North American Crop Wild Relatives: An Agricultural Family Tree

As wolves are to dogs, crop wild relatives (CWR) are to agriculture. These wild and weedy plant partners are a valuable genetic resource used to breed new crop cultivars and improve existing crops to fight crop diseases, pests and climate change challenges. Learn about these fascinating botanical ties and develop a visual “family tree” of your chosen crop wild relative and its relationship to a familiar food crop. Your research will illustrate a compelling story of the plant’s history and its challenges and benefits. Put the pieces together to create a captivating and educational botanical composition in mixed media.


Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil II, Botanical illustration in Pen and Ink I.


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



Mon, June 3, 10, 17, 24, July 1, 9 a.m. – noon

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi


Dates + Times

Jun. 3
Monday, 9:00 am