Birmingham Botanical Gardens PHOTO-TALK
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Every 3rd Sunday | 3 - 5 p.m.
Free, $5 donation suggested
Ages 12 and up

If you can answer yes to any of these questions then this discussion group is for you!
1. I'm interested in photography.
2. I want to develop my photographic skills.
3. I want to get the most out of my digital camera's capabilities.
4. I'm not sure my photographs capture the mood I want.
5. I want advice on equipment, tools, techniques, shooting locations, classes, etc..
6. I'd like feedback, in a non-threatening environment, on my images.

 

Format: Bring your pictures on a jump/flash drive, or on your camera's memory card, or in print.

This group is not a class; it is a casual but informative venue for amateur to expert level photographers to come together to share their ideas, tips, advice, tricks, and knowledge with each other. This group is highly recommended for those who are planning to take or who have already taken digital photography classes offered at the Gardens or other local teaching venues.

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Yoga with Lindsey
Instructor: Lindsey Barclift
Location: Birmingham Botanical Garden – Adventure Classroom
Thursday | 8:30-9:30 a.m. & 11:30-12:30 p.m.
$5 Members | $7 Non-Members

Join instructor Lindsey Barclift at the Gardens on Wednesday in our new adult yoga class. Twenty-five years of classical ballet training, plus many years of cardio, weight and group training has allowed Lindsey to understand one's limitations as well as specific training designed to maximize results while avoiding injuries. She understands the importance of knowing one's limits and backing away to avoid pain and injury. Trained through Yogafit, Lindsey’s goal is to introduce you to yoga and to assist you in developing a safe daily practice. Breathe, strengthen, stretch and relax. Begins April 8.

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Family Yoga Series
Instructor: Annie Damsky
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2nd Saturday of the month | 9 - 10 a.m.
$15 drop-in (child+1 adult)
$5 for an additional family member (per class)

August 8 - t-shirt art with plant dyes

Enjoy this unique opportunity for healthy fun with the family in the gardens. This energetic class will incorporate individual and partner yoga poses for strength and balance, plus breathing exercises to help foster calm and focus. Our garden inspired crafts will assist in cooling the mind and body. For ages 3 and up

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Lunch and Learn

Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Wednesdays, May 13-October 21 - 11:30-12:30 p.m.

Free

Date Title Description Instructor
August 5 What's Bugging You? The ACES Diagnostic Plant Lab helps identify problems and give cures. Hunter McBrayer, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
August 19 Curb Appeal Intentionally add year round color, interest and charm to your landscape. Leaf and Petal
September 2 Tools of the Trade See what tools the pros use and how to maintain them for peak performance. Lee Higginbotham
September 16 Backyard Habits To create a sanctuary for the birds and the bees, start by adding flowers and trees. Michelle Reynolds, Audubon Society and Audrey Ann Wilson, Aldridge Gardens
October 7 Overgrown Out of Control Find out how and when to whack it back, cut it down and clean it up. Mike Rushing
October 21 Let There Be Light! Enhance beauty, provide safety and enjoy your outdoor spaces after dark. Ginny Barr, The Nelson Team

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Junior Master Gardener

The Junior Master Gardener program is an international youth gardening program of the university cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.

JMG also inspires youths to be of service to others through service learning and leadership development projects and rewards them with certification and recognition.

Children can get involved in exploring their world through meaningful activities that encourage leadership development, personal pride and responsibility, and community involvement. Youth involved in the program develop critical thinking skills and the ability to identify community concerns and take action to address them through individual group projects.

Kids can begin the Junior Master Gardener program at any time.

 

Junior Master Gardener 6: Vegetable and Herbs
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, August 15 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 7: Life Skills and Career
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, September 19 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 8: Fruits & Nuts
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, October 17, 2015 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 9: Make-up session
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, November 21, 2015 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

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Plant It, Pick It, Drink it!
Gin Medleys
Instructor: Clair McLafferty & Brooke McMinn
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Plant Adventure Zone
Thursday, August 6, 2015|6-8 p.m.
$25 per person

Whether it's the botanicals or how it pairs with tonic water, gin is an incredibly versatile spirit. Join The Gardens' own Brooke McMinn and local bartender Clair McLafferty for a romp through gin's history and the cocktails that made it a classic.

- Tom Collins
- Juliet and Romeo
- Cucumber Grapefruit Fizz

Bristow Gin- http://bristowgin.com/

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Cream of the Crop
Instructor: Ryan & Geri-Martha O’Hara, Big Spoon Creamery
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Adventure Classroom
Tuesday, August 11, 2015|6-8 p.m.
$30 per person

Join Ryan & Geri-Martha O’Hara as they lead your five senses into the world of Big Spoon Creamery. This delicious class includes a love story, ice cream samples, and a pint of your very own Big Spoon creation. So grab your spoons and cool down at the Gardens with this special treat of a class.


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Pruning: Techniques, Outcomes & Design Influences
Instructor: Fred Spicer
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Thursday, August 20 | 6-8 p.m.
Members-Only

Pruning and training of plants is an essential part of garden development and maintenance, yet even savvy gardeners approach these basic tasks with a mixture of ignorance and trepidation. Using before and after images of selected plants- with recent updates - Spicer tracks the establishment of his home garden, illustrating basic pruning tools, methods and techniques - and the plants' responses - along the way. You'll learn not only the "how-to" but the "why to" as he shows how each approach works to enhance the garden's overall design.

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Join us to discover The Gardens and the plants that make each season special. Each program includes a story, a short hike, a crafting activity, and much more. Classes are limited to 20 children, so don’t hesitate to register as spaces fill quickly. We welcome scout groups to register and receive a discount. For more information, contact Education Program Coordinator Ellen Hardy at 205.414.3953 or ehardy@bbgardens.org.

Baking from the Heart: Mini Apple Tartes
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Sunday, September 13 | 2-4 p.m.
$12 Members | $15 Non-Members

Creating something yummy for our tummy is the perfect way to celebrate back-to-school as we make lunchbox treats using garden favorites like apples and cinnamon! As we explore the story of the 2015 American Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas, an enthusiastic young baker, we'll learn a little about French culture and bake mini tarte aux pommes (apple tarts) in honor of fall.

Baking from the Heart: Mini Apple Tartes
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Thursday, September 17 | 4-5 p.m.
$12 Members | $15 Non-Members

Creating something yummy for our tummy is the perfect way to celebrate back-to-school as we make lunchbox treats using garden favorites like apples and cinnamon! As we explore the story of the 2015 American Girl of the Year, Grace Thomas, an enthusiastic young baker, we'll learn a little about French culture and bake mini tarte aux pommes (apple tarts) in honor of fall.

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Sushi with Kelly Viall
Instructor: Kelly Viall
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Japanese Pavilion
Friday, September 18 | 6-8 p.m.
Members $25 | Non-Members $30

Join veteran chef Kelly Viall for a night of fun and sushi! This 2 hour, hands-on beginner class will teach you all of the basics of sushi making, from rice to sauces, shopping, serving raw fish confidently at home & more.

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Junior Board Presents: Sunset Pure Barre in the Gardens
Sunset Pure Barre in the Gardens
Instructor: Kristin Trowbridge
Wednesday, September 23| 6-7 p.m.
Location: Formal Garden-Birmingham Botanical Gardens
No registration required. This is a free event. All levels, all welcome.
Join Kristin Trowbridge and the Pure Barre Birmingham team for a free barre class at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m.. Let's get outside to celebrate the beginning of autumn and each other with an energizing workout in one of Birmingham's most beautiful spots! All levels are welcome. Please wear long or capri pants and bring your own yoga mat.

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Balancing Your body’s pH
Instructor: Melissa Petitto
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, September 26 | 10-noon
Member $10 | Non-Member $15

Celebrity Personal Chef, Registered Dietitian and Cookbook Author Melissa Petitto will be leading a discussion and cooking demonstration at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on why your body’s pH level matters. The optimal alkaline pH zone, how it impacts your health and body composition, sleep patterns and stress levels. Adding in more alkaline - forming foods with a clean, plant based diet and balanced recipe demonstration.

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Salvage Gardens
An upcyclying group
Instructor: Dawn Coleman
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Every 2nd Thursday starting October 2015 | 5:30-8 p.m.
Free, pre-register to receive e-mail updates on topics

Salvage
[sal-vij]
Verb

The act of saving anything from fire, danger, etc

Synonyms for salvage
Reclaim, recover, redeem, regain, restore

Upcycling is far from new but there has recently been a resurgence thanks to Pinterest. It is the process of turning what most would call waste, useless, unwanted, or trash into a new item or product of better quality with more environmental value. Join us every 2nd Tuesday to learn how to salvage or upcycle everything from wine bottles and corks to Botanicals found in your back yard.

 

Disclaimer: We appreciate your interest in Birmingham Botanical Gardens' classes for adults and children. Some of our classes may cover the edible, medicinal, cosmetic and aromatic uses of plants. The information presented in our classes, whether delivered by Gardens' staff, volunteers or instructors, is derived from numerous sources which include folklore as well as more authoritative sources. This information is intended solely for educational purposes. We believe this information to be accurate, interesting and useful within an educational context, but any information we may provide about the various uses of plants is not intended to advocate any specific use. Due to the very personal nature of individual chemical tolerances, allergies and other possible negative reactions, you accept full responsibility for any use you may choose to undertake of the plants covered in our classes.