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January 2020

Little Seedling Saturday Series

January 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until May 30, 2020

Join us every Saturday for our "Little Seedling Saturday Series." This NEW Saturday educational programming initiative allows children and families a chance to learn, explore, and experience Callaway Gardens through educational activities that sprout growth & creativity. Programs will vary each weekend in topic & activity. View our schedule for more information. 2020 SCHEDULE:   FREE with Gardens Admission & to Annual Members & Resort Guests.

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Cool Season Container Gardening

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center Give some sparkle to your winter container garden. Expand your container gardening knowledge by looking beyond the pair of pots by the front door to the role that mixed planters can play in your landscape, deck, or patio and in your life. This informal ‘hands-on’ class includes a morning discussion of design considerations and cultural know-how. Then plant your own container to take home. Instructor:  Tim Banks, Director of Gardens Services Fee: $50 Register now…

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February 2020

Seed Starting 101

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Lily Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center Looking to go ahead and start those spring vegetables or flowers! This course is designed to teach the basics of seeding. You will learn what you need to be successful in growing and starting your own seedlings. After the class is over, you will be ready to buy a few supplies and grow the most beautiful garden in your neighborhood! You will even get to plant some of your own seedlings during the class to…

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Basket Weaving: Classic Tote

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Fun and functional, you will find many uses for this tote!  This market style basket with a shaker tape strap / handle measures 12” x 4” x 10” and is appropriate for beginner and intermediate basket weavers.  Basketry materials in a variety of widths and colors will be provided.  Learn or master basic basketry techniques while letting your creativity soar! All basketry materials, supplies and shaker tape provided.  Attendees should bring an old bath towel. Class limited to 8 participants…

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iPhotography: Getting the Best Shots Using Your Smart Phone

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

iPhotography: Getting the Best Shots Using Your Smart Phone Always wanting to use a smart phone to capture your amazing memories and incredible encounters? You just need to know a few tips to turn those average phone-photographed images into fantastic, lasting pictures. Learn the tricks, techniques and tools to better pictures with your phone at this two hour workshop! Instructor: Rick Blackshear Fee: $45 REGISTER NOW Make it a Getaway

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Lunch & Learn

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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One event on February 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on March 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on April 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm

One event on May 20, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Wednesday, January 19 at 12 pm | Discovery Center Join us as we discuss "Beekeeping 101" with Jim Quick, UGA Master Beekeper. Don't forget to BYOL (Bring your Own Lunch). Wednesday, February 19 at 12 pm | Discovery Center Dr. Cruzen of the Coca-Cola Space Science Center will visit us to discuss the Coca-Cola Space Science Center that is located in Columbus, Ga. Don't forget to BYOL (Bring your Own Lunch). Wednesday, March 18 at 12 pm | Discovery Center…

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Backyard Composting

February 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center Learn how to reuse your food scraps and yard waste to create nutrient-rich soil for your backyard garden! This hands-on, interactive workshop will teach you the basics of composting at home and even educate you on the benefits of vermiculture! Instructor:  Education Staff Fee: $15 Register now Or, contact the Education Department at 1-855-546-9740 or email education@callawaygardens.com. Make it a Getaway

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Welcome Winter Canvas Painting

February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center This workshop is for anyone who has always wanted to pursue painting. Working with acrylic paint, create a winter scene with step by step instruction. Paint and canvases will be supplied. Attendees should bring an apron or old shirt. This is a great opportunity to begin the wonderful experience of creating art. Instructor: Peggie McGhee, Young at Art Studio Fee: $35 REGISTER NOW Make it a Getaway

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March 2020

To Prune or Not To Prune

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lily Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center Join Chris Hall, Horticulture Manager, for an informative and hands-on workshop designed to help you learn the W’s of spring pruning. Learn what, when, where, and why to prune and put your knowledge to the test outside at Callaway Gardens. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as you will be in the great outdoors! Instructor:  Chris Hall, Horticulture Manager Fee: $35 Register now Or, contact the Education Department at 1-855-546-9740 or email education@callawaygardens.com. Make it a Getaway

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Basket Weaving: Delightful Versatility

March 14 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Try your hand at a new technique for our Callaway Gardens basket making classes!  This basket features a 4” x 6” wood bottom and is finished with a square dip handle.  A wide assortment of natural materials will be provided for those who wish to embellish their baskets.  Great fun and very versatile!  An excellent project to welcome summer and suitable for beginning basket makers. Ages: Adults Price: $60 (Adults) Date: March 14, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.…

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The “Do’s” & “Dont’s” of Topiaries

March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Ever wanted to create a topiary that can be used in your backyard? In this course, you will learn the “do’s” and “don’ts” of topiary design, receive information on the best plants to use in your topiary build, and also learn more about the resources and tools you will need when creating your own topiary. Ages: Adults Price: $75 Date: March 21, 2020 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Lily Classroom Instructor: Rick Blackshear…

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Capturing the Fundamentals of Digital Photography

March 21 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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One event on March 22, 2020 at 9:00 am

Learn how to “See Light” as an artist and design more artistic images. Regardless of the type or brand of camera you have, this class will also help you better understand the functions and controls on your camera. Being familiar with the capabilities of your camera will allow you to make better choices as you create images.  After this class you will see a definite improvement in your images! Learn from Rick Blackshear, an established photographer from Griffin, GA, who…

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Callaway Gardening School

March 27 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to kick your gardening off to a great start this Spring. Join us for a fantastic gardening event with ... Dr. Allan Armitage - “Who Put Those Naked Ladies in My Garden?”: an education talk about how plants get their names Erica Glasener - “Creating a Haven for Pollinators and People”: learn how to increase pollinator visitation by adding native pollinator nectar sources and host plants Dr. Carolyn Robinson - “The People-Plant Connection: How and…

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Herbaceous Color for a Summer of Birds, Blooms & Butterflies

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Not since the plant exploration period of the 1800's has the home gardener had so many choices in herbaceous plants to offer summer long dazzling color many of which are bringing in hummingbirds bees and butterflies. In this presentation you'll learn the hottest plants from A to Z from Agastache to Zinnia, including those that trail, spread, climb, and offer a sizzling texture to create excitement in your garden. Ages: Adults Price: $45 (Adults) Date: March 28, 2020 Time: 10:00…

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April 2020

Tour of Local Organic Farm

April 4 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am
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An event every month that begins at 9:30 am on day First of the month, repeating until May 2, 2020

1st Saturday of the Month | Sept. - Nov. Visit a local organic farm and learn about the various crops and sustainable practices of running such an enterprise. The tour includes a trip to their market where local vegetables, herbs, eggs, cheese, and honey are sold. Transportation provided. Please meet in the Discovery Center Lobby. Jenny Jack Sun Farm in Pine Mountain, GA Fee: Free with Gardens Admission PURCHASE GARDENS ADMISSION

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Spring Has Sprung Canvas Painting

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop is for anyone who has always wanted to pursue painting. Working with acrylic paint, capture the flora of Callaway Gardens with step by step instruction. Paint and canvases will be supplied. Attendees should bring an apron or old shirt. This is a great opportunity to begin the wonderful experience of creating art. Ages: Adults Price: $35 (Adults) Date: April 4, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom Instructor: Peggie McGhee, Young…

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Native Azaleas!

April 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

The native azaleas of the southeast have been called the most beautiful of our native flowering shrubs.  Here’s your chance to learn all about native azaleas and some of the outstanding cultivars now available.  These dazzling beauties are great additions to any landscape.  You’ll learn from someone who has had years of hands-on experience growing these plants.  Ernest is the second-generation owner of a nursery established in 1957 which has become the largest grower of native azaleas in the country.…

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Attracting Beneficial Insects “The Good Bugs” to Your Garden

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Wondering how you can attract beneficial insects and pollinators to your garden or neighborhood? One of our experts will teach you how to turn your backyard or garden space into a prime habitat for these important insects. Learn the right plants and provisions needed to attract those buzzing insects directly to your garden oasis. Ages: 10 and up Price: $15 per attendee; Kids 10 and under are $5 a piece Date: April 18, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.…

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Basket Weaving: Square to Round Catch-All

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This popular basket’s versatility is its most charming feature! Perfect for magazines, chair side projects, shelf storage, children’s toys, pet toys – you decide!   This basket would be an especially handy accessory by the fireplace for kindling, pine cones, small twigs and other starter material.  Start by weaving a square base that measures 12” x 12” and evolves into a functional round basket as you weave up to a 10” height.   Finished with leather handles, this basket could be the…

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May 2020

Gardening for Butterflies

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

You’ll spend a fun, informative morning learning about these amazing creatures: their astounding life cycle and flight.  You’ll also learn the perils that all butterflies are facing in today’s world and how you can help.  Class includes a visit to the Day Butterfly Center outdoor garden for tips on how to attract butterflies to your garden.  You’ll leave with lots of information and a butterfly garden plan. Ages: Adults and Children Price: $25 (Adults); $5 (Children) Date: May 2, 2020…

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Mother’s Day Floral Design

May 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Make a spring floral arrangement to enjoy yourself, give as a Mother’s Day gift, or even present the workshop as a gift to someone special.  Learn about the art of floral design and how to use flowers from your own garden to create a beautiful floral accent. After an informative session you’ll get down to the ‘how-to’ and take home a creation of your own!  Flowers and arrangement supplies included. Ages: Adults Price: $40 Date: May 9, 2020 Time: 10:00…

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Basket Weaving: Gathering Basket

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Discover the joy of weaving an heirloom Gathering Basket!  This sturdy basket is woven on a 10” square hoop and is the perfect size for taking to the local farmer’s market or gathering vegetables or flowers from your garden.  Instruction will include basic basket weaving techniques and would be appropriate for both beginner and intermediate basket weavers. Weave the basket then use your creativity with natural materials to decorate and make it your very own. Ages: Adults Price: $65 (Adults)…

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Suburban Wildlife: Learning to Coexist

May 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

This workshop is for anyone interested in creating, enhancing and maintaining urban wildlife habitat. As our human-dominated landscapes overlap more and more with wildlife,  become a responsible steward of our native animal populations and learn methods that encourage our peaceful coexistence with them!   Age: Adult Price: $25 Date: May 23, 2020 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Virginia Hand Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom Instructor: Education Staff OR Local County Extension Agent Minimum Capacity: 5 people, Maximum Capacity:…

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