Exploratory Field Sketching

Calling all inquisitive minds! Do you enjoy wandering the Gardens and exploring fascinating plant species? Do you often wonder who pollinates certain plants? As a group, we’ll engage in discovery walks around the Gardens, observing the spring flowers that are just emerging. Each week, you’ll select one plant or flower that you find intriguing and you’ll create a series of field sketches to document every detail of your subject. Taking your findings into your studio, you’ll conduct research to identify the species, understand its taxonomy, and discover its scientific name and any information that you find interesting. Possible themes might include dissection studies, documenting unique anatomical features, describing the life cycle of the plant, exploring plant origin and ethnobotany, pollinator partnerships or any characteristic that captures your attention. Using this information, you’ll finish your page of field sketches at home to present in an informal storytelling session at the beginning of the next class. The class will include a tour of the Helen Fowler Library at the Gardens to explore resources for researching your subject.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I or entry-level botanical illustration in color media.


Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.



Mon, March 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker


Dates + Times

Mar. 25
Monday, 1:00 pm