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Contribute to the Dendrological Atlas Project

Contribute to the Dendrological Atlas Project

Every so often there comes into your life a reference work of such monumental scope and execution that you are initially rendered speechless. This is such a work…

— Roy Lancaster, Royal Horticultural Society, United Kingdom

In 1971 botanist Zsolt Debreczy and botanical illustrator Vera Csapody (1890-1985) launched the Dendrological Atlas Project at the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Their aim was to create an illustrated Dendrological Atlas of the temperate zone’s woody plants. Photographer and botanist István Rácz joined the team in 1976 and, after documenting woody plants in Europe, they expanded their work to include Caucasus, West Asia, North Africa and North America.

From 1991-2004 the Dendrological Atlas team traveled to temperate zones in both hemispheres and worked tirelessly to document tree species in their native habitats.

More than 30 years of research have resulted in two publications, “Conifers Around the Earth” (2000) and “Conifers Around the World” (2011). These publications were created to raise funds for the Dendrological Atlas. The atlas will consist of eight volumes. Volumes 1-4 will focus on gymnosperms and include detailed botanical illustrations and color photographs. Volumes 5-8 will focus on flowering plants and will also include illustrations and photographs.

Normally shipped from Hungary, Conifers Around the World is now available at ArtPlantae and shipping from California. Proceeds from sales of this title support the Dendrological Atlas Project and its team of botanists and botanical illustrators.

What’s Inside

Conifers Around the World is a two-volume set featuring 1,089 pages, 474 range maps, nearly 1,300 illustrations and more than 3,700 color photographs.

Volume 1 addresses
Conifer identification and morphology, conifer families and genera, conifers from Europe, North Africa, Anatolia, Macronesia, Continental Asia and Hainan, Japan and Adjacent Islands, and Taiwan

Volume 2 addresses
A bark gallery featuring 648 photographs, range maps, a glossary, and descriptions of conifers from North America, Mexico and Central America, West Indies and Bermuda, Chile and Argentina, Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.

Conifers Around the World
is an award-winning book accessible to both laypeople and scientists. It has received the following awards:

    Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries
    Outstanding Contribution to the Literature of Horticulture or Botany, Technical Interest Category 2013

    California Horticultural Society
    Writer’s Award 2011
    Zsolt Debreczy & István Rácz

    California Horticultural Society
    Editor’s Award 2011
    Kathy Musial

    California Horticultural Society
    Photographer’s Award 2011
    István Rácz

    California Horticultural Society
    Publisher’s Award 2011
    Dendro Press, Ltd.
    Budapest, Hungary

Conifers Around the World
is available at ArtPlantae.
$250.00 + $12.65 shipping (shipping weight 16 lbs)

More about Zsolt Debreczy

Zsolt Debreczy is the Research Director of the International Dendrological Research Institute and has held this position since 1990.

Do you have the Book of Leaves (2010) by Allan Coombes in your library? If you do, then you are already familiar with Zsolt’s work. Zsolt edited this guide to 600 of the world’s great trees.

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The oldest non-profit on the Monterey Peninsula, the Lyceum of Monterey County is expanding its botanical art program by adult and family classes to the extensive list of hands-on learning opportunities they provide for Monterey students.

If you live in the Monterey area and are interested in classes about botanical art and nature journaling, visit the Lyceum website to view their current schedule. Here is a class with Nina Antze that will be offered later this month:

Drawing Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil

Autumn is the perfect time to explore colored pencil techniques with all the beauty of the changing leaf colors, seed pods, gourds and berries. Their unique colors provide the opportunity to practice mixing and layering color. Learn to create rich reds, browns and purples, and explore a variety of colored pencil techniques including burnishing and impressed line. Leaves and other natural materials to draw will be provided, or you may bring in your own beauties.

  • Ages: Teen – Adult
  • Dates: October 26, 2013
  • Hours: 10:00am – 3:00pm
  • Instructor: Nina Antze
  • Fee: $80 (half off additional family members)
  • Size: Limited to 8 students
  • Register Online

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Northern California.

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Autumn colors at Tower Hill Botanic Garden are the focus of these classes with artist, Helen Byers.

Here is the latest at Classes Near You > Massachusetts:

Helen Byers

Helen Byers is an artist and educator with a background in literary and educational publishing. Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited in solo and group shows in the West and East and are held in various private collections. Her illustration credits include six children’s books and six literary book covers. She teaches courses and workshops in botanical drawing and painting, as well as field sketching and nature journaling, to students at all levels.

For more information about Helen Byers and her work, including slide shows from her courses, visit www.helenbyers.com.

    Autumn Leaves: Botanical Painting in Watercolor
    Wednesdays, October 9, 2013 and October 16, 2013
    10 AM – 3 PM
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

    In this two-day workshop, Helen will discuss and demonstrate contemporary botanical watercolor techniques. Students will work with single autumn leaves. They will learn how to sketch for accuracy and practice color mixing and painting techniques. All levels welcome.
    Cost: $100 nonmembers, $90 members

    For information and to register, email education@towerhillbg.org,
    or call 508-869-6111.

    Seeds and Gourds: Botanical Art in Colored Pencil

    November 9 – 10, 2013
    11 AM – 4 PM
    Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

    In this two-day weekend workshop, Helen will demonstrate how to draw and paint late-fall seedpods and colorful gourds using colored pencils. Students will learn how to create detailed drawings in layers, using regular and water-based colored pencils. All levels welcome.
    Cost: $100 nonmembers, $90 members

    For information and to register, email education@towerhillbg.org,
    or call 508-869-6111.

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Attention teachers, naturalists and artists near Dallas Center, Iowa!

The Leaf Lab at the Brenton Arboretum will open on August 20, 2013 and will be open every Wednesday from 1-4 PM through November 13, 2013. Visitors to the lab will learn about leaf morphology and plant identification. They will also be able to compare leaves in their personal collections to leaves in the lab and to leaves on the trees in the Arboretum’s living collection.

Cost: $5 lab contribution per visit

Learn more about the Brenton Arboretum, their classes and other services at www.thebrentonarboretum.org. Follow them on Twitter (@brentontrees) and Facebook.

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Focus on Foliage
September 10-14, 2012
10:30 – 4:00 PM
Five-day workshop for experienced botanical artists led by RHS Gold medal winner, Angeline de Meester. Includes instruction from guest tutors Liz Leech and Martin J. Allen. Participants will visit the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the Natural History Museum. Cost: £625 (incl. VAT), inclusive of lunch, transportation to gallery and museum, and entry fees.

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About The English Gardening School

Located in London, England, the English Garden School offers professional and amateur courses in garden design, practical horticulture, plants and planstmanship, and botanical painting.

This information can also be viewed at Classes Near You > England.

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Mindy Lighthipe’s 30 Days, 30 Leaves Challenge

On October 1, natural science illustrator and author, Mindy Lighthipe launched a 30-day challenge. Her primary objective is to learn about the plants of Florida by drawing one leaf from a different plant each day. Joining Mindy on her 30-day adventure are members of the Botanical Artists Group on Facebook.

On Day 1 Mindy outlined her objectives for the month. On Day 2, she wrote about her visit to Kanapaha Botanical Garden and discussed leaf anatomy. On Day 3, she painted a leaf from her datura plant. Then yesterday, she shared her experiences using the Icarus Drawing Board, a tool she learned about at the 2008 conference of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

What is she doing today?

Go to www.botanicalpainting.com to find out!

The leaves Mindy creates for her 30-day challenge are available for purchase at her Bugs, Beasts & Botanicals store on Etsy.


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Make note of the following updated information at Classes Near You > Iowa:

Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center

The Brenton Arboretum is a 140-acre arboretum established in 1997 featuring 2,600 trees and shrubs. Most of the more than 175 species of trees and shrubs are organized by species to ease learning and to emphasize the importance of trees in our world. The event schedule for 2011 includes:

  • Founder’s Tour of Trees – Saturday, September 10, 2011; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Discover the beauty of trees and shrubs with founder, Buz Brenton. This walking tour is free for children and members. View a list of trees and shrubs in Brenton Arboretum’s collection online. Non-members, $5 per adult. Please contact the Education/Outreach Director to register or call (515) 992-4211.
  • Leaf Collection Identification Workshop – Wednesday, September 21, 2011. Drop-in between 2:00- 4:30 PM
  • Make A Leaf Collection Book
    Saturday, September 24, 2011; 9-12 AM.
  • Second Annual Leaf Collection Exhibition
    Sunday, November 6, 2011; 1-4 PM.

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