In case you missed this 3-part series with Derek Norman the first time, we will be offering it again beginning this Fall.
All classes last 6 weeks and are held on Fridays from 10am – 1pm
Members: $125
Non-members: $150 (consider becoming a member!)

WORKING WITH GRAPHITE PENCIL: September 2nd – October 7th
If you have long held the desire to learn how to draw then this class is for you. And also, for those who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level.

During this 6-week course, each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to recognize and create form by understanding the importance of structure, surface texture and light as “value”. Feel the magic of creating “value” as your flower drawing slowly emerges and comes to life with shape, form, depth and dimension.

WORKING WITH COLORED PENCIL: October 28th – December 13th
*note* two week break after November 18th class
For those who simply wish to take their drawing skills to a higher level and those who continue to explore the world of botanical drawing and painting – this class is specifically designed for you!

Students will progress through sound accurate observation and the fundamentals of proportional drawing technique to an understanding of working with color and colored pencil. A step-by-step process will allow the
student to more fully understand the application of color and color blending be it colored pencil or watercolor.

As the class progresses each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture and color perspective

WORKING WITH WATERCOLOR: January 13th – February 17th
This class is designed as an introduction to the botanical art of painting in
watercolor using the Six-Color-Palette.
Here is an opportunity to develop and further refine your understanding
of basic color, color mixing and sound color selection through a step-bystep
approach. Learn to paint wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry and how to apply a
“glaze”, a “wash” and classic English “dry-brush”. Students will progress
to working with botanical specimens as they build confidence and proficiency.

As the class progresses each student will engage in drawing plant specimens as they learn to apply color to hot press paper and understand the importance of structure, surface texture and color perspective

About our Instructor –
Derek Norman and his wife, Ursel, are members of MBG and they are new to our Gulf Coast community, having moved here from Chicago. Derek was born, bred and educated in England before he moved to the States. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

REGISTRATION
Select the appropriate class link below to register online. You may also register calling or stopping by the office (Wednesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm)
If you choose to register online and are a member please email the office for your discount code (please include the class that you are interested in)

Botanical Art I: Graphite Pencil

Botanical Art II: Colored Pencil

Botanical Art III: Watercolor

Written and Produced by Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich
A story of the Monarch, its vanishing habitat and its unique relationship to the Gulf Coast

Premiering Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at the Crescent Theater

Mobile Botanical Gardens is proud to present the “eclosure” of a stunning visual story of the monarch butterfly and the effect of vanishing milkweed on its future. The gala, benefitting Mobile Botanical Gardens, starts at 7pm at the Larkins Music Center at 257 Dauphin Street with a Champagne and Dessert Reception. The premier of the film will follow at the Crescent Theater, with the introduction of the film by Fairn Whatley and Suzanne Damrich.

Tickets $50 per person, pre-purchase required – Limited number of tickets available!
Tickets may be purchased through the MBG office or at our online shop.

Consider Being a Sponsor!
$250 Level – 2 tickets to the event and listing as a sponsor on marketing materials, MBG emails and at the Crescent Theater
$500 Level – 4 tickets to the event and listing as a sponsor on marketing materials, MBG emails and at the Crescent Theater
To Sponsor this event, click here.

Watch the beautiful movie trailer below!

Bill Finch will be back with an 8 week Gulf Coast Gardening Course from Wednesday, August 3rd through Wednesday, September 21st

Afternoon class runs from 1-3PM
Evening class runs from 6-8PM

Bill has expanded the course to include more of what you need to know to successfully garden in our unique Gulf Coast area. This is a fun, hands-on class and you get Bill’s undivided attention!

Members: $150 (code applied at checkout)
Non-members $180

– includes all instructional materials, hands-on learning opportunity, garden tours and fabulous snacks.

MEMBERS! Don’t forget to use the special class discount code that you receive in your newsletter! For Questions regarding the class or member class code, email us at the office. Please be sure to include the name that your membership is listed under.

Register and pay online here

Bill Finch, our gardening guru, will be the instructor for this 8 week course

Bill Finch, our gardening guru, will be the instructor for this 8 week course

Friday Afternoons (2pm -4pm) in the Gardens weekly
.
Enjoy an informal afternoon of drawing,taking inspiration from the Gardens’ setting.
An open studio with advice and encouragement offered by Derek Norman.
Please bring your own drawing supplies. Come when you can.

FREE to Members
Non-members will pay admission of $5 to the Gardens

Derek Norman was born, bred and educated (mostly by experience) in England (BFA) and America as an exchange student (great experience).

Since arriving on these shores he has learnt to speak American and drive on the wrong side of the road.
With a fine art background and following a career in advertising, marketing and communications Derek Norman found an avocation in drawing and painting the native flora of the Midwest. Finally, avocation became vocation.

A longtime designer, creative director, television producer, educator, teacher, lecturer and faculty adviser at Columbia College, Chicago and at the School of the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, Illinois. Also, founder and former Principal of the Midwest Center for Botanical Documentation.

Co-author (with Ursel Norman), and designer/illustrator of six cookbooks (William Morrow, New York & Harper/ Collins, London). And various newspaper columns – Look & Cook (Pioneer Press, Chicago),
Greenfingers (Chicago Tribune), Woodland Wildflowers, Plants at a Glance and Prairie Plants (Pioneer Press, Chicago).

A former elected member of the London Creative Circle and the Royal Society of Artists and Designers, London. He is the recipient of many design and professional awards. His graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical drawings have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

Derek Norman together with his wife Ursel, nowadays, are happy to reside in Olde Towne Daphne, Alabama.

Gingers are wonderful plants for a tropical look during our hot and humid summers – and are root hardy! From the dramatic Curcuma elata – Giant Plume gingers to the short Kaempferias that make a good summer groundcover with their decorative foliage there is a ginger for most shady places in your yard. Some, like Curcuma “Khymer Orange” are also suitable for container planting so you can move them to enjoy their long-lived blooms!

You can explore our selection of Gingers that are for sale on our Online Catalog. Shop Now!

All plant orders are for PICKUP only – the Pickup Day for orders will be Saturday, August 6th at MarketPlace. More Gingers will also be for sale on the day of Pickup.

If you have lost your online member discount code, please email us. It is also written on your membership card that you received in the mail.

And here’s an archive from Bill Finch for a refresher course on Gingers for the Mobile Area.

Also take a look at Tim Chapman’s talk on Gingers that was held here at MBG a couple of years ago!