Flowering Plant Families: Virtual

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

This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families of flowering plants found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with close-up examination of representative examples. In this virtual class, pre-recorded lectures will be shared ahead of live Zoom discussions.

$135

Peak of Autumn at Penny’s Bend

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

Explore the fall landscape of this 84-acre natural area in northeast Durham, and learn about how the Garden manages this unique property. Surrounded on three sides by the Eno River, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve encompasses mature forests and prairies with regionally rare plants.

$18

Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Moveable Gardens and Commensal Tables: Rooting in an Age of Displacement

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

Humans have been moving with plants as their traveling companions since the beginning of time. Currently, in a period of impactful and reinforcing industrialization, globalization, and strife known as the Anthropocene, this movement has dramatically escalated in tempo and scale. In this presentation, I will address how remembrance embedded in seeds counters destruction of homelands, fragmentation of habitats, and cultural alienation, and how sanctuary is sought in gardening, cooking, and community building.

Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Leave Your Leaves!

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

Fall is here and this year why not leave your leaves! Leaving your leaves is one way to change some of the forces at work behind the twin problems of the climate crisis and the loss of biodiversity. Leaving your leaves will make your yard a better habitat for birds, fireflies and butterflies. It will enrich your soil, create less stormwater runoff and lessen air and noise pollution. Learn how preserving the leaf litter in your yard is a great thing you can do for your local ecosystems and to increase the enjoyment of nature in your own backyard.

Winter Holiday Cards and Tags: Art Workshop

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

Join nurse-artist and botanical illustrator Beverly Dyer for this expressive painting workshop where we will make beautiful hand-painted holiday cards and tags. Art Prescription workshops are designed to encourage creativity with a dose of art to promote wellness and give the immune system a boost. Have fun, reduce holiday stress, and let the muse play! Each participant will leave with 5 holiday cards + envelopes and 5 tags for gifts or place settings. Cards + envelopes provided; bring your favorite watercolor paint and brushes, a medium-size round brush, and a palette. All levels welcome!

$32

Two-Day Papermaking Practicum: NC Paper

Expect a hands on sheet making journey with local plant fibers.  Learn how to identify and harvest plants for hand papermaking. Learn how to process, pulp, press, create sheets and dry textured papers, learn to create formation aids, the vocabulary - learn processes that can be recreated at home with simple equipment. Expect to learn about inclusions, overlays, natural dyes and have access to natural dye vats including indigo grown by the instructor. Build a supply of paper for printing, drawing, writing and book arts or create imagery using fresh pulp and creative techniques.

$163

Outdoor Story Time with Chapel Hill Public Library

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

Thursday, November 17, 2022 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Celebrate fall with an outdoor story time at the Garden with the Chapel Hill Public Library! Meet us in the Children's Wonder...

Free

Little Sprouts: Terrific Turkeys

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

For ages 3-5 with participating caregiver. Gobble, gobble... it’s turkey time! Learn about the big, spectacular wild turkey with fun stories, craft, play, and hands-on walk through the fall forest.

$10

Little Sprouts: Terrific Turkeys

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

For ages 3-5 with participating caregiver. Gobble, gobble... it’s turkey time! Learn about the big, spectacular wild turkey with fun stories, craft, play, and hands-on walk through the fall forest.

$10

Intermediate Traditional Watercolor

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.

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.