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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
Certificate and Advanced Certificate in Native Plants
Spaces Remaining: 871
The Certificate in Native Plant Studies provides a well-balanced botany, ecology, and taxonomy curriculum that enables students to develop a greater appreciation of native flora of the southeastern United States. The program provides basic scientific background and hands-on investigative opportunities. Studies leading to the Certificate will enhance the experience of professionals as well as dedicated amateur botanists and provide strong credentials for those involved in botanical, ecological, and conservation endeavors. Classes are taught by Garden staff, UNC professors, and other area experts.
August
8/28/2022
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Certificate Program Graduation Celebration
Spaces Remaining: 72
Join us for a Celebration of the 2022 graduates of the Certificates in Native Plants and Botanical Art & Illustration programs! We will hear from students and instructors of both programs about their journeys and experiences with the programs. Certificates will be presented to graduating students, and we will provide brief programmatic information and updates, providing a background to the programs for those who are visiting with graduates and for those considering registering for the certificate programs. After the program, we will officially open the Botanical Art & Illustration student exhibit in the DeBerry Gallery with a light reception.
September
9/9/2022
9:30 AM - 9/16/2022 12:30 PM
Pollination
Spaces Remaining: 12
This intermediate-level course explores the dynamic relationship between flowering plants and their pollinators. It includes floral reproductive biology, including the flowering plant life cycle, breeding system biology, and pollinator attraction mechanisms. Students learn to recognize important insect pollinators. Additional topics include pollination ecology, conservation, and the importance of pollination to our ecosystems and agriculture/food supply. Prerequisite: Botany.
9/15/2022
1:30 PM - 9/29/2022 4:30 PM
Plant Communities of North Carolina
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course is intended for a broad audience and introduces students to North Carolina’s rich diversity of plant communities. Variations in geology, climate, soils, fire regimes, landscape positions, and other factors have resulted in the creation of distinctive ecosystems: subtropical maritime forests, salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas and sandhills, pocosins, oak-hickory forests, bottomland hardwoods, swamps, spruce-fir forests, rock outcrops and glades, fens, and grasslands. This course explores the causes and history of North Carolina’s plant community diversity.
9/16/2022
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Native Seed Propagation
Spaces Remaining: 3
Intended for all levels, students learn seed propagation techniques for native perennials and woody plants. Topics include seed collection methods, post-collection handling, cleaning equipment and techniques, seed storage, seed sowing techniques, sowing media, cultural requirements of seedlings, and dormancy requirements. No prerequisites.
October
10/1/2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Introduction to Mushrooms
Spaces Remaining: 3
This course is intended for a broad audience as an introduction to mushrooms, including their identification, ecology and cultivation. Session includes classroom discussion on the basic taxonomy of fleshy fungi and a foray to a nearby forest. Price includes supply fee, which covers materials for mushroom cultivation bags that participants will be able to take home. No prerequisites.
10/6/2022
9:30 AM - 10/20/2022 12:30 PM
Plant Taxonomy
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course builds on the fundamentals taught in Botany and prepares students for supplementary material covered in Flowering Plant Families. It is a core course for students enrolled in either of the NCBG public certificate programs. Students learn the basic concepts of the taxonomy of vascular plants and how to identify plant families by making observations of selected characteristics. The use of taxonomic keys is introduced. Interesting examples are studied to illustrate current issues in plant taxonomy and nomenclature. This course serves as a prerequisite for Flowering Plant Families.
10/20/2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Local Trees: Hybrid
Spaces Remaining: 1
This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do.
10/26/2022
9:30 AM - 11/16/2022 11:30 AM
Botany: Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This class is designed with a broad audience in mind. It is a fundamental core course for students enrolled in any of the NCBG public certificate programs. It covers basic principles of botany from taxonomy to morphology, anatomy, and physiology. In this virtual class, pre-recorded lectures will be shared ahead of live Zoom discussions.
10/26/2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Local Trees: Hybrid
Spaces Remaining: 3
This short course is perfect for those just beginning their study of trees or for recent transplants to the NC Piedmont who want to identify the common deciduous trees in their backyard gardens and neighborhoods. Students spend time outdoors, walking in the Garden or on the Piedmont Nature Trails, learning about common trees, how to identify them, and understanding why they grow where they do.
10/29/2022
9:30 AM - 11/5/2022 12:30 PM
Soil Ecology
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This 6-hour course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils, including how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed. No prerequisites.
November
11/4/2022
9:30 AM - 11/18/2022 11:30 AM
Flowering Plant Families: Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
This course builds on the information covered in Plant Taxonomy and focuses on the study of plant diversity by targeting twenty major and fairly stable plant families of flowering plants found in North Carolina. Classroom discussions of evolutionary adaptations and relationships are combined with close-up examination of representative examples. In this virtual class, pre-recorded lectures will be shared ahead of live Zoom discussions.