Adult Classes

If you have questions, please email Soozi Pline at

To register you may call 256-837-4344 or send check payable to HBG to:

HBG - Education
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, AL 35805

No refunds or cancellations less than 48 hours prior to the class.

Japanese Garden Design, Part II
Sunday September 28, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Anderson Education Center Classroom

Whether for recreation, aesthetic pleasure, or spiritual practice, the Nihon Teien (Japanese Garden) utilizes a historical, philosophical, botanical, and physical landscape to provide serene sanctuary for its visitors. 

In Part I (September 21), the course will introduce you to the storied history behind traditional Japanese Gardens, the philosophies that have cultivated traditional Japanese garden design, and optimal garden design techniques that are centuries old. 

Part II (September 28) of the course will include plant and garden ornament identification and selection and details of plant health and soil amendment and supplementation.

Part III (October 5) will cover rock, Zen, “Strolling”, and compact gardens (tsuboniwa) and utilizing lighting and the creation of bamboo fencing (kinkakuji-gaki) for practical and aesthetic design principles.  Throughout the course, participants will be building a portfolio of information, ideas, and sample garden design plans.

The course instructor, Mr. Mickey J. Lollar, is a graduate student in History at the University of North Alabama. In addition to being a certified teacher of the Social Sciences, English-Language Arts, Art History and Practice, and Music, Mr. Lollar is a writer, lecturer, and extensive traveler and is focusing his graduate studies of Heritage Resource Management (including Historical Landscaping) and Archaeology on Asia. In addition, being the son of the instructor of “Floral Design,” graduating with a Floral Design certificate, and being a student of the Alabama Master Gardeners curriculum, Mickey has a well-established history in the botanical and landscaping industries.

All materials provided.
Members $15, Non-members $20