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GARDENING EVENTS FOR December 2012

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23rd Annual “Give Wildlife a Chance” Poster Contest: Everyone Can Be a Citizen Scientist!

Date: 01 December 2012 - 27 March 2013
Time: 8am - 5pm
Cost: Free
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Artwork must portray Georgia nongame (not legally hunted, trapped or fished) wildlife and plants. The entries are judged at the local school level in four divisions (#1 – Kindergarten, #2 – first & second grades, #3 – third and fourth grades, #4 – fifth grade). Winning entries in local contests are then to be mailed to the Botanical Garden for entry in the state level competition. Entries must be received by Friday, March 27, 2013 for inclusion in the state level judging.

Holiday Open House

Date: 02 December 2012 - 02 December 2012
Time: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-1244

Details:

Celebrate the Holiday season with friends and family at the State Botanical Garden. Our tropical conservatory will be filled with seasonal décor and holiday music created by the Georgia Children’s Chorus, the Solstice Sisters, and the Classic City Band. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to listen to children’s wishes, with Mark Parsons Photography taking photos (cash or check only for photo orders, please.) Puppet shows will mesmerize young children while teaching them about nature.

Make a Mushroom Grow Basket!

Date: 02 December 2012 - 02 December 2012
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Cost: $35 Garden Members, $40 Non Members
Location: 435 Oakview Rd Decatur, Ga 30030
Phone:

Details:

Deep South Mushroom Co. will show you how to have a continuous supply of delicious oyster mushrooms. We will supply all materials. You will learn how to inoculate pasteurized wheat straw and cottonseed hulls, colonize the substrate and fruit the baskets right at home!. You can find Deep South Mushroom Co. on Facebook and at the Decatur Farmers Market. You MUST register for this class in advance so we have supplies for you.

Sowing a Winter Perennial Garden

Date: 04 December 2012 - 04 December 2012
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Cost: $20 Garden members, $25 non-members
Location: 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030
Phone:

Details:

Learn an innovative way to successfully start plants from seed without the expense of an extensive light stand or even a greenhouse! Using plastic containers and the freeze/thaw cycles of winter- find out more by joining our Director, Stephanie Van Parys in this fun and educational class. Native and non-native perennial seeds, soil and supplies are provided, bring clear and opaque recyclable containers like: milk jugs, soda, water or juice bottles, plastic food tubs. Adv registration required

Zumba® at the Garden

Date: 05 December 2012 - 27 February 2013
Time: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Cost: $70/ 10 visits
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Every Wednesday
What is Zumba? Zumba® fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you’ve got Zumba®! Zumba® and Zumba® Fitness are registered trademarks of Zumba Fitness, LLC. The Garden will be offering this as a continual program. The registration fee includes a 10 visit punch card. Also

Nature Ramblers

Date: 06 December 2012 - 28 February 2013
Time: 8:30 am (roughly a 90 minute walk)
Cost: Free
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Thursdays Meet at the Shade Garden Arbor
Please join our Nature Ramblers and learn more about the natural areas, flora and fauna of the Garden while making new friends and enjoying the cool, fresh air. Sessions will start with an inspirational reading by a nature writer such as Annie Dillard, John Muir or Janisse Ray. This is a ramble not a hike; we will stop to view interesting plants, insects, butterflies, mushrooms, etc. along the way. Following the ramble, consider joinin

Herbal Lotions, Salves & Lip Balms

Date: 06 December 2012 - 06 December 2012
Time: Session 1: 9:00 – 11:00 am, Session 2: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Cost: $27
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Anne Shenk, Director of Education, SBG, and Pam Butts, Herb and Physic Garden Curator SBG
Discover a variety of recipes for using herbs and essential oils for health and beauty. Participants will prepare and take home several small containers of creams, salves and lip balms and leave with a wealth of knowledge to create more salves and goodies at home. Great ideas for the holidays!

Greenery Wreaths

Date: 07 December 2012 - 07 December 2012
Time: 5:30pm– 7:30 pm
Cost: $27
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Bring the colors of the season to your home with a live wreath that you make in this workshop. Wreaths are constructed on wire frames with greenery collected from the Garden. Materials are harvested just prior to the class to ensure they will last throughout the holiday season. Bring your own pruning shears.

Family Hiking Club

Date: 08 December 2012 - 09 February 2013
Time: 9:00am -- 11:00 am
Cost: $5 per person; $15 per family
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Second Saturday of the Month (Dec. 8, Jan. 12, Feb. 9)
Meet at the Fountain in front of the Visitor’s Center
Join cold weather enthusiast, Andie Bisceglia, for our new family hiking club! Each month we will have a new adventure as we explore the woods, streams, and gardens throughout the winter months. Bring along friends and family of all ages to learn about hibernation, bird migration, evergreen plants, and more. Wear comfortable, warm clothing, sturdy shoes, and get ready to explore!

Beekeeping for Beginners Series (Unit 1-3)

Date: 08 December 2012 - 09 February 2013
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $95 for 3 units
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Unit 1: Beekeeping Basics
Saturday, December 8 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visitor Center, Classroom 2
Unit 2: Care and Feeding of Honeybees
Saturday, January 12 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visitor Center, Classroom 2
Unit 3: ABC’s of Assembling a Beehive
Saturday, February 9 Sign up for time slots Hedgegrow Farm, Bishop, GA

Let your Forest be Food: More Yields, Less Work

Date: 08 December 2012 - 08 December 2012
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: $15 Garden Member, $20 Non Member
Location: 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA 30030
Phone:

Details:

Discover the benefits of a Food Forest with Garden Designer Brandy Hall! In the Southeast, the climax ecosystem is a forest. Learn how to harness that energy by creating an abundant food orchard that overflows with fruit, nuts, fiber, medicinal herbs, and perennial vegetables, while requiring much less work over time than other types of gardens. 5 person minimum. Advanced registration required.

Fresh Greenery Christmas Workshop

Date: 1 December 2012 - 1 December 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $45 per wreath or centerpiece
Location: Callaway Gardens
Phone: (706)663-5153

Details:

Make a unique holiday wreath or centerpiece of your own design using fresh greenery and berries and cones of the season to bring holiday cheer to your home.
Instructor: Patricia Collins, Director of Gardens

Butterflies and Birds

Date: 19 December 2012 - 19 December 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $40
Location: Callaway Gardens
Phone: (706)663-5153

Details:

At the Day Butterfly Center, you’ll go behind the scenes to learn all about these amazing insects. Afterwards, you’ll learn the correct methods of pinning butterflies for your own collection. Your adventure continues when you meet an owl at Callaway Gardens’ Birds Of Prey, then take part in experiments to explore the diet and habits that make these nocturnal creatures so unique.

Make Your Own Holiday Centerpiece

Date: 20 December 2012 - 20 December 2012
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: $27
Location: The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605
Phone: (706)542-6156

Details:

Come prepared with your favorite container and pruning shears to construct your own holiday centerpiece. Greenery harvested at the Garden provides a wide range of materials to suit your taste and design. Each participant will create one arrangement.