Home gardening workshops, nature art classes, and more!
We offer many learning opportunities for adults, including home gardening workshops, botanical art classes, nature walks, and free Lunchbox Talks, just to name a few. Offerings range from one-hour lectures, to short classes, to longer, multi-day courses and certificate programs. We have something for everyone!
- Advance registration is required for all programs.
- All classes are held at the Allen Education Center, off of Old Mason Farm Road in Chapel Hill, unless otherwise indicated.
- Members receive a 10% discount on class fees. Not a member? Join here!
- Need to cancel or request a refund? Cancellation and refund policy[PDF]
For those looking to delve deeper into a topic, we offer certificate programs in several areas. Explore our offerings below!
Botanical Art & Illustration
Conservation Gardening 101
Native Plant Studies
Evelyn McNeill Sims Native Plant Lecture
Every spring the Garden offers a lecture focused on native plants and their conservation and ecology. The lecture series was initiated in 2000 with a gift from Botanical Garden Foundation Board member Nancy Preston. Mrs. Preston wanted to honor her mother, Evelyn McNeill Sims, on the occasion of her 90th birthday. Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, Mrs. Sims was educated at UNC-Greensboro and later moved to Kingsport, Tennessee, with her husband and daughter. Wildflower excursions in the mountains surrounding Kingsport were a favorite activity for Mrs. Sims, who eventually became a volunteer guide at Bays Mountain Nature Park.
Sunday, April 3, 2020; 2:30-3:30 p.m., reception following
50 Years of Wildflower Conservation in North Carolina: History and the Road Ahead
with Julie Moore, botanist and endangered species biologist
Join Julie as she takes us on a virtual journey through the past 50 years of wildflower conservation in North Carolina. She will share her firsthand experience with the Garden’s early role, and how the Garden and numerous other organizations work toward the conservation of the diverse and unique flora of North Carolina. Julie will show us how we can all be effective advocates for the protection and use of our native wildflowers. Free, preregistration required.
Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture
Named in memory of Jenny Fitch, local plant enthusiast and passionate gardener, this lecture takes place each fall. Mrs. Fitch passed away in 1995. The endowment for the lecture series was graciously donated by her husband, R.B. Fitch, in 1997 after friends and family sent scores of memorial gifts to the Garden. We have been able to bring a renowned gardener or horticulturist to Chapel Hill each year since 1999 to present the Jenny Fitch lecture.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
More information coming soon!