Intermediate Traditional Watercolor

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

This course builds upon the knowledge and skills of Beginning Watercolor. Using live botanical specimens, students apply basic drawing and watercolor skills to create detailed, realistic watercolor studies of individual plant structures such as stems, twigs, leaves, petals, flowers, pods, and fruit. Classes cover such topics as creating the illusion of depth and volume and portraying shape, color, and textural details accurately.

$210

Natural Ornaments – Family Workshop

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

For ages 5 and up. Decorate for the holidays naturally with acorns, pine cones, milkweed pods, and more! Use your imagination to craft your own unique ornament with materials that nature supplies. Celebrate your creative work with cider or hot cocoa, then visit the holiday craft market after! All materials included.

$15

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Protect Our Pollinators! Become a Community Scientist with Budburst

Join staff from the North Carolina Botanical Garden to learn about Budburst, a national community science project that brings together researchers and the public to answer critical questions about how plants and pollinators are responding to a changing climate. Learn how you can contribute to the effort by making simple plant observations, as well as how the Garden is partnering with local community organizations to expand the reach of this project locally. With Budburst, you can experience the magic of nature, while contributing to the fight to save it.

Beginning Drawing: Virtual

An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. This is a live two hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations, and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving.

$210

Winter Flora

This course is designed for a broad audience as well as for students who are enrolled in either of the Garden’s certificate programs. Field trips and exercises provide experience in the use of identification keys and recognition of plants in their winter condition in natural settings. Enjoy discovering that many trees and shrubs are easily recognized when not covered with leaves!

$142

Botany

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

This course is introductory in nature and designed for a broad audience. It covers basic principles of botany including taxonomy, anatomy, morphology and physiology. Class time is divided between lectures and examining/dissecting samples. There are also opportunities for making observations in the gardens.

$180

Bluets: Preschoolers Exploring Nature – Winter Series

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

Learning comes naturally during this fun-filled series that fosters a sense of wonder for nature and science. Preschoolers will learn about owls, winter weather, and how plants and animals survive the cold through hands-on activities, nature walks, stories, crafts, and group play. Healthy snack provided.

$96

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: A Gardener’s Guide to Botany

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

It’s a jungle out there! Your beautiful, tranquil garden is a battlefield in which plants wage war against predators and struggle to outcompete one another for light, water, and nutrients. In this seminar (and in his new book by the same name), Dr. Scott Zona looks at how plants fulfill the five functions necessary for life: growth, nutrient acquisition, defense, reproduction, and dispersal. This is a fascinating look at how plants grow—not how to grow plants.

Plant Taxonomy

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG public certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. This course serves as a prerequisite for Flowering Plant Families.

$135

Composition

North Carolina Botanical Garden 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill, NC

This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good artistic composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity.

$210