classes in the morning, field trip in afternoon. We will travel in vans approximately 45 minutes to the Arboretum and spend the afternoon there (about 3 hours) and come back to Montreat in time for dinner
Our breakfast buffet is served from 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. in the Galax Dining Room. Is breakfast your favorite meal of the day? Then you're in for a treat this week! Breakfast options change each day, but will incorporate lots of your favorites. Biscuits and gravy, French toast, pancakes or waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, hash browns, oatmeal (and not the packaged kind either), and lots of others. Standard offerings include fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, granola, baked pastries, orange juice (and another juice option). Fresh coffee or hot tea will start your morning off right!
We begin our week with two instructional classes: Wildflower Identification and Nature Journaling. A review of plant taxonomy (plant structures, bloom patterns, leaf specifics) will be given using images of NC Wildflowers. Primary families, defining appearances (monocots/dicots), and flower parts will be discussed. In Nature Journaling, we will consider various techniques and styles of journaling, seeing the importance of capturing thoughts and images while in the woods. A refreshment and fellowship break will happen between the two morning classes.
lunch 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Immediately after lunch, we will board our vans for our field trip to the NC Arboretum. We will wander various trails where will exercise our new identification skills and have opportunities for journal writing and reflections. Our field trip encompasses some of the 434-acre public gardens located within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest (The bonsai display is always a favorite.) Our visit to the Arboretum will allow us to experience a part of the legacy of Frederick Law Olmstead, “the father of American Landscape Architecture.” Developed on property that was originally owned by George Vanderbilt and part of the Biltmore Estate, the arboretum is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.
dinner at the Assembly Inn. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
7:00 to 8:00, "Fun in the Mountains," Glenn & Evelyn Bannerman games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship movie on a big screen