Upcoming Adult & Family Classes

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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.

No class will be held on July 9 or July 16.


The Brown Bag Series

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens


July 9 | A Change of Scenery | Daniel and Andrew McCurry

Discover how to make your landscape fit your current lifestyle, physical needs and desires.


Sunset Yoga in the Gardens
Instructor: Liz Williams
Wednesday, July 16 | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Location: Formal Garden-Birmingham Botanical Gardens
This is a free event. All levels, all welcome.

Join Liz Williams for a free power yoga class at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, July 16th at 6:30 p.m. Let's get outside to celebrate the summer and each other with an energizing practice in one of Birmingham's most beautiful spots. All levels are welcome, and 20 mats will be provided for those without their own.


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")


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.


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.


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")