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.

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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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Cocktails with Class: Rum Edition
Instructor: Demian and LeNell Camacho Santa Ana
August 25, 2014 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Plant Adventure Zone
Members $20 | Non-Members $25

Demian and LeNell Camacho Santa Ana come to Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Monday, August 25, to host "Cocktails with Class: Rum Edition," a class presented by Junior Board of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

With early monikers like "kill-devil" and "rumbullion," spirits distilled from cane were associated with a little frolic. Join us for a quick trip through rum history as we guide you through a fun-filled evening of rum sips and cocktail adventures.

Menu:
- Ti Punch: Martinique's most popular cocktail made with a dollop of cane syrup.
- Daiquiri: Fall in love with an unadulterated real rum sour made with a Carribean orange liqueur known as Creole Shrubb.
- Donga Punch: Discover a little known tiki wonder created by the master Don the Beachcomber in 1937.

Sponsored by Rhum Clement.

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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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EarthBoxes
Instructor: Hope Long & Brooke McMinn
Saturday, September 20 | 10 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
General Admission $50

Come learn the magic of container gardening with an EarthBox®

Poor soil conditions and small backyards are no match for the EarthBox® gardening system. Now it's easy to garden anywhere--even on balconies, porches, and rooftops. Anyone can enjoy delicious homegrown veggies, fruits, and herbs grown in an EarthBox® gardening system. A sustainable product that uses less water and fertilizer, this gardening system will grow bigger and tastier plants faster than a conventional garden--with virtually no effort and zero guesswork. This class includes an EarthBox and everything you need to create your own Fall garden. You must pre-register for this class, no walk-ins.

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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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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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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