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

Basics of Nature Photography: Focus on Composition Series

Instructor: Dr. Christine Cook

Class Description: Register for a four-class course that will help you capture a great image with your camera! MasterNaturalist and photographer, Dr. Christine Cook, will illustrate successful techniques in the classroom and guide your practice in the Garden. This class is excellent for beginning to experienced photographers who want to know how to set up for better pictures.

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

Location: Class will start in Kapnick Center 124 or 123 and then move into 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, February 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

Lecture: How Many Species Will Survive the 21st Century?

Instructor: Dr. Peter H. Raven, Missouri Botanical Garden

Today there is an estimated 425,000 species of land plants that are currently in existence, with a staggering 20% or more in danger of extinction in the relatively near future. These plants are being lost to habitat destruction, global climate change, invasive plants, animals, and pests, and overharvesting of a number of important species. Dr. Raven will address the challenges and how to both understand and deal with them to survive into the next century and beyond.

Date/Time: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 from 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Kapnick Center 126, FGCU Buehler Auditorium

Cost: Free

Advanced Photography in the Garden

Instructor: Dennis Goodman

Class Description: Calling seasoned photographers! Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to join Naples wildlife and nature photographer Dennis Goodman for a hands-on workshop. The class will focus on water lilies, butterflies and various plants that may be in bloom in the Garden. Dennis will share a brief presentation with all participants on tips, tricks, and techniques on camera settings, composition, bracketing, backgrounds, and lighting. Then the class will go out into the Garden and put these recommendations to work. Please bring your own DSLR camera, tripod, shutter release, and variety of lenses for different subjects.

Date/Time: February 4 and 18, 2015 / 8 - 10 am

Location: Class meets in the Berger Pavilion and finishes in Kapnick Center 123 or 124 if time allows

Cost: $95 Members / $105 Non-Members per class

Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens

Instructors: Jim Kushlan and Kirsten Hines

Class Description: Kushlan and Hines present their new books on South Florida gardening, Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens and Birds of Fairchild. They will discuss how bird gardening is different in sub-tropical South Florida, how large-scale gardens, such as botanic gardens, can be good examples of bird-friendly landscaping, and what you can do to make your own yard, even just a patio, more attractive to our unique community of birds, helping to restore and maintain the region’s ecological functions through bird-friendly landscaping.

Date / Time: Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Location: Kapnick Center 126, FGCU Buehler Auditorium

Cost: Free, sponsored by the Everglades Foundation

Kokedama Workshop- The Art of Japanese Hanging Gardens

Instructor: Andrea Grace

Class Description: Kokedama is a traditional Japanese art form using moss as a container for planting. Bring your gloves and don’t be afraid to get your hands a bit dirty! In this workshop we will be creating Kokedama—Japanese hanging moss balls—for attendees to take home and enjoy!

Date/Time: Saturday, February 7, 2015; 10-noon

Location: Enabling Garden (rain backup Kapnick Center 123)

Cost: $35 Members / $40 Non-Members

Intro to Beekeeping

Instructor: Millisa Bell

Class Description: Intro to Beekeeping will start out with the life cycle of a bee and general bee knowledge lecture then it will go into the basics of beekeeping including how to garden with bees in mind. There will be a demonstration of all the equipment used in beekeeping; but no live bees buzzing around, so no worrying about getting stung. All levels of beekeeping students are welcome, from the novice to the advanced beekeeper. Let’s save the bee’s one hive at a time!

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 9:30-11am

Location: Kapnick Center 124

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

Night Walk in the Garden

Instructor: Britt Patterson-Weber, Youth Programs Manager at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Explore the Garden like you never have before- in the dark. On this guided hike, we’ll take in the sights, sounds, and smells of the Garden as the landscape transforms from day to night. We’ll view sunset over the Preserve, let our eyes get adjusted to the night, and then head into the uplands habitat to learn more about nocturnal life in the Garden. Participants should be prepared to walk about 1.5 miles/two hours on uneven ground in the dark. Flashlights are helpful for navigating the parking lot, but will not be used during the hike. This is also an adult only event, so leave the little ones at home.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 19, 2015; 5:30 - 7:30pm

Location: Meet in the Berger Pavilion

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

Sculpture Workshop

Instructor: Casey Koehler

Class Description: This workshop will introduce you to the art of portrait sculpture, show you how much fun it is and hopefully you gain in interest in the art. Casey will be creating an actual sculpture and sharing his technique and process as he is creating a piece of art. The participants will be able to observe and ask questions as he is creating. The participants will need to bring nothing but an interest in the art of sculpture.

Date/Time: Friday, February 20, 2015; 10-noon

Location: Kapnick Center room 124

Cost: $15 Members/ $20 Non-Members

Terrarium Workshop

Instructor: Emily Wilson, Native Plant Specialist at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Come and create a personalized terrarium at Naples Botanical Garden. It is a simple, yet creative container garden to put in your home. This class will start with an introduction on terrarium basics and general guidelines on plant selection, material requirements, and all you will need to know about terrariums. Then each participant will create their own personal terrarium. Everything will be supplied by the Garden except the jars. Please bring your own jar and come join in the fun!

Date/Time: Monday, February 23, 2015; 10-noon

Location: Kapnick Center 124

Cost: $35 Members/ $40 Non-Members

Bananas 101

Instructor: Juan Rivera, Garden to Table Coordinator at Naples Botanical Garden

Class Description: Students will learn the history of bananas and their uses beyond the kitchen, such as sustainability, medicinal and spiritual. Students will also take a tour of the Garden to learn about how to cultivate the plants and finally sample a variety of dishes and beverages made using this popular fruit.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 26, 2015; 10-noon

Location: Kapnick Center 124

Cost: $35 Members/ $40 Non-Members

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

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 / 8-10:30am

Location: Kapnick Center 124 and then move to the Garden

Cost: $35 Members / $40 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: $35 Members / $40 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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