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youth programs Summer Camp Registration Opens Spring Break Camp Discover flowers and animals emerging from February 1 • online only Enroll your child in a stimulating summer day camp full of discovery, adventure and nature exploration. To request a brochure, call 404-876-5859 ext. 2557 or email

DROP-IN FAMILY PROGRAMS $6 per child ($5 member child) No registration required

Sensational Seeds Saturday, January 20, 10 a.m. – noon Discover the ways seeds are amazing and start your very own seed for entry into the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show! From digging into the diversity of seeds to decorating a flower pot, each child leaves this program ready to nurture their seed to success.

Natural Egg Dyeing March 23, 30 and 31, 10 a.m. – noon Certain plants contain powerful dyes that create stunning colors. Join us in this interactive program to learn more about these plants and decorate three vibrant eggs.

winter slumber. Enjoy two glorious mornings in the Garden full of exploration, activities and artwork. Ages 4 – 6 Schedule April 5 – 6, 9 a.m. – noon Fee $69 per child (Member $59) Deadline March 19


the inspired gardener symposium & silent auction Shake off the winter blues and get in gear for springtime with this full day of garden inspiration.

Featured presentations: MICHAEL DIRR New Trees for the Southeast AMANDA BENNETT Sizzling Succulents THOMAS RAINER

*The following classes are free with Garden Admission and no registration is required.

Garden Playtime* Introduce your little one to the joys of nature! Join us for hands-on learning and sensory stations that will stimulate your child’s interest in the natural world. Suggested ages: 6 month – 5 years Schedule Tuesdays, March – Oct., 10:00 a.m. – noon

Storybook Time* Listen to stories about bees, flowers, butterflies and other garden friends. Schedule First Wednesday, Jan. – March, Wednesdays, April – Oct., 10:30 a.m.

Garden Grooves* Get ready to wiggle and warble! Join us for songs and dances inspired by the beautiful outdoors. Suggested ages: 2 – 5 years Schedule Thursdays, March – Oct., 10:30 a.m.

The Biodiverse Landscape IRVIN ETIENNE Contained Joy SCOTT MCMAHAN Plant Exploration with a Purpose

Schedule Fee Lunch Parking Deadline

Saturday, Jan. 27, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. $89 ($79 Garden Members, GPPA members) $12 (optional) $5 pre-paid (register before Jan. 10) Jan. 22

Visit to learn more. To request a brochure, call 404-876-5859 ext. 2558 or email

adult & kids classes NEW! Gainesville Summer Camp Join the Gainesville Garden for an interactive summer camp. Keep an eye on for updates and more information for this exciting new program.

Tai Chi Perform the ancient Chinese exercise form designed to increase flexibility and balance. Classes will be in the Event Room during inclement weather. Beginners welcome. Schedule Tuesdays, January 2 – 30 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Fee $79 (Members $69) Deadline January 2 Instructor Buck Barnes

Colored Pencil Painting Workshop for Children 1st-5th grade: Colored pencils are perfect for sketching. Children capture whimsical images by creating a journal that includes a technical reference guide. (Supplies provided). Schedule Saturday, January 20 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fee $29 (Members - $24) Deadline January 17 Instructor Jill Haack, Artist

Watercolor Painting for Children 1st - 5th grade: Create beautiful images and learn about the techniques of watercolor painting, kid style! (Supplies provided). Schedule Saturday, February 17

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10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Fee $29 (Members $24) Deadline February 14 Instructor Jill Haack, Artist

All About Propagation Learn to propagate woody plant species from seeds and cuttings at the Garden Greenhouse. An overview of Garden propagation methods are highlighted. Schedule Saturday, March 17, 10 a.m. – noon Fee $29 (Members $24) Deadline March 14 Instructor Ethan Guthrie, Horticulture Manager

Capturing Tulips Workshop Take studio technique en plein aire. Bring your favorite medium to work with and a sketchbook. Work on capturing the light and movement of tulips in bloom. (Weather and bloom season permitting). Supply list will be provided upon registration. Schedule Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Fee $39 (Members $34) Deadline March 27 Instructor Jill Haack, Artist

Container Gardening Explore the basics of container gardening with a focus on plant selections and design tips for the spring season. Schedule Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m. – noon Fee $29 (Members $24) Deadline March 28 Instructor Beth Owen, Senior Horticulturist

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Wandering in Wonder

Presented by Sue Wasserman, Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m. Sue Wasserman is a freelance writer and photographer who loves sharing the inspiration she finds in nature. In addition to being the author/photographer of Walk with Me: Exploring Nature’s Wisdom and A Moment’s Nature, Sue has also written for The New York Times, Southern Living and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Join Wasserman as she shares her adventures in gardens and woods. A book-signing follows. The Philip and Elkin Alston Lecture Series is made possible through the generous support of the Charles Loridans Foundation.

Classes & Programs for Adults and Children

adult classes Intro to Drawing in Black & White Discover composition, proportion, shading and perspective as well as visual elements. Students work in a variety of black and white mediums. This class is part of the Botanical Drawing Program. Schedule​ Tuesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 13, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 – 9 p.m. OR Thursdays, Jan. 11- Feb. 15, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. OR 6 – 9 p.m. Fee​​ $190 (Member $180) Deadline​ Jan. 4 Instructor Carol Anne Sutherland, Artist

Orchids for Beginners I Of all orchid species, Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum require care most similar to typical houseplants. Learn tips to grow these orchids yourself. Each participant will go home with an orchid. Schedule​ Saturday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m. – noon Fee​​ $34 (Member $29) Deadline​ Jan. 16 Instructor Michael Wenzel, Plant Recorder

Tai Chi Learn this ancient Chinese exercise form, designed to increase flexibility and balance.

registration Online: By Voice Mail: 404-876-5859 ext. 2555 By Mail: Send completed form with check payable to Atlanta Botanical Garden to: Education Department, Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30309 Parking: Class fee does not include parking Pre-registration Recommended: Walk-ins accepted only if space is available Confirmation: Emailed if registered by deadline Membership: Join (or renew) now for discount:  $75 Individual  $99 Dual  $109 Family Inspired Gardener: Add parking and lunch options.  Pre-paid parking $5 (must register by Jan. 10)  Lunch $12, circle sandwich selection: turkey chicken salad vegetarian

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Schedule​ Saturdays, Jan. 27- April 7 (Quarter 1) Beginner, 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. OR Saturdays, April 14- June 16 (Quarter 2) Intermediate by instructor invitation only 10:15- 11:15 a.m. Fee $139 (Member $129) Deadline​ Jan. 23 or April 10 Instructor ​Lori Rowe

Pruning A detailed discussion of pruning principles will be followed by a demonstration in the Garden. Early registration is recommended for this popular class. Schedule​ Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:30- 8:30 p.m. Fee​​ $29 (Member $24) Deadline Jan. 27 Instructors​ Michael Sheek, Senior Horticulturist

Intermediate Drawing in Black & White Continuing drawing students explore large plant studies, still lifes and landscapes. Bring a collection of landscape photos (black and white or color) to the first class for drawing exercises. This class is part of the Botanical Drawing Program. Schedule​ Tuesdays, Feb. 20 - March 20 Renewing your membership and registering for classes? Please send separate checks.

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Total Enclosed: Refund Policy: Full refunds (minus a $10 processing fee) are granted if requested at least five days in advance. Requests less than five days in advance receive credit toward future classes. Credits must be used within 12 months.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 – 9 p.m. Fee​ $190 (Member $180) Deadline Feb. 16 Instructor Carol Anne Sutherland, Artist

Edible Gardening for Beginners Learn basics and best practices for setting up a low-maintenance, high-yield garden without using lots of chemicals. Explore bed lay-out, soil preparation, companion planting, crop rotations and ways to manage common problems with a concentration on organic practices. Schedule Wednesday, Feb. 28, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fee​ ​ $29 (Members $24) Deadline ​Feb. 24 Instructor Raleigh Saperstein, Senior Horticulturist

Drawing Birds

Fee​​ $190 (Member $180) Deadline​ March 23 Instructor​ Carol Anne Sutherland, Artist

Beekeeping: Getting Started Learn about the basics of beekeeping and the beekeeper’s year, where to find materials, and when and how to get started. Weather permitting, students visit the Garden’s hives for a demo. Register early – space is limited. ​​Schedule Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fee ​ $34 (Member $29) Deadline ​March 21 Instructor Curtis Gentry, Garden Beekeeper

Plan Your Summer Veggie Garden

Learn how to draw birds in black and white then in colored pencil. Prior drawing experience recommended. Schedule Thursdays, March 1 – March 29 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 – 9 p.m. Fee $190 (Member $180) Deadline Feb. 24 Instructor Carol Anne Sutherland, Artist

Grow and harvest fresh, delicious produce in your home garden. Discover vegetables and herbs that perform well through Georgia’s summer and get tips for improving your yields. Schedule Thursday, March 29, 6:30– 8:30 p.m. Fee​ $29 (Member $24) Deadline​ March 24 Instructor​ Stephanie Van Parys, Executive Director, The Wylde Center

Orchids for Beginners II

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Oncidium, Dendrobium and Cattleya orchids are adapted to climates with intermittent rainfall and have evolved specialized organs to store water. These plants require higher light levels than are found in typical homes. This class examines the cultural requirements of this group of orchids and their adaptation to the home environment. Schedule Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. – noon Fee $29 (Member $24) Deadline Feb. 27 Instructor Jason Ligon, Orchid Center Horticulturist

Explore container gardening basics: plant selection, soil types and choosing appropriate containers. Learn the annuals, perennials, trees and shrubs that do well in pots. Learn container garden design principles and plant combinations for year-round appeal. Schedule​ Wednesday, April 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Fee​​ $29 (Member $24) Deadline​ April 14 Instructor​ Jim Smith, Senior Horticulturist

Intro to Drawing in Colored Pencil Learn color theory and composition. Explore methods for drawing botanical renderings and still-lifes working from photographs and reproductions. Some previous drawing experience is recommended. This class is part of the Botanical Drawing Program. Schedule​ Tuesdays, March 27 – April 24, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 – 9 p.m.

Capturing the Garden in Colored Pencil Draw colorful plant life outdoors in the Garden. Focus on modified contour drawing (line and shape) in color using larger drawing pads 20x24, 24x30. Prior drawing experience recommended. Schedule​ Thursdays, Apr. 19 – May 17, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. OR 6 – 9 p.m. Fee​​ $190 (Member $180) Deadline​ April 14 Instructor​ Carol Anne Sutherland, Artist

Well-Seasoned Chef Series Enjoy an intimate and relaxing culinary experience learning from Atlanta chefs as they prepare a four-part meal. The chef lineup will be announced in late March. Schedule April-May and September-October, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee​ $120 per dinner; $675 for series Deadline​ One week before session Register​ Call 404-876-5859, ext. 2559

Fresh Plates Enjoy a fun evening dining, sipping and learning as local chefs prepare a four-part small plate menu of their signature dishes. Schedule​ Select Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee​​ $65 (Members $60) Deadline​ One week before session Register​ April 11 Deborah VanTrece, Twisted Soul April 18 Zack Meloy, Better Half

Flavors of Spring Dinner Join us to enjoy a spring dinner with Executive Chef Thomas McKeown from Polaris. As you dine, learn about the rooftop garden at Polaris, which is also

Honey Bee Biology for Beekeeping Good beekeepers understand their bees and take measures to meet their needs. Take a look at honey bee biology relevant to beekeeping. If conditions permit, we will check out the Garden observation hive. Schedule​ Saturday, April. 21 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Fee​​ $34 (Member $29) Deadline​ April 17 Instructor​ Curtis Gentry, Garden Beekeeper

Japanese Maple Pruning Learn how to prune your Japanese maple successfully. This class emphasizes the science and art of aesthetic pruning. Seasonal pruning, form enhancement, essence and early training are discussed. Schedule​ Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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home to several thousand honey bees. Schedule Thursday, April 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Fee​ $65 (Members $60) Deadline​ One week before session Register:​

Spring Brunch Classes Relax with a nice meal and a mimosa while learning about preparing fresh ingredients. Schedule​ Saturday, April 21 and April 28 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Fee​​ $54 (Members $ 49) Deadline​ One week before session April 21 Andrew Smith, West Egg April 28 Andrew Peterson, La Tavola Register:​

Light and Fresh Spring Desserts Learn some ideas for delicious spring treats for easy entertaining in May. Recipes and dessert sampling are included. Schedule​ Sunday, April 29, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Fee​​ $42 (Members $37) Deadline​ One week before session Instructor Crystal Leach Register

Fee​​ $34 (Member $29) Deadline​ April 17 Instructor​ Norm Mittleider, Owner, Art of Pruning

Creative Macro Photography Workshop Spend two days learning with Charles Needle, a California-based award-winning professional fine art nature photographer. In an indoor classroom “studio” setting, learn how to photograph water droplets, reflections of flowers and more. Class max of 12 people. Schedule​ Saturday and Sunday, May 19 - 20, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Fee​​ $895 (Member $795) Supply Fee $20 payable first day of class Parking $5/day optional pass Deadline​ March 15 Instructor​ Charles Needle, Photographer

Education Brochure | January - April 2018  
Education Brochure | January - April 2018