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Wanda Cannon: Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville hosts classes
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Wanda Cannon is the education and volunteer coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville. She can be reached at 404-888-4763 or wcannon@atlantabg.org .

With the fall season officially beginning next week, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville will open its doors and offer five new classes this season.

Residents interested in joining the classes may register for one of these fun and interesting events in person at the Gainesville garden off Sweetbay Drive or online at atlantabg.org/learn/adult-classes.

Fees do apply to the classes with member and non-member rates.

Classes offered this year are beekeeping, sketching with colored pencils, watercolor workshops, colors of fall planting and yoga. All of the classes offered start this month. Some of them are one-day events while others are series classes.

Here is a class breakdown:

* Practical beekeeping will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Master Beekeepers from the Tri-County Beekeepers Association will explore the basics of beekeeping through the life of a beekeeper’s year. Weather permitting, students will visit the garden hives for a visual demonstration.

* Experience sketching with colored pencils will be from 9–10:30 a.m. Thursdays, Sept. 22 through Oct. 13.

Artist Jill Haack will teach a four-week series called “Painting in the Open Air.” Artists will create a journal including a technique reference guide focusing on fall flowers in bloom. It is open to all levels of artistic ability.

* Watercolor workshop titled “Capture the Colors of Fall” will be from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 15.

Participants will explore fall colors and textures in the painting class taught by Artist Jill Haack. The one-day class will focus on the technique of layering watercolors to achieve the most vibrant shades.

* Colors of fall will be 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

This plant design class will be taught by a horticulture staff member. The focus will be on different plants that grow well in this area and show fall visual interest. A walking tour of the garden trails is included.

* Yoga in the Garden will be from 9:30–10:30 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 15 through Nov. 19.

This six-week yoga series is designed to increase flexibility and cultivate mental focus in a beautiful garden setting. Mats are not included. Certified instructor Emilie Cook will teach the classes.

These classes are a wonderful addition to our programming at the garden. So come and learn.

For more information, call 404-888-4763.

Wanda Cannon is the education and volunteer coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, A Smithgall Woodland Legacy, in Gainesville. She can be reached at 404-888-4763 or wcannon@atlantabg.org.

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