Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden will host 24 alfresco events this August, including art classes, Dogs’ Day in the Garden, guided walks, nature treks, and more for people of all ages. Registration is required for all activities. Click here for the full list of events.
Mounts Botanical Garden will kick off the month of wellness with two art classes for adults, both on August 3, 10, 17, and 24. Sketchbook Journal (9 to 11 a.m.) and Watercolor Journal (11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) will both begin with nature walks through the garden with instructor Carl Stoveland. The walk will allow participants to take reference photos to use in the class. In the classroom, Stoveland will start with a demo topic, then guide the class through the drawing or painting process, showing how explorations can be recorded and translated into a journal. Participants should bring pencils, pens, paints, a sketchpad or watercolor pad, a journal, and a cell phone or tablet. The classes cost $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers and are limited to 15 adults.
Visitors are invited to go with the flow, and build strength and flexibility during Qi Gong August 4, 11, 18, and 25, all from 10 to 11 a.m. Each classes will be held inside with social distancing and will be led by Roxanne Cumberland. The classes cost $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The class is limited to 15 adults.
Mounts will celebrate National Horticulture Day on August 6 with a meet-and-greet and special tour with resident horticulturist Joel Crippen from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. On the tour, Crippen will discuss his favorite landscaping plants, the most successful bloomers, and guide participants through having a beautiful garden. Registration costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers, and is limited to 20 adults.
Reconnect and recharge in nature with a staff-led Sunflower Power Walk on August 11, 18, and 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Walkers will tour through the garden’s blooming Sunflower Field. Registration is required and costs $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The walks are limited to 15 adults. For a more easy-going pace, lace up your walking shoes for a guided Meditative Wellness Walk August 13, 20, and 27, from 9 to 10 a.m. Registration costs $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers, and is limited to 10 adults.
Guests will get hands-on at the Introduction to Natural Dyes Workshop on August 21 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. April Krebs, Mounts’ special projects manager, will guide the class through how to use avocado pits, hibiscus flowers, turmeric, and other natural materials to make natural organic dyes in a rainbow of colors. Registration costs $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers and is limited to 20 adults and teens.
Krebs will lead an Herb Garden Tour and activity on August 26, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visitors will take a walk into the Garden of Well-Being and learn how flowers, herbs, and spices can be used to make body products and herbal teas. After the walk, everyone can relax in the classroom and make their own herbal tea mix and body scrub. Registration costs $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers and is limited to 20 adults and teens.
The botanical garden will round out the month with a Nature Trek on August 28, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Children ages 7 to 11 can become plant detectives. They’ll learn how to ID select plants and discover fun facts about them, seek out birds, butterflies and other garden critters, feed the fish, and learn about the aquatic plants in Lake Orth. Mounts docent Mike Fralli will help them explore the hidden places where flora and fauna live in the garden. Each plant detective will receive a magnifying glass and fish food. Registration is free for adult members, $10 for nonmember adults, and $5 for all children. Tour size is limited to 20 participants (all children must be accompanied by an adult).