Adult Programs

Our educational programs for adults cover a variety of gardening topics—formal landscape design, vegetable gardening, backyard birding, etc.—as well as art, photography and tai chi. Our programs may be intimate hands-on workshops or large lectures, depending on the topic. And our gardens are ever-present examples of attainable environmental stewardship, conservation and preservation.

For a full listing of our 2016 Wing Haven Lecture Series, please click HERE

 

Listen to the Birdies Sing
Date: February 16 2016
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $25
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $35
Registration Deadline: 2/15/2016 at  5:00 PM
It’s fun to watch birds in your backyard and at your feeders. Those birds may only represent a portion of the birds in your yard. Many don’t come to the feeder, but you can still enjoy them by listening in on their conversations. This presentation will introduce you to some of the songs and calls of both resident and migrant birds visiting your gardens. Our speaker is UNC Charlotte Education Librarian and Professor, Judith Walker. An avid birder for over 30 years, Judith has serve as president and is an active member of the Mecklenburg Audubon Society.
 
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Wing Haven Garden Management and Practices
Date: February 18 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $25
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $35
Registration Deadline: 2/17/2016 at  5:00 PM
How do you attract birds to your little corner of the world? Ben Fletcher, Wing Haven Garden Curator of the Clarkson Garden will share how he goes about doing just that. His talk will feature native and bird friendly plants as well as the supplemental feeding regimen used at Wing Haven. He will also describe what a difference
birdhouses, birdbaths and habitat plants can make in creating a comfortable space for our winged guests. Woven throughout this discussion will be how Wing Haven integrates it’s mission of environmental sustainability with new initiatives of organic gardening, fertilizing and pest control measures. A University of Georgia graduate, Ben began his career at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and was the Curator of the Shade and Native Flora Gardens while there.
 
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Selecting, Caring for and Pruning Japanese Maples
Date: February 23 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $25
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $35
Registration Deadline: 2/22/2016 at  5:00 PM
Japanese maples are much prized trees by homeowners and collectors, occupying premier spots in most gardens. Whether you own one or 50, each needs pruning, training and care. Teri Edwards will explain the best time to prune these maples, how to prune and how to decide which maple to buy, among other questions. Come and learn, work a bit at home, and then lean back and enjoy your trees. Our speaker is Garden Manager at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Teri Edwards, who curates and prunes over 30 Japanese maples in the Susie Harwood Garden and also prunes home collections in the region.
 
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The Truth about Organic Gardening
Date: February 25 2016
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $25
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $35
Registration Deadline: 2/24/2016 at  5:00 PM
We have been trained to believe that the word organic means safe. Gardening products identified as organic are generally considered to be much healthier for our environment and ourselves than products that aren't considered organic. But is that the truth? In this talk we will examine the safety and efficacy of various organic gardening products and practices for a multitude of garden problems including soil fertility, weed control, and disease. Some of the organic remedies stand tall, and some fall flat. Jeff Gillman, Director of the Botanical Gardens at UNC Charlotte, will be joining us as our guest speaker. Jeff has written five books on gardening and the environment and is a contributing editor for Fine Gardening magazine.
 
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SOLD OUT Beginners Pruning Class I SOLD OUT
Date: March 1 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $75
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $100
Registration Deadline: 2/29/2016 at  5:00 PM
This event is sold out. Email sarah@winghavengardens.org for a spot on the waiting list.

Have you committed crape-murder, hydrangea-homicide, azalea-assault? Do you want to learn proper pruning techniques? Pruning is the art and science of removing branches from trees and shrubs to (1) direct or enhance their growth, (2) form them into desired shapes, or (3) act so deftly as to make it seem as though you had not pruned at all. This class will consider the ways in which woody plants grow and how to envision your final result such as that you can decide how, where and when to prune, using the proper tools. One hour classroom demonstration followed by 2 hours observation and hands on practice in the garden. Limited to 6. Class led by Dr. Larry Mellichamp, retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture, and former Botanical Garden Director at UNC Charlotte.

 
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SOLD OUT Beginners Pruning Class II SOLD OUT
Date: March 8 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $75
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $100
Registration Deadline: 3/7/2016 at  5:00 PM
This event is sold out. Email sarah@winghavengardens.org for a spot on the waiting list.

The second limited offering of this popular class. Have you committed crape-murder, hydrangea-homicide, azalea-assault? Do you want to learn proper pruning techniques? Pruning is the art and science of removing branches from trees and shrubs to (1) direct or enhance their growth, (2) form them into desired shapes, or (3) act so deftly as to make it seem as though you had not pruned at all. This class will consider the ways in which woody plants grow and how to envision your final result such as that you can decide how, where and when to prune, using the proper tools. One hour classroom demonstration followed by 2 hours observation and hands on practice in the garden. Limited to 6. Class led by Dr. Larry Mellichamp, retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture, and former Botanical Garden Director at UNC Charlotte.

 
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SOLD OUT Advanced Pruning Class SOLD OUT
Date: March 10 2016
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Willow Oak Room, 248 Ridgewood Avenue
Fee/Cost: $75
Non-Member Fee/Cost: $100
Registration Deadline: 3/9/2016 at  5:00 PM
This event is sold out. Email sarah@winghavengardens.org for a spot on the waiting list.

Once you have learned the basic pruning techniques, you can begin to transform plants into specimens to be admired. Rejuvenate and improve your old worn-out or overgrown shrubs - or create topiaries, hedges, espaliers to meet your whimsical or practical ego. This class led by Dr. Larry Mellichamp will go beyond the basics, but not too far, and discuss the principles behind creative or difficult pruning situations. Hands on observation and activity will occur outdoors. Prerequisite is beginners pruning class, or permission of instructor. Limited to 6. Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture from UNC Charlotte and was their Botanical Garden Director.

 
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