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Friday, November 18 at 6 p.m.
  
Polymer Clay Holiday Ornaments
In this class you will be decorating and customizing 2 mini ornaments with polymer clay! This is a beginner class, no experience with polymer clay required. $30, $20 for garden members.

Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m.
  
Botanical Design: Christmas Door Decor
THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT. Join Karen Vice and learn basic vase design skills to create an arrangement to decorate your front door this holiday season. $65, $55 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, December 3 at Noon
  
Basket Weaving: Flurries
THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT. Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Join Jeannie Sisson to create your own basket! $50, $40 for garden members.

Saturday, December 3 at 1 p.m.
  
Botanical Design: Christmas Door Decor
THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT. Join Karen Vice and learn basic vase design skills to create an arrangement to decorate your front door this holiday season. $65, $55 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing: Cones and Evergreens- SESSION 1
Learn the mathematics behind drawing cones and the beauty of the evergreens. Use these skills to add interest to holiday cards and increase your drawing skills. A supply list will be provided upon registration. This class is two sessions and meets on December 6 and 7. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Drawing: Cones and Evergreens- SESSION 2
Learn the mathematics behind drawing cones and the beauty of the evergreens. Use these skills to add interest to holiday cards and increase your drawing skills. A supply list will be provided upon registration. This class is two sessions and meets on December 6 and 7. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, December 10 at 9 a.m.
  
Plant to Paper: Inclusions
Create handmade paper with leaves, petals, grass, and seeds. In this class you will learn how to prepare abaca pulp at home as well as an array of plant inclusions. Create paper with plant inclusions of your choice to take home with you.

Saturday, December 10 at 4 p.m.
  
Build Your Own Moss Terrarium Workshop
Bring a little nature into your life, while tapping into your creativity by making a moss terrarium with Moss Hunters. Participants will leave with a handmade terrarium. All supplies provided. $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, December 13 at 6 p.m.
  
Drawing Flowers: Christmas Cactus- SESSION 1
Are you interested in learning more about flowers? In this class, participants will draw flowers and learn about what makes floral families different from each other. Using basic line techniques, they will record hands-on explorations of Christmas cactus in a sketchbook. This class is two sessions and meets on December 13 and 14. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, December 14 at 6 p.m.
  
Drawing Flowers: Christmas Cactus- SESSION 2
Are you interested in learning more about flowers? In this class, participants will draw flowers and learn about what makes floral families different from each other. Using basic line techniques, they will record hands-on explorations of Christmas cactus in a sketchbook.This class is two sessions and meets on December 13 and 14. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, December 15 at 6 p.m.
  
Basics of Watercolor Painting
THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT. Explore the world of watercolor and learn basic techniques to create beautiful and colorful works of art. This course will focus on the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including techniques, materials, tools, color, value, and rendering in watercolor. No experience is necessary! All supplies are provided. $55, $45 garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, December 17 at 9 a.m.
  
Digital Photography Level 1
Advance beyond using the automatic settings on your DSLR camera to learn why and when to use the variations of aperture, shutter speed and lighting. By the end of the course, participants will understand in simple terms, the hows and whys of operating their camera. Participants must bring their own camera. $25, $20 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, December 17 at 1 p.m.
  
Digital Photography Level 2
Participants will gain an understanding of what makes a great photo and pick up some tips, tricks and techniques that professional photographers use. The instructor will provide instruction, guidance and feedback throughout four field exercises, as students begin to develop their own style. This workshop is for upper level beginner to intermediate photographers. Participants must bring their own camera. $25, $20 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, December 17 at 3 p.m.
  
Digital Photography Level 3: Speaking in More Than One Tense
With modern zoom lenses, we've gotten used to zomming to fill the frame with our subject. But different focal lengths yield different effects. This class will focus on awareness of focal length and using it to your advantage. Participants must bring their own camera. $25, $20 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, December 19 at 6 p.m.
  
Indigenous Design: Dreamcatchers
Dreamcatchers are well known in the modern world. Originally created by the Ojibwe tribe, these dreamcatchers are believed to capture bad dreams and to filter good dreams through the center of the webbing. Learn more about the traditional uses of dreamcatchers while creating your own with this beginner level class! $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, December 29 at 6 p.m.
  
Watercolor: Vintage Botanical Specimens
Join us to learn about the stylistic elements of vintage botanical specimen paintings. Explore a bit of the history of collecting and preparing botanical specimens and try your own hand at recreating the look! While no watercolor or drawing experience is needed for this class, students are encouraged to take Basics of Watercolor as a head start to the principles used for these paintings. All materials are provided. $60, $50 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, January 7 at 9 a.m.
  
Plant to Paper: Watermarks
Watermarks are designs set into a sheet of paper while the sheets are being formed. These hidden images are revealed when light shines through the thinner parts of the sheet. Learn techniques for creating watermarks and form your own watermarked sheets of paper to take home.

Thursday, January 12 at 6 p.m.
  
Watercolor: Foliage Foundations
Prepare to enjoy the colors of the season with fresh paintings of botanical foliage. We will examine foliage structures that are in season and hone in on mixing colors to capture the unique hues. No experience is necessary, but Basics of Watercolor is a suggested pre-requisite. All supplies provided. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, January 10 at 6 p.m.
  
Watercolor Pencils: Fruit- SESSION 1
Watercolor pencils are fun to use as a base for colored pencil botanical drawings. Learn to use these fun materials as you draw luscious fruit. This class is two sessions and meets on January 10 and 12. $60, $50 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, January 12 at 6 p.m.
  
Watercolor Pencils: Fruit- SESSION 2
Watercolor pencils are fun to use as a base for colored pencil botanical drawings. Learn to use these fun materials as you draw luscious fruit. This class is two sessions and meets on January 10 and 12. $60, $50 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, January 17 at 6 p.m.
  
Indigenous Design: Beaded Earrings
When Europeans came to the Americas they brought many things to trade with First-Nation peoples, including glass beads. This class is an intermediate level, working with small beads and thread to sew onto a metal loop to create a beaded earring inspired by Indigenous designs. $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, January 18 at 6 p.m.
  
Mixing Colors for Botanical Drawings with Colored Pencils
Have fun mixing botanical colors with colored pencils. Learn to blend and layer colors to achieve vibrant and realistic colors. This is a very relaxing class with no drawing, just a focus on mixing skills and making color wheels. A supply list will be provided upon registration. $45, $35 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, January 21 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Smokey Tulip
THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT. Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Join Jeannie Sisson to create your own basket! $55, $45 for garden members.

Saturday, January 21 at 6 p.m.
  
Build Your Own Moss Terrarium Workshop
Bring a little nature into your life, while tapping into your creativity by making a moss terrarium with Moss Hunters. Participants will leave with a handmade terrarium. All supplies provided. $40, $30 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, January 23 at 6 p.m.
  
Intro to Gouache for Detailed Botanical Illustration- SESSION 1
Experiment with using gouache in detailed botanical illustrations. In this class, participants will learn how working with gouache is different, and how to use its forgiving nature to produce beautiful botanicals. Some drawing experience is suggested but is not required. A supply list will be provided upon registration. This class is two sessions and meets on January 23 and 25. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, January 25 at 6 p.m.
  
Intro to Gouache for Detailed Botanical Illustration- SESSION 2
Experiment with using gouache in detailed botanical illustrations. In this class, participants will learn how working with gouache is different, and how to use its forgiving nature to produce beautiful botanicals. Some drawing experience is suggested but is not required. A supply list will be provided upon registration. This class is two sessions and meets on January 23 and 25. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Monday, January 23 at 6 p.m.
  
Botanical Design
Join Karen Vice and learn basic vase design skills to create an arrangement. $55, $45 for garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m.
  
Basics of Watercolor Painting
Explore the world of watercolor and learn basic techniques to create beautiful and colorful works of art. This course will focus on the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including techniques, materials, tools, color, value, and rendering in watercolor. No experience is necessary! All supplies are provided. $55, $45 garden members. Pre-registration is required.

Saturday, March 4 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Confetti
THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Join Jeannie Sisson to create your own basket! $55, $45 for garden members.

Saturday, April 22 at noon
  
Basket Weaving: Pie Carrier
THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT. Basket weaving is an ancient art form that uses botanical materials to create functional pieces that you can enjoy for years to come. Join Jeannie Sisson to create your own basket! $55, $45 for garden members.
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