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
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 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 | 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 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

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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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From the Ground Up
Learn how every day plants in your yard can be used to enhance your beauty regimen and pesky weeds can actually benefit your garden. Herbalist Antonia Viteri and Clinical Herbalist Cameron Strouss will help you discover history and benefits of the flora around you from the Ground up.

Herbal Plant Walk
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Saturday, September 12 | 10-11 a.m.
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$10 per person

Join Herbalists Cameron Strouss and Antonia Viteri for a medicinal plant walk at the BBG! During this walk we will be discussing southern herbs their traditional and medicinal uses.

How to Harvest
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Saturday, October 10 | 10-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $15 | Non-Members $20

Learn the method to the madness of wild harvesting medicine and food. We will cover identification, harvesting methods, tools, drying methods, and storage of herbs.
It’s going to be a blast!

Herbal 1st Aid
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Saturday, November 28 | 10-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $15|Non-Members $20

Come learn how to address first aid situations such as: bug bites, sun burns, shock, and sprains with herbal medicine. Teachers Antonia Viteri and Cameron Strouss will guide you through the use of herbs in real life situations.

Spring Cleansing
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Saturday, February 13 | 10-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $15 | Non-Members $20

Ease your winter to spring transition with emerging spring plants. Cameron and Antonia will discus the traditional use of herbs to jump start your body with a spring cleaning.

Herbal Remedies for Gardeners
Instructor: Antonia Viteri & Cameron Strouss
Saturday, March 12 | 10-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $15|Non-Members $20

Learn Cameron and Antonia’s secret weapon recipes for safe non-toxic herbal alternatives to your home and garden woes.

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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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Photography Class: What’s This Button Do?
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, September 12 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $50 | Non-Members $60

This class is designed for those who have just gotten their first digital camera, or for those who have had one for a while but never really felt comfortable shooting in any mode other than full auto - point and shoot.

This class is designed for those who have just gotten their first digital camera, or for those who have had one for a while but never really felt comfortable shooting in any mode other than full auto - point and shoot.

The class will consist of one 3 hour session covering:
• Camera types and there advantages and disadvantages
• Camera standard operational modes
• Special features and effects

This class is designed for a parent and their child (ages 11 thru 16) who have just gotten their first digital camera, or for those who have had one for a while but never really felt comfortable shooting in any mode other than full auto - point and shoot.

Students should bring their cameras and camera manuals.

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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.

 

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Seasonal Series
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, October 10| 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $65 | Non-Members $75

This course will introduce the participant to techniques, tools and skills necessary to capture visually stunning and interesting images through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes.

Class Requirements:
Camera - a digital SLR or an advanced compact with Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority operational mode settings.
A basic understanding of camera operations....Know how to use the different operational modes.
Basic computer skills...Can download images from camera to computer and locate images once downloaded.

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Seasonal Series
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, October 24 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $65 | Non-Members $75

This course will introduce the participant to techniques, tools and skills necessary to capture visually stunning and interesting images through the creation of a seasonal series of landscapes/nature scenes.

Class Requirements:
Camera - a digital SLR or an advanced compact with Manual, Aperture and Shutter priority operational mode settings.
A basic understanding of camera operations....Know how to use the different operational modes.
Basic computer skills...Can download images from camera to computer and locate images once downloaded.

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Up Close & Personal: Macrophotography
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, November 7 | 9-noon
Saturday, November 14 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $100 |Non-Members $120

This course will focus on all aspects of capturing, processing and displaying macro-photographic (extreme close-up) images using the plants, features and environment of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as the subject matter.

Class Requirements Digital SLR Camera
A Tripod
A basic knowledge of the camera's operation (beyond "Full Auto")

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Photography Class: What’s This Button Do?
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, December 5 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $50 | Non-Members $60

This class is designed for those who have just gotten their first digital camera, or for those who have had one for a while but never really felt comfortable shooting in any mode other than full auto - point and shoot.

The class will consist of one 3 hour session covering:
• Camera types and there advantages and disadvantages
• Camera standard operational modes
• Special features and effects

This class is designed for a parent and their child (ages 11 thru 16) who have just gotten their first digital camera, or for those who have had one for a while but never really felt comfortable shooting in any mode other than full auto - point and shoot.

Students should bring their cameras and camera manuals.

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Flora Photography
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, December 19 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $60 | Non-Members $75

This class is designed to teach the student how to capture images of the plants - shrubs, flowers, and trees - specific to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The class is organized into five segments:
Equipment...those things one must have and those that are nice to have.
Camera Setup...how to setup the camera to enable one to capture the best images.
Image Capture...techniques, processes and tips to capture great plant images.
Image Processing...software options and how tos for effective image processing.
Practical Application...field work in the gardens.

Need to bring:
your digital camera (preferably an SLR or high end digital compact or bridge camera with functions that go beyond "Full Auto".
a tripod (if you have one - not essential for the class)

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Memorable Images
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, January 9 | 9-noon
Saturday, January 16 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Members $100 | Non-Members $120

This class is designed to introduce the student to basic concepts in photography and digital camera operations including:
• Image Capture - understanding the light, know your camera, develop techniques
• Image Transfer - set up the computer, manage your image files, accessories
• Image Processing - software available, capabilities, techniques
• Image Sharing - E-mailing, WEB sites, printing

Whether you've got a simple "POINT-AND-SHOOT" digital camera or a more complex Digital SLR, you can gain skill and confidence in your ability to create memorable images.

Need to bring:
- your digital camera
- your camera's user’s manual

 

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.