Birmingham Botanical Gardens PHOTO-TALK
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Every 3rd Sunday | 3 - 5 p.m.
Free, $5 donation suggested
Ages 12 and up

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then this discussion group is for you!
1. I'm interested in photography.
2. I want to develop my photographic skills.
3. I want to get the most out of my digital camera's capabilities.
4. I'm not sure my photographs capture the mood I want.
5. I want advice on equipment, tools, techniques, shooting locations, classes, etc..
6. I'd like feedback, in a non-threatening environment, on my images.

 

Format: Bring your pictures on a jump/flash drive, or on your camera's memory card, or in print.

This group is not a class; it is a casual but informative venue for amateur to expert level photographers to come together to share their ideas, tips, advice, tricks, and knowledge with each other. This group is highly recommended for those who are planning to take or who have already taken digital photography classes offered at the Gardens or other local teaching venues.

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American Girl * Girls Just Like Me: Baking from the Heart
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Sunday, February 8 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$15 members | $20 non-members
Creating something yummy for our tummy and sharing with another is the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day at The Gardens. As we explore the story of the 2015 American Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas, an enthusiastic young baker, we'll learn a little about French culture and bake a delicious treat in honor of Heart Day.

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Beginning Zentangle
Instructor: Darla Williamson
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Thursday, February 12 | 9 - noon
$40 Members| $45 Non-Members

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. During this two and a half to three hour introductory course, you will learn tangles inspired by nature as well as a few others to show the variety of design in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Ages 12 and up (10 and up if accompanied by an adult)

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For the Love of Chocolate
Instructor: Brooke McMinn & Pam Childers
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, February 14 | 10 - 12 p.m.
$18 Single | $30 Couple

Few foods inspire such passion in humanity as our beloved chocolate. Learn about the plants that make it possible as well as its fascinating history of ritual, medicine and passion reaching back through the last 4,000 years into exotic lands and ancient cultures. Then grab your spoons and get your aprons ready as we learn the process of creating flavorful hot cocoa stirrers, piping and how to dip your favorite treats. You will take your handmade treats home in a Valentine box perfect for sharing on Valentine’s Day! Limited Spaces available!

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Tangles Inspired by the Gardens
Instructor: Darla Williamson
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, March 7 | 9 - 5 p.m.
Sunday, March 8 | 1-5 p.m.
$150 Members | $165 Non-Members

In this weekend workshop we will learn to use Tombow brush markers with water to create watercolor a large watercolor drawing of Zentangle® patterns that are inspired by the gardens. On Saturday morning we will practice using the markers and learn to work with the colors. On Saturday afternoon we will begin working on our large watercolor drawing. Sunday afternoon we will wrap our watercolor drawing and it will be suitable for framing! All supplies will be furnished.

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From the Ground Up
Learn how every day plants in your yard can be used to enhance your beauty regimen and pesky weeds can actually benefit your garden. Every second Saturday, January – May, Herbalist Antonia Viteri and Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss will help you discover history and benefits of the flora around you From the Ground Up.

 

Herbs: From the Ground to Medicine Cabinet - Part I
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, February 14 | 2 - 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

“Learn how to treat common household ailments using southern herbs.”

Part one will introduce 20 southern herbs. Discussion will focus on traditional uses for promoting relief of common ailments such as: colds, coughs, flu, stress, insomnia, and seasonal allergies. Class time will be spent on plant identification, herbal properties, growth habits, and seasonal times for harvesting medicine. Herbal highlights include: Cayenne, Elder, Goldenrod, Hydrangea, Passionflower, Peach, Solomon’s Seal, Yarrow, and Yellow Root. Students will leave this class with informative handouts and recipes.

Herbs: From the Ground to Medicine Cabinet -Part II
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, March 14 | 2 - 4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

“Learn how to treat common household ailments using southern herbs”

Part two of this series, will cover the making of herbal formulas. Students will learn about herb pairing as well as basic vocabulary of herbal actions that explain how herbs work in remedying symptoms as well as supporting the body holistically. Topics include the best methods for preparing, preserving and administering your herbal remedies as either infusions, decoctions, extracts, syrups or salves, as well as how to plan and stock your herbal medicine cabinet. Students will be provided with a resource list for obtaining seeds, bulk herbs, educational material, and treatment from reputable sources. This workshop is not a medicine making class.

Herbal Skin Care For Gardeners Part I & II
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, April 11 & May 9 | 10 - noon
$75 Members | $85 Non-Members

Explore alternative solutions for outdoor skin care that utilize herbs from your very own garden!
This class will be part lecture part hands on workshop in which we will make non-toxic sunscreen, after sunburn care and insect repellant that is healthy for body, mind, and spirit! Part I focuses on the history of herbal skincare, preparation techniques and introduction to ingredients. Students will partner together to make one of each of the products in Part II. All materials provided.

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The Junior Master Gardener program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.

JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification and recognition.

Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility, and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects.

Junior Master Gardener: Soils and Water
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, January 24 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class

$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 2: Plant Growth and Development
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, February 21 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 3: Ecology and Environment
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, March 21 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 4: Landscape Horticulture
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, June 20 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 5: Insects and Diseases
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, July 18 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 6: Vegetable and Herbs
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, August 15 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 7: Life Skills and Career
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, September 19 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 8: Fruits & Nuts
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 9: Make-up session
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

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Pruning of the Dunn Formal Rose Garden

February 28 | 8 - noon

Instruction will be given by Birmingham Rose Society members on pruning and care of roses. Bad weather makeup date is scheduled for March 7.

FREE

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The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver
Presented by the Birmingham Botanical Gardens & ArtPlay’s
“Make It Happen” Performing Ensemble
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday February 28 |11 a.m.
Free to the public

Join the multitalented young actors of ArtPlay’s “Make It Happen” Performing Ensemble as they celebrate the life of Alabama’s own Dr. George Washington Carver. This entertaining and educational play is written and directed by ArtPlay’s own Alicia Johnson-Williams. Through poetry, song and dance, The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver, is a snapshot tribute of this remarkable man, his life, and his legacy. While no story can truly encapsulate his infinite contributions to science and agriculture, this performance will offer a wonderful introduction to his life and work. "The Clever Dr. George Washington Carver" is sure to educate and entertain audiences of all ages. www.ArtPlayASC.org

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Family Yoga Series
Instructor: Annie Damsky
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2nd Saturday of the month | 9 - 10 a.m.
$15 drop-in (child+1 adult)
$5 for an additional family member (per class)

March 14 - feelings stones

April 11 - bubble snake

May 9 - herb sachet

June 13 - hand scrub

July 11 - energy catcher

August 8 - t-shirt art with plant dyes

Enjoy this unique opportunity for healthy fun with the family in the gardens. This energetic class will incorporate individual and partner yoga poses for strength and balance, plus breathing exercises to help foster calm and focus. Our garden inspired crafts will assist in cooling the mind and body. For ages 3 and up

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Disclaimer: We appreciate your interest in Birmingham Botanical Gardens' classes for adults and children. Some of our classes may cover the edible, medicinal, cosmetic and aromatic uses of plants. The information presented in our classes, whether delivered by Gardens' staff, volunteers or instructors, is derived from numerous sources which include folklore as well as more authoritative sources. This information is intended solely for educational purposes. We believe this information to be accurate, interesting and useful within an educational context, but any information we may provide about the various uses of plants is not intended to advocate any specific use. Due to the very personal nature of individual chemical tolerances, allergies and other possible negative reactions, you accept full responsibility for any use you may choose to undertake of the plants covered in our classes.