West Virginia Botanic Garden Summer 2017 Activities
* Space in programs is limited. Please register for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Please register for other programs at least two days prior to the program. Availability after deadlines is not garunteed. A note about our forms: if you are a regular at our programs, you may wish to create a login with us. This option is available when you click on the link to register. After you create a login and the first form you fill in is processed, your information will then automatically be filled in for you on future registration forms. Otherwise, you may register as a guest and fill in your information each time you register.
* All activities take place at the West Virginia Botanic Garden, 1061 Tyrone rd., Morgantown, WV 26508 unless otherwise noted.
* Walks and presentations will last 1.5-2hrs.
* Please refrain from bringing your pet to activities. Thank you.
Fridays 12:00-1:00 p.m. October 6 through November 17 Yoga in the Garden: Come out to the Garden to connect with nature, rejuvenate energy, and experience relaxation through yoga. The beauty and serenity of the garden setting provides the perfect environment to stretch, strengthen, center, breathe, and relax. All skill levels are welcome. Bring a yoga mat, water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and small hand towel. $12/class for WVBG members; $15 for non-members. Register here. The November 17 class has been canceled.
November 18, 1:00 p.m. Winter Wreaths: Learn basic techniques for creating beautiful seasonal wreaths during this demonstration by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills. A wide variety of fresh and found materials will be used. Participants will leave empowered to create seasonal ornamentation for their home or to share with friends. Most appropriate for adults. Members $15, Non-Members $25. Register here.
Note: the November 18 owling program has been rescheduled for December 9th due to weather.
November 19, 2:00 p.m.Trees and the Landscape in Late Autumn: With most leaves fallen, shapes of woody plants and the surface of the ground become more apparent. Location, bark, habit of growth, and twig details help reveal the identities of trees. Leaves may be nearby for confirmation. Explore the November landscape with retired Core Arboretum manager Jon Weems. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Free. Donations encouraged. Register here.
December 2, 1:00 p.m. Holiday Ornaments from Nature: Just in time for holiday gift-giving, join WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter to craft unique ornaments from natural materials. A special children’s holiday story will be read, with hot cocoa and cookies to enjoy. Most appropriate for children ages 3 and older. $15 for WVBG members, $20 for non-members. Register here.
December 9, 1:00 p.m. The Art of Flower Arranging: Enjoy a demonstration of numerous flower arrangements led by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills. From using as few as two or three flowers to create a simple and stunning arrangement to using massing techniques to form the baroque and over the top, and everything in between. Members $15, Non-Members $25. Register here.
December 9, 6:30 p.m. Nighttime Raptors: Owling in WV Botanic Garden: LeJay Graffious, local birder, will present a program on West Virginia owls. We will start indoors with an audio-visual review of owls of the region. Learn to identify on sight or by calls. Then we will go outdoors to try to find owls of the garden. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here. Are you an Audubon member? If so, register here.
December 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Winter Solstice Yoga: During the Winter Solstice, nature takes a long dark pause prior to transitioning into longer days with more light. What a beautiful reminder to also take such a pause in our own lives as we prepare for the transition into 2018. Join Heidi Sherwin for a candlelight gentle yoga class that will include a balance of slow flowing sequences and yin yoga postures, followed by a Solstice Meditation, and ending with a long, deep relaxation. Please bring a yoga mat, blanket, and water. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
January 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Healthy Beginnings: Setting healthy living goals is easy. Sticking to them is not. But it can be! In this class led by Certified Health Coach MaryAnn Post, you'll learn how small steps in the right direction add up to better wellbeing. Topics include: forming habits that stick, healthier food swaps, portion control, developing a positive mindset, and the benefits of spending time outside in nature. Class will include food samples and a walk at the Garden. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
January 13, 1:00 p.m. Monarch Butterfly: Conservation of a Migratory Insect: The monarch butterfly is being considered for listing under the U.S. Endangered Species Act because of precipitous population declines caused by several mostly human-caused factors. What is being done to conserve this iconic American species in the United States and Mexico? What can citizens do to aid in its conservation and recovery? Led by Wildlife Biologist Sue Olcott, this program will present current information on the monarch and the challenges it faces. Most appropriate for adults. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
January 14, 2:00 p.m. Nature in Winter: What are the plants and animals doing during this time of year? What makes nature in winter so special? West Virginia Botanic Garden Education Director Erin Smaldone will present a slide show followed by a short walk around the Garden. All ages. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
January 20, 1:00 p.m. Breaking into Blossom: Winter Container Gardening: Break those winter doldrums by joining us for a lively presentation that explores the metaphor of “breaking into blossom” celebrated by artists, writers, and gardeners across the ages. Led by WVBG Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter, we’ll also create a cheerful indoor container garden with flower bulbs to take home. All ages. $15 for members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
February 10, 1:00 p.m. Seed Swap: Share the bounty of your garden while growing your own! Come swap seeds with friends at this fun social event. Details on types of seeds to bring and packaging will be sent to registrants. Free. Donations encouraged. Register here.
February 11, 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Heart of the Matter: Heart disease is the number one cause of death in United States. By making adjustments in our diet and lifestyle we can reduce this statistic. In this class led by Certified Health Coach MarryAnn Post, we'll cover 10 heart health tips, enjoy heart friendly snacks, go for a walk at the Garden, and look at the importance of the "mind-body connection" in regard to your heart health. $30 for WVBG members, $45 for non-members. Register here.
February 17, 1:00 p.m. Starting from Seed: Growing plants from seed can be very rewarding. Many do well directly sown into ones garden or started in a nursery row to be transplanted as they grow in size. Others need to be started indoors in order to be ready for the growing season. The class, led by WVBG Executive Director, Bill Mills, will discuss the many techniques of what can be a very rewarding experience. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.
February 24, 1:00 p.m. Winter Indoor Gardening: The joy of gardening doesn’t need to end just because it’s cold outside. Master Gardeners Bill and Emilie Johnson will share ideas, tips, and tricks for successful indoor gardens as well as provide examples and inspiration. $5 for WVBG members, $15 for non-members. Register here.