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.


Members’ Holiday Party

All North Carolina Botanical Garden Foundation members are invited to celebrate the beauty of the season, outdoors at the annual Members’ Holiday Party! The holiday party will be fun for all ages and will include: Winter Craft activities for children Holiday Selfie Station for Family Photos Live Performances from the Carrboro High School Jazz Band...

Winter Craft Market

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

Find the perfect holiday gift during our Winter Craft Market on Sunday, December 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. Local artists will offer a variety of products, including ceramics, cards, macramé, folk art, and jewelry. Rain or shine: Vendors will be set up indoors in Reeves Auditorium. Vendors All Strings Detatched The Botanical Bear Rebecca...


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.


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.


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!



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.


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.


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.