Upcoming Adult & Family Classes

Certificate in Native Plant Studies | Discovery Field Trips | Southern Institute of Photography | Children's Summer Camps

 

Yoga In The Gardens
Instructor: Suzanne Graham
Every Wednesday | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - East Room
$72 Yoga Six Class Series
$15 Single Class

Suzanne Graham combines a flowing style with a focus on strength, breath, light-heartedness and a quiet spirituality. She finds that yoga provides the connection between the physical body, the true self, and the divine energy of the universe.

Suzanne is an ERYT 200 Kripalu lineage and a level 2 Thai Yoga facilitator.
This multidimensional approach to relaxation facilities deep integration of the mind, body, and spirit. This practice is appropriate for anyone, regardless of physical condition.

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Up Close & Personal
Macrophotography in the Gardens
Instructor: Hank Siegel
July 19 & 26 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$100 members| $120 non-members

This Class will focus on all aspects of capturing, processing and displaying macro-photographic (extreme close-up) images using the plants, features and environment of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as the subject matter.

The class will consist of two sessions:
Session One - 3 hours
~ Lecture covering:
~ Image Capture - Skills, processes and equipment
~ Image Processing - Software options and processing techniques
~ Image Display - Display options including internet uploading, slide show creation, and printed displays.
~ Garden walk-through to capture images

Session Two - 3 hours
~ Presentations & Class Critique:
~ Class members will present their products - slide shows, web-sites, prints
~ Class members and instructor will critique products.
~ Wrap-up.

Class Requirements Digital SLR Camera
- A Tripod
- A basic knowledge of the camera's operation (beyond "Full Auto")

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The Brown Bag Series

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

July 23 | GrandScapes: Playful Gardening | Vasha Rosenblum

Kindle the imagination of the (grand)kids in your life by creating fairy gardens, worm habitats and other play inspiring features.

August 6 | The Buzz on Pollinators | Sallie Lee

For a bountiful garden, learn how to welcome bee pollinators in colorful and exciting ways in your garden.

August 13 | Porous, Permeable and Pervious | James Horton

When it comes to pathways and driveways, discover beautiful alternatives to concrete and asphalt.

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Photography Class: Seasonal Series
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, August 9 | 9 – noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Exploration 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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Photography Class: Walking Class-Water Features
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, August 23 | 9 – 1 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens - Conference Room
$65 members| $75 non-members

This class will start with a short - 15 minutes - presentation in the classroom, then proceed to the various garden water features to actually experiment and experience different techniques: manipulating zoom focus, controlling shutter speeds and aperture (f-stop), and the use of ND filters; all towards getting the images that reflect their creative vision.

Class Requirements:
- Digital SLR Camera
- A Tripod (not mandatory, but useful)
- A basic knowledge of the camera's operation (beyond "Full Auto")

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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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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.

 

Fall Magic: A Nature Hike Through the Senses
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Sunday, September 7 | 2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$12 members | $15 non-members
Join us for a colorful fall journey in The Gardens and let your senses lead the way! Includes a story, nature senses hike, and take home nature craft.

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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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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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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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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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