Callaway Gardens Announces 2015 Winter/Spring Workshops

Jan 21, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rachel M. Crumbley | Director of Marketing and Public Relations | Callaway Gardens
Direct: 706-663-5187 | Main:  706-663-6881 or 1-855-421-3120 | Fax: 706-663-5068
Email: rcrumbley@callawaygardens.com
Mailing Address: PO Box 2000, Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2000
http://www.callawaygardens.com

 


Callaway Gardens Announces 2015 Winter/Spring Workshops



PINE MOUNTAIN, GA - (01/20/2015) - 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

Basket Weaving: Gretchen’s Heart
Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Discovery Center
The spirit of abiding love abounds within this clever heart shaped Valentine’s basket.  Watch a square turn into a heart as you weave.  Basket measures 9”x10”x2”.  We will finish the project with an exciting technique – a rolled Gretchen border.  Suitable for beginner and intermediate basket makers.  Love what you make or make one for someone you love! Lunch is not included in the workshop, but participants may bring a lunch or pick up something from the Discovery Café.  Limited to 6 participants
Instructor:  Sharon Hynes
Class Fee:  $55 Guest; $49.50   Annual Passholder

Become a Raptor Ranger
Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Discovery Center
Interested is identifying local raptors? Join us for this interactive workshop where you will learn the key field identifiers to native raptors while they are in flight or on a perch. Meet some of our live raptors, including an owl, hawk, and falcon, up close and personal. Our trained raptor specialists will recommend the best places to identify local raptors, as well as migratory tracts these beautiful predators take every winter. Discover how birds of prey are beneficial to have on your property and learn ways to attract them. If you like both songbirds and raptors, learn how the two can co-exist to create a healthier habitat in your own backyard. Bird identification materials are provided; bring your own binoculars (limited supply available for loan during class).
Instructors: Birds of Prey Staff
Fee: $20 Guest; $17 Annual Passholder

Invite Birds into your Yard and Garden
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lily Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
Encourage your favorite feathered friends to your backyard!  Learn how to attract year-round and migratory birds to your home landscape by using “homemade” bird feed, planting native plant species that provide cover and food.  Tour Callaway Gardens’ Certified Backyard Habitat to learn how to identify common, local backyard birds. Materials are provided; bring your own binoculars.
Instructors: Birds of Prey Staff
Fee: $20 Guest; $17 Annual Passholder

Pine Needle Basketry
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lily Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
You’ll make a basket using pine needles and coil basketry techniques.  This beginner class covers the basic skills needed to make the basket.  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/Guest; $58.50 Annual Passholder

Azalea Workshop
Saturday, March 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
Here’s your chance to learn all about azaleas: varieties best suited for the Southeast, natives to enhance your landscape and extend the season, culture and when and what to prune!  After a classroom session which includes Questions and Answers, you will walk among Callaway Gardens’ azaleas with the instructor.
Instructor: Kathy Crye, Callaway Gardens Horticulturist
Fee:  $35 Guest; $31.50 Annual Passholder

Basket Weaving: Catchall Cube
Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Discovery Center
This basket is perfect for magazines, chair side projects or shelf storage.   Start by weaving a square base that measures 10” x 10” and evolves into a functional round basket as you weave up to the 10” height.   Finished with leather handles attached to the rim, this basket could be the secret to your organization.  Suitable for all levels of weavers.  Class Limited to 6 Participants
Instructor:  Sharon Hynes
Fee:  $65Guest; $58.50 Annual Passholder

Make your own Garden Trough
Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Overlook Picnic Area
If you’ve admired the rustic beauty of English garden troughs, here’s your chance to make your very own ‘antique.’ Herbs, cacti, ferns and bonsai all work well in troughs and they add a wonderful decorative element to any garden.
Join Victoria Goddard-Fischer in this hands-on art and gardening adventure to make your own garden trough.. Limit 15 people.
Instructor: Victoria Goddard-Fischer, Manager, Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden
Fee: $35 Guest; $31.50 Annual Passholder

Hanging Basket Workshop
Saturday, May 9, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
Make a summer hanging basket for yourself or to  give as a Mother’s Day gift.  Or perhaps give the workshop as a gift to someone special.  Learn about hanging baskets, best plants to use, best combinations and how to make them last throughout the summer season.  After an informative introduction you’ll get down to the ‘how-to’ so you can take home a creation all your own!  Bring your gardening gloves.  Other supplies included.
Instructor: Janelle Schweinfurth, Manager Production Greenhouses, Callaway Gardens
Fee: $40 Guest; $36 Annual Passholder

Basket Weaving: Delightful Versatility
Saturday, June 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Discovery Center
Try your hand at a new technique for our Callaway Gardens basket making classes!  This basket features a 4” x 6” wood bottom and is finished with a square dip handle.  A wide assortment of natural materials will be provided for those who wish to embellish their baskets.  Great fun and very versatile!  An excellent project to welcome summer and suitable for beginning basket makers. Class Limited to 6 Participants
Instructor:  Sharon Hynes
Fee:  $60 Guest; $54 Annual Passholder

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.

Purchase the entire photography series and save approximately 25 percent.

Foundations in DSLR Photography Workshop Series
The Foundations 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.

Sign up and pay for all at one time to receive a 20% discount – not including 4th of July.

What to Bring
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, January 31, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
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 included as well as artistic composition and RAW image file type.
Fee: $75/Guest; $69/Annual Passholder
Includes lunch and digital handout

Foundations II: Creative Photography Beyond the Auto Mode
Saturday, February 14, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
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/Guest; $69/Annual Passholder
Includes lunch and digital handout

Foundations II: Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Sunday, February 15, 9 a.m. to 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/Guest; $36/Annual Passholder
Must attend February 1 workshop

Foundations III: Mastering Focus and Exposure
Saturday, February 28, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
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/Guest; $69/Annual Passholder
Includes lunch and digital handout

Foundations III: Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Sunday, March 1, 9 a.m. to 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/Guest; $36/Annual Passholder
Must attend February 15 workshop

Adobe Lightroom I: A Comprehensive Two-Day Introductory Course
Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Saturday)
9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Sunday)
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
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/Guest; $105/Annual Passholder
Includes Saturday lunch & digital handout

Mastering 4th of July Fireworks
Saturday, July 4, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Mountain Creek Conference 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. Tripods and cable releases are required. View Jim Henderson’s former fireworks images at http://pbase.com/sandman3/fireworks.
Fee: $85 Guest/$75.50 Annual Passholder; Includes digital handout.

PREMIER GARDENING EVENTS

29th Southern Gardening Symposium
Friday, January 23-Sunday, January 25
The South’s premier gardening event features optional pre-conference workshops; a gardening marketplace; a silent auction; and speakers including Peter Loewer, Dan Long, Kurt Straudt, Jenni Hernandez, Michael Buckman, Ben Page, Troy Marden and Dr. Larry Mellichamp.
Fee: $259 per person

Annual Plant Fair and Sale
Thursday, March 26-Sunday, March 29
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 Foundation 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 1.844.265.7906 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 Mountain Creek® Inn at 1.800.463.6990.

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 1.800.463.6990 or visit http://www.callawaygardens.com.


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