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Month
Date
Upcoming Event
August
8/20/2022
12:00 PM - 4/15/2023 12:00 PM
Hybrid Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture
The Hybrid Certificate in Therapeutic Horticulture (HCTH) provides comprehensive online and in-person instruction to professionals and students in allied health, education, and design fields who wish to incorporate therapeutic horticulture into their practice. This eight-month program allows maximum flexibility for those who need convenient, self-paced, evening, and weekend learning opportunities. Students will build foundational knowledge and explore how Therapeutic Horticulture supports human health & wellness, including physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, vocational, and social needs.
8/23/2022
1:00 PM - 9/13/2022 3:00 PM
Intermediate Drawing: Virtual
In this class, students continue their journey to learn the skills needed to produce accurate tonal graphite botanical drawings from life. Covered topics include: more methods to increase accuracy, transitioning to tonal drawing, light on form fundamentals, realistic textures, and rendering fine plant details. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
8/25/2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Natural Communities of Agape Center for Environmental Education
Greg will describe the natural communities found within the portion of Camp Agape (approximately 300 acres in Harnett County, NC) where trails are located and a total of seven different natural communities were identified. These natural communities include Piedmont Levee Forest, Piedmont Alluvial Forest, Piedmont/Mountain Semipermanent Impoundment, Low Elevation Seep, Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forest, Dry-Mesic Oak-Hickory Forest, and Dry Oak-Hickory Forest. This is a report on Greg’s Independent Study Project for the Advanced Certificate in Native Plants.
8/25/2022
1:00 PM - 9/15/2022 5:00 PM
Intermediate Drawing: Virtual
In this class, students continue their journey to learn the skills needed to produce accurate tonal graphite botanical drawings from life. Covered topics include: more methods to increase accuracy, transitioning to tonal drawing, light on form fundamentals, realistic textures, and rendering fine plant details. Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing.
8/29/2022
12:00 PM - 10/16/2022 12:00 PM
Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture
This six-week course is a great way to learn and build foundational knowledge about this growing therapeutic practice. It is intended for a wide audience, including allied health professionals who may want to incorporate plant-based activities into their existing practices, master gardeners or volunteers who work with community members with diverse needs and abilities, educators and other interested people. Students explore how Therapeutic Horticulture supports human health & wellness, including physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social needs. The course structure promotes vibrant engagement via discussion threads and assignment feedback. This introductory course provides a unique opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on people/plant relationships.
September
9/11/2022
1:15 PM - 10/9/2022 4:45 PM
Composition: Virtual
This course is a broad study in the elements that formulate a good artistic composition. Students learn how to make visual choices and determine how parts of a plant are arranged on the page to balance botanical accuracy and artistic sensitivity. Composition serves as a prerequisite for Integrating Composition and Color Theory. Note: This class involves homework assignments. The amount of time students need to spend on homework varies and usually ranges from five to 15 hours per week.
9/22/2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Connecting Ecosystems for Wildlife and Plantlife Biodiversity Conservation
Preserving and/or creating wildlife corridors between and among core natural areas is essential for biological diversity conservation. Emphasis is often placed on wildlife, but we all know that animals depend on plantlife for food, shelter, and general habitat. Plants, like animals, must migrate across the geographic landscape, interbreed to maintain genetic diversity, respond to environmental change, and adapt to new environments. In this presentation I will discuss the importance of wildlife corridors for all species, but with an emphasis on plants. I will also provide information on the national, regional, and local efforts to ensure conservation connectivity.
9/28/2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Climate Change Gardening for the South: Planet-Friendly Solutions for Thriving Gardens
Gardeners across the nation are seeing clear signs of trouble in their home gardens, no matter the size—like many aspects of life on our warming planet, gardening practices need updates. In the Southeast, gardeners are under pressure to deal with increasing weather extremes, shifting hardiness zones, and seasonal unpredictability. Such environmental conditions are increasingly tough on plants as well as insects, pollinators, birds, and mammals. Hear from author Barbara J. Sullivan as she empowers southerners to grow beautiful gardens while using gardening practices that contribute to solutions for our shared environment.
October
10/13/2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Botanical Birthrights & Bitter Roots: African American Herbal Medicine in the American South
As enslaved Africans were brought to North America, they transported environmental and medicinal knowledge alongside familiar plants. As African people, beliefs, and practices encountered Indigenous and European people and plants, a distinct variety of ethnomedicine emerged and allowed African Americans to both covertly and directly confront oppression. This talk will explore the basics of archaeobotany and will present a case study that illustrates how multidisciplinary lines of evidence can highlight historical instances of human resilience and resistance.
10/17/2022
12:00 PM - 12/11/2022 12:00 PM
Therapeutic Horticulture: Program Development
This course will equip students with the ability to design therapeutic horticulture treatment interventions for a wide variety of sites and participant populations. Students will learn how to perform foundational participant and site assessments that inform the subsequent stages of a therapeutic horticulture program’s development and management. We will explore the concept of “form follows function” and discover how to use client-centered assessment data to let the program ‘write itself.’ Students will practice developing overarching program and client treatment goals that target specific outcomes. Using dynamic interactive forums with real-world examples, students will research, discuss, and reflect on the multiple facets of TH program development, and will be provided with references and resources for further study.
10/20/2022
1:00 PM - 11/10/2022 3:00 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.
10/23/2022
1:30 PM - 11/13/2022 4:30 PM
Scratchboard: The Knife and the Quill - Virtual
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.
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.
10/27/2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Long Mountain Slopes, and Unique Protected Plants of the Uwharries
Inside the Uwharrie National Forest, lies Long Mountain Slopes, a NC Plant Conservation Program Preserve. The Long Mountain Preserve is a 233-acre property composed of mature hardwood forest and a variety of native plant species including two species of concern, Mountain Camellia and Piedmont Indigo Bush. Long Mountain Slopes was purchased in 2004 from the Blair family by Three Rivers Land Trust, previously known as The Land Trust for Central North Carolina, which is a non-profit organization that has been working to conserve special natural areas, family farms, rural landscapes, and historic places since 1995. In 2005, the tract was placed under a conservation easement and transferred to the NC Plant Conservation Program. Learn more about this North Carolina treasure with Emily Callicutt, Land Protection Specialist for the Three Rivers Land Trust.
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.
11/6/2022
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Moveable Gardens and Commensal Tables: Rooting in an Age of Displacement
Humans have been moving with plants as their traveling companions since the beginning of time. Currently, in a period of impactful and reinforcing industrialization, globalization, and strife known as the Anthropocene, this movement has dramatically escalated in tempo and scale. In this presentation, I will address how remembrance embedded in seeds counters destruction of homelands, fragmentation of habitats, and cultural alienation, and how sanctuary is sought in gardening, cooking, and community building.