Friday, April 2, 2010

Classes and Events in April!

Gardening 101
Monday, April 5
5:30 – 7:00 pm
members $10, non-members $12
Visitor Center, Classroom 2
Amanda Tedrow, ACC Cooperative Extension, UGA
New to gardening or Georgia? This quick start class will teach participants the basics of home gardening. The class will touch on the topics of testing and preparing the soil, sunlight and water requirements, planting tips and yearly maintenance. Amanda will provide basic zoning information to help participants plant and maintain annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees in their yard.

Spring Plant Sale!!!
Saturday, April 10
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Beekeeping for Beginners: Units 4-6
Unit 5: Installing Bees/Spring Buildup

Friday, April 9 or Saturday, April 10
1:00 - 3:00 pm members $40; non-members $45
meet at Shade Garden Arbor
Dan Harris, Beekeeper
Have you ever wanted to harvest honey from your own beehive? Would you like to collect beeswax to make candles or soap? Do you have a touch of ‘backyard biologist’ in your blood? If so, these workshops, covering the fundamentals of beekeeping, may be for you. Weather alternative dates will be scheduled if necessary. Completion of the Unit 1 – 3 is not required to attend. However, a protective veil and gloves are required for Unit 4 and 5. In Unit 5, Dan will demonstrate how to install a package of bees into a new hive. He will also open an existing hive and compare it to the previous inspection from Unit 4.

Basic Botany
(a Certificate in Native Plants Core Course)
Saturday, April 10

8:30 am – 4:30 pm
members $90, non-members $100
Visitor Center, Classroom 2
Robert Wyatt, Adjunct Professor of Ecology, University of Georgia
Basic Botany provides an introduction to general plant anatomy, morphology, and physiology, with an emphasis on relating form to function. Using live material and slides, students will make detailed observations of root, stem, and leaf tissues and discuss the processes of water and nutrient movements. The mechanisms of flower pollination, seed dispersal, and germination will be explored, along with the basics of plant genetics, photosynthesis, and evolution.

Spring Wildflower Ramble
Saturday, April 10
10: 00 am
meet at Shade Garden arbor
Heather Alley, Conservation Biologist, SBG
It’s springtime at the Garden! Enjoy a promenade around the Native Flora Garden and discover the many interesting wildflowers blooming this time of year.

Spring Wildflowers of the Granite Rock Outcrops of Georgia
(a Certificate in Native Plants Elective Course)
Saturday, April 17

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
members $40; non-members $45
Visitor Center, Classroom 2
Linda Chafin, Conservation Botanist, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Students will be introduced to the ecology of Piedmont granite outcrops and their flora in the classroom, then visit Rock and Shoals Natural Area to learn to identify the species that characterize Georgia’s granite rock outcrops and surrounding plant communities.

Botanical Garden Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 17
10:00 -12:00 noonmembers $8; non-members $10 (per team)
Meet in front of Visitor Center
SBG Education Staff
What better way to get to know the Garden than to become an explorer! Throughout history and even today, explorers have traveled the globe in search of plants that could be used for food, medicine, shelter, and much more. In the process, they often moved plants from their original location to the one where they are found now. Did you know our own Georgia peach originally came from China? Each team (no more than five) will work together to complete a list of Garden explorations, finding plants and forests treasures and documenting their uses and native regions. Teams must stay together during the hunt. Prizes will be awarded to the first five teams to finish. This program is designed for families but others are welcome as well.

Vegetable Papermaking
Monday, April 19
9:30 am – 12:00
noonmembers $24; non-members $27
Visitor Center, Classroom 2
Cindy Bowden, Director of the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum
Join the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum and the Georgia Museum of Art for a morning of papermaking and fun. We will be making paper from abaca (banana leaf fiber), recycled cotton and linen rags, daylily fibers, and leeks. Wear washable clothing, tour the garden to identify potential fiber sources for papermaking and make your own sheets. Fee includes materials. Class is designed for adults and limited to 25 participants.