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Smartphone Photography in the Garden
Thursday June 30, 10:00-1:00pm

Come join Sandy Zelasko of Sandra Lee Photography to learn how to use your smartphone to create striking garden images. This immersive program in the Garden will help you “see” your subject with a skilled photographer’s eye. We will explore composition, light, color and shape while watching for patterns and complimentary backgrounds before we take the picture. Join us for a long list of tips and tricks to help you create beautiful garden images!

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Cost: Members $25, non-members $30. Class fees include Garden admission.
Class format: In person, indoors/outdoors
Please register by June 23.

Open Air Yoga Experience

 

Folk Herbal Medicine
Monday July 11, 2:30-4:00pm

Join herbalist Corinne Feinberg as she teaches you to communicate with the natural world through an intuitive method of herbal medicine. This folk tradition of herbalism is centered around cultivating a relationship and listening to the wisdom of the natural world as a portal to understanding how plants can support us in all facets of our being, and how we can in turn support their ability to thrive alongside us.

Corinne is trained at The Gaia School of Healing and Earth Education in addition to 400 hours of herbal medicine study, and has been teaching herbalism from an intuitive perspective since 2015 throughout the northeastern United States and in southern California.

She invites you to join in playful learning, meditative medicine, pleasure for the senses, and the ever-unfolding wisdom of the plant kingdom as we learn about herbal medicine from direct experience paired with scientific findings. We'll be exploring non-psychoactive plants through various herbal preparations and sitting amongst the diverse medicinal plants on the verdant grounds of the Herb Garden.
Previous herbal medicine knowledge or experience is not necessary to attend.
San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors.

Cost: Members $40, non-members $48. Class fee includes Garden admission. Walk-up's welcome for an additional $10, space permitting.
Class format: In-person, outdoors
Please register by July 8

Open Air Yoga Experience

Orchid Kokedama
Saturday July 16, 10-12:00pm

Kokedama is a traditional Japanese Living Art form where moss is used as a container for a plant. In this interesting and hands-on workshop, you will learn the skills behind Kokedama and how to make your very own. All materials are provided. Please bring your own apron and gloves.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Class format: In-person, indoors
Cost: Members $20, Non-members $24 Class fees include Garden admission.
***Additional $38 materials fee paid to the instructor at class.
Please register by July 9.

Open Air Yoga Experience

 


Botanical Resin Jewelry Making
Saturday July 16, 2-3:30pm

This is a class where you will have a chance to create your own personalized botanical jewelry piece- earrings or necklace. Lora Calcara has been crafting with resin and plants for the past 6+ years. She is now sharing the magic of working with resin medium. She will bring a lot of dried flowers but if you have any nature object that is dear to you, please bring along to use. Examples are small sea shells, sea glass, tiny dried flowers, moss or any other natural find. You can even bring a small image or picture to use if you like. There will be a lot of different bezels to pick from and combine so you can truly customize your piece and create something unique. You will finish your earrings with sterling silver or gold filled ear wires or your necklace with a nickel free silver plated/gold plated chain.
Come and create an enchanting botanical jewelry piece that will be a statement for any plant and nature lover.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors.

Class format: In-person, indoors
Cost: Members $50, non-members $54. Class fees includes all materials and Garden admission
Please register by July 9.

Open Air Yoga Experience

 

Science Seminar Series
Friday July 22, 2-3:00pm

Join us each month as we highlight San Diego Botanic Garden’s commitment to and support of current plant-based research. This month we will feature SDBG’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation, Colin Khoury, as he discusses his research regarding the changing potato crop diversity.

Crop diversity – variation among crop species, their varieties, and individual plants – provides a foundation for productivity, resilience and adaptive capacity in agriculture. This diversity is widely considered to have declined precipitously during the past hundred years due to economic and agricultural development, globalization, and environmental change, but the magnitude, causes, and significance of this loss remains poorly understood.

In this presentation, Colin will describe exciting new research from the Andean highlands of Peru, where an international team, including SDBG scientists, are collaborating to understand how and why diversity in potato - a crop domesticated in the region and cultivated for over 8000 years by Andean Indigenous communities - is changing. By revisiting the same communities and families whose potato diversity was documented by previous researchers up to 70 years in the past, new insights on change in one of the world's most important food crops are coming to fruition.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Cost: Free with Garden admission.
Class format: In person, indoors
Please register by July 21, walk-ins welcome, space-permitting.

Open Air Yoga Experience

 

Mosaic Mandalas
Saturday July 23, 9:00am-4:00pm

Join Marsha Rafter, mosaic artist and educator of 18 years, as she guides you to complete a beautiful 12” mosaic mandala from design to grout in one day. Using glass gems, stained glass, mirror, and ceramic tiles, you will become immersed in the symmetry and flow of this circular form. You will leave with a beautiful completed project that is waterproof and ready to hang either indoors or outdoors. Tools and materials provided. Marsha has taught this, her most popular class, to hundreds of students. No experience is necessary!

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Cost: Members $75, non-members $90, plus an additional $75 materials fee paid directly to the instructor at the class. Class fee includes Garden admission.
Class format: In-person, indoors
Please register by July 16.

Open Air Yoga Experience

 

Forest/Nature Bathing                                   
Sunday July 24, 9-11:00am

Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing is a way of connecting people to nature. The positive health effects of being and walking in a state of relaxation in the natural world has undergone significant scientific testing and validation in Japan and Korea. This innovative programming is trending in gardens and nature reserves.
Your guide, Rhana Kozak Ph.D., is a San Diego Botanic Garden Docent, Certified Forest and Nature Bathing Guide since 2015, Herbalist, and all-around Nature lover.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Cost: Members $32, Non-members $40. Class fees include Garden admission.
Class format: In-person, outdoors
Please register by July 21

Open Air Yoga Experience

 

Houseplant Basics
Wednesday July 27, 5:30-7:30pm

Do you accidentally kill your houseplants?Join Jeremy Bugarchich, Curator of Collections, as he guides you through meeting all the care requirements for houseplants of different types. Topics such as lighting, watering, repotting, and pest treatments will all be covered. Come with your questions and houseplant-related issues! Participants will leave with a new plant of their own and the confidence that they can care for it.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors.
 
Cost: Members $20, non-members $24. Class fees include admission to Dickinson Family Education Conservatory and a houseplant to take home.
Class format: In person, indoors
Please register by July 18.


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Smartphone Photography in the Garden
Thursday July 28, 10:00-1:00pm

Come join Sandy Zelasko of Sandra Lee Photography to learn how to use your smartphone to create striking garden images. This immersive program in the Garden will help you “see” your subject with a skilled photographer’s eye. We will explore composition, light, color and shape while watching for patterns and complimentary backgrounds before we take the picture. Join us for a long list of tips and tricks to help you create beautiful garden images!

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Cost: Members $25, non-members $30. Class fees include Garden admission.
Class format: In person, indoors/outdoors
Please register by July 21.

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Pressed Flower Art Workshop
Saturday July 30, 10-11:30am

Explore the old craft of preserving flowers with local artist, Lora Calcara. We will be pressing flowers and arranging them artfully in floating frames. You will get the chance to create unique personalized flower keepsakes. It’s the flower gift that keeps on living.

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors.

Class format: In-person, indoors
Cost: Members $50, non-members $54. Class fees include all materials and Garden admission. Lora will bring her wide selection of pressed flowers for you to pick and arrange into standing floating frames. You will choose between one large frame or two smaller frames.
Please register by July 23.

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Open Air Yoga Experience

Open Air Yoga Experience

Saturday, July 9, 16, 23, and 30
9-10:00am

Wednesday June 29
July 13 and 27
5:30-6:30pm

Breathe in fresh air while being surrounded by lush gardens. Immerse your senses in the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. Leave restored and rejuvenated after gently moving your body. Bring your own mat. The class is outside with limited shade, so please also bring a towel or padding and sunscreen. 

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors. 

Cost: Members $10, non-members $24.
Class fee includes Garden admission.
Class format: In-person, outdoors
Please register by 5pm the Friday before each class, walk-ins welcome
(space-permitting, credit card only).

Wednesday, June 29
Open Air Yoga Experience

Saturday, July 9
Open Air Yoga Experience

Wednesday, July 13
Open Air Yoga Experience

Saturday, July 16
Open Air Yoga Experience

Saturday, July 23
Open Air Yoga Experience

Wednesday, July 27
Open Air Yoga Experience

Saturday, July 30
Open Air Yoga Experience



Open Air Yoga Experience

Sound Healing and Yin Yoga    
Sunday, July 10 and 24
9-10 am

Experience the powerful synergy of sound and yoga amongst the picturesque gardens. Sound healing immerses you in a sea of vibrations that gently coax your mind and body into balance. Yin is a slower-paced style of yoga that incorporates longer holds while seated or lying down, for the purpose of relaxation and restoration. Together, they are the perfect pair to help you deepen your stretches and your sense of inner-peace! Join us in this rich sensory experience of beautiful sights, sensations and sounds. Bring your own mat. The class is outside on grass with limited shade, so please also bring a towel for damp grass and sunscreen.  

San Diego Botanic Garden operates according to current County and State guidelines. In accordance with guidance from the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health, SDBG encourages visitors to wear masks indoors.

Cost: Members $12, non-members $28. Class fee includes Garden admission.
Class format: In-person, outside

Please register by 5pm the Friday before each class. Walk-ins welcome (space-permitting, credit card only).

Sunday, July 10
Open Air Yoga Experience

Sunday, July 24
Open Air Yoga Experience


Cancellation Policy: In order to receive a refund for your registration, please contact Education Department at education@sdbgarden.org or 760/ 436 3036 x209 at least 1 week prior to the start date of the class. Refunds will not be given within 1 week of the class.