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UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
March 7 – 29, 2015
10 AM – 4 PM
Free with garden admission

You’re invited!

The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley invites you to learn more about the world of natural fibers and dyes. From traditional uses to inspired future innovation in eco-fashion and textiles, a walk through our exhibit illuminates the connection of culture with nature.

Upcoming workshops about fibers and dyes:

  • Savoring the Seasonal Color Palette of Spring: Slow Food Meets Slow Textiles with Natural Dyeing (more info)
  • String from Sticks (more info)
  • Colors from Nature (more info)
  • Papermaking with Michelle Wilson (more info)
  • Drawing Inks with Plant Pigments with Judi Petitte (more info)
  • Chemistry of Plant Fibers and Dyes with Margareta Sequin (more info)

MK_TOS 2015_4x9_Page_1 The New York Botanical Garden opened its annual orchid show this weekend. This year the theme is The Orchid Show – Chandeliers. This year emphasis is on the aerial beauty of orchids. Orchids are presented in hanging baskets, living columns and a huge star-shaped chandelier filled with hundreds of plants.

Planned events include orchid care demonstrations, classes, poetry readings, ballroom dancing, music, cocktails, and a screening of the film, “Vanilla: The Sacred Orchid”.

The New York Botanical Garden is once again extending a 20% discount to readers. Use code 7111 when you purchase an All Garden Pass online.

An All Garden Pass includes the following benefits:

    Admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock Garden (April-October), Tram Tour, Garden grounds, and all exhibitions and public programs on the day of your visit.

Offer valid only when code 7111 is used online at nybg.org. Valid for visits made February 28, 2015 through April 19, 2015. Offer subject to availability. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or previously purchased tickets. Discount may be modified or withdrawn with prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.

Helen Byers Botanical Art Workshops 2015 Helen Byers
Helen Byers is an artist and illustrator who is active in several genres and mediums. She was born in Brazil, grew up in northern California and Mexico, and now lives in Massachusetts. She qualified for the PhD in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara and taught literature and writing at the college level before moving to the Pacific Northwest to work as a freelance literary editor. After moving to Boston in 1988, she embarked on a career as an author, illustrator, and editor for educational publishers.

Since 2013, Helen has turned full-time to her lifelong love of art, teaching botanical drawing and painting in Massachusetts at Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston), the Concord Art Association, and Fruitlands Museum (Harvard). She is also a regular instructor in New Mexico, at Ghost Ranch (Abiquiu), where her courses include a field-sketching workshop focused on high-desert fauna and flora, co-taught with biologist Janet Darrow.

    Sensuous Succulents: Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
    March 14–15, 2015
    10 AM–4 PM

    This workshop will celebrate the forms and features of succulents—xerophytic plants that need little water because they store it in their cells. Join us to learn and practice using colored pencil to record the intriguing textures, colors, and contours that you see. Our goal will be more to learn from small-scale studies than to produce finished works, and we’ll spend extra time on color layering and blending. All levels welcome.

    TO REGISTER: email education@towerhillbg.org or call 508.869.6111

    Introduction to Botanical Illustration

    Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Albany, New Hampshire
    May 23–25, 2015

    This exciting new three-day workshop will cover the basics of botanical illustration in graphite, ink, colored pencil, and watercolor. Amid Tin Mountain’s scenic setting in the White Mountains we will explore conventional uses and effects of each medium and technique. Indoors, our plant subjects will be provided; outdoors, we’ll see what we may find! Relaxed sessions, daily demos, and plenty of individual attention. Some drawing experience helpful.

    TO REGISTER: email cblodgett@tinmountain.org or call 603.449.6991

    Flowering Trees & Shrubs: Botanical Drawing & Painting

    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
    May 30–31, 2015
    10 AM–4 PM

    Take another look at textures in this two-day workshop focused on woody stems, shiny leaves, and delicate petals. Discover what beautiful and detailed effects you can achieve, working in layers with colored pencil or watercolor. Try both techniques, or concentrate on one. Will your subject be a rhododendron or weigela, dogwood or magnolia? You and Mother Nature will decide! All levels welcome; drawing experience helpful.

    TO REGISTER: email education@towerhillbg.org or call 508.869.6111

    Botanical Drawing & Painting: Plants of the High Desert

    Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center, Abiquiu, New Mexico
    June 15–21, 2015

    The unique altitude and climate of Ghost Ranch’s 20,000+ acres host a surprising diversity of trees, shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. In this spectacular setting, learn and practice two illustration techniques for rendering them artfully and accurately. Relaxed classroom sessions will be devoted to detailed work in colored pencil and watercolor, drawing and painting in layers. Field excursions will offer chances to locate and identify plants in several habitats. Instructional demos, individual attention, and inspiration from “the land of enchantment” will combine to make this an unforgettable week! All levels welcome.

    TO REGISTER: Register online or call 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or 4121

Information about Helen’s classes have been posted to the Classes Near You pages for Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New Mexico.

This week the featured article for the Plants, Life, Riverside project is also the featured article for this week's teaching and learning column.

Today we learn about legumes, soil science, a soil science kit for teachers and an affordable guide to drawing science.

Find out how you can download classroom resources by reading the current installment of Plants, Life, Riverside.

Anne-Marie Evans will teach a two-week course about botanical drawing and composition this Fall. Here’s the latest at Classes Near You > Virginia!

Botanical Artists for Education & The Environment

The Botanical Artists for Education & The Environment (BAEE) is a non-profit organization in Falls Church, VA created by a dedicated group of botanical artists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Members wrote and illustrated American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

    Botanical Watercolor Class By Anne-Marie Evans

    Anne-Marie Evans returns in September 2015 to Falls Church, Virginia, to teach another of her popular classes in botanical art. Class space is limited. Classes expected to fill quickly.

    This two-week class will concentrate first on gaining intimate familiarity with the plant, sketching it from many different aspects while striving for botanical accuracy. Then, students will practice various arrangements using the individual sketches to make an effective composition. Finally, they will proceed to paint application, using Anne-Marie’s six-step method. We regret that we cannot accept registration for a single week.

    This two-week session will be held September 21 – 25, 2015 and September 28  – October 2, 2015 (10 am – 3 pm, daily).

    Columbia Baptist Church, Room 100
    103 West Columbia St
    Falls Church, VA 22046

    $1,100 – Not refundable unless the class is cancelled or someone takes your spot.  
    A $100 deposit will hold your place. Balance due by August 1.

    For more details see Classes page on the BAEE website.
    Questions? Please contact BAEE.

By Bonnie Driggers, BAEE

In early 2014, the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) published American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. The book has met with good success over the past year, particularly among people interested in gardening and the environment as well as in botanical art. It is sold at Monticello; the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Shop in Richmond, Virginia; Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia;  the New York Botanic Garden; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; as well as at other gift and garden shops. 

Don’t wait to get your copy!

The book is available from Amazon and from the publisher at www.starbooks.biz for both retail and wholesale purchases. Please direct all questions about this title to BAEE.

‘American Botanical Paintings’ Wins Awards

baee_USA_awardAmerican Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic is the winner in the Home and Garden category of the 11th Annual USA Best Book Awards. Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington Books, Harlequin, McGraw-Hill, Llewellyn, Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Missouri Press, White House Historical Association, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, American Bar Association and hundreds of independent houses.

The BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic was awarded a Distinguished Technical Communication award in the 2014 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter’s Summit Competition for Technical Communication.

The BAEE website also won a Distinguished Technical Communication award.

More botanical art news from Virginia today!

Artist Linda C. Miller will teach workshops at Williamsburg Botanical Garden. Linda will also teach at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC.

Linda C. Miller

Linda is a botanical artist from Virginia and the artist in residence at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. Learn more about this special honor. Linda teaches in North Carolina and in Virginia. Visit Linda’s blog, Botanical Art Today to learn about her classes and upcoming gallery appearances.

    Adult Plein Air Painting and Sketching
    Williamsburg Botanical Garden
    Saturdays in 2015: March 28, June 27 and October 17
    Time:  10 am to 11:30 am
    Bring your chair, an easel, a sketchpad, or a nature journal and get to know the seasons!  Artist Linda Miller will kick off each session with a botany overview for artists.  Then take your gear out to the garden to paint and sketch for an hour or two or even the entire day.  Rain or shine. A $5 donation to WBG is appreciated.
    More about Williamsburg Botanical Garden

    Adult Introduction to Botanical Painting

    Williamsburg Botanical Garden
    Saturday, April 25, 2015 (Rain Date, Saturday May 2)
    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Working with a dogwood bloom drawing created by the artist, participants will learn to mix with primary colors and paint using three key watercolor techniques.  All materials provided by the artist. Limit: 10. Fee: $40. To register, contact Linda Miller.
    More about Williamsburg Botanical Garden

    Spring Botanical Watercolor Workshop

    The Elizabethan Gardens (Manteo, NC)
    April 28-30, 2015
    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
    Use your artistic skills to illustrate and create a botanical portrait working with flora from The Elizabethan Garden’s greenhouses and grounds.  Learn basic drawing skills, observation, and watercolor techniques to create a botanical painting.   Beginner to Advanced welcomed!
    Materials list provided by Linda Miller.
    More about The Elizabethan Gardens

    Two Day Workshop Option: $100.00 member, $120 non-member
    Three Day Workshop:  $150.00 member, $180 non-member
    To register, call The Elizabethan Gardens at (252) 473-3234.

    Children Botanical Sketching Program

    Williamsburg Botanical Garden
    10:00 – 11:30 AM
    Learn how to observe and draw stems, leaves, and flowers from the garden! All materials donated by the artist.  Ages 8-16. Limit: 15. A $5 Donation to WBG is appreciated.  Registration required by May 7, 2015. To register, contact Sherry.

    Private Lessons: Botanical Watercolor

    Williamsburg, VA
    Custom sessions designed for you, your interests and current projects. Limited to four participants per session. Contact
    Linda Miller for more information.

    Half Day Session:
    9:30 AM – 12:30 PM or 12:30-3:30 PM (Fee: $75 per person)

    Full Day Session:
    9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Fee: $125 per person)

This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > Virginia.


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