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HBGF Education Series

A garden is a grand teacher.  It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.  –Gertrude Jeckyll

CLASSES

Class sizes are limited,  fill out the online class sign up form or contact us.  Garden admission is included in the price of each class.  Classes meet in the Sun Valley Greenhouse unless otherwise noted.  

Every Thursday GREEN TEAM Plant Propagation, Instructor:  Terry Kramer

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn about materials and methods used to propagate plants.  Lecture and lab practice.  If you are interested in volunteering, this class can prepare you for volunteer work in the HBGF nursery. Explore plant propagation techniques including starting new plants from cuttings, by division and from seed.  Learn the secrets of Terry’s success!  FREE to members & non-members

April 5 THE FLOWERS THAT BLOOM IN THE SPRING, TRA LA…, Instructor:  Bruce Palmer

11 a.m.

Humboldt Botanical Garden Foundation invites gardeners of all persuasions to celebrate the renewing beauty of nature as winter fades while learning all about “The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring” with resident expert Bruce Palmer on Saturday April 5, 2014. Bruce will reinforce and review some of the things you already know (or once knew) about flowers and introduce lots of new information.  Beginning with the history of flowering plants, Bruce progresses to flower anatomy, then explain how we classify flowering plants.  Participants will learn about some of the clever tricks flowering plants use to get themselves pollinated, and Bruce will conclude with answers to why flowering plants have become the dominant plants on the planet.  

Bruce Palmer, President of the Eureka Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society,  is an Emeritus Professor of Biology from the University of Hawaii now living in Humboldt County and an active HBGF volunteer and former Board Member.

This activity is FREE to HBGF members; $5.00 for non-members (includes admission to the gardens). Reserve your space now! For more information call (707) 442-5139 or sign up online.

The Humboldt Botanical Garden is located at the north entrance to College of the Redwoods on Tompkins Hill Road, Exit No. 698, off of U.S. Highway 101. The Garden is open Wed.-Sat., 10 am – 2 pm, Sunday 11 am – 3pm.  Docent tours are available by appointment. There is plenty of free parking in the Mercer Fraser Auto Garden.

April 12 Botanical Bird Games, Instructor:  Chet Ogan

11 a.m.

Calling all birders and those who would like to be birders!

How would you like to:
•Record the birds you see
•Keep track of your bird lists
•Explore dynamic maps and graphs
•Share your sightings with the community
•Contribute to science and conservation

Join avid birder and wildlife biologist Chet Ogan on Saturday, Apri12 at Humboldt Botanical Garden to find out how you can be a part of the local and global birding community. Chet will introduce participants to the eBird (eBird.com) system, which is a citizen science method of recording and exploring birds of our area. Many people use it to find local hotspots, including the Humboldt Botanical Garden, where birds are being seen. For example, in March 2012, participants reported more than 3.1 million bird observations across North America! You don’t need to be an expert to enter birds in your area, just a desire to be a citizen interested in furthering science.

If you have ever wondered “How do they know how many birds live in a place,” or “If I see a Scarlet Tanager, where can I report it?” this is the workshop for you!
Chet Ogan graduated from Humboldt State University in 1969 with a Biological Sciences degree with a botany emphasis. Chet has worked for the US Forest Service on fire crews, in fire history studies, silviculture, hydrologic studies, and for 25 years as a wildlife biologist. Chet is a dedicated birder, and has tallied over 100 species of birds in each county in California with over 400 species in Humboldt County.

Saturday, April 12, 2014 11 a.m.

This activity is FREE to HBGF members; $5.00 for non-members (includes admission to the gardens). Reserve your space now! For more information call (707) 442-5139 or sign up online.

The Humboldt Botanical Garden is located at the north entrance to College of the Redwoods on Tompkins Hill Road, Exit No. 698, off of U.S. Highway 101. The Garden is open Wed.-Sat., 10 am – 2 pm, Sunday 11 am – 3pm. Docent tours are available by appointment. There is plenty of free parking in the Mercer Fraser Auto Garden.

MORE CLASSES TO COME!

 

 Humboldt Botanical Garden proudly partners with Humboldt State University Extended Education and OLLI:  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to create fun and interesting learning opportunities at the garden for students of all ages.  Look for more HBGF Olli Classes beginning in this Winter.

HumBot Classes for Kids

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Instructor Biographies

Kendra Cross

  • Kendra Cross of Humboldt Herbals is an herbalist, an entrepreneur and an intuitive artist with essential oils and plants. She loves to study and share both the powerful and subtle ways that plants can be incorporated into ones life to heal the body, mind, spirit, and emotion. Kendra is a certified herbalist through Dandelion Herbal Center and has her BA from Humboldt State University. She is a local yoga instructor, musician, dancer and teacher. Kendra is an eternal student of ancient and contemporary healing techniques and looks forward to offering her healing services and herbal creations, Essence of the Goddess*, to the community in the near future.

Mary Gearheart

  • Design-Work, Business Owner & Landscape Designer
  • Former HBGF Board Member

Pete Haggard

  • Local gardening expert with over 3 decades of experience
  • Author, Insects of the Pacific Northwest
  • Teacher, HSU Extension
  • Retired from the Humboldt County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office

Jackie Hamilton

  • KEET Kids Program Director

Terry Kramer

  • Head Gardener, Humboldt Botanical Garden
  • BA, HSU
  • Journalist
  • Retail Nursery Owner & Operator
  • Humboldt Music Academy Faculty

Dick LaForge

  • BA Chemistry, Clark University
  • MA Chemistry, UC Berkeley
  • MS Teaching Credential, HSU
  • Humboldt Music Academy Faculty
  • Local Musician
  • Beekeeper

Chet Ogan

  • Retired Wildlife Biologist
  • Research, USFS
  • Research Biological Technician, USDA Forest Service
  • Vice President, Redwood Region Audubon Society

Louise Bacon-Ogden

  • Strictly for the Birds, Eureka Business Owner & Bird Expert

Joann Olson

  • Mushroom Expert

Mary Roberts

  • Mary Roberts is an avid hiker and loves to explore the natural world.  Her breadth of interests and inclination to learn is reflected in the multiple disciplines she studied at HSU.  She attained minors in Philosophy, Women Studies, and Studio Art, but it was Mary’s irresistible passion for taxonomy that allowed her to thrive in plant identification courses and inspired her to attain a BS in Botany.  She not only loves to learn about the botanical world but she also deeply enjoys sharing her knowledge with others.

Janna Snell

  • BA, University of Nebraska at Lincoln
  • Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley Extension
  • Landscape Designer
  • HBGF Board Member

Patricia Starr

Carol Telesky

  • Free-Lance Artist & Painting and Drawing Instructor
  • Certificate in Textile and Surface Design, Otis College of Art and Design Los Angeles Extension
  • BA in Studio Art, Humboldt State University
  • Additional Training:  Huntington Gardens in San Marino, and with Anne Marie Evans in England
  • Founding member of Botanical Artist’s Guild of Southern California
  • http://caroltelesky.com/

Andreina Torma

  • Andreina’s lifelong passion for nature and plants may have begun when her great grand-mother taught her to say her very first word: “flower.”  Since then, she has always enjoyed the great outdoors, no matter the weather or the climate, and worked as a floral designer for a year and a half.

Tim Walsh

  • Rhododendron Expert
  • National Rhododendron Society Board Member
  • Former HBGF Board Member

Donna Wildearth

  • Instructor, College of the Redwoods
  • Garden Visions, Business Owner & Landscape Designer

Sharon Vollmers

Marea Zendran

  • Marea Zendran of Humboldt Herbals is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Herbalist and Nutrition Counselor. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda where she learned to assess the individual needs of a person based on their constitution, lifestyle and nutritional needs. She is a lifelong student of herbalism, nutrition and yoga. She has worked diligently to understand the ability of the human body to heal itself, as well as learning to understand the healing properties of the fascinating world of herbal medicine. She recognizes that this is a lifelong journey and commitment, and is fascinated, on a daily basis, by the medicinal gifts that the plants have to offer. She offers private consultations by appointment. She is a musician, a dedicated yoga student, works on a part-time basis with special education children, and feels blessed to be on the staff at Humboldt Herbals, to share in the wisdom of an incredible collective of dedicated and knowledgeable herbalists.