Nature is our greatest teacher; every plant, tree and flower. HF&G classes take cues from the natural world around us and encourages participants to take a moment to get to know some of the pollinators, native plants, songbirds and wild mushrooms you can find locally and even in your own backyard!

Holden Forests and Gardens is looking for instructors, contact us if you are interested in becoming an Adult Education Instructor.

Virtual Tree Talk-Lakeview Cemetery 

Presenter: Margeaux Apple, Holden Forests and Garden Plant Recorder

40 minute, Pre-Recorded Video, $5 per person

In our first virtual Tree Talk, join Margeaux Apple, Plant Recorder, in Lake View Cemetery where she provides an in-depth exploration of  four commonly found native and nonnative trees. In this virtual tour, participants will learn how to identify red and white oaks, ginkgos, and white pine and hear some significant cultural and historical stories about these trees that add a layer of charisma to their presence.

This is an approximately 40-minute, pre-recorded program and includes contact information for the instructor, should you have any questions about the content, as well as a map of where to find the trees showcased in this program.

Access to this recording is provided via a password protected link after purchase and can be found in your program’s confirmation letter. 

Virtual Botanical Painting & Drawing

Thursdays, December 3 to January 7 (no class December 24) | 2:00-4:30pm

Live Zoom class

Instructor: Susan Gray Be

$80 members, $100 non-members

Learn composition skills and techniques of botanicals including line, form, shading techniques, and layering using inspiration from the natural world with instructor Susan Gray Bé. This virtual class welcomes all levels of experience and mediums, though there is a focus on acrylics. Registration closes December 1!

Soil is Alive! 

Tuesday, December 8 | 6:00-7:00pm

Live Zoom class

Instructor: Sarah Kyker, Postdoctoral Research Assosiate

$10 members, $25 non-members

Just one teaspoon full of healthy forest soil can contain millions of microbial species. One research area at Holden Arboretum studies this incredible diversity and how it fosters forest health. This virtual lecture presents current research on fungi and bacteria in forest soil and how Holden scientists are advancing knowledge in this field. Each participant will have the option to be supplied with a bag of very important scientific equipment (CANDY!) to participate in a hands-on demonstration. 

After the purchase process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email. If it is a virtual class, the email will contain a link to the desired class video or login information for Zoom. Please contact with questions.