Fall Classes and Workshops at Bullington Gardens

— Written By Tracy Calla
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Do you want to GROW your knowledge of plants and gardening, or CULTIVATE a new skill? DIG deeper into horticulture, ecology, and the arts with Bullington Gardens’ Fall Community Class Series. Learn more and register online or contact Education Director, Tracy Calla, at 828-698-6104.

Arts in the Gardens

A pom-pom shaped pink flower on a long straight stem.

FLOWER AND FOREST PHOTOGRAPHY
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
$30 per participant. $25 for Friends of Bullington
Registration limited to 12 students
This 2-hour class is geared to learners of all skill levels from Beginner to Advanced, with whatever kind of camera you have! Our focus will be on macro and close-up photography of beautiful flowers as well as intimate woodland scenes. Chris will provide both creative and technical suggestions to help participants make their photos more impactful and satisfying for both themselves and their audience. Above all, the experience is meant to be fun and without pressure to achieve that proverbial “trophy shot”. It’s all about practice and making improvements over time.

About the Instructor:
Chris Allen is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA degree in photography. His career direction took him into a 30-year sales career until he retired in 2018 to pursue his photography passion again. High on Chris’s list of favorite photography subjects are flowers and forest scenes. His photos have won numerous awards in local and regional clubs and conferences. He and his wife Bonnie moved to Asheville in 2005, and couldn’t help making photography a part of their exploration of the beautiful Blue Ridge area. Together, they own and operate Asheville Photo Tours, LLC, offering photo tours and instruction for nature photography enthusiasts.

WALKING STICK WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, OCT. 8, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$20 per participant, $15 for Friends of Bullington
Registration limited to 10 students

What could make an autumn stroll in the beautiful forests of Western NC even better? Hiking along with your own hand-crafted walking stick! Join our Education Director, Tracy Calla, for this fun DIY workshop to create a unique walking stick for yourself, or to give as a gift to your favorite hiker.

Horticulture and Ecology

FALL FOR GARDENING IN THE MOUNTAINS
Join us for our autumn gardening class series, with Steve Pettis, Henderson County Commercial and Consumer Horticulture Agent, who will make you *fall* for (or fall back in love with!) gardening in our unique mountain landscape. Register for one class or all four!

Friends of Bullington or students who pre-register for the whole series take 25% off the regular course fee! (discounts cannot be combined)

A cluster of clean orange mushrooms in a persons hand.

Mushroom Basics
Mon. September 26, 2022 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
$15 per person. $12 for Friends of Bullington, or when you register for the 4-class series
Are you fungi-curious? In this class students will learn basic fungal biology, discover the top wild mushrooms to collect in the forest, even get pointers on how to grow mushrooms at home!

A Carolina Lily with brilliant bright orange and yellow colors.

Native Plants of the WNC Mountains
Thurs. October 13, 2022 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
$15 per person. $12 for Friends of Bullington, or when you register for the 4-class series
New to our area? New to gardening? Need a plant identification refresher? Steve will introduce students to the many wonderful native plants that are available to gardeners in Western North Carolina.

Light shines through the canopy of tall looming trees.

The Secret Lives of Trees
Thurs. November 10, 2022 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
$15 per person. $12 for Friends of Bullington, or when you register for the 4-class series
This class was so well-attended this summer, Steve returns to talk more about our amazing trees! The forests of Henderson County make it such a wonderful place to live; but our forests are being cut down for development, and trees that are planted into new landscapes are often planted improperly. Learn how we can protect our forests, plant trees for the future and keep Henderson County green!

Bees on green leaves and small green and white flowers.

Planting For Birds, Bees, And Butterflies
Thurs. December 8, 2022 – 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
$15 per person. $12 for Friends of Bullington, or when you register for the 4-class series
What’s the buzz on which plants are ideal for attracting birds, bees, and butterflies? You asked, Steve answers!