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Classes, Field Trips & Workshops  |  Wayne Roderick Lectures  |  Special Events  |  Tours  |  Calendar

Our schedule of fun and informative classes, field trips, and workshops offers something for every native plant lover. Choose from our changing selection of classes on botany and natural history, field trips to wild California, and hands-on workshops on gardening, art, and photography.

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CLASSES: FEBRUARY - JUNE 2014

To enroll, print out the Class Registration Form and send it with your check to:

Andrew Walmisley, 424 Camino Sobrante, Orinda, CA 94563

For additional information call Andrew Walmisley at 925-386-0057 or
email at frandreww@aol.com

(Advance registration is required for all classes. Drops in are not permitted.)


  • Manzanitas of San Bruno Mountain
        Sunday, February 23, 10 am-2:30 pm

  • Drawing Leaves and Plants
        Saturday, March 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm

  • Botanizing California: Spring Flowers After the 2013 Fire on Mount Diablo  Class is full
        Saturday, April 5, 10 am-3 pm

  • Learning the Brodiaea Clan and Their Uses in the Garden
        Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 10 am-2:30 pm

  • Botanizing California: The Special Habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains  Class is full
        Saturday, May 10, 9 am-5 pm

  • Creating Hypertufa Containers
        Sunday, June 8, 10 am-1 pm

  • Butterflies for Beginners
        Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am-2:30 pm




    Manzanitas of San Bruno Mountain
    Wintertime is manzanita time. This year we will visit San Bruno Mountain to see four rare species (one with two varieties) while taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific Coast and the San Francisco skyline. Three of the species are known only from the San Francisco Peninsula. During this short walk, we will focus on core characters and put them together to meet the four species by name, discuss the habitat they occupy, and understand their overall distribution.

    Sunday, February 23, 10 am-2:30 pm
    Instructors: Heath Bartosh and Jeff Greenhouse
    Location: San Bruno Mountain State and County Park, Ridge Trail
    $45 members / $55 nonmembers
    Please bring a lunch




    Drawing Leaves and Plants
    Drawing can be a good way to increase our knowledge of native plants. By paying attention to form and details, we can better appreciate the beauty of nature. We will be using graphite to draw the form and details of plants, and this will make them come alive. You can increase your existing drawing skills with an emphasis on plants, but no previous experience is necessary. Come and enjoy a new look at plants.

    Saturday, March 29, 9:30 am-12:30 pm
    Instructor: Lee McCaffree
    Location: Visitor Center
    $40 members / $45 nonmembers




    Botanizing California: Spring Flowers After the 2013 Fire on Mount Diablo  Class is full
    For the botanically inclined, fire always represents a chance to see special plants whose seeds are adapted to respond to fire. The plants on Mount Diablo are no exception; previous fires have brought such special flowers as golden eardrops (Dicentra chrysantha), flame poppy (Papaver californicum), and bush mallow (Malacothamnus spp.), all beautiful and growing with amazing vigor. The area we'll visit will be announced closer to the time of the trip, since it depends on what responds to the fire. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water, lunch, a notebook, and a camera if you wish.

    Saturday, April 5, 10 am-3 pm
    Instructor: Glenn Keator
    Location: Meeting place to be announced
    $45 members / $55 nonmembers
    Please bring a lunch




    Learning the Brodiaea Clan and Their Uses in the Garden
    California is the center of diversity for the beautiful brodiaea clan, a group embracing over 35 species in Dichelostemma, Triteleia, Brodiaea, and Bloomeria. This group of corm-producing "bulbs" is easy to grow in the garden and rewarding for its floral beauty from earliest spring to early summer. While many of the species are difficult to find in the trade, the botanic garden's spring plant sale and two specialist nurseries fill in the gaps. The group includes the bountiful blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum) for early color, the strange snake-lily (D. volubile) for woodlands, the alluring hummingbird-favored firecracker flower (D. ida-maia) for coastal shade, the yellow stars of pretty-face (Triteleia ixioides), the variable and reliable Ithuriel's spear (T. laxa) for open woods, and several species of the late-blooming true brodiaeas (Brodiaea spp.). On Saturday our workshop will survey the brodiaea group through a PowerPoint presentation followed by a walk in the botanic garden, and on Sunday we'll go on a field trip to look at habitats and examples in the Bay Area.

    Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 10 am-2:30 pm
    Instructor: Glenn Keator
    Location: Saturday-Visitor Center; Sunday--destination to be announced
    $90 members / $95 nonmembers
    Please bring a lunch




    Botanizing California: The Special Habitats of the Santa Cruz Mountains  Class is full
    The region just north of the city of Santa Cruz is full of botanical treasures in unusual plant communities, including old lithified sand dunes, riparian woodlands, and maritime chaparral. Highlights of this whirlwind tour include the silver-leaf manzanita (Arctostaphylos silvicola), the Santa Cruz cypress (Hesperocyparis abramsiana), an unusual stand of ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa) and knobcone pine (P. attenuata), Fernald's iris (Iris fernaldii), white globe-tulip (Calochortus albus), and much more. Bring sturdy walking shoes, water, lunch, a notebook, and a camera if you wish.

    Saturday, May 10, 9 am-5 pm
    Instructor: Glenn Keator
    Location: Meeting place to be announced
    $55 members / $65 nonmembers
    Please bring a lunch




    Creating Hypertufa Containers
    Create unique containers to enhance your balcony or patio using hypertufa, a lightweight material comprised of Portland cement and horticultural additives that yield the look of stone or granite without the heft. In a workshop taught by local landscape designer Darien Eckberg, students will explore different hypertufa recipes and learn about suitable plants and potting soils compatible with hypertufa. Dress to get dirty, bring a pair of latex or non-latex gloves (i.e., plastic), a cardboard box to carry home your container(s), and your sense of fun!

    Sunday, June 8, 10 am-1 pm
    Instructor: Darien Eckberg
    Location: Visitor Center
    $65 members / $75 non-members




    Butterflies for Beginners
    This class will start with observation of live specimens followed by an exclusive video revealing rarely-seen details of butterfly life cycles. You will learn about butterfly gardening and caterpillar rearing, and on a butterfly walk in the botanic garden after lunch you will also learn about field marks, behavior, and favored plants.

    Saturday, June 21, 10:30 am-2:30 pm
    Instructors: Sally Levinson and Andy Liu
    Location: Visitor Center
    $30 members / $35 nonmembers
    Please bring a lunch



    PLEASE NOTE: Driving directions, supplies lists, and other relevant information will be provided upon registration.



    INSTRUCTORS

    Heath Bartosh is co-founder and Senior Botanist at Nomad Ecology, based in Martinez. He is currently Rare Plant Committee Chair for the East Bay Chapter of CNPS as well as a member of the Rare Plant Program Committee at the state level of CNPS and a Research Associate at the University and Jepson Herbaria at UC Berkeley.

    Darien Eckberg has been creating hypertufa containers and other works since 2008. She was commissioned by the Exploratorium Museum to create tiles for its new moss garden installation and regularly accepts private commissions. This is her third time teaching a hypertufa workshop at the botanic garden.

    Jeff Greenhouse is a self-trained botanizer with 33 years of field experience searching out and identifying over half of the native and naturalized plants of California. He contributed to the production of the second edition of The Jepson Manual and also supplied much information to the online Jepson Interchange.

    Glenn Keator is a popular freelance instructor of botany in the Bay Area. He currently teaches, leads field trips, and provides docent instruction in botany for the Regional Parks Botanic Garden. He is the author of a number of books on native plants.

    Sally Levinson studied entomology in graduate school and has done entomological field work in several states. She has been an avid butterfly gardener for many years and is currently working on a butterfly curriculum.

    Andy Liu wrote his master's thesis on butterfly habitat. He has done many presentations on butterflies and butterfly gardening. A lifelong plantsman, he currently works in garden design.

    Lee McCaffree is a botanical illustrator. She is co-coordinator and a primary instructor of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program in Woodside. Her work is included in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, Kew Gardens, and the Filoli Florilegium, as well as in private collections. She created the East Bay CNPS plant sale poster for many years.

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