Friday, September 23rd, 11am-1pm

Back by popular demand!

Derek Norman has been working with the MBG Friday Sketch Club as well as teaching classes. The current focus of the artists is on native trees throughout the Gardens and the development of a florilegium to serve as a record of the plant collections here at the Gardens. What began as a tour for this botanical artists group has now grown into what we are calling the first of the SEED Celebration series – a Special Expert Education Day. Throughout the year we will be announcing special presentations given by experts traveling through the area or, as with this occasion, programs that developed naturally. For our very first SEED Celebration, Fred Nation and Bobby Green will lead a walking tour of the Gardens to highlight the many native trees that can be found on the grounds. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes as we will be traversing various types of terrain. We will have bottled water and bug spray available for those who are registered to attend. REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Free to MBG members / $5 NonMembers

Please contact the office to register for this walk and talk. Limited space!
251-342-0555 or email us.

Pollinator Plant Sale

Come out and find some wonderful additions for your garden that will attract beautiful butterflies and help grow the pollinator population! We will be holding our Pollinator Plant Sale on Saturday, September 24th from 9am – noon.

This will be an old fashioned sale in the parking lot with wagons full of plants and Nita sitting under the tent with a cash box! Our MarketPlace is still under construction, and we can’t hold the sale up top (don’t think the wedding folks would appreciate that) – so we are setting up in our lower parking lot area. Watch for us as soon as you turn on Pat Ryan Drive. Great plants AND the Butterfly Girls (Fairn and Suzanne) will be with us, ready to share lots of great information about our Gulf Coast butterflies!

photo credit: Brad Boland

Here’s a quick list of some of the plants we will have Saturday:

Asclepias curassavica (blood flower)
Asclepias curassavica ‘Silky Gold’
Broccoli Arcadia
Broccoli Blue Wind
Broccoli DeCicco
Broccoli Santee
Broccoli Spigariello
Butterfly Milkweed in quart pots
Cardinal Spears 5 gallons – big plants with nice blooms
Centrathemum intermedim
Citrus
Cuphea ignea
Cuphea leave ‘Mary’s Bat Flower’
Firecracker plant gallons
Firetower (Clerodendrum paniculatum) gallons blooming and 5 gallon blooming
Fleshy milkweed in quarts
Gloxinia evita
Gloxinia sylvatica
Hellianthus angustifollus ‘Mellow Yellow’
Herb – Basil
Herb – Lemon Balm
Herb – Oregano
Herb -Thyme
Justicia leonardi
Malvaviscus arboreus
Mexican heather gallons
Mexican salvia
Odontonema strictum
Paw paws (seedlings)
Plumbago auriculata ‘Imperial Blue’
Ruella brittoniana ‘Katie’
Ruellia elegans
Russelia equisetiformis gallons
Russelia sarmentosa gallons
Salvia coccineum ‘Forest Fire’
Salvia elegans
Salvia leucantha (white Mexican salvia)
Salvia mexicana ‘Lime Light’
Salvia purpurea
Salvia uliginosa
Salvia X Indigo Spires
Turks turban hibiscus
Turnera ulmifolia
Wavy leaf milkweed in quarts

Wednesday, September 21st, 10 – 11:30am
Come share the excitement of attracting butterflies to your garden! Join the butterfly girls as they explain the special relationship between the Monarch butterfly and the Gulf Coast. Learn how to attract not only the Monarch to your garden, but also 10 or more other local species. Learn to distinguish a host plant from a nectar plant and how to garden with native plants. Stunning videography and photography will enhance identification of local butterflies and their host and nectar plants. Depending upon availability, actual butterflies, caterpillars, and chrysalises will be on display. Please email or call (251-342-0555) to register.
Free for Members / $10 Nonmembers

Many of you might have seen Brad Boland walking around the Gardens and getting upclose and personal with all of the plants and wildlife. Starting this fall, Brad will be teaching Macro and Closeup Photography classes that will help you to capture the world around you.

Future classes to be offered by Brad Boland at MBG- Dates TBD

Introduction to Close Up and Macro Photography
This class is intended to provide an overview of macro photography equipment, Shooting modes that work best, composition for close up shots, and a photowalk in the garden. (2 hours)

Shots that Work: Macro Photography Settings and Composition
This class provides a more advanced look at good starting points for DSLR closeup photography, how to adapt the settings in different lighting, and do’s
and don’ts of composition. An hour and a half photowalk will follow the class. (2.5 hours)

Photowalk (DSLR and a basic understanding of the mode dial settings is required ­ If not, Best to take the class, “Shots that Work,” first) Walk the garden together
practicing the best ways to compose and shoot various flowers, insects, and other creatures. (2.5 hours)

Drab to Fab: Basic Lightroom Editing
(a laptop with a recent version of Lightroom is required) Bring out and light up the subject and make photos pop with color.

 

Please email the office if you would like to be notified when dates are set.

 

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

9/15/2016
The premiere was a great success! There will be a second showing of the movie at the Crescent Theater on Sunday, September 25th at 4pm. Tickets may be purchased at the Crescent Theater or through their website.

SOLD OUT!

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.

No paper ticket will be issued, instead your name will be on our guest list for the night of the event.

Brought to you by the generosity of:
Andrew Saunders
Erin Wheeler
Charmaine Anthony and Kirsten Kraljevic
Donna and Joe Camp
Elizabeth Downing
Helene Hassell
Kitty and Mike Meshad
Carlos and Harold Parkman
Greer and David Wilhelm
Cheryl McCormick-Hann—EdwardJones

Watch the beautiful movie trailer below!

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.