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1:00 PM - 11/10/2021 5:00 PM
Beginning Watercolor: Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
In this class, students are introduced to watercolor and learn basics techniques such as flat and graded washes. Students learn to paint various simple shapes (spheres and cylinders) and a small botanical subject. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: History and Heritage of the Coker House and Gardens
Spaces Remaining: 378
William C. Coker came to Chapel Hill in 1903 as the first Professor of Botany. Over the first half of the 20th century, Professor Coker, as a botanist, planner and landscape designer, shaped the UNC campus and the Chapel Hill community. He is responsible for the design and creation of the Arboretum, named in his honor. His home and surrounding garden offer insight into this remarkable man and his wife, Louisa Venable Coker, and the enduring influence they had on this community. In 1985, Dr. Woodrow Burns, Jr. and his late wife, Mary Jane, purchased the Coker property from the university and oversaw the restoration of the home and garden.
9:30 AM - 11/13/2021 12:30 PM
Scratchboard: The Knife and the Quill - Virtual
Spaces Remaining: 10
Scratchboard is the process of removing ink with a knife blade to create a black and white illustration. Using different angles of a blade can produce the look of fine lace or a traditional woodcut with strong, bold lines. Using both an angled knife blade and a flexible ink quill, students will explore the wonderful variety of textures achievable using two very simple instruments.
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lovesome Okra: An Ethnobotanical Perspective - Past, Present, and Future - Virtual
Spaces Remaining: 92
Plants have played a significant role in the evolution of life on Earth and have in many ways served as multifaceted agents in all societies since prehistoric times. Ethnobotany is the study of flora concerning how they are utilized by the many facets of people. This includes culture, foodstuff, and technology. Whether it is a component of food, ceremony, medical, or applied science, plants have been and continue to be a part of human evolution. In this course, we will highlight a specific plant, okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) from a past, present, and future ethnobotanical perspective. Beginning with the past and ending in the future we will dive into the world of okra to discover how this organism has affected: health, nutrition, holistic wellness, technology, and its interaction with other organisms including the environment. There will be special emphasis on the potential okra has to offer as a component in manufacturing and medicine.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
The Wonderful World of Weeds: Virtual
Spaces Remaining: 284
One man's weed is another man's wildflower! What are some of the weeds that have snuck their way into our lives? And how can we best evict them when they’re unwanted? This course will focus on natives, native edibles and resources available. This is a great class for beginners and experience gardeners alike!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Foodscaping with Native Plants: Cool Season Edition - Virtual
Spaces Remaining: 186
Thoughtful design and management of landscapes is more important than ever as concerns of climate, water quality and invasive plants increase. Brie will discuss how to create a cool season foodscape using native plants mixed food crops. The best organic products are featured and easy, earth friendly maintenance strategies are highlighted. Learn about native edible plants and the pollinators they attract that aid in ecological restoration. Get inspired to see the potential every landscape offers by transforming them into purposeful spaces that embrace solutions to modern day landscape practices.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: More Than A Garden: What the Garden Writings of D’Arcy McNickle Tell Us About Indigenous Encounters with Settler Colonialism
Spaces Remaining: 429
D’Arcy McNickle (1904-1977) is one of the twentieth century’s most important American Indian writers, intellectuals, and political actors. In addition to authoring several classic works of fiction and history, he played a vital role in reforming federal Indian policy and cultivating a generation of young activists from the 1930s to the early 1970s. While much has been written about his novels, the diary he kept during these years has been almost completely overlooked. At first glance, it doesn’t tell the stories scholars expect to hear about his life—a life typically cast as “a search for identity between Indian and white worlds.” This talk takes a closer look at his garden writing—one of the things that has caused the diary to be dismissed—and finds in it a crucial window into not only his experiential world but also one Indigenous person’s means of grappling with settler colonialism. In these ways, we will see that McNickle’s garden writing is about “more than a garden.”
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual Lecture: Indigenous Herbs and Foodways of the Lumbee and Cherokee Tribes
Spaces Remaining: 495
During this talk, Mr. Arvis Boughman will discuss plants and herbal remedies that members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina have used for centuries in the coastal plain of North Carolina and continue to use today. Mr. Robert “RedHawk” Eldridge will discuss indigenous herbs and foodways of the Cherokee and western North Carolina.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Rain Gardens in Your Landscape: Virtual
Spaces Remaining: 9
Stormwater runoff can bring sediment and pollutants to our local streams and waterways. A rain garden is a useful tool for homeowners to help treat and reduce stormwater before it becomes harmful runoff, while also creating a beautiful native plant garden filled with wildflowers. Reducing stormwater runoff helps reduce erosion and pollution in our creeks and rivers. Rain gardens can also help to recharge groundwater resources. This class will provide you with an overview of the function of a rain garden, how to install a rain garden on your own property, and how to keep your rain garden healthy and working properly for years to come.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky
Spaces Remaining: 344
Bland Simpson, the celebrated bard of North Carolina's sound country, has blended history, observation of nature, and personal narrative in many books to chronicle the people and places of eastern Carolina. Yet he has spent much of his life in the state's Piedmont, with regular travels into its western mountains. Here, for the first time, Simpson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to bear on the entirety of his home state, combining storytelling and travelogue to create a portrait of the Old North State with care and humor.
11:00 AM - 11/12/2021 5:00 PM
Virtual Visiting Artist - Introduction to Gouache: Painting a Southern Magnolia Seedpod
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Gouache is a wonderful medium which can create rich, matte effects. This workshop will focus on the instructor’s method of using gouache to paint a Southern Magnolia Seedpod. We will be using gouache in a similar manner to watercolor for the first few layers of washes. We will then transition to dry brush and use semiopaque paint. The workshop will take place live on Zoom, where the instructor will be available to answer questions and advise.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Lunchbox Talk: Venus Flytrap Champions
Spaces Remaining: 430
Much of North Carolina’s Venus flytrap territory is privately owned. Debbie Crane of The Nature Conservancy will describe the Venus Flytrap Champions, a program that works to help private landowners identify and manage flytrap habitat. Landowners in the Carolinas with Venus Flytrap on their property can play a significant role in maintaining the remaining Flytrap populations and preventing the loss of this fascinating, management-dependent species. The Nature Conservancy is one of many organizations participating in this new program.