Botanical Gardens at Asheville hosts naturalist walk, Aug. 11

Press release from Botanical Gardens at Asheville:

The Botanical Gardens at Asheville will host a naturalist walk with Jay Kranyik Sunday, August 11, 9-11:30 a.m.

On this slow ramble through the Gardens, we will observe and discuss numerous aspects of our natural history. Botany, scientific nomenclature, reading the landscape, birds, insects, weather, plant compounds, and other interesting subjects will be pondered in a fun, non-intimidating setting.

Past naturalist walks have been graced by duck-eating hawks, snakes that could not fly, a seed-marauding bear, hummingbirds with antennas and other moments of serendipity!

This is an outdoor class. Bring rain jackets/umbrellas if needed, as well as a loupe and binoculars if you have them. Meet at the Visitor Center.

Jay Kranyik is the BGA Garden Manager, Horticulture Chairman, naturalist, and nature photographer. He has botanized widely in the region, and is coauthor of “The Flora of Dupont State Forest, NC.” He is also a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society and is a Blue Ridge Parkway “Junior Ranger.”

Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes. Call 828-252-5190 or stop by when the Visitor Center is open (10 to 4 Monday through Saturday). Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members. Limit 24 participants. The Botanical Gardens at Asheville is at UNC Asheville, 151 W T. Weaver Boulevard, Asheville.

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