Garden Photography “Learning To See”
Saturday, January 14, 2017
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Roberta London
Roberta London Photography
$40 Members/$45 Non-Members


As Naturalist Henry David Thoreau said,  “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  This has special significance when we talk about photographing gardens and flowers. Participants will learn about perspective, composition, backgrounds, and the play of light, just to name a few. They will walk away eager to pick up their cameras and visit the Garden to see the world around them in a different way, capturing wonderful images of the natural world along the way.


Instructor:  Roberta London/Roberta London Photography  Roberta has been working in film, video and television production for many years, which sharpened her focus and refined her skills in visual storytelling.  She experimented with still photography during those years, but it wasn't until her move from New York to Florida in 2006 that she realized the flirting stage was over and it was time for a serious relationship.  The Florida landscape, with its flowers, colors, shapes and stunning light, had utterly captivated her. Roberta is a “through-the-lens” explorer and composer working mostly in the field in natural light. Composition, perspective and especially the play of light,  are for her, keys to creating images that are dramatic and moving and draw the viewer in for a close personal encounter with the natural world.  


Hypertufa Made Easy
Friday, January 27, 2017
Morning Session – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm or Afternoon Session – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
$50 Members/$55 Non-Members

Hypertufa planters are light-weight, rustic pots made from Portland cement and other materials such as peat moss, and vermiculite or perlite. Porous Hypertufa pots are great for planting. They look like limestone, but are surprisingly light compared to pottery. In this fun workshop, participants will learn the basics to create their own garden pottery. Participants will take home their finished creation. 


Instructor/Dr. Kendra Brown  With an extensive background in teaching, including special education, art, psychology, and meditation, Dr. Brown is passionate about combining two of her loves – art and gardening. This workshop is educational, productive and fun! At the end of this workshop, you will know the basics to create your own garden pottery.  You will learn the basics of Hypertufa to create your own garden pottery. Participants will receive instructions for Hypertufa and a recipe for making pots to take home. 


*Note:  Hypertufa is fun, but the materials are messy, so wear gardening clothing!  Also, please be sure to bring rubber gloves, protective glasses/sunglasses to keep the concrete dust out of your eyes.


Making a Viking Knit Bracelet
Saturday, February 18, 2017
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Deborah Apodaca
Deborah Apodaca Design
$50 Members/$55 Non-Members


Make A Viking Knit Bracelet
Viking knit is an ancient form of circular wire weaving also known as the Trichinopoly chain. The Vikings would weave this chain for rope on their ships, or with fine silver to be bartered  when they went ashore.  In this workshop, participants will first observe a demonstration of the technique, and then will select from a variety of colored wire and beads to create their own one-of-a-kind bracelet using the Viking knit wire weaving technique.  Additional kits will be available for purchase.


Instructor/Deborah Apodaca  Deborah is an artist and jewelry designer who loves making things with her hands. Along with handcrafted jewelry, her other creations include serving trays made from upcycled wine bottles, one-of-a-kind lamps, textiles, dolls and more. She is owner of Artisan Crafts and Gifts, and examples of her work can be found at http://www.deborahapodacadesigns.com/


How to Incorporate Feng Shui & Vaastu in Designing a Garden
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jennifer Yates, (BI) Architecht
Organic Gardens & Landscape Designs
Cost:  $40 Members/$45 Non-members


Jennifer Yates, a garden designer who believes in aligning body, mind and spirit in landscaping, shares her wisdom of the Eastern arts of alignment (Feng Shui & Vaastu) and teaches how to create a personal healing garden.  Energy, both its movement and balance is important, and though the energy of a site might be correct, often taking steps to adjust the energy through Yin and Yang proportions can make things feel better and flow properly.  Living in our hectic world can take us off our center. This creates an important need to balance the earth and our lives, and explore how to realize the sense of well-being and peace outdoors. Let's dive into the discovery of what Feng Shui & Vaastu can do for us in the landscape of our lives to create health, abundance and harmony.


Instructor/Jennifer Yates Before 2000, Jennifer lived abroad, primarily in Singapore where she studied Feng Shu & Vaastu.  Her background also includes Art History at Brown University, Architecture & Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design, and Horticulture at New York Botanical Garden.  She received the Golden Trowel Award in Greenwich, CT for best urban garden design. She owns Yates Garden Design and examples of her work can be found at YatesGardenDesign.com.


Robotic Workshops:  Venus Fly Trap
Date:  March 11, 2017


Session 1:  11:00-11:45 am
Session 2:  Noon -12:45 pm
(Recommended for children Grades K-2nd / ages 5-8)


Using LEGO® WeDo™ Robots, participants will build a Venus Fly Trap, and learn how to program and operate their creation using a laptop computer.


Session 1:  1:00 - 1:45 pm
Sessions 2:  2:00-2:45 pm
(Recommended for children Grades 3rd - 5th / Ages 8 - 11)
Session 3:  3:00 - 3:45 pm
(Recommended for children Grades 6th-8th / ages 12 – 14)


Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ EV3 participants will build a Venus Fly Trap, then learn how to program it using a laptop computer and LEGO educational software. Teams of two will build one fly trap and compete with others to see who can catch the most insects.


Instructor:  Amanda Hanks, P.E. (Professional Engineer in Florida #54809) & McKee Volunteer
McKee Volunteer Amanda Hanks is a professional engineer with over 22 years of experience in the construction industry working on projects valued up to $750 million.  She is the owner of the E in STEM, a benefit corporation with a purpose of creating a positive impact on society and the environment through engineering education programs.


Cost: $15.00 per student. Limited to 20 students per session.


Palm Weaving Class
Saturday, March 18, 2017
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ruth Hills
$35 Members/$40 Non-Members


Back by popular demand! Ruth Hills has made palm weaving her hobby and specializes in unique tiered baskets that remain attached to the hard palm stem. Baskets can be used to hold plants, fruit or simply as decorative accents.  Participants will complete at least one tier of a two-level basket in class, with written instructions provided to assist them in finishing the project.. 


Instructor/Ruth Hills:  Ruth Hills started weaving palm frond baskets in 2007 after seeing the craft demonstrated in Key West.  She began teaching herself from books when she returned home and now enjoys sharing her technique with others.  Since retiring several years ago, Ruth and her husband have begun touring the country. She often holds impromptu classes on her travels.


Due to our limited space, we ask that students withdraw from classes at least seven working days prior to the start of the class in order to receive a refund. If we must cancel a class, we will make every effort to inform you prior to the class time, and you will receive a full refund. All classes are held at McKee Botanical Garden. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


To register, please call 772-794-0601 or visit us at the Garden at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962.  Cash and checks only.


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