Callaway Gardens Announces 2014 Winter/Spring/Summer Workshops

Jan 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rachel M. Crumbley | Director of Marketing and Public Relations | Callaway Gardens
Office: 706-663-5187 | Fax: 706-663-5068 | rcrumbley@callawaygardens.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 2000, Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2000
http://www.callawaygardens.com

 


Callaway Gardens Announces 2014 Winter/Spring/Summer Workshops



PINE MOUNTAIN, GA - (01/13/2014) - Cultivate your artistic skills and expand your gardening and natural history knowledge with Callaway Gardens’ Workshop Series!  Local experts and staff facilitate programs that allow you to explore new opportunities.

ART & GARDENING WORKSHOPS

Pine Needle Basketry
Saturday, March 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Lily Classroom
This beginner class covers the basic skills needed to make a pine needle basket. You’ll make a basket using pine needles and coil basketry techniques.  Complete the class with a basket reflecting personal taste and design.  Lunch is not included in the workshop, but participants may bring a lunch or pick up something from the Discovery Café.  All supplies are included.
Instructor: Talitha Norris
Fee:  $65

Basket Weaving: Classic Tote
Saturday, March 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Lily Classroom
Discover the joys of basket weaving and let your creativity soar!  This functional basket (12” x 4”x 12”) has a Shaker tape strap.  Instruction includes basic basket weaving, suitable for beginner and intermediate weavers.  A selection of natural and dyed reeds in an assortment of widths will be available.  All basketry materials will be supplied. Bring heavy shears and an old bath towel.  Limited to 10 participants.
Instructors:  Sharon Hynes and Yvette Lerner
Fee:  $65

Azalea Workshop
Saturday, March 29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Here’s your chance to learn all about azaleas: varieties best suited for the Southeast, natives to enhance your landscape and extend your season, culture, and when and what to prune!  After an informative classroom lecture and Q&A, walk among Callaway Gardens’ azaleas with the instructor.
Instructor: Kathy Crye, Callaway Gardens Horticulturist
Fee:  $35

Wildflower Workshop
Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Identification, culture and appreciation of the wildflowers of the Southeastern United States will be included in this fun and informative workshop.  Class will include a guided walk on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Trail.  Bring a sack lunch. Dress for weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Instructors: Kathy Crye and Mickey French, Callaway Gardens Horticulturists
Fee: $35

Herbaceous Plant Propagation
Saturday, April 5, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Greenhouses, Sibley Horticultural Center
You’ll learn the skills of the trade: sowing seeds and taking cuttings from the plants seen in the Callaway Gardens displays. Take a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the production greenhouses and then take home your plant treasures to make your Summer garden the envy of the neighborhood.  Bring your own sack lunch.
Instructor: Brian Kanotz, Manager of Production Greenhouses, Callaway Gardens
Fee: $75

Spring Watercolor Workshop
Saturday, April 12-Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Paint on location in the Gardens from direct observation of nature.  One day will focus on painting flowers from a close-up view, and the other will focus on flowers in a garden setting.  Students may paint any subject that inspires them at the painting sites.  Class includes demonstrations, instruction, critique and individual coaching.  Bring a lunch or go to the Discovery Café.  All levels of painters welcome.
Instructor: Pat Fiorello
Fee:  $225

Vegetable Gardening with an Expert
Saturday, April 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Lily Classroom
No matter your expertise – or lack of – this workshop will be beneficial.  With 40 years experience growing vegetables, David Chambers has the answers!  You’ll learn the ins and outs of vegetable gardening: what to do, when to do, and solutions for pests and problems.  You’ll also go home with plants to begin your own vegetable garden plot.
Instructor: David Chambers, Manager of Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden
Fee:  $45

Flower Arranging from the Garden
Saturday, May 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Callaway Gardens will provide the instruction, flowers and greenery – plus instruction in flower handling and different styles of flower arranging.  Each participant will go home with their own mixed bouquet arrangement of garden flowers.  Bring favorite clippers and gloves, if desired.  All materials provided.
Instructor: John Lowe, Callaway Gardens Horticulturist
Fee:  $49

Gardening for Butterflies
Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Learn about the butterfly’s life cycle and what it needs from a garden.  This fun and informative workshop will describe specific plants to attract specific butterflies.  You will go home with a wealth of knowledge and even a couple of plants essential to make your garden a butterfly haven.
Instructors: Michael Buckman, Manager of the Day Butterfly Center, and John Lowe, Callaway Gardens Horticulturist
Fee:  $40

Mother’s Day
Hanging Basket Workshop

Saturday, May 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Make a Summer hanging basket to enjoy yourself, give as a Mother’s Day gift, or even present the workshop as a gift to someone special.  Learn about hanging baskets, best plants to use, best combinations and their care.  After an informative session you’ll get down to the ‘how-to’ and take home a creation of your own!  Bring gardening gloves.  Other supplies included.
Instructor: Brian Kanotz, Manager of Production Greenhouses, Callaway Gardens
Fee: $40


DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SERIES

Year-round opportunities to take great photos coupled with expert instruction from accomplished amateur photographer Jim Henderson make Callaway Gardens the perfect venue for learning digital photography. The majority of the classroom instruction takes place in the Callaway Discovery Center.

Henderson brings an encyclopedic knowledge of digital photography’s technical aspects, a mastery of the discipline’s artistic side, and an incredible knack for teaching and inspiring his participants in a fun and enthusiastic manner. He presents each topic in an easy-to-understand fashion.

Enrollment in all DSLR workshops is limited and preregistration is required. For more detailed descriptions and online registration, visit http://www.callawaygardens.com/photo.

The Foundations in DSLR Photography Workshop Series frees the aspiring photographer from reliance on the automatic exposure mode. The creative photographer uses ISO, aperture and shutter speed like a painter uses paint and brushes. At the end of the series, participants will be able to use their camera’s advanced features and take their photography to a new level of creativity.

The Adventures in DSLR Photography Workshop Series is for intermediate and advanced level students who have mastered the fundamentals of photography and are ready to conquer specialty areas.  Courses build on Foundations series.

Bring your digital camera, owner’s manual, charged batteries and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Foundations I: A Beginner’s Guide to DSLR Photography (What the Camera Manual Doesn’t Tell You)
Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
For photographers new to DSLR photography, this workshop is perfect. Digital photography workflow, how a DSLR works, features and brands, buttons and controls, camera care, essential accessories, media cards, batteries, tripods, lenses, computers, monitors and post-processing software are included as well as artistic composition and RAW image file type.
Fee: $75
Includes lunch and digital handout

Foundations II: Creative Photography Beyond the Auto Mode
Saturday, Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
This workshop provides the information and skills necessary to operate the camera without the automatic exposure mode. After learning the limitations of the automatic exposure mode, explore the fundamentals of photography: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure and depth of field. Participants will learn how aperture and shutter speed can be used for creative purposes as well as what aperture-priority exposure, shutter-priority exposure and manual exposure modes are.  Then, practice putting these concepts to use in the field.
Fee: $75
Includes lunch and digital handout

Foundations II: Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location To Be Announced
The Foundations II: Creative Photography Beyond the Auto Mode workshop continues with an optional photo shoot with the instructor. Get more practice in the field working with the concepts from the previous session to help solidify the concepts.
Fee: $40
Must attend Feb. 1 workshop

Foundations III: Mastering Focus and Exposure
Saturday, Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
Building on the concepts mastered in the Foundations II workshop, this course includes instruction in understanding autofocus and manual focus, achieving an accurate focus with stationary subjects and subjects in motion, understanding exposure, understanding exposure meters and metering modes, evaluating exposure, understanding histograms, using exposure compensation, using automatic exposure bracketing and using automatic exposure lock. These topics are covered in class and then students have an opportunity to practice in the field. The workshop concludes with a presentation and discussion of dynamic range and high dynamic range (HDR) photography.
Fee: $75
Includes lunch and digital handout

Foundations III: Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Sunday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location To Be Announced
The Foundations III: Mastering Focus and Exposure continues with an optional photo shoot with the instructor. Participants get more practice in the field working with new concepts from the previous day’s session. The extra time in the field and additional coaching by the instructor helps solidify the concepts.
Fee: $40
Must attend Feb. 15 workshop

Adobe Lightroom I: A Comprehensive Two-Day Introductory Course
Saturday, March 1 - Sunday, March 2
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Saturday)
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
This two-day workshop is a great introduction to Adobe’s newest software solution for digital photographers. Bring a laptop and work along with the instructor. Once photographers start using Lightroom, they wonder how they ever managed without it! This workshop often sells out quickly, so register early to reserve your spot.
Fee: $115
Includes Saturday lunch & digital handout

Mastering Flash
Saturday, March 15 - Sunday, March 16
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Saturday)
9 a.m.-1 p.m. (Sunday)
Callaway Discovery Center, Violet Classroom
This intermediate-level workshop explores the possibilities and understanding of the principles of flash photography using on and off-camera speedlights. The emphasis will be on capturing dramatic portraits in an outdoor, natural setting.
Fee: $115
Includes lunch and digital handout

Mastering 4th of July Fireworks
Friday, July 4, 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
Mountain Creek Conference and Training Center, Room 110
This workshop begins with a two-hour discussion on discovering the possibilities and overcoming the challenges of night photography. Then, on to the fireworks display!
Fee: $85
Includes digital handout. Tripods and cable releases are required.

Mastering Night Photography at the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday, Aug. 29 - Sunday, Aug. 31
Location To Be Announced
The photo opportunities are abundant at this event. Participants begin in the classroom to discuss camera and exposure settings then shoot the balloon glow. Saturday morning includes balloon launch and classroom session. Then, participants will shoot balloon launches on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a final classroom session on Sunday morning.
Fees: $140
Includes digital handout.  Tripods and cable releases required.

PREMIER GARDENING EVENTS

28th Southern Gardening Symposium
Friday, Jan. 24 - Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014
The South’s premier gardening event features optional pre-conference workshops; a gardening marketplace; a silent auction; and speakers including James Farmer, Helen Yoest, Ann McCormick, Lois Trigg Chaplin, Hayes Jackson, Thomas Mickey, Chris Strand and Norman Winter.
Fee: $249 per person; Must register by Friday, Jan. 17

Callaway Gardening School
Thursday, March 27 - Friday, March 28
Join award-winning author, historian and lecturer Andrea Wulf and garden design expert and author Erica Glasener for a delightful, information-packed program. On Thursday, Wulf and Glasener will present inspiring garden lectures with book signings and lunch included, concluding with an afternoon of shopping at the annual Plant Fair and Sale. On Friday, Glasener will conduct a landscape design workshop.
Fees: $87 per person for Thursday Lectures, early admission to Plant Fair; Friday Workshop: $79

Annual Plant Fair and Sale
Thursday, March 27 - Sunday, March 30
Robin Lake Beach Dome
This exceptional shopping opportunity features a wide variety of plants and unique garden items from more than a dozen local and regional vendors. One of the Gardens’ largest fundraising events, proceeds help support the Ida Cason Callaway FoundationTM and its educational and environmental programming.
Free Admission

For a complete listing or to register, visit http://www.callawaygardens.com and enter “workshops” the search box.  Or, call the Education Department at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292), option 5, option 2; 706-663-5153 or email education@callawaygardens.com.  Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required.  Workshop fees include admission to Callaway Gardens. Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before each workshop begins.  Annual Passholders and Callaway Connection members qualify for special rates.

For overnight accommodations for any of these workshops, ask for the special “workshop rate” starting at $99* in the recently renovated Mountain Creek® Inn at 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  To experience nature at its finest, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (800-225-5292) or visit http://www.callawaygardens.com.

*Cottage, Villa and Vacation Homes are available upon request.  Based on availability, some restrictions apply.

 

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