Lifelong Learning classes & workshops include admission to the Garden on that day.

Exploring the Birds of the Garden: A Guided Walking Tour

Instructor: Bill Overton

Class Description: Do the birds catch your eye just as much as the plants at Naples Botanical Garden? Expert birder Bill Overton will lead you on a 2.5 hour informal birding “walk and talk”. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird field guide. Classes are held monthly from November through April. Register for as many classes as desired there is always something new to see!

Date/Time: February 28, March 21, and April 18 / 7:30 - 10 am

Location: From Berger Entry Pavilion to the White Birding Tower

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members per class

Series: Watercolor Pencil Workshop: Botany through Art

Instructor: Elizabeth Smith

Class Description: In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the media of watercolor pencils in the context of a nature journal, a combination of sketches and text. Drawing skills are helpful but not required. Our goal is to experience the process, and to broaden our connections to the natural world. Each week we’ll focus on a different aspect of botany and/or landscape elements, techniques, and art elements. Materials will be available for purchase, but participants are welcome to bring their favorite portable watercolor pencils and sketchbook.

Each class will build on the class before, so continuity is important if you are a beginner. Please plan to take the classes in succession if possible.

  • Class 1 (March 2): Introduction to watercolor pencils and nature journaling.Observation, techniques, and drawing exercises.
  • Class 2 (March 9): Focus on flowers.Color and color layering.
  • Class 3 (March 16):Looking at leaves.Shapes and relationships.
  • Class 4 (March 23):Looking at branches and trees.Different kinds of lines.
  • Class 5 (March 30):Looking at foliage, bark, seedpods, fruits.Textures and patterns.
  • Class 6 (April 6):Focus on rocks and water.Exploring value: lights and darks.
  • Class 7 (April 13):Looking at landscapes.Using composition and perspective.

Beginning field sketch kit: varies in price from $35 to $40. Main contents: 6 x 9 inch Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook, watercolor pencils (set of 12), mechanical pencil, black artist pen, white vinyl eraser, medium Niji waterbrush, small pencil sharpener. Purchased from the instructor on the day of the class.

Date/Time: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6 and 13 / 9 am - 12 pm

Location:Class will meet in Kapnick Center 124 and then move to the Garden

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members per class

Beginning Level Photoshop

Instructor: Dr. Christine Cook

Class Description: This four-class course will help you process your images beautifully! We will briefly review composition principles and take photos in the garden before processing them. It is recommended but not required that you take all 4 classes to get the most from this course. It is also recommended but not required that you take the previous class taught in March entitled “Basics of Nature Photography: Focus on Composition”. Students will need to bring a camera and be able to transfer images from camera to a computer.

Date/Time: Tuesdays; March 3, 10, 17, 24 / 8 - 10:30 am

Location: Kapnick Center 124 and then move to the Garden

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members per class

Walking Meditation in the Garden

Instructor: Nora vanHouten

Class Description: This class is a qualitative Health and Wellness Workshop based on being in the Garden and exercising the body and mind. This form of mediation is walking with the eyes open while relaxing and enjoying the Garden! We welcome the adult beginner meditator to the more advanced meditator who is interested in learning ways to breathe, relax, feel, watch and allow the body and brain to be at ease while being present in our Garden of Paradise. It is a wonderful way to connect with nature and people who share the same interest!

Date/Time: Tuesdays, March 3 and 17, 2015 from 8 - 9:30 am

Location: Kapnick Center room 123 on the 3 and room 126 (Buehler Auditorium) on the 17 then the class will move to the Garden.

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-members, per class

Landscaping with Littorals: Plantings for Raingardens and Ponds

Instructor: Chad Washburn, Deputy Director of Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Are you interested in creating a raingarden or transforming your stormwater pond into an attractive native landscape but not sure where to start? This class will explore the function, design and aesthetics of raingardens and stormwater ponds as landscape features. The class focuses heavily on creating a plant palette that is pleasing to the eye while reducing maintenance costs and improving water quality and wildlife habitat. The course includes a tour of the Garden’s lakes and award-winning sustainable stormwater system so you can see the recommended plants in action.

Date/Time: March 7, 2015 / 9 - 11 am

Location: Class will start in Kapnick Center 124 then move to the Garden Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

Palms: A Natural History

Instructor: Scott Zona

Class Description: The lecture will provide an overview of the palm family, one of the most iconic and diverse plant families of the tropics. The lecture covers global distribution, habitats, growth habit, leaf diversity, flower and fruit morphology, as well as some ecological interactions. Scott will conclude by recommending 10 excellent but under-used palms for South Florida gardens.

Date/Time: March 21, 2015 / 11 am - 12:30 pm

Location: Class will start in Kapnick Center 126 followed by a walking tour of the Garden from 12 - 12:30 pm

Cost: $5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Coconuts 101

Instructor: Juan Rivera

Class Description: Coming Soon!

Date / Time: March 26, 2015 from 10 am to 12 pm

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members


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Giant Air Plant Rescue Project

Instructor: Mike Owen

Class Description: Mike Owen, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park biologist, will be explaining what the Giant Air Plant Rescue Project is and the connection to Naples Botanical Garden.

Date / Time: March 26, 2015 from 1 - 2 pm

Cost:$5 Members / $10 Non-Members

The Garden Primeval: Ancient Plant Forms in Nature and Cultivation

Instructor: Chad Husby

Class Description:This presentation will place ancient plant Cycad.JPGgroups in the context of the Earth's history and then discuss the major groups of ancient plants that live in the modern world, including where they are found. In addition, Chad will discuss what architectural features make a plant look 'primeval' (even if it is not) and show many photos of primeval plants in nature and in gardens. He will provide insights into the cultivation and propagation of these plants, especially in South Florida.

Date / Time: March 31, 2015 from 10 am - 12 pm

Cost: $5 Members / $10 Non-Members

Gardening with Grace

Instructor: Linda McDonald

Class Description: The Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden is the only place in Naples Botanical Garden where everyone is encouraged to touch and smell every plant! All these unusual plants allow people, whatever their sensory abilities, to enjoy this special garden. This garden is also specifically designed to meet the needs of those with special physical needs. Our raised beds, vertical garden, and adaptive tools make gardening possible for everyone. Come and be amazed while you learn about one of Naples Botanical Garden's hidden jewels.

Date / Time: April 8 from 10 am to 12 pm

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

Growing Plumeria in SWFL

Instructor: Hetty Ford, Curator of Plumeria Collections at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Most of us know the beautiful fragrance of plumeria flowers, but did you know Naples Botanical Garden houses the National Plumeria Collection? Learn everything about growing plumeria in southwest Florida in this lecture by Hetty Ford, Plant Records Coordinator and resident plumeria expert. Hetty will teach you how to best care for your existing plumeria and share secrets of propagation to add to your collection.

Date/Time: Wednesday; April 22, 2014 / 12 - 1 pm

Location: Kapnick Center 126

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

Plumeria Craft: Hawaiian Leis

Instructor: Hetty Ford, Curator of Plumeria Collections at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Have you ever had the desire to create a Hawaiian lei from fragrant plumeria flowers? Here's your chance! Our resident plumeria expert, Hetty Ford, will teach you step-by-step how to transform heaps of plumeria flowers into a beautiful lei of your own design. Hetty will also share the cultural significance of plumeria flowers in Hawaii through stunning photos.

Date/Time: April 29, 2015 / 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Kapnick Center 124

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members


To register for any of these classes, please call 239.325.1366 or email . You may also fill out the registration form below and mail it in or hand deliver to

Naples Botanical Garden
Attn: Lifelong Learning
4820 Bayshore Drive
Naples FL, 34112.

Please note that certain classes fill up quickly and we will accept registrations on a first come, first served basis.

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Admission to Lifelong Learning classes and workshops include admission to Naples Botanical Garden on that particular day.

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