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January 2020

Free Admission:
Jan. 7-19, 2020

Tuesday, January 7, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

All Garden visitors enjoy FREE admission to Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden: Jan. 7-19, 2020  *Please note the Garden Café and Robins Tea House are also closed during this time.

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Basic Floral Design
Part 1

Thursday, January 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 8:30 pm

Learn how to create the basic shapes and styles of floral designs—the building blocks for true creativity.  This course will introduce you to techniques and styles commonly used by professionals.   Learn preparation techniques, how to create basic shapes, and how to prepare flowers for long-lasting arrangements. A section on cut flower care and handling is included, along with a text.  All materials provided; students need to bring sharp floral snips. Instructor: Mimi Cassick.

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Winter Botany
for Botanical Illustration

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 3:30 pm

Explore the intricacies of plant forms in winter. Morning sessions help you learn to understand the structure of cones, berries, twigs. Study and draw a diversity of plant parts under the guidance of a botanist. Afternoons are devoted to graphite illustrations of plants related to the morning’s discussion. Emphasis is placed on observation, accurate representation of details, and labeling.

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Soils, Part 1:
Properties of Soil and Life in the Soil

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about the life under your feet in this three-part series. In this class, instructor Karin Stretchko discusses the physical properties of soil, and explains that soil is far from inert, hosting a myriad of chemical and life processes. Parts 2 and 3 cover organic matter, sustainable gardening, pH, fertilization and plant nutrition. Take one or all three.  Instructor: Karin Stretchko, Agriculture Specialist, J. Sargent Reynolds Community College.

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Reading Party

Saturday, January 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:00 pm

Included with Garden admission; free for members Chase away the winter blues in Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s coziest nook: the Reading Room in the Lora Robins Library.  In keeping with the Scandinavian concept of hygge—a quality of coziness and contentment derived from taking pleasure in sweet, quiet moments and good company—we invite you to curl up with a good book in our comfy chairs alongside a toasty fire. Cocoa and sweet treats will be provided. The Hygge Reading Party happens…

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Admission Days

Monday, January 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

All Garden visitors enjoy half-price admission Jan. 20 through Feb. 29.  During this time only, Garden admission is $6 for adults and seniors and $4 for children. *Please note the Garden Shop may be closed on select days during this time.  

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Culinary Evening
Bites Around the World: Tastes of the Mediterranean

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Take your taste buds on a mid-winter trip to the Mediterranean and explore the varied culinary delights of the surrounding countries. Learn how home chefs can incorporate delicious and fresh Mediterranean flavors into their repertoire with Executive Chef Anne Maury Haapala. Demonstration is followed by a delicious dinner featuring some of the evening’s recipes along with an alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage depending on preference.

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More Watercolor

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Wednesday, March 4, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

A photo or a lingering gaze may not be quite enough to capture the beauty and emotion of a garden. If you have ever wanted to put a paintbrush to paper this is your opportunity. Learn basic watercolor techniques and drawing skills to use in expressing your inspiration. All materials will be supplied and most will go home with you afterwards. With the certainty that every single human being has the ability to create, all are welcome to this beginners’…

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Bird Houses

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 9:00 am - Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm

Invent an original, textured and painted clay home for your feathered friends! Over the course of three sessions we’ll sketch, explore hand-building techniques, discuss and plan color themes and paint our original bird houses. Your completed structure will be a delightful addition to your yard or home, as it can be a functional or a purely decorative piece. This class has been cancelled.

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for the Altar

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Designer David Pippin helps you learn how to design and execute exciting and long-lasting arrangements for religious settings that are also appropriate and inexpensive. After demonstrating various formats,David helps you create an arrangement. Designs emphasize using common garden greens and purchased material as accents. Take away an arrangement and a wealth of ideas! Fee includes all floral materials; participants supply containers and sharp floral snips.

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