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Gardens branching out through classes

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ROCHELLE B. BIRKELO
January 20, 2012
— Want to stir up some new, healthy meals this winter to spice up your dinner menu?

Been searching for ways to alleviate some of the stress in your daily life?


Have you thought about taking up a new hobby just to see how creative you can get?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, cross one or all of them off your list by calling Rotary Botanical Gardens Education Coordinator Kris Koch and registering for some of the gardens' latest program offerings.


The classes are part of a new adult education series titled "Healthy Mind & Body," which stresses the importance of physical, mental and emotional health in our daily lives.


Twelve programs have been scheduled so far," Koch said. The goal is to have a series' program at least once a month through the end of the year.


Topics and instructors are chosen through June. Details of remaining programs will be released later.


Koch said she has received many ideas from visitors' suggestions and that she welcomes others.


"One might think the botanical gardens are for horticulture education only," Koch said. "But if you look at education catalogs for botanical gardens, they offer yoga, meditation, art and all sorts of things like that.''


In addition to developing skills such as basket weaving, classes also release a person's creative spirit, Koch said.


"People work, work, work, work, work and never take time to sit back and recharge; especially now with the economy when there is even greater pressure," she said. "So these classes are important for people to take a break and recharge their batteries in a bunch of different ways."


That's why the health-conscious gardens staff collaborated to create this series—to release stress so people can refocus on what's important, Koch said.


"This is a place to learn, even if you're not interested in plants, and a way to try something you've never done before in a great environment," she said.


HEALTHY MIND & BODY SERIES

Advance registration is necessary to take part in the new adult education series at Rotary Botanical Gardens, 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville. Program topics, dates and costs are listed here:


-- Reinventing Winter Comfort Foods/Demonstration and Tasting: 10 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 21. Cost is $10 for gardens' friends and $12 for the general public. Advance registration is past due, but if you call ahead and there is still room, more students will be allowed.


-- Create the Life you Want: 1 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 29. Cost is $27 for RBG friends and $30 for the general public. Advance registration due by Jan. 25.


-- Basket Weaving/Friendship Basket: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Cost: $36 for RBG friends and $40 for the general public. Advance registration is due by Jan. 24.


-- Wet-Felt Artists Landscape Workshop: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, with artists Leani Schoor and Nancy Reineke.


-- Healthy Mind & Body: Not Your Kids' Crayons Art Workshop: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, with Jen Punzel. Cost: $35 for RBG friends and $40 for the general public. Advance registration due by Feb. 25.


-- Secretly Healthful Cooking for your Kids and Family: 1 to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 15, with Stephanie Agnew. Cost: $10 for RBG friends and $12 for the general public. Advance registration due by April 9.


-- Basket Weaving/Garden Basket: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, with weaver Jan Knutson.


-- Meditation with Katy O'Brien: 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays, May 15 and 22 and June 5 and 12.


-- Concrete Leaf Workshop: 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, with artists Leani Schoor and Nancy Reineke.


To register or get additional information, call Kris Koch at (608) 752-3885, Ext. 17, or email kris.koch@rotarygardens.org. Registration information for several programs will be released at a later date.



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