West Virginia Botanic Garden Spring 2017 Activities
* Registration is required for workshops at least one week prior to the workshop. Registration for free programs is required by the Friday prior to the program. 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.
January 8, 1:00 p.m. Nature in Winter: What are the plants and animals doing during this time of year? What makes nature in winter so special? This program will be the first in a new series focusing on what is happening in nature and the Botanic Garden through the seasons. West Virginia Botanic Garden Education Director Erin Smaldone will present a short slide show followed by a walk around the Garden. All ages. Please register here.
March 10-November 10, 2nd Fridays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Friday Family Walks: Join WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone on the second Friday of each month for a short story followed by a walk around the Garden concluding with a simple craft. This easy, casual walk is a great way for children and their caretakers to get outside and enjoy nature and the company of others. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register here for each walk you plan to attend.
March 11, 10:00 a.m. Understanding Garden Design, A Primer: WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will talk about approaches to garden design, as he shares images from his personal garden and gardens he has designed in the region. You may consider reading Elements of Garden Design, by Joe Eck before this discussion. Most appropriate for adults. Free. This class is now full.
March 14, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Fairy Garden Workshop: In this Fairy Garden Workshop, gardeners will be able to create their own secret garden all in one container! There will be assorted containers and miniature plants to choose from to help personalize each garden to your own liking. Everything you need will be provided from ground cover, to decoration and more, come and join us as we explore fairy gardening together! Floral and interior designer Aaron Sears will lead this workshop at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., Morgantown, 26505. $35 for WVBG members; $45 for non-members. Register here.
March 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Spring Wreath Workshop: Join local floral and interior designer Aaron Sears at Plantology Emporium, 1344 University Ave., Morgantown to learn basic wreath making skills as well as how to make a bow. Let's make something to welcome spring! You will be able to pick and choose from several stems and quality embellishments and silks to make each wreath specific to your style. Come and make something beautiful that you can enjoy for years! $45 for WVBG members; $55 for non-members. Register here.
April 2, 1:00 p.m. The Painter’s Palette for Gardening: Using Color Theory in Garden Design: This workshop provides the participant with an in depth look at color theory using the color wheel to design a beautiful garden. Local Master Gardener Dianne DeAngelis will show how understanding color theory can help you select plants that will achieve a specific look and feel in your gardens. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
April 7-September 18, First Fridays & Third Mondays, 9:30 a.m. Morning Yoga in the Garden: Join yoga instructors Heidi Sherwin (Fridays) and Sally Tolka (Mondays) 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 for First Fridays. Register here for Third Mondays.
April 8, 7:30 p.m. Woodcock Walk: LeJay Graffious will lead a search for American Woodcocks displaying over the old reservoir from sunset to dusk. Come join us to witness this amazing spectacle! Dress warmly and bring a flashlight. All ages. Free. This walk is now full.
April 9, 1:00 p.m. Nature in Spring: Spring is a time of growth and renewal in the natural world. WVBG Education Director Erin Smaldone will discuss what plants and animals are doing in nature and the Garden during this time of year. The program will include a slide presentation followed by a walk. All ages. Free. Register here.
April 11-May 30, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.Toddler Tuesday Walks: Join the local Hike it Baby Morgantown group for a fun walk at the Garden every Tuesday morning! This weekly event will give us a chance to observe the emergence of spring and transition to summer with our youngest, and often best, observers. Each week will be a theme and include a story, activity or craft, and a toddler-speed meander around this beautiful local treasure. The trail will accommodate “off road” strollers. All ages. Free. Register here for each walk you plan to attend.
April 15, 10:00 a.m. Dividing Perennials: One of the joys of gardening is sharing in its wealth. Join WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills and learn simple techniques on dividing perennials. A single prized plant can become a colony or drift or a gift to a friend and fellow gardener. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
April 22, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Container Gardening for Kids: Pizza in a Bucket!: Join nature enthusiasts and educators, Bethany and Vada Boback for a "Gardening with Kids" workshop. Join us on Earth Day to learn how to plant, care for, and eat what you grow. Workshop includes a "Make and Take" sustainable growing project. Open to children ages 4-14 with an accompanying adult. $15 for WVBG members; $20 for non-members. Register here.
April 29, 10:00 a.m. Site Inventory and Analysis: Whether you are designing a landscape for a bare lot surrounding your home or redesigning an area because your needs have changed, all plans need to start with a site inventory and analysis. Through this design process, you will determine which features to keep and where change is desirable. With Master Gardener Jan Mitchell, learn how to inventory your yard, determine your needs, and make a base map. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
April 30, 1:00 p.m. Wetland/Amphibian Walk: West Virginia University (WVU) Professor Jim Anderson will lead us to and acquaint us with the frogs, toads, and other amphibians found in a variety of wetland habitats. Be prepared to get your shoes muddy. All ages. Free. This walk is now full.
May 6, 10:00-11:30 a.m. 10 Tips for Successful Container Gardening:JoinMaster Gardener Jan Mitchell and learn How to choose the right container, plants, soil, and location for container gardens. Then plant your own and learn how to maintain your new container garden. Container, plants, and soil are provided. Most appropriate for adults. $30 for WVBG members; $40 for non-members. Register here.
May 13, 10:00 a.m-1:00 p.m. Medicinal Plants Workshop: Please join Jen-Osha Buysse and Hannah Spencer with the non-profit Aurora Lightsfor an introductory workshop on medicinal herbs. We will focus on three herbs that are easy to use and identify. We will practice different methods for using herbs in the field as well as harvesting and storage for later use. We will also review the components of a basic herbal first aid kit. Each participant will bring home supplies for a poultice. A portion of the proceeds from the class will go to support Aurora Lights’ Herbal Medic chapter, which provides workshops and free herbal health clinics. For more information on Aurora Lights, visit auroralights.org. $20 for WVBG members, $30 for non-members. Register here.
May 20, 10:00 a.m. Fantastic Containers: WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills will be planting the large containers on the deck of the Welcome Center. He will discuss choice of plant material, soil mixes, drainage, fertilizing techniques, color and more. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
May 21, 1:00 p.m. Reconnecting with Nature for Youth and Parents: Amid busy lives, our connection to nature can become crowded out by other activities and obligations. Yet a long walk in the woods can often restore this connection to nature, and to each other. Join WVBG Outdoor Educator Stacy Clovis-Woofter in a walk that will focus on the interconnections found within the varied ecosystems of WVBG, with optional activities and discussion points to reaffirm our connections as parent and child. Walk most appropriate for youth ages 8 and up, parent or adult to accompany. Free. Register here.
May 27, 10:00 a.m. The Mossed Basket: Join WVBG Executive Director Bill Mills as he demonstrates how to create a mossed basket or container. They are far more beautiful than a white plastic pot and can be rejuvenated from year to year. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
May 29, 10:00 a.m. Young birders walk: It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Register here.
June 4, 1:00 p.m. Natural Water Systems of the WVBG: Led by Janet Paladino, Director of Environmental Science at Waynesburg University, this class will explore the physical, chemical and biological parameters of the surface waters of the Botanic Garden, and how the water is impacted by the surrounding watershed. Bring your wellies and your magnifying glasses if you have them, and be prepared to get wet! Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
June 10, 7:30 a.m. Spring Bird Walk: Join local birder LeJay Graffious on an early morning bird walk. We will be birding by eye and ear to search in the bushes and boughs for our feathered friends. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages. Free. Register here.
June 11, 1:00 p.m. Beginner's Guide to Plant Identification: On this walk with Research Botanist Cindy Huebner, participants will be introduced to the basics of plant identification and learn to identify several plant species with a focus on trees and shrubs. The walk will be followed by a short slide presentation reviewing what was seen in the field. Most appropriate for adults and older children. Free. Register here.
June 25, 10:00 a.m. Young birders walk: It's never too early to become a birder! This walk will introduce children of all ages and their parents to the wonder and joy of birds and bird watching. Bring binoculars and a bird guide if you have them. This walk is offered in conjunction with the Avian Conservation Center's Young Birders Club and will be led by ACCA Director Katie Fallon. All ages. Free. Register here.
June 25, 1:00 p.m. Forest Understory Plants and their Associated Canopy Species: Research Botanist Cindy Huebner will lead a walk focusing on the identification of herbaceous plants and tree seedlings located in forest understories. We will also cover diversity and plant composition patterns found in particular forest types. Most appropriate for adults. Free. Register here.
Please check back in May for summer activities. Thank you.