Plants and Healers International.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).  

Saturday, April 17
9:30 am - 1130

 

Annual Spring Wildflower Walk, David Clarke
Asheville Botanical Gardens
Fees: $12 members; $17 non-members.  

A professor in the UNCA Biology Department, Dr. David Clark is regarded as one of the premier botanists of South American floras. He has discovered dozens of new plant species while exploring for the Smithsonian Institution. David possesses an unpretentious wit and an infectious style of sharing his vast knowledge of plants. Join him for an informative walk through the Gardens – rain or shine!

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, May 15
2 pm - 4
Natural History Walk with Shrubs & Trees, Ron Lance
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Explore the diversity of native shrubs and trees in the Botanical Gardens and gain a perspective on their natural history in this 2 hour outdoor study/walk. Topics for each plant include where they grow, how they mesh with other plant and animal life and how they have been used by humans. This program will focus on both large and small examples of our most interesting regional flora, so if you have a hand lens, it will prove helpful to see the tiny details. Walk is planned for rain or shine, so please dress accordingly! 

Lance has more than 30 years of experience growing, studying and teaching about native plants. He’s written several guides and keys for Southeastern plants, including The Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge, The Surveyor’s Guide to the Trees of North Carolina, and Woody Plants of the Southeastern US – A Winter Guide.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, May 22
8 am - 10
Bird Walk, Simon Thompson
Asheville Botanical Gardens
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Join us for an easy, early morning bird walk in the Gardens, led by Simon Thompson, expert birder and ornithologist. As we look for, listen to, and enjoy the spring birds, we'll learn to recognize their songs and calls. Binoculars and field guides are helpful but not necessary.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, June 19
9 am - 11
Plant Compounds, Jay Kranyik
Asheville Botanical Gardens
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Jay Kranyik, BGA Garden Manager, Horticulture Chairman, naturalist, and nature photographer, has been an integral part of the Gardens since 1999. He has botanized widely in the region, and is co-author of "The flora of Dupont State Forest." “What we're really after is to reconnect people with Appalachia and to show people the miracle that they walk by every day.” Kranyik, Asheville Citizen Times 17 APR 2010.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Saturday, June 25
10:30 am - noon
Creating a Pollinator-Friendly Garden, Lisa Wagner
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Butterflies, bumblebees, and hummingbirds are among our best-known native pollinators. Enjoyable to watch, they’re even more important in their role as pollinators; most flowering plants (90%) depend on pollinators for successful reproduction, including a third of our food plants. Join naturalist, plant ecologist, and garden educator Lisa Wagner to learn how to encourage native pollinators (and honey bees) by using native plants that provide nectar and pollen throughout the growing season.  She’ll talk about plant characteristics, look at native plant examples and discuss ways to support pollinators in your gardens and communities.

Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for over 20 years. A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), she’s interested in native plants, sustainable gardening, public education, and promoting habitat restoration, as well as being a passionate gardener. She does frequent presentations and classes as a volunteer, on a variety of topics including gardening for nature and creating a native woodland garden. Her blog, Natural Gardening (www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com) reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, July 17
2 pm - 4
The Peculiar World of Fungi,, Mike Hopping
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Michael Hopping, amateur mycologist and mushroom identifier for the Asheville Mushroom Club, will introduce us to a kingdom of beings as different from plants as humans. Hopping with teach the basics of mushroom identification and show us how to key out mushrooms brought to the meeting with a very helpful online resource. Feel free to bring mushrooms you've found. Mushroom field guides are also welcome. 

Hopping, who has a background in medicine and writing, is currently at work on Mushrooms of the Carolinas, a field guide scheduled for publication in 2018 by the University of North Carolina Press, with mycologists Alan and Arleen Bessette.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, August 21
9 am - 11
Nature Walk, Jay Kranyik
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees: $12 members; $17 non-members.  

Numerous facets of natural history will be observed and discussed during this slow ramble through the Gardens. Botany, scientific names, natural community ecology, birds, insects, weather, even plant sex will be considered! Bring binoculars and a loupe if you have them. Rain or shine - bring rain wear/umbrella.

Jay Kranyik, BGA Garden Manager, Horticulture Chairman, naturalist, and nature photographer, has been an integral part of the Gardens since 1999. He has botanized widely in the region, and is co-author of "The flora of Dupont State Forest." “What we're really after is to reconnect people with Appalachia and to show people the miracle that they walk by every day.” -Kranyik Asheville Citizen Times 17 APR 2010.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, October 16
10 am - noon
Growing Native Perennials from Seed, Pat Sommers
Butler Room, Botanical Gardens
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

We will talk a bit about seed morphology, pollination and the importance of species plants in a highly hybridized world. A walk in the garden will afford us a look at a variety of seeds in their native state. Back in the Butler room we will plant seeds with different germination requirements and discuss the what, how and why of those requirements and how to grow them on once they have germinated.  All levels are welcome.

Pat Sommers owns Natural Selections Nursery where she grows Southern Appalachian native perennials from seed and spore. She also serves on the BGA Board of Directors and helps maintain the gardens there.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

Sunday, October 23
1 pm - 4
Winter Tree Identification, Jason Rodrigue
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).

 

Saturday, October 29
10:30 am - noon

Creating a Garden Full of Life:  Gardening for Nature, Lisa Wagner
Botanical Gardens Visitor Center
Fees:   $12 for BGA members; $17 for non-members.

By gardening with nature in mind, and using more native plants, you can enjoy a vibrant garden lively with birds, butterflies, bees, and other native wildlife.  Whether your landscape supports birds, butterflies, chipmunks, or frogs, gardening for nature is a rewarding way to create ecologically-sound landscapes that are full of life.  Lisa will share some of her experiences using native plants to transform lawn to wildlife garden and recommend excellent native species to use in WNC. She’ll also describe the ecological (and aesthetic benefits) of providing habitat for birds, butterflies, bees, and other wildlife through promoting habitat diversity, using examples from her garden projects.

Lisa Wagner served as Director of Education at the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University for over 20 years. A plant ecologist by background (Ph.D. in Botany, UC Berkeley), she’s interested in native plants, sustainable gardening, public education, and promoting habitat restoration, as well as being a passionate gardener. She does frequent presentations and classes as a volunteer, on a variety of topics including gardening for nature and creating a native woodland garden. Her blog, Natural Gardening (www.naturalgardening.blogspot.com) reflects her observations about gardening and the natural world.

Participants must register register and pre-pay.  For additional information or to register, please contact our Office Manager (252-5190).