In The Garden

A Moving Classroom

In The Garden

A Moving Classroom

A series of expert-led experiences designed for participants to connect with nature through hands-on participation.


Group Sizes Limited to 15 Participants | Registration Required | $12.00 per Participant

2017 Classes

Creek Walk

June 14   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  |  June 28   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

August 4   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | August 14   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Let’s get our feet wet!  Join us for an exploration of Spring Creek in the Garden with representatives from Atwood Center.  We will look for signs of animals that live in and around the water, turn over some rocks and conduct science experiments.  Come ready to get wet and muddy!  An adult guardian must accompany students.  In case of inclement weather, the class will be cancelled.

Pruning Workshop

June 16   9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


After attending the lecture on June 15, learn the basics of pruning for yourself.  Learn how to prune that looks as natural as if the plant was found in nature with Leslie Buck, author of Cutting Back.  Leslie will teach three primary cuts and go over various pruning situations and theories.  Participants will need to bring their own shears and hand saw.  This class is limited to eight participants. Beginners are welcome!

Haiku: Planting the Seeds of a Writer

May 17   1:00 PM – 2:30 PM  |  May 20   10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Join Dr. Karen Blake Ruffner, local literacy expert, on a tour of the Garden.  Participants will walk through the Garden, stopping along the way to share and write about how the Garden touches the heart.  Anyone who is tentative to commit pen to paper will see how easy it is to become a writer through this sensory experience.  This class is intended for participants ages 18 and older.

Creating a Pollinator Friendly Landscape

June 12   10:30 – 11:30 AM  |  July 18   10:30 – 11:30 AM


Pollinator friendly landscapes not only include a wide range of plants, but additional elements that will encourage a wide range of pollinators to visit your landscape.  We’ll discuss appropriate plantings and other approaches that will make your landscape a pollinator’s paradise.

Insect Hunt

July 12   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
August 9   
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Join us for an insect hunt with local expert, Barbara Williams.  Participants will talk through the Garden in search of native bees, butterflies, dragonflies and a variety of other insects and learn how they live in the Gardens.  In the case of inclement weather, the class will be moved indoors.

Bat Nights in the Garden

June 9   7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
July 8   
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
August 7   
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Join us as we enjoy the music of the night creatures in the garden under the full moon.  We’ll eavesdrop on the bats that hunt over the Garden ponds while watching the sun set and the full moon rise.  Using a “bat detector,” which lowers the pitch of bat calls, we will be able to hear the bats and learn the different patterns of each species’ calls.  We’ll also listen for frogs and insects that sing at night.  In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

ArcDesign Soil Erosion Class

August 2   11:00 AM – 12:00 PM


Learn about soil erosion and technologies to prevent it with ArcDesign! Using the Garden as the classroom, students will see demonstrations and learn the science behind a common environmental issue.

Payment must accompany registration.  Refunds for classes registered through Anderson Japanese Gardens will be issued if participant cancels at least five days prior to class date.  Anderson Japanese Gardens reserves the right to cancel events in which case, a refund will be issued.