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ArtPlantae
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ArtPlantae is an educational blog written for artists, naturalists, and educators pursuing interests in botany, botanical art, and environmental education. Celebrate Earth Day and National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at the following locations:

    Be a Botanist-Explorer
    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Follow in the footsteps of botanist-explorers and learn how to observe and document plants while sketching in the gardens at Sunnylands. Participants will be introduced to the history of botanical illustration and the fascinating world of plants. Participants are invited to bring their own sketchbooks. Sketchbooks should not be larger than 9” x 12”. Alternatively, a clipboard with printer paper works wonderfully too. A folding stool or camping stool to use in the garden is suggested, but not necessary. Pencils will be provided.
    Fee: $10 per participant. Space is limited.

    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Register Online


    Desert Institute
    Joshua Tree National Park Association

    Old School House Lectures
    Twentynine Palms, CA

    Learn about Henry R. Mockel, an East Coast artist and former resident of Twentynine Palms who recorded desert life in his sketchbook and who is known for his illustrations of desert wildflowers. The Old School House Museum is located at 6760 National Park Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. (Map & Directions)

    Friday, April 14, 2017
    Lectures begin at 7:00 pm
    Fee: $5 at the door


    Earth Night in the Garden

    Western Municipal Water District Demonstration Garden
    Landscapes Southern California Style
    Riverside, CA
    (Directions)

    Celebrate Earth Day 2017 at this wildly successful family event hosted by the Western Municipal Water District (WMWD). Environmental education organizations and environment-friendly businesses will each host an activity. There will also be photo opportunities with Drippy the Water Drop, Pam the Lady Bug, Ribbit the Frog, Mother Nature, and Mr. Bumble Bee. The WMWD garden is located at 450 E.Alessandro Blvd, Riverside, CA.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    3:00 – 7:00 pm
    FREE


    Family Day at Sunnylands

    Sunnylands Center and Gardens
    Rancho Mirage, CA
    www.sunnylands.org

    Kick-off National Environmental Education Week with ArtPlantae at Sunnylands. This annual Family Day event is dedicated to the wonders of nature and science. There will be exploration stations about birds, insects, monarch butterflies and other animals. ArtPlantae will host two botanical art stations — one for children and one for adults. See you there!

    Sunday, April 23, 2017
    9:30 am – 2:00 pm
    FREE


    Henry Mockel’s Desert Wildflowers

    Fullerton Arboretum
    Fullerton, CA
    www.fullertonarboretum.com
    Finish National Environmental Education Week by learning about Henry R. Mockel, an East coast artist known for his paintings of California desert plants. In 1917 he published “Mockel’s Desert Wildflower Notebook,” a book featuring descriptions and illustrations of 133 desert plants. Learn more about Henry and begin your own wildflower notebook while sketching in the Arboretum’s Desert Collection. Participants should bring a mixed media sketchbook no larger than 9” x 12”. Class fee includes selected art supplies. Fee: $60 non-members, $50 members

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    1:00 – 4:00 pm
    Register Online


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Shasta Daisy. © Nancy Wheeler Klippert. All rights reserved

Shasta Daisy. © Nancy Wheeler Klippert. All rights reserved

The Legacy of Luther Burbank,
A Gallery Show

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sebastopol, CA
September 11 – October 25, 2014

Fourteen Sonoma County botanical artists will show paintings of plants from the Luther Burbank Experiment Garden in Sebastopol and the Luther Burbank Home & Garden in Santa Rosa. The paintings were created in colored pencil on a variety of papers and films. The colored pencil paintings feature botanically accurate portraits of selected plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers and trees created through Burbank’s experiments. The artists worked directly with specimens at both locations and have created a “florilegium” of Burbank’s work in Sonoma County. Learn more about Luther Burbank’s legacy.



You’re Invited!
Wild Black Cherry. © Suzanne Cogen. All rights reserved

Wild Black Cherry. © Suzanne Cogen. All rights reserved


An opening reception will be held on Thursday,
September 11, 2014 from 6-7:30 PM at Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, CA (see map).

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday 1-4 PM

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The Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park

www.joshuatree.org
Joshua Tree National Park is in Twentynine Palms, CA. This 800,000 acre park is home to 750 species of plants, five fan palm oases and geological features. Visit the park’s website to learn more about the park and its botany class and field classes for families.

    Botanical Drawing with Ink on Clayboard
    October 4, 2014
    8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
    Cynthia King will teach you how to capture the details of the desert with ink using both additive and subtractive drawing techniques on clayboard. Draw and scratch details that you observe on the board. Artistic level: Beginning to Advanced. Students will be responsible for providing their own supplies.
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    Meet at:
    Black Rock Visitor Center
    9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd., Yucca Valley, CA
    Fee: $60 for JTNPA/PINE members, $70 nonmembers


    Light & Color: Oil Painting in Joshua Tree National Park

    November 2, 2014
    9 AM – 4 PM
    Diane McClary will teach fundamental plein air painting techniques while immersed in the beauty of the desert. She will demonstrate the method behind her unique use of color and her approach to color harmony in the field. There will be plenty of time for individual instruction, questions, and review during this pleasant and easygoing class. No previous experience required, just come to relax, enjoy, and paint. Students will be responsible for providing their own painting supplies. This class will be held in the historic homestead, Keys Ranch.
    View Details / Register

    Meet at:
    Joshua Tree Visitor Center
    6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    Fee: $60 for JTNPA/PINE members, $70 nonmembers


    Watercolor Painting in Joshua Tree National Park

    November 16, 2014
    9 AM – 4 PM
    Anahita King, artist and instructor, will help students shift the desert scenery to paper with watercolor paint. Participants will learn basic methods for transforming nature into art through techniques that maintain color clarity and high quality value differences with glazes, washes, wet-on-wet, and dry brush. This pleasant non-intimidating class provides ample time to relax, investigate and paint. Participants need to bring their own art supplies.
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    Meet at:
    Joshua Tree Visitor Center
    6554 Park Blvd., Joshua Tree, CA 92252
    Fee: $60 for JTNPA/PINE members, $70 nonmembers

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Summer is coming, are you ready?

The Gardens at Heather Farm is excited to announce that its esteemed preschool Summer program,
Terrific Tuesdays, will be returning on June 17th!

Children and parents will enjoy up to 12 weeks of savory snacks, rousing read alouds, kid creative crafts, and spectacular science! Join us every Tuesday as we learn how to turn banana peels into lettuce, how to use the sun as our very own personal paint brush, and how to make nature journals to document our exciting new adventures.

Register now to reserve your spot and we promise to make this a worthwhile summer. Pre-registration required! Parents may choose from one of two 6-week program options (June 17 – July 22 or July 29 – September 2), as well as sign-up for all 12-weeks!

Questions? Comments? Cannot wait to join us?

Please do not hesitate to contact Mariel, the Youth Education Manager by email or at (925) 947-6712. We look forward to spending Terrific Tuesdays with you and your little loved ones!


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Did you know there was once a movement to create a large botanical garden in metropolitan Los Angeles?

The Kew Royal Botanic Gardens uncovered records and letters about this garden in their archives and writes about the garden on their website. They tell the story of California naturalists who started a non-profit organization and who purchased 3,200 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains. The organization planned to use 800 acres to create a public garden and research center. The remaining 2,400 acres were to be sold as residential property. The proceeds were to fund the garden.

Called the “California Botanic Garden”, the garden opened in 1928. The stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression forced the garden closed in 1935. The garden and the surrounding land was sold and both were eventually enveloped into what is now L.A.’s Brentwood community.

What happened to all the plants?
Find out in The Forgotten Garden on Kew’s website.



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The Gardens at Heather Farm will host their annual Mother’s Day event on May 11, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Gardens on 1540 Marchbanks Drive in Walnut Creek.

Relax and enjoy soothing music provided by InSteel Caribbean Steel Drummers.

Bring a blanket and have a picnic in the Meadow Garden, stroll along the winding paths of 24 unique gardens, or simply sit on a bench and soak up the natural beauty of the breathtaking surroundings.

Storytelling sessions will be held in the Gazebo at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. There will also be root beer floats for $3 and fundraising prizes. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

The craft activities for all ages and gift items for sale by local Bay Area artists are not to be missed!

All proceeds from this event support garden programs for youth, adults, and persons with disabilities.


Directions to The Gardens at Heather Farm

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Encelia Train. © Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Encelia Train. © Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Mary-Austin Klein is known for her exquisite small-scale paintings of the California desert that capture the light conditions unique to California. In her current exhibition at the Theodore Payne Foundation, she brings attention to human encroachment on native plant environments and desert landscapes.

Mary-Austin Klein is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s fourth Aritst-in-Residence. During her residency, she traveled to locations in Central and Southern California to gather material for a series of oil paintings interpreting the infringement of man on the California landscape. Klein explains what motivates her to bring attention to this topic:

The ability to contain vast and deep landscapes into small, flat paintings makes me feel like a wrangler of space. The power to capture the magic of the California

Chuparosa Anza,© Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Chuparosa Anza,© Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

desert and contain it within a frame is enthralling. It lets me transport the desert to others, sharing the beauty and promoting preservation of these vistas for future generations. Desert flora especially inspires me because of their toughness, resiliency and resourcefulness, when it comes to surviving the extreme conditions they call home.

The native Los Angeles artist has exhibited her work in galleries in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara and Joshua Tree. Her artwork and her advocacy efforts have been featured in The Guide to the Wild Mojave, a publication sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition, as well as in The Desert Trail and LA Architect magazines.

Klein’s current exhibition, The Native Edge: Human Encroachment on Native Plant Environments, will be on view in the gallery at Theodore Payne through December 28, 2013.

Directions to Theodore Payne Foundation

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