Lichens

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

This class is intended for a broad audience. Lichens (lichenized fungi) are symbiotic organisms that consist of fungal, algal and/or bacterial partners. Among the first life-forms to live on land, lichens have occupied nearly every habitat on Earth and grow on many of the surfaces of our environment. This class introduces students to the fascinating world of lichen biology, the dazzling diversity of the local lichen flora, and their importance as indicators of environmental health. Includes lecture, demonstrations, and a foray out into the Garden.

$90

Intermediate Drawing: Virtual

Virtual

In this class, students continue their journey to learn the skills needed to produce a clean, accurate pencil drawing. Specifics of the course include: measuring, ellipses in perspective, and tonal gradation.

$210

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Natural Communities of Agape Center for Environmental Education

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

Greg will describe the natural communities found within the portion of Camp Agape (approximately 300 acres in Harnett County, NC) where trails are located and a total of seven different natural communities were identified. These natural communities include Piedmont Levee Forest, Piedmont Alluvial Forest, Piedmont/Mountain Semipermanent Impoundment, Low Elevation Seep, Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest, Dry-Mesic Oak-Hickory Forest, and Dry Oak-Hickory Forest.
This is a report on Greg’s Independent Study Project for the Advanced Certificate in Native Plants. 

Making Herbal Liquid Soap from Scratch

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

Join Deena Class for this fun workshop on how to make herbal liquid soap in your kitchen with very simple equipment.

$67

Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants

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

Conservation Gardening 101: Landscaping with Native Plants is a certificate series designed to provide home gardeners and emerging landscape professionals with foundational concepts of landscape design, species selection, implementation and maintenance of compellingly beautiful and ecologically productive native plant gardens based on conservation principles.

$225

Pollination

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

This intermediate-level course explores the dynamic relationship between flowering plants and their pollinators. It includes floral reproductive biology, including the flowering plant life cycle, breeding system biology, and pollinator attraction mechanisms. Students learn to recognize important insect pollinators. Additional topics include pollination ecology, conservation, and the importance of pollination to our ecosystems and agriculture/food supply.

$90

Composition: Virtual

Virtual

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

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Connecting Ecosystems for Wildlife and Plantlife Biodiversity Conservation

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

Preserving and/or creating wildlife corridors between and among core natural areas is essential for biological diversity conservation. Emphasis is often placed on wildlife, but we all know that animals depend on plantlife for food, shelter, and general habitat. Plants, like animals, must migrate across the geographic landscape, interbreed to maintain genetic diversity, respond to environmental change, and adapt to new environments. In this presentation I will discuss the importance of wildlife corridors for all species, but with an emphasis on plants. I will also provide information on the national, regional, and local efforts to ensure conservation connectivity.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Botanical Birthrights & Bitter Roots: African American Herbal Medicine in the American South

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

As enslaved Africans were brought to North America, they transported environmental and medicinal knowledge alongside familiar plants. As African people, beliefs, and practices encountered Indigenous and European people and plants, a distinct variety of ethnomedicine emerged and allowed African Americans to both covertly and directly confront oppression. This talk will explore the basics of archaeobotany and will present a case study that illustrates how multidisciplinary lines of evidence can highlight historical instances of human resilience and resistance.

Field Sketching

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

Take your sketchbook outdoors and reconnect with plants in their natural environment. In this course, students are encouraged to shed old habits and try new techniques as they travel through the variety of gardens and habitats at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Through a combination of guided exercises and free experimentation, students discover new ways of seeing plants, new problem-solving skills, and a refreshing way of thinking about layout and color. Several media are used, from ballpoint pen to watercolor to pencil.

$210