Dr. Alain Touwaide from the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions will be in the Los Angeles area to discuss the healing herbs of antiquity and to explore the therapeutic benefits of nature. Presentations will be held at UCLA and at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

    The Healing Herbs of Antiquity
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Royce Hall, Room 306
    University of California Los Angeles
    5:00 PM

    Dr. Alain Touwaide is the Scientific Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.

    Believing that ancient cultures would not have invested time and energy into medical formulas if they were not effective, Touwaide researches medical traditions from the ancient world through today.

    This special lecture will start from the observation that the medicinal plants and diet of ancient Greece are relevant to present-day medicine. Touwaide will explore sources for the discovery of the therapeutic and dietetic legacy of Ancient Greece, and ask “What do we actually know about the healing herbs of Antiquity?”

    Please RSVP to Yarell Castellanos by April 21, 2015
    (310) 825-0913

    This lecture will be presented by David Schaberg, the Dean of Humanities at UCLA. A reception will follow. Parking in Lot 4 for $12 (cash only).

    Gardens for Health: A Walk Through History

    Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
    Rothenburg Hall
    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    2:30 PM

    For centuries people have recognized the therapeutic benefits of nature and gardens. Alain Touwaide will explore the relationship between humans and nature. Learn about Pompeii, Constantinople, Baghdad, Cordoba, Granada, and Padua, as well as early manuscripts illustrating the relationship between humans and nature.

    No reservations required
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ArtPlantae is proud to be one of many national partners celebrating National Environmental Education Week (EE Week). This year the EE Week theme is Greening STEM: Surrounded by Science.

In the past, special guests have stopped by to visit with us during EE Week. Together we’ve learned about water, Nature’s sounds, the blue of the artist’s ocean, and many other topics.

This year ArtPlantae will lead EE Week-related activities at venues in Riverside and Orange counties. On Earth Day itself, you’ll find ArtPlantae at Earth Night in the Garden, a popular family event held in the Mission Grove area of Riverside. Upcoming events include:

    Muir & Mockel: Drawing California Plants

    La Quinta Museum
    La Quinta, CA
    April 17, 2015
    3-4 PM
    John Muir was not the only naturalist to document the flora of California. An equally passionate east coast artist documented desert wildflowers of the Coachella Valley. You are invited to learn more about this long time resident of Twentynine Palms. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, “Nature’s Beloved Son: Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy”
    (March 29 – May 31, 2015). FREE

    Take a Break from Technology

    Discovery Session at Green Scene
    Sunday, April 19, 2015
    1:00 – 1:45 PM
    Capture images of your favorite plants without a camera. Turn off your electronic devices and explore the plant collections at the Fullerton Arboretum with a No. 2 pencil. Free with admission to Green Scene.
    What is Green Scene?

    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    450 E. Alessandro Blvd.
    Riverside, CA
    April 22, 2015
    3-7 PM
    Learn about “Plants, Life, Riverside”, an interpretive project about plants in urban settings. FREE
    More about Landscapes Southern California Style

    A Visitor’s Guide to the Palm Garden

    Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton
    Thursday, May 21, 2015 (10 am – 1 pm)
    Learn about the Arboretum’s plant collections and begin an illustrated guide to the Arboretum. No art experience necessary. Garden enthusiasts, first-time botanists and first-time artists welcome! Participants should bring to class one mixed-media sketchbook (9” x 12”) to use as their personalized guide to plants. Participants should also bring with them a small folding camping stool (or artist’s chair) to use out in the garden. Art supplies provided.
    $28 members, $35 non-members
    Limit: 12

    Pollination Ecology for Young Naturalists

    Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton
    Saturday, May 23, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm)
    Young ecologists (ages 12+) will learn about plant-pollinator relationships and learn how to record observations like field artists. Participants will receive a field journal to record their observations.
    $25 members, $20 non-members
    Limit: 15

    Pollination Ecology for Young Naturalists

    Thursday, May 28 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
    This class is for young ecologists (ages 3-5) and one parent/guardian. Young ecologists will learn about plant-pollinator relationships and will receive one copy of the coloring book Colorful Edibles. Fee covers one child/adult pair.
    $22 members, $18 non-members

    Pollination Ecology for Young Naturalists

    Fullerton Arboretum at CSU Fullerton
    Saturday, May 30, 2015 (10 am – 12 pm)
    Young ecologists (ages 12+) will learn about plant-pollinator relationships and learn how to record observations like field artists. Participants will receive a field journal to record their observations.
    $25 members, $20 non-members
    Limit: 15

Register for EE Week

Educators are encouraged to register for National Environmental Education Week. The benefits of registering include toolkits, free webinars and networking with other educators across the country. Learn More


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Kathleen McKeehen, Scientific Illustrator

Kathleen is a teacher and freelance illustrator. Her work has appeared in Organic Gardening Magazine and The Herb Companion. View Kathleen’s artwork in the ASBA Members’ Gallery or at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’
Science-Art.com. Kathleen welcomes both beginners and advanced students to her classes.

    Painting the Produce Section
    June 27-28, 2015
    9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

    In this two-day workshop with illustrator Kathleen McKeehen participants will learn about washes and dry-brush techniques botanical illustrators use to paint realistic fruit and vegetables. Beginning artists are welcome and encouraged to attend. Participants with experience in watercolor painting will have the opportunity to work with challenging subjects.

    Kathleen McKeehen is a freelance scientific illustrator who teaches botanical drawing and painting at her studio in Indianola, WA, at Gage Academy of the Arts in Seattle and at The Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, WA. Kathleen’s painting of Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone) is featured in Today’s Botanical Artists by Cora B. Marcus and Libby Kyer (2007).

    2-day workshop without lodging $225
    2-day workshop with lodging $540

    Lodging option includes two nights lodging at the Methow Valley Inn with continental breakfast. Contact the Confluence Gallery to register.
    (509) 997-ARTS

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The	Illusionists (detail)	© 2013 Mara Lonner, All rights reserved. (latex paint, ink on wall	with	framed reduction	print, 96"	x 212" x	2”)

The Illusionists (detail)
© 2013 Mara Lonner (latex paint, ink on wall with framed reduction print, 96″ x 212″ x 2”), All rights reserved

The California oak and Western meadowlark are the focus of this exhibition, which includes textile drawings created by Mara Lonner as well as monoprints and a wrap-around wall painting created specifically for the show.

The work for Mara Lonner: So much, nothing began with a conversation between Lonner and Kimball Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who said the most critical threat to native birds in this region is the loss and fragmentation of natural habitat.

The riparian and coastal tidal wetlands, oak savannahs and grasslands that once constituted the local landscape have been mostly destroyed by development. Resident species of native birds, once abundant in these habitats, have declined in population and/or left the area. Although migratory birds may fly through Los Angeles County on their way to other environments to nest and flourish, this region has become “negative space” for these animals.

The pieces in Lonner’s exhibition correlate the missing birds and native habitat. Her exhibition will be on view at the Theodore Payne Gallery through June 27.

Lonner will teach a nature sketching workshop related to her exhibition. Learn how to see and record nature in this special workshop for beginning artists.

    Sketching from Nature Workshop for Beginners
    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Develop drawing and observation skills in this two-session class. All materials will be provided. Participants should bring lunch, a hat and a water bottle. Limit: 12. Registration ends May 15, 2015. TPF Member $70, Nonmember $90
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About Theodore Payne

Located on 22 acres of canyon land, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc. was established in 1960 and is dedicated to the understanding, preservation and use of California native flora.

Cara Fertitta is a plant ecologist studying the overlap between plant community ecology and agroecology by investigating the impact community gardens have on the environment.

Learn about Cara’s interesting project and investigate ideas to help blend art, botany and urban agriculture into your programs or classrooms.

More about urban gardens and the environment

Canna ‘Phaison”, Amaryllis ‘Candy Cane’, Onoclea sensibilis “Sterile Rebirth”. All images © 2014 Carol Ashton-Hergenhan

Canna ‘Phaison”, Amaryllis ‘Candy Cane’, Onoclea sensibilis “Sterile Rebirth”. All images © 2014 Carol Ashton-Hergenhan

Carol Ashton-Hergenhan
reveals the beauty of plant life cycles in
Florescence, Senescence and Regeneration: The Work of Carol Ashton-Hergenhan.

This exhibition will be on view at Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia from
June 12 – July 2, 2015.

Twenty-Two Gallery states:

This show continues (Carol’s) exploration of the cycle of plants from Florescence when the plant attracts pollinators to continue its species, through Senescence as the aging plant struggles to continue its own existence in preparation for a future generation, to Regeneration, when the species starts anew and the cycle begins again.

Carol is an artist and Master Gardener with a passion for plants. Her work has been featured in numerous botanical art exhibitions. Her painting of Allium sphaerocephalon (Hairy Drumstick Allium) is currently touring the country in Weird, Wild & Wonderful, a traveling exhibition curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists. In 2014, her paintings of Viburnum dentatum (Southern Arrowwood) and Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum) were published in the book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic written by Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment.

The popular Contra Costa Master Gardener Great Tomato Plant Sale expands to two locations this year. If you’ve been inspired by the heirloom tomato by
Asuka Hishiki on the cover of the “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” catalog, here is your chance to find something weird, wild and wonderful for your own garden.

This year the Great Tomato Plant Sale will feature 58 proven varieties of heirloom plants. Contra Costa Master Gardeners propagate their plants using only seeds from open-pollinated varieties that breed true. Start your shopping now by downloading the list of tomato varieties and the list of pepper varieties to be sold at this year’s sale.

You have two opportunities to look for goodies this year. The first opportunity occurs on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at “Our Garden”, the Contra Costa Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden in Walnut Creek, CA (map). The second opportunity occurs the following weekend on April 11. On this date you can visit the sale at “Our Garden” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or shop for heirloom plants at AdamsCrest Urban Farm in Richmond from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (map). The sale in Richmond will feature tomatoes better suited for cooler climates. Both plants sales are family-friendly educational events.

Bring your own boxes or wagon. Cash or check only, please.

Celebrate Spring!
Look for that weird, wild and wonderful plant too tempting to ignore.

Visit The Great Tomato Plant Sale


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