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.