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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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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.

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© Beverly Allen, all rights reserved Born Sydney, Australia, 1945
. Doryantes excelsa (Gymea Lily), Watercolour on Arches paper
 39 x 28 ins (99 x 71 cm)

© Beverly Allen, all rights reserved
Born Sydney, Australia, 1945
. Doryantes excelsa (Gymea Lily), Watercolour on Arches paper
,
39 x 28 ins (99 x 71 cm)

The Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery invites you to view new works in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

Botanical art has for centuries been closely linked to exploration, travel, and adventure, aiding and inspiring scientists in their quest to understand the natural world. The best botanical artists have always combined technical skill in producing a faithful likeness of a specimen with their own artistic flair.

The Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery is delighted to host an exhibition of new works by 18 outstanding contemporary artists in Work from Botanical Artists in the Collection of Dr. Shirley Sherwood: Celebrating 25 Years of the Collection. This exhibition will be on view April 23 – May 30, 2015. All works are for sale.

Interested in plants and art since childhood, Dr. Sherwood earned her undergraduate degree in botany from Oxford University and her D.Phil working in a team which discovered the important drug Tagamet.

She started the Shirley Sherwood Collection in 1990, and it now includes 900 paintings and drawings, representing the work of over 240 contemporary artists from 30 countries around the world. Alongside curating exhibitions of works from her collection specially hung for the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, she has exhibited her collection in many other prestigious locations including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, the Marciana Library in Venice and the Real Jardín Botánico Madrid. She has also written six books and many articles on botanical art.

The Sherwood family have all generously supported Kew with the building of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, the only purpose-designed botanical art gallery in the world. The gallery opened in April 2008, and has between 2 – 3,000 visitors a week. Awarded the OBE for services to botanical art in early 2012, Dr. Sherwood is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, was awarded the Veitch Memorial Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society and is an Hon. Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Artists participating in this exhibition are: Beverley Allen, Francesca Anderson, Phansakdi Chakkapak, Annie Hughes, Ingrid Finnan, Monika de Vries Gohlke, Coral Guest, Mieko Ishikawa, Rachel Pedder-Smith, Kate Nessler, Brian Poole, Jenny Phillips, Rosie Sanders, Jessica Tcherepine, Carol Woodin, Fiona Strickland, Susan Ogilvy, Susannah Blaxhill.

The Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery is open Monday – Friday (10:00 am – 6:30 pm) and Saturday (11:00 am – 4:00 pm). Admission is free.

Celebrate 25 Years of the Shirley Sherwood Collection!

Visit Jonathan Cooper Park Walk Gallery

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Download guidelines, entry form

Download guidelines, entry form

The UCR Botanic Gardens invites local artists to take part in the annual Primavera in the Gardens Poster Art Contest.

The artwork of the two first-place winners will be used as the artwork for Primavera. First-place winners will each receive four tickets to this annual food, wine and art event. Second-place artists will each receive two tickets to the event.

Original artwork will be accepted for two categories: 1) Photography and
2) Other Media. This contest is open to all artists. The only stipulation is that all original artwork must be of the UCR Botanic Gardens and be no smaller than 11″ x 14″.

Did you take a show-stopping photograph of a plant or landscape scene from inside the Garden? Do you have a drawing or painting of a plant in the UCRBG collection of which you are especially proud?

Download the entry form and submit your original artwork to the Primavera Poster Contest. Submissions are due March 6, 2015.


Download Guidelines & Entry Form

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Join Margaret on the island of Fiji!

The information below has been posted to Margaret’s main listing at
Classes Near You > Canada and on the new page for Fiji.


Margaret Best

www.bestbotanical.com
Margaret Best is an award-winning artist and respected teacher. Her artwork has been shown in many exhibitions about contemporary botanical art and is featured in the book, Today’s Botanical Artists, by Cora Marcus and Libby Kyer. Margaret teaches in Canada, England, Bermuda, Italy, Morocco, Fiji, South Africa and the United States. Her work is held in both public and private collections, including the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Margaret teaches both watercolor and colored pencil.


    Botanical Art Workshop with Margaret Best

    September 19-26, 2015
    Daku Resort

    Learn botanical art in the morning and take part in afternoon excursions to experience Fijian culture. This seven-day botanical art holiday will be based at Daku Resort and includes plenty of time for relaxing and painting at your own pace.

    Visit local shops, villages and an organic herb garden. Explore Flora Tropica Botanical Gardens, learn about palms and coconuts and experience Fijian culture.


    Program Includes
    :

    • 
Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.

    • 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities

    • Breakfasts, lunches and dinners
    • 
Workshop fees
    • Lectures and excursions as indicated


    Program Excludes 
Travel
    :

    • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
    • 
Optional activities not listed on the program
    • 
Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips
    • 
Meals taken in transit at the airport


    Cost
    :
    $1,700 US (single room)
    $1500 US (twin share room)
    $830 US (non-painting partner)


    Travel Information
    :
    Fiji Airways flies directly to Fiji from Los Angeles and Vancouver.


    View Photos & Itinerary



    About Fiji

    The Republic of Fiji is a country in the island region of Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. Explore this part of the world below:

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By Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators

The booth of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) at the Philadelphia Flower Show (February 28 – March 8, 2015) will feature an exhibition of more than 35 precise paintings and on-going demonstrations about how botanical paintings are created. Demonstrations will be held daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Both the exhibition and the demonstrations are by the 75 local members of the PSBI.

“At the Show, we try to portray the glory of nature both accurately and attractively. We take seriously the quote from Keats of ‘Beauty in truth, truth in beauty.’”, says Judy Simon, Exhibition Chairperson.

The title of the PSBI exhibition is “Holly, Wood and Vines,” reflecting the flower show’s theme “Celebrate the Movies.” The Philadelphia Flower Show will open with “Lights, Camera, BLOOM!”. The PSBI exhibition will complement the opening event with glitzy gold and silver frames. The artwork in this year’s exhibition have names such as “Up Close and Personal” (for an enlarged specimen), “Bad Actor” (for an invasive plant), or “Blonde Bombshell” (for a yellow dahlia or tea rose).

The exhibition will feature only original artwork. Society artists spend many hours, weeks, and even months creating each piece. They take great care to make certain their depiction of the plant, flower, fruit or vegetable is faithful to nature, as well as being a thing of beauty, something to be passed down with pride to future generations.

Founded in 1997, the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators have participated in the flower show since 1998.

Public demonstrations are part of the PSBI mission to educate the public about the intricacies of botanical art. It is an art form that is a tradition, particularly in the Philadelphia area where John and William Bartram founded and illustrated North America’s first botanical garden in the 18th century.

For more information, check the PSBI website (PSBI-art.org), Twitter (@PSBI_artists) or contact Sarah Maxwell.


Visit Philadelphia Flower Show

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Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)

Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)

Abloom in the Desert
Art and Rare Books Exhibition
Joel Quimby Exhibition
Lloyd Library and Museum
Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 26 – March 21, 2015

The Lloyd Library and Museum invites you to Abloom in the Desert.

Rare and unique volumes from the early 17th century to the present on cacti and succulents from the Lloyd Library’s botanical book collection are now on view. These books explore the earliest accounts of cacti, including early medicinal uses. Learn how the cactus got its name and learn how cacti are used for decorative purposes. Discover the diverse variety of species in this group of plants while enjoying the Lloyd’s indoor cactus garden.

Desert Walk by Joel Quimby

Desert Walk by Joel Quimby

Then explore the deserts of Saudi Arabia through the photographic eye of Joel Quimby, as he shares his visual documentation of time spent in the Middle East.


About Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period. Their mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life. For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

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