Class Descriptions

Georgia’s Native Plants for Georgia’s Native Bees: Free

April 1, April 15, April 29, May 27  10 am – 10:45 am

Introduction for gardeners to various types of native bees. Did you know that there are about 4,000 species of native bees in North America?  And that there are approximately 450 native bees in Georgia?

Learn how to identify three of the major families of gentle native bees, and learn how to support them in your garden.   The presentation goes over basic wildlife habitat needs, and easy ways to incorporate these needs into an urban garden or suburban landscape setting.  There will be handouts, a book list, and a web resources list.

Georgia’s Butterflies need Georgia’s Native Plants: Free

April 8, April 22, May 6, May 20    10 am – 10:45 am

Do you love to watch Monarchs and other butterflies in your garden? Over the past few decades all of our pollinators have been declining in numbers, including butterflies, bats, and our native bees.  Loss of habitat, pesticides and destruction of native plant populations that include larval host plants all figure into the decline. The good news is, that yard by yard, we can all help butterflies, birds and other pollinators by providing habitat and forage plants.

This class will help you understand how you can support our native butterflies in your garden.  This presentation reviews basic adult butterfly habitat needs, butterfly larval host requirements, and easy ways to incorporate these needs into an urban garden or suburban landscape. There are many slides showing caterpillars, butterflies, different types of native bees interacting with native plants. Learn how to identify five of the major families of native butterflies, and learn how to support them in your garden.

The presentation goes over basic wildlife habitat needs, and easy ways to incorporate these needs into an urban garden or suburban landscape setting.  There will be handouts, a book list, and a web resources list.

Butterfly Pack offers:

Offer good to Butterfly Habitat Class Attendees Only:

Package of 9 larval host plants – $54, regularly $63.

Package of 9 nectar plants – $54, regularly $63.

Build a Mason Bee House

April 1, April 15, May 27     11 am – 2 pm  BHF Staff

Mason bees are gentle, but very effective, pollinators of vegetables and fruit crops. Help them help your garden by providing a nest box. We have pre-cut a small cedar mason bee house kit for you to assemble with us. Come to Beech Hollow with your curiosity, and leave with a Mason Bee house for your garden!  Includes cedar house kit, mason bee tube materials, and installation information.  There will also be handouts, a book list, and a web resources list.

$25, includes materials  Sign up here

Nature Writing and Poetry Class:

April 22, April 29     11 am – 2 pm     Lee Furey

Required materials: walking shoes, notebook, and pen/pencil.

The goal of the class is not to produce in one or two hours a finished product, but to begin to develop writerly habits of observation and reflection in natural settings. The best written works from experience in nature will come from letting go of sense-making and committing to presence, rather than going out with an intention of finding something to write about. We will be in nature and let meaning find us instead.   More details here.

$20   Sign up here

Art of Nature Photography

Rescheduled for October    dates TBA   Kathryn Kolb

Kathryn had to reschedule her class for October.  But the great news is, she will be giving us a series of in-depth workshops.  Anyone signed up for the class may receive either a refund or will be first in line for the fall classes. Thank all of you for participating! Please feel free to email us with any questions.

Kathryn Kolb’s website here.

 

Botanical Field Journaling

May 6     11 am – 2 pm     Lore Ruttan

Join Dr. Lore Ruttan for field sketching at Beech Hollow Farms. Lore will lead the group in an exploration of the natural history of the area and help students learn a variety of techniques for accurately and artfully recording their observations on paper. Lore has taught field ecology and natural science illustration at Emory University and at the Highlands Biological Station in North Carolina. Please check the Beech Hollow website for a list of materials to bring.  More details here.

$35.00  Sign up here

How to use Native Plants in Your Garden: Free

May 13     10 am – 10:45 am

Do you want to attract birds? Do you want a butterfly garden? Do you want to help the bees? Or do you have a shade garden? Or perhaps a tough, dry site with poor soil? In order to put the right plant in the right place we will see where they are best used in different garden situations. There are also a few innovative plant uses for problem areas that occur in many yards. This presentation showcases various types of Georgia’s native flowers.  There will be handouts, a book list, and a web resources list.

Mother’s Day Tea Cups

May 13     11 am – 2 pm    BHF Staff

Put together a one of a kind Mother’s Day gift for your one and only Mom. Select from a range of unique teacups and mugs to make diminutive planters for your choice of miniature native wildflower plants.

$20, Includes materials and plants for one teacup project  Sign up here

The Artful Garden Journal:  Journaling with Rubbings

April 8, May 27     11 am – 2pm     Pandra Williams

No drawing skills required, just a willingness to experiment. Use a variety of rubbing and mark making techniques to explore nature and journal the passage of seasons and parade of plants in your garden or the forest.   Join us in our forest, as we walk and explore the forest and its textures.  We will assemble our rubbings in a stab binding at the end of the class.  

$30,  includes materials   Sign up here

Mycology/Ecology Journaling

June 3, June 10     11 am – 2pm     Pandra Williams

Put together a beautiful journal of personal nature exploration by compiling photos, spore prints and ephemerae. Learn how to make a spore print, compile clear ecology notes that will aid in mushroom identification, and the different views of a mushroom that will make keying the species clearer and easier.

No drawing skills required, just a willingness to observe and record. We will walk into the Beech Hollow forest and locate several different fungi. Using current scientific field note guidelines as a starting point, as a group we will observe, investigate and record the ecology surrounding each fungus species we find. Each specimen will be carefully collected and brought back to the farmhouse where we will record its form with both measurements and by photo. Lastly we will set up the caps to collect spore prints. 

$30, includes materials Sign up here