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.

Scrub Days of Summer Tour

with Eric Foht, Natural Areas Manager at Naples Botanical Garden

Join our Natural Areas Manager, Eric Foht, as he leads a tour through the Garden’s Smith Upland Preserve. Come and learn about the fascinating plants and history of the rare FL scrub habitat. We will experience what an early summer morning in the scrub is like and we will keep an eye out for gopher tortoises, woodpeckers, and other wildlife that frequent the area. You will come away with a better understanding and appreciation of this unique habitat. Whether you are a Garden member or its your first visit, this adventure will be special.

When: July 28 from 7 - 9 am

Where: FGCU Kapnick Center, Buehler Auditorium, Naples Botanical Garden

Price: $15 Members / $20 Non-members

The Burning of Fossil Fuels: A Plants Perspective

With Brian Bovard, Assistant Professor of Wetland Ecology in the Department of Marine and Ecological Sciences’ Environmental Studies Program at FGCU

This class will take an in depth look at what we know about how plants respond to changes in the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere. We will also speculate what the implications of those responses will be for both ecosystems and human society.

When: August 12 from 10 - 11 am

Where: FGCU Kapnick Center, Buehler Auditorium at Naples Botanical Garden

Cost: $5 members/ $10 non-members

Workshop: Nature Journal Workshop

with Elizabeth Smith, local artist, Florida Native Plant Society member and member of the United Arts Council

In this class, participants will be introduced to the nature journal as I keep it, a combination of sketches and text. Drawing skills are helpful but not required. Our goal is to experience the process, and to broaden our connection to the natural world.

A starter sketching kit with watercolor pencils will be available for purchase in this workshop. Field sketching is a portable pastime, so we’ll keep our supplies small and relatively inexpensive in case of damage or loss. Participants are welcome to bring their own supplies.

When: August 22nd from 9am-3pm

Where: FGCU Kapnick Center, classroom 124 at Naples Botanical Garden

Cost: $75 members/ $80 non-members

Workshop: Organic Vegetable Production "Big Picture"

with Andrea Grace and Marc Gingras, Adult Education Manager and IMP Specialist at Naples Botanical Garden

This class is going to focus on the history of agriculture in Florida comparing conventional vs organic vegetable production. The participants will learn how to prep their site, how to schedule their growing season, and then focus on seed selection. As well as taking home the basics in vegetable production, the participants will also take home a starter seed selection, a seed tray to grow their own vegetable transplants and some transplants that were started at the Garden. To learn more make sure to sign up for the Organic Vegetable Production “Small Picture” Workshop.

When: August 27th from 9am-12pm

Where: FGCU Kapnick Center, classroom 124 at Naples Botanical Garden

Cost: $35 members/ $40 non-members

Workshop: Organic Vegetable Production "Small Picture"

with Andrea Grace and Marc Gingras, Adult Education Manager and IMP Specialist at Naples Botanical Garden

This class builds on the information learned in the Organic Vegetable Production “Big Picture” Workshop. The focus will be on the fine details of maintaining your vegetable garden. Topics that will be covered are soil testing and adjusting, composting, fertilizing, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), common plant diseases, and harvesting. The participants will leave with a very good understanding of vegetable growing in SW Florida and a few take home transplants and soil testing supplies.

When: September 3rd from 9am-12pm

Where: FGCU Kapnick Center, classroom 124 at Naples Botanical Garden

Cost: $35 members / $40 non-members

Workshop: Edible Garden Design

with Britt Patterson-Weber, Andrea Grace, Adrienne Diaz, Youth Programs Manager and Adult Education Manager at Naples Botanical Garden and owner of Miss Potters Place

Calling all home owners who would like to add edibles to your yard! This is the class for you. This class will focus on how to bring edible into your yard formally in a raised bed or informally planted in your landscape starting with a lecture by Britt Patterson-Weber. Then there will also be a plant “show and tell” presented by Adrienne Diaz of Miss Potters Place showcasing several easy-to-maintain small to medium sized fruit, nut and spice trees, edible bushes, shrubs and flowers. Also, find out what surprising edibles can grow very well in containers on your patio or lanai. And then the class will end with a workshop to develop your personal edible landscape; so bring pictures, google maps, and any ideas to help create something for your yard.

When: September 10 from 9 am - 12 pm

Where: FGCU Kapnick Center, classroom 124 at Naples Botanical Garden

Cost: $35 members / $40 non-members

 

Registration:

To register for any of these classes, please call 239.325.1366 or email agrace@naplesgarden.org .

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

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

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