Art and Horticulture Classes Offered at the Botanical Gardens

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Erin Grajek | 0 Comments

Buffalo, NY - The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced that art and horticulture classes will be offered this fall.  The Botanical Gardens is an inspiring place to learn and Beginner and Intermediate Watercolor and Drawing classes will be offered in several different sessions beginning September 6.  Horticulture Certificate Series, Horticulture I, Horticulture II, Horticulture V and Horticulture VI will be offered this fall into the spring of 2017.

Adult art classes are taught by professional artist Joan Saba as her talent is exceptional and her hands-on teaching style caters to all skill levels. Beginner Watercolor classes include basic techniques and concepts and will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm. Sessions include: BW1 - September 6, 13, 20, 27; BW2 - October 4, 11, 18, 25; BW3 - November 1, 15, 29, December 6 and BW4 - December 13, 20, January 3, 10.  Intermediate Watercolor classes, for those with previous experience, will be held Monday mornings from 8:45-10:45am.  Sessions include: IW1 - September 12, 19, 26, October 3; IW2 - October 17, 24, 31, November 7 and IW3 - November 14, 28, December 5, 12. Drawing classes are for all skill levels and will take place on Wednesday mornings from 8:45-10:45am. Sessions include: DC1 - September 14, 21, 28, October 5; DC2 - October 12, 19, 26, November 2 and DC3 - November 9, 16, 30, December 7.

Art classes will be held at the Botanical Gardens. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Beginner Watercolor classes are $65 per series or $18 per class for Garden members and $70 per series or $20 per class for the general public. Intermediate Watercolor and Drawing classes are $60 per series or $17 per class for Garden members and $66 per series or $18 per class for the general public. Go to www.buffalogardens.com for a syllabus and a list of suggested supplies.

Horticulturist David Clark returns to the Botanical Gardens with an enlightening Horticulture Certificate Program, Horticulture I and Horticulture II.  David is a dynamic instructor with a wealth of knowledge. His classes are very popular as he conveys subject matter with infectious enthusiasm.  Designed for beginners that would like to know more than garden basics, Horticulture II is a great way to enhance any gardeners’ skills and confidence. 

Horticulture I will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include six individual classes. First in the series, will be Botany 101 on September 10, Plant Propagation on September 17, Pest Management and Disease on September 24, Shrubs and Trees on October 8, Annuals and Perennials on October 15, and Garden Design on October 22.

Horticulture II will also be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include six individual classes. First in the series, will be Soil Science for Gardeners on October 29, Advanced Plant Propagation on November 5, Hydroponics on November 12, Water Gardening on November 19, Practical Principles of Pruning on January 7, and Intro to Landscape Design on January 14.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes to brush up on skills.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  The full series of Horticulture I or II is $105 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $130 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.

Organizers also announced Horticulture V and VI will be held for the first time in 2017.  These classes are great for gardeners, garden enthusiasts and landscapers interested in specific gardening topics.

Horticulture V will be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five individual classes. First in the series, will be Houseplant Care and Cultivation on January 21, Rain Gardens on January 28, All About Roses on February 4, Hostas and Hydrangeas on February 25, and Vegetable and Organic Gardening on March 4.

Horticulture VI will also be held on Saturdays from 11:00am-1:00pm and will include five individual classes. First in the series, will be Great Grasses & Lawn Care on March 18, Color Theory & Texture in Gardens on April 22, World Tour of Garden Design on April 29, Tough Plants for Tough Sites on June 3, and Edible Plants & Composting on June 10.

Participants are welcome to enroll in a full series for a certificate or individual classes.  Classes are held in the administration building located on the Botanical Gardens’ campus.  The full series of Horticulture V or VI is $100 or $22 for individual classes for Garden members, $120 or $27 for individual classes for non-members and the general public.  No pre-requisites are required. Horticulture V and VI will now alternate with Horticulture III and IV which will be offered in the spring of 2018.

For more information on art and horticulture classes or to register call 716.827.1584 ext. 292.  The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing appreciation for and knowledge of plant life and its connection to people and cultures through its documented living plant collection, historic conservatory, education, research and exhibits.


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