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Foodscaping with Native Plants - Virtual On Demand
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 foodscape using native plants mixed with favorite seasonal 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.
Keep the Animals Out of Your Garden - Virtual On Demand
Mammal browse is one of the biggest challenges that gardeners face. And we all have critters that we are sharing our gardens with, including deer, rabbits, groundhogs, even cats and dogs! The reality is, our gardens are delicious- they are fertilized, irrigated and full of tasty exotic plants, so of course the local wildlife will take delight in eating our hard work. In this fun webinar, author, and horticulturist Brie Arthur, will explain her approach to dealing with unwanted animals. She will cover it all, including a few things that you should NOT do! From the best repellents and inexpensive fencing solutions to using a few favorite veggies to help deter problem animals, attendees will learn easy-to-apply strategies. Brie aims to make you laugh and answer all your questions in this interactive virtual session.
Spring Veggie Garden Prep - Virtual On Demand
Are you ready for the growing season? Life-long home gardener Brie Arthur shares expert advice for success in the veggie garden. She will cover everything you need to cultivate an abundant harvest. From seed selection and sowing, to bed prep, fertilization and proper crop rotations, this informative program will inspire attendees to grow all the food they love to eat. Brie will also share tips for maximizing your homegrown harvest through easy to learn processing and preserving techniques. After this session you will be ready to grow like a pro!
8:30 AM - 10/15/2022 11:30 AM
Virtual Visiting Artist: Illustrating Characteristics of Leaves in Colored Pencil
Registration Closed
In this 2-day workshop, Wei-Ting will share with you how to observe a leaf and note its characteristics, and use colored pencils to create realism in different types of leaves. Learn to render leaves using both dry and wet colored pencil applications. Learn a variety of colored pencil techniques including layering, tonal gradation, burnishing, blending, embossing, and more. Practice your new skills on green and autumn leaves as well as waxy and fuzzy leaves. The workshop format will include demonstration, hands-on practice time, discussion, and critique. Pre-recorded videos and step by step drawings will offer demonstrations that you can turn back to time and time again.
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture: Moveable Gardens and Commensal Tables: Rooting in an Age of Displacement
Registration Closed
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.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Protect Our Pollinators! Become a Community Scientist with Budburst
Join staff from the North Carolina Botanical Garden to learn about Budburst, a national community science project that brings together researchers and the public to answer critical questions about how plants and pollinators are responding to a changing climate. Learn how you can contribute to the effort by making simple plant observations, as well as how the Garden is partnering with local community organizations to expand the reach of this project locally. With Budburst, you can experience the magic of nature, while contributing to the fight to save it.
1:15 PM - 2/4/2023 4:45 PM
Beginning Drawing: Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. This is a live two hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations, and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving. Prerequisite for Intermediate Drawing, Beginning Watercolor, and Beginning Colored Pencil. 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.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: A Gardener's Guide to Botany
It’s a jungle out there! Your beautiful, tranquil garden is a battlefield in which plants wage war against predators and struggle to outcompete one another for light, water, and nutrients. In this seminar (and in his new book by the same name), Dr. Scott Zona looks at how plants fulfill the five functions necessary for life: growth, nutrient acquisition, defense, reproduction, and dispersal. This is a fascinating look at how plants grow—not how to grow plants.
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hybrid Lunchbox Talk: Increasing Seeds for Conservation Needs
There’s a problem in natural resource conservation: a lack of plant material (seed and vegetative plugs). But not just any type of plant material; there is a lack of genetically diverse, locally sourced plant material. In this talk we’ll learn about the importance of using local material, what is involved in plant materials development (wild collections, propagation, seed increase, seed storage) and what the North Carolina Botanical Garden is currently doing to address the demand.
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hybrid Darwin Day Lecture: The hybrid in your genome: how recent advances in behavior and genetics are changing our view of Darwinian evolution
Where do new species come from? Darwin proposed that the diversity of life could be explained when population divisions become magnified into new species over time. This “tree of life” thinking became our foundational metaphor for the natural world. Hybridization –– mating between species –– undercuts “tree thinking.” Until recently, this phenomenon was regarded as an evolutionary dead end and ignored. However, new data from diverse fields point to an inescapable conclusion: hybridization is common and can significantly impact living things (including our species!). So, we will celebrate Darwin’s birthday by asking whether Darwin’s tree still adequately represents life’s diversity or if a new metaphor is needed.
6:00 PM - 3/18/2023 10:00 AM
An Introduction to Birds and Birding
Join instructors from the New Hope Audubon Society for an introductory course in bird identification, classification, physiology, behavior, and more. This hybrid course is aimed at bird watchers of all skill levels. Whether you're not sure if that bird at your feeder is a chickadee or a nuthatch or whether you know how to tell ruby-crowned from golden-crowned kinglets, this class will have something for you. We will meet for a two and a half-hour Zoom session as a group on Wednesday, March 1, then split into small groups for a trip to Mason Farm Biological Reserve.
9:30 AM - 3/29/2023 12:30 PM
Botany for the Artist - Virtual
Event is Full: Accepting Wait List Registrations
Traditional botanical illustration was relied on to record and share the identification of plants through accurate representation. Botany for the Artist is a practical course which hopes to encourage the inquisitive artist to understand, interpret and improve their botanical knowledge by reinforcing terminology, observing and notating plant structure and practicing identification with the taxonomic keys. The four lessons—Habitat, Flower Parts, Leaf Comparison, and Fruit Structure—will culminate with the students drawing a graphite work representing a specimen identified at the NCBG.
1:15 PM - 4/1/2023 4:45 PM
Beginning Watercolor - Virtual
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.
1:30 PM - 5/13/2023 4:00 PM
Intermediate Drawing - Hybrid
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.