Lifelong Learning classes & workshops include admission to the Garden on that day. Lectures at the $5 Members / $10 Non-Members price point do not include Garden admission.

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): This class is full!
  • 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

The Garden Primeval: Ancient Plant Forms in Nature and Cultivation

Instructor: Chad Husby

Class Description:This presentation will place ancient plant groups 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


The Greening of the Earth

Instructor: William B Sanders, Ph.D.

Class Description: This lecture will cover the early events in the evolution of life in the oceans, and the eventual colonization of land by descendants of green algae, ultimately giving rise to all the major groups of land plants. We will discuss the origin of photosynthesis, how it changed the earth’s atmosphere and changed the course of evolution forever, enabling the rise of complex multicellular animals like us.

Date/Time: April 3, 2015 from 2 - 4 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

Wildflowers in the Landscape

Instructor: Dr. Craig Huegel

Class Description: Come and learn from a Florida native plant expert on planting native wildflowers in your personal landscape. Students can expect to learn about a variety of wildflowers suitable for growing in Florida and the science behind growing these flowers and why it is important.

Date/Time: April 11 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Cost: $5 members/ $10 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: April 18 / 7:30 - 10 am

Location: From Berger Entry Pavilion to the White Birding Tower

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

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 the Garden's 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: April 22, from 12 - 1 pm

Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

The Secrets of Papaya

Instructor: Juan Rivera, Garden to Table Coordinator

Class Description: Come and learn about the secrets of papaya from culinary to medicinal. Students will start in the classroom and learn about the history of papaya and the biology of the plant. Then the class will tour the Garden and learn about the plantings of papaya and varieties that work in Florida. The class will then end in a culinary tasting.

Date/Time: April 23 10 am - 12 pm

Location: FGCU Kapnick Center room 124

Cost: $35 Members / $40 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 from 10 am - 12 pm

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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