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
Wednesday | 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)

June 13 - hand scrub

July 11 - energy catcher

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
May 13 Who, me? Garden? Debunking preconceiveed notions of what's involved in gardening. Sallie Lee, Alabama Cooperative Extension System
May 27 Luscious Lawns Growing and maintaining healthy lawns takes less effort than you might think. James Horton, City of Birmingham
June 10 Drink Your Garden Savor the fruits of your labor. Use botanicals to enhance flavor and add depth to create the perfect cocktail. Clair McLafferty
June 24 Ideas to Actualities Visually Inspired? Discover how to transform that look to fit your space. John Paul Portera, Portera Landscape Design
July 8 The Terrific Trio! Compost, soil and mulch - unearth what they are and how to use them properly. William Cureton, Captain Compost
July 22 The Understory No sun, no problem! Learn to love the shade and the plants that grow there! Libby Rich
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. Little Hardware
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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Flora Photography
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, May 23 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$60 Members | $75 Non-members

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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Herb Walk
Instructor: Phyllis Light
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Wednesday, May 27 | 11-1 p.m.
$10 Members | $12 Non-Members

Join Phyllis D. Light on a spring herb walk through the Kaul Wildflower Garden  at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. She will discuss the traditional and historical food and medicinal uses of many native plants as you explore the garden’s depths. Come and join this lunch and learn adventure!

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Fresh Air Family: Gross Out Camps
$200 members (Gardens, FAF), $225 non-members
Hours: 9-5 p.m. Before and after care $25.

IF IT’S GROSS WE’VE GOT IT!

Sign up now for award-winning Gross Out Camp. Join expert naturalists as we explore the best of the worst earth has to offer. All in a safe atmosphere, we will see reptiles,
macroinvertebrates, bugs, stinky plants and more. Activities include hikes, creek stomping, crafts, journaling, and live animal demonstrations with birds and snakes!

Grades 1-4                      Grades 5-7                           Grades 1-7
June 1-5                           July 20-24                            June 8-12
June 15-19                       June 29-July 3
July 6-10
July 13-17
July 27-31

 

To register, please go to www.GrossOutCamp.org
or email Amanda@FreshaAirFamily.org or call 205.335.3483
Find out more about camps and 400 free family events at
www.FreshAirFamily.org

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Up Close & Personal: Macrophotography
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, June 6 | 9-noon
Saturday, June 13 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$100 members| $120 non-members

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 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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Tangles Inspired by the Gardens
Instructor: Darla Williamson
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Saturday, June 6 | 10-4 p.m.
$125 Members | $150 Non-Members

In this weekend workshop we will learn to use Tombow brush markers with water to create watercolor a large watercolor drawing of Zentangle® patterns that are inspired by the gardens. On Saturday morning we will practice using the markers and learn to work with the colors. On Saturday afternoon we will begin working on our large watercolor drawing. Sunday afternoon we will wrap our watercolor drawing and it will be suitable for framing! All supplies will be furnished

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Water Features of the Gardens
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, June 20 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$65 members | $75 non-members

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a target destination for photographers throughout the southeast, and offers many beautiful and interesting sights for them to capture with their cameras.

Some of the most stunning and impact laden images are those of the Gardens' many and varied water features. Fountains, pools and ponds, streams and waterfalls all offer the photographer, professional or amateur, the chance to capture images that have that "WOW" factor that we all strive for.

Class Requirements: + Digital SLR Camera
+ A Tripod (not mandatory, but useful)
+ A basic knowledge of the camera's operation (Know how to use the different operational modes.)

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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 4: Landscape Horticulture
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, June 20 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

Junior Master Gardener 5: Insects and Diseases
Teacher: Julie Danley
Saturday, July 18 | 9 - noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens-Exploration Classroom
$45 per class
$365 package
Ages 6-12 years old

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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Seasonal Series
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, July 11 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$65 Members | $75 Non-members

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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Water Features of the Gardens
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, July 25 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$65 members | $75 non-members

Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a target destination for photographers throughout the southeast, and offers many beautiful and interesting sights for them to capture with their cameras.

Some of the most stunning and impact laden images are those of the Gardens' many and varied water features. Fountains, pools and ponds, streams and waterfalls all offer the photographer, professional or amateur, the chance to capture images that have that "WOW" factor that we all strive for.

Class Requirements: + Digital SLR Camera
+ A Tripod (not mandatory, but useful)
+ A basic knowledge of the camera's operation (Know how to use the different operational modes.)

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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.

 

 

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.