Learning Opportunities for All

We believe that all adults in our community should have access to plant-based, nature-focused learning opportunities. Each season, we offer adult classes with several pricing tiers to enable you to register at the amount you’re able to pay. Through this series, we hope to make learning opportunities at the Garden more accessible to all who wish to grow through continuous education.

Classes are offered in-person, as synchronous (live) online programs, or using hybrid methods with both in-person and virtual content. Class delivery methods are denoted next to each listing as VIRTUAL, IN-PERSON, or HYBRID.

Class Schedule January – April 2024

The History of the Black Garden | February 3 IN-PERSON 

Since the founding of America, African Americans have planted crops for themselves that have cultural importance, particularly in Virginia and the greater South. Join Debra Freeman, host and creator of Setting the Table podcast, as she explores the fascinating history and relevance of fish peppers, watermelons, sweet potatoes, collards, peanuts and other legacy vegetables that still endure today. 

NEW! Birding for Beginners | March 9 IN-PERSON

Join Barb and Buz Sawyer, both birdwatchers since childhood, for a fun-filled and informative morning exploring birding. We’ll talk about where to go, what to take, which birds are likely to be seen at which time, how to identify birds, how to help birds with conservation techniques and more. Class begins inside and continues into the Garden to spot any birds that happen to be visiting. 

The Legacy of Black Herbalism | April 13 IN-PERSON

When enslaved Africans were brought to America, many of their traditions were taken away from them once they arrived. One exception to this rule, however, is the legacy of herbalism for their medicinal, dietary and cultural usage. Plants such as cotton, black walnut, witch-hazel and dogwood were used for a variety of purposes in their communities. Debra Freeman will guide you through this rich history and lead you on a tour that will feature examples of some of these plants in the Garden’s collections. 

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