Fall Yoga Series
(for families and kids)

Instructor: Annie Damsky
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Plant Adventure Zone
Every Wednesday September 3 – November 19 | 3:30 – 4 p.m.
$55/per child 4 week package | $15/per child drop-in
$5 for an additional family member (per class)
1 free adult with the purchase of a package or drop-in

Enjoy this unique opportunity for healthy fun with the family in the gardens. These classes encourage kids and families to explore and develop mind, body and being as they learn and practice traditional yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations in creative sequences, group activities and guided relaxation. All classes move from warm-up to active play, through mindfulness exercises and closing relaxation. Throughout the series kids strengthen and deepen their self-awareness while developing strength, balance and tools for self-soothing. Classes will also center around open discussion on how to take yoga off the mat into your home, school and social life. Led by Annie Damsky of Villager Yoga. For ages 4+

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Good Things from the South
Instructor: Executive Director & CEO Fred Spicer
September 13 | 10 – noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Exploration Classroom
Free Members-Only Class
"Good Things from the South" is the story of a kind of a love affair this former northerner developed for certain native plants...before he knew they were really southern native plants in northern gardens! In an effort to answer the question: "How did this plant get here?", this lecture touches on the fascinating impacts of ancient glaciers on plant ranges - even in the south - and, with current range maps, takes a look at where native plants really live. Of course we'll see the plants themselves, in the wild and in gardens. This presentation will give you a new appreciation for native plants, their beauty and their utility.

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Tailgating Fiesta
Instructor: Lori Sours
September 24, 2014 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Plant Adventure Zone
Members $20 | Non-Members $25

Join the Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens for Tailgating Fiesta, a fun, educational twist on the tradition of Fall Football Tailgating. Enjoy refreshing beer provided by Trim Tab as you learn how to make a Southwest inspired Tailgating menu with a cooking lesson from professional chef Lori Sours, co-founder of the Salsa Senorita line. Sample the spicy creations and unwind with beer– or water if things get too spicy!

Menu:
Corn soufflé dip
Jalapeño poppers
Spicy slaw
Taquitos

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Author Talk “Conifers in the Landscape – A Native Son Returns”
Speaker: Tom Cox, author of Landscaping with Conifers and Ginkgo for the Southeast

September 25 | 6 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Ireland Room
Free Admission. Registration Required

Cox will be signing books after the presentation. Books will be available for purchase at the event or in Leaf n Petal at the Gardens before the event.

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Zentangle
Instructor: Darla Williamson
Monday, October 6 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members-Only (Limited to 10 per class)

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun, relaxing and anyone can use it to create beautiful pieces of art! It is enjoyed by a wide range of ages and skill levels across the world.

It’s fun for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere!

Anyone can create a Zentangle. Even if you have never drawn a line, you can pick up the pen and make a beautiful piece the very first time. People who are sure they are not “creative, artistic, or talented” are always delighted and surprised to see what they can create. The portability for appointments, or embellishing a journal page.

Zentangle
Instructor: Darla Williamson
Monday, October 6 | 1 – 4 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members-Only (Limited to 10 per class)

Zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun, relaxing and anyone can use it to create beautiful pieces of art! It is enjoyed by a wide range of ages and skill levels across the world.

It’s fun for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere!

Anyone can create a Zentangle. Even if you have never drawn a line, you can pick up the pen and make a beautiful piece the very first time. People who are sure they are not “creative, artistic, or talented” are always delighted and surprised to see what they can create. The portability for appointments, or embellishing a journal page.

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Painting Impressionistic Landscapes
Instructor: Scott Thompson
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Friday, October 9, 16, 23 & 30 | 6 - 8 p.m.
$135 Members | $150 Non-Members

Using a limited palette of acrylics, learn how to paint spontaneous landscapes from
photographs. This course focuses on color mixing, lighting, simple shapes and editing
photos to develop a good painting. A supply list will be sent upon registration.

WEEK 1- Usage of supplies and color mixing. Also tutorial on landscape painters.
WEEK 2 - Value studies- (landscapes) and photo editing
WEEK 3 - Value studies- color harmony Landscape paitning from a photograph.
WEEK 4 - Landscape painting-harmony between the landscape and subject matter.

Artist to View:
Bill Anton
Matt Smith
Edgar Payne

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Creepy Creations
Instructor: Bradley Gilbert
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Sunday, October 12 | 2 – 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

In this class we will explore the vibrant jewel tones that explode during the fall season. Learn to make a creepy centerpiece using sticks, rocks, dried flowers, vines, cotton, gourds and tiny little skeletons.

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Principles of Fall Planting
Instructor: Brooke McMinn
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens- Plant Adventures Zone
Friday, October 17 | 6 – 7 p.m.
Free Admission – Registration is required

Fall can be the most satisfying planting season of the gardening year. The days are cooler, pests are fewer and watering demands are lower. To make the most of this wonderful season, join Plant Adventures Program Specialist Brooke McMinn for this free program and learn the best gardening practices for fall planting.

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Kokedama
Insructor: Hope Long, Library Director & Master Gardener
October 25 |10 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Adventure Classroom
General Admission $20

Meaning ‘moss’ (koke) and ‘ball’ (dama), kokedama is a Japanese art form that offers a whole new way of displaying house plants. In this hands-on workshop you’ll have access to all the materials needed to make your own beautiful kokedama and will be taken step by step through the unique process. This is a messy class so please dress appropriately.

Limit 15 people, so sign up early.

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Photography Class: Memorable Images
Instructor: Hank Siegel
November 8 & 15 | 9 – noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Upstairs Conference Room
$100 members | $120 non-members

This class is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts in photography and digital camera operations including:
• Image Capture - understanding the light, know your camera, develop techniques
• Image Transfer - set up the computer, manage your image files, accessories
• Image Processing - software available, capabilities, techniques
• Image Sharing - E-mailing, WEB sites, printing

Whether you've got a simple "POINT-AND-SHOOT" digital camera or a more complex Digital SLR, you can gain skill and confidence in your ability to create memorable images.

Need to bring:
- your digital camera
- your camera's user’s manual

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Wonderful Wreaths
Instructor: Bradley Gilbert
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Sunday, November 9 | 2 – 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

Learn new and exciting techniques for door wreaths that will welcome your holiday visitors with flair. In this class we will learn how to use everyday items you have around the house and easily accessible flora and fauna to create exceptional decorations for your entrance way.

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Join us on Sunday afternoons to discover The Gardens and the plants that make each season special. Each program includes a story, a short hike, a take home nature craft and much more. Programs are designed for all and although not limited to scouts, program objectives may match badge requirements. Classes are limited to 20 children, so don’t hesitate to register as spaces fill quickly. For more information, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or ehardy@bbgardens.org.

 

November & Native Americans
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Sunday, November 9 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$12 members | $15 non-members

We'll learn the story of how a young Native American made a difference. You, too, can make a difference by shaping the world with your bravery, kindness, and unique ideas. Includes a story, short hike, and take home nature craft.

American Girl * Girls Just Like Me: Festival of Trees
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Sunday, December 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$12 members | $15 non-members

Celebrate the beauty of the season in The Gardens with American Girl fun! Enjoy crafting with fragrant plant material such as evergreen and cinnamon, a short hike, holiday story, and delicious treats while learning how your favorite American Girl characters celebrate the holidays.

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Photography Class: Seasonal Series
Instructor: Hank Siegel
November 22 | 9 – noon.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Adventure Classroom
$65 members | $75 non-members

This course will introduce the participant to techniques, tools and skills necessary to capture visually stunning and interesting images through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes.

Class Requirements:
- Camera - a digital SLR or an advanced compact with Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority operational mode settings.
- A basic understanding of camera operations....Know how to use the different operational modes.
- Basic computer skills...Can download images from camera to computer and locate images once downloaded.

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Woodland in a Jar
Instructor: Brooke McMinn & John Manion
Saturday, November 22 | 1- 2:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $15 | Non-members $20

Join Plant Adventure Program Specialist Brooke McMinn and Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator John Manion for a children's workshop creating a terrarium with species native to Alabama woodlands. Part of the class will involve a walk through the Barber Alabama Woodlands garden to collect materials, so please dress accordingly. Appropriate for children ages 5-12.

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Photography Class: Memorable Images
Instructor: Hank Siegel
December 6 & 13 | 9 – noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Adventure Classroom
$100 members | $120 non-members

This class is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts in photography and digital camera operations including:
• Image Capture - understanding the light, know your camera, develop techniques
• Image Transfer - set up the computer, manage your image files, accessories
• Image Processing - software available, capabilities, techniques
• Image Sharing - E-mailing, WEB sites, printing

Whether you've got a simple "POINT-AND-SHOOT" digital camera or a more complex Digital SLR, you can gain skill and confidence in your ability to create memorable images.

Need to bring:
- your digital camera
- your camera's user’s manual

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Kitschy Christmas
Instructor: Bradley Gilbert
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Sunday, December 14 | 2 – 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

In this blast from the past class we will take a stroll down memory lane and revisit the soft tones and cheekiness of the 60's. Create small but interesting vignettes throughout the house using ordinary household objects. This will be a fun class indeed.

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A Few of My Favorite Things
Instructor: Bradley Gilbert
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Sunday, January 11 | 2 – 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

In this class we will create a tablescape that defines who we are using our favorite containers, favorite flowers and the objects we surround ourselves with. Participants are encouraged to bring a small cherished item from home to display during the class.