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)

May 9 - herb sachet

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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Family Bootcamp Series
Instructor: Stacey Jernigan
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
4nd Saturday of the month | 9-10 a.m.
$15 drop-in (child+1 adult)
$5 for an additional family member (per class)

April 25

May 23

June 27

July 25

August 22

Join us for Family Bootcamp - a circuit training class, including the perfect combination of Hi Impact Cardio, Muscle Strengthening, and Core-focused exercises designed to give your entire family a fun, full-body workout. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate! Modifications are taught so that families of all fitness levels can participate and complete a challenging workout! Class is 45 minute class in length.

*Plan to bring water and an exercise mat or towel with you. Children of all ages are welcome. New Moms, be sure you have already been cleared by your doctor, at your 6 week post-partum check-up, to return to normal exercise.

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The Gracious Art of Flower Arranging
4 week series
Instructor: Peggy Conway Fortier
Tuesday, April 7 | 9-noon
$125 per student

Flower arranging can be one of the most rewarding and exciting hobbies you can pursue. Learn the basic steps, principles of design and enjoy the fun of creating arrangements using greenery and flowers from your own garden or your neighbors (by permission of course). Come join us and have fun!

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Summer Herb Smoothies-From the Heart
For children age 5 and above
Instructor: Robin Geurs
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
| 2-4 p.m.
$15 Members | $20 Non-Members

Herbs are gifts of joy given to us by Nature! We'll explore the many herbs of the Herb Terrace and harvest some to be used in making our own delicious, fun and easy fruit smoothies. A true healthy and tasty treat for young nature lovers! Plus, you'll get to take home the smoothie recipes (which include popular herbs such as mint, basil and rosemary) so you can enjoy these yummy drinks all spring and summer long.

- POSTPONED TBD -

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Junior Board Presents: Sunset Pure Barre in the Gardens
Sunset Pure Barre in the Gardens
Instructor: Kristin Trowbridge
Thursday, April 23rd | 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Location: Formal Garden-Birmingham Botanical Gardens
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 Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30. Let's get outside to celebrate the beautiful spring weather 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.

FREE

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Memorable Images
Instructor: Hank Siegel
Saturday, May 2 | 9-noon
Saturday, May 9 | 9-noon
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
$100 members | $120 non-members

This class is structured to introduce students 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.

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Beginning Zentangle
Instructor: Darla Williamson
Location: Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Friday, May 8 | 5:30–9 p.m.
$65 Members| $75 Non-Members

Zentangle® is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is fun, relaxing, and anyone can use it to create beautiful pieces of art! It is enjoyed by a wide range of ages and skill levels across the world. Join us at the Gardens for this introductory course. You will learn tangles inspired by nature as well as a few others to show the variety of design in a fun, relaxed atmosphere while enjoying chocolate and wine. (21 & above only)

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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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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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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.)

 

 

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.