Nature and Landscape Photography with Julie Andel

October 26th – December 7th (Thursdays*, 1pm-3pm)
Members: $125
Non-members: $150
*No class on November 23rd

Julie Andel, Instructor.

Learn how to capture the beauty that surrounds you! This six week course will cover topics such as camera settings, exposure, composition, photography tools, photographing gardens, a special module describing using smartphones or similar devices for photographing the garden, and critiques of photos. Each weekly class will have a 30 minute lecture with a power point presentation and be followed by an hour long garden walk to practice the methods or topics covered in the lecture. Julie will provide hands on training to the students during the garden walk.

The only requirement is to bring a camera with a manual setting.

Take a look at Julie Andel’s website!

Online sale throughout the month of July

Our Ginger sale and order pickup is on Saturday, August 5th at MarketPlace from 9am – noon

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.

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!

Aechmea gamosepala – Matchstick Bromeliad

Alocasia ‘Borneo King’

Alocasia ‘Mayan Mask’ – Dark Masquerade Elephant Ear

Aloe humilis ‘Andhogp’ –  Spineless Aloe

Alpinia formosana – Pinstripe Ginger

Alpinia galanga – Greater Edible Galangal

Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’ – Variegated Shell Ginger

Alpinia zerumbet – Shell Ginger

Alternanthera ficoidea ‘Party Time’

Amorphophallus konjac – Voodoo Lily

Billbergia saundersii  – Brazilian Bromeliad

*Bromeliad neoregella ‘Fireball’ – Dwarf Bromeliad

Bromeliad nutans – Queen’s Tears

*Clivia sp. – Orange Clivia

Colocasia ‘Maximus Giagante’- Giant Colocasia

*Costus barbatus ‘Red Tower’ – Tall Spiral Ginger

Costus comosus x productus ‘Pheonix’ – Spiral Ginger

*Costus pictus ‘Red Stem’ – Red-stemmed Short Spiral Ginger

Costus pictus – Painted Spiral Ginger

Costus spicatus –  Orange Spiral Ginger

Crinum asiaticum ‘Variegatum’ – Giant Variegated Crinum

Curcuma  ‘Garnet’ – Dwarf Garnet Hidden Ginger

Curcuma ‘Scarlet Fever’ – Scarlet Fever Hidden Ginger

Curcuma alismatifolia – Siam Tulip

Curcuma elata – Giant Plum Ginger

Curcuma inodora – Pink Hidden Ginger

Curcuma longa – Turmeric

Curcuma petiolata ‘Emperer’ – Variegated Hidden Ginger

Curcuma petiolata ‘Snow Drift’ – Variegated Hidden Ginger

Curcuma sp. – Hidden Ginger

*Curcuma x laddawan  – Pink Hidden Ginger

*Dichorisandra thyrsiflora – Blue Ginger

Elettaria cardamum  – False Cardamum

*Globba globulifera – Pink Globe Ginger

*Globba schomburgkii  – Dancing Girl Ginger

Hedychium ‘Anne Bishop’ – Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium ‘Ayo’ – Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium ‘Daniel Weeks’ – Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium ‘Dr. Moy’ – Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium ‘Elizabeth’ – Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium ‘Kinkaku’ – Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium chrysoleucum – Brush Ginger

Hedychium coccineum ‘Disney’ –  Brush Ginger

Hedychium coccineum ‘Orange Brush’ – Brush Ginger

Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’  –  Brush Ginger

Hedychium coronarium – White Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium flavum – Yellow Butterfly Ginger

Hedychium thyrsiforme – Pincushion Ginger

*Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Red Wave’

*Hibiscus rosa-sinensis ‘Snow Queen’

*Kaempferia ‘Grande’ – Giant Peacock Ginger

Kaempferia pulchra ‘Bronze Peacock’ – Bronze Peacock Ginger

Kaempferia pulchra ‘Silver Spot’ – Silver Spot Peacock Ginger

*Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata’

Monstera sp.  

Musella lasiocarpa – Golden Lotus Banana

Plumeria sp. – Assorted Plumeria

Scadoxus multiflorus – Blood Lily, Firecracker Lily

Strelitzia reginae ‘Orange’ – Orange Bird of Paradise

Tradescantia spathacea

Zingiber zerumbet – Shampoo Ginger

BOTANICAL DRAWING WITH COLORED INKS

July 14th – August 18th (Fridays 10am – 1pm)
Members: $125
Non-members: $150

Derek Norman, Instructor.

Drawing in Colored Inks offers the botanical art student the opportunity to discover the beauty of working with colored inks. Students will first be introduced to the classical tradition of working with sepia ink. Slowly migrating to the use of additional colored inks to realize a new and a fresh dimension in their work. For centuries classic botanical art has relied on pen and black ink to bring forth and reveal the rich botanical beauty and detail of plant species. With the availability of the new concentrated pigmented inks color adds a whole new ingredient to the presentation of plant drawings. Students will discover a whole new way of depicting color in plants to give your work added impact and vitality.

For questions or concerns regarding the materials list do please speak with Derek Norman.

Sale hours at MarketPlace: Saturday, June 10th, 9am – noon

If you love the beautiful water lilies and papyrus at the sugar kettle in WinterGarden, then we have some plants for you!

We will have:

– An Assortment of large to small lotus (Nelumbo ssp.), including our native lotus, Nelumbo lutea
– An Assortment of large to small hardy waterlilies, including a native species
– A few tropical water lilies
– White-topped sedge- Rhynchospora colorata
– Golden Club- Orontium aquaticum
– Alligator Flag- Thalia dealbata
– Calla lily- Zantedeschia aethiopica
Hibiscus moscheutos
Assorted Papyrus

Creating a Water Plants Garden Demonstration/Workshop: 10am

Instructor: Amanda Wilkins

Members $10

Nonmembers $15

Register

All workshop participants are entered in the drawing for a complete pond garden kit (pond liner, plants, pots, rocks — everything except the water) valued at over $200!

 

What’s Bloomin’ at MBG?
Second Thursday of each month at 10AM

Join Amanda for monthly presentations on the second Thursday of each month. Amanda will present on topics and/or lead groups on collection tours around the grounds and discuss the plants we have in bloom right now. She will share her best growing tips and if anyone can stump her on ‘Name That Plant’ — we will award a free plant to the stumper! Should be fun!

MBG Members – Free
Non-members – $10 at the door

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: October 13 – November 17, 2017   Register
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: December 8 – January 12, 2018    Register
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: February 2 – March 9, 2018    Register
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 by calling or stopping by the office (Wednesday – Friday, 9am – 4pm)
If you choose to register online and are a member please LOGIN to your account before adding the class to your cart.

Botanical Art I: Graphite
Botanical Art II: Colored Pencil
Botanical Art III: Watercolor

American Lotus Delta Tour

The boat is full!
American Lotus Delta Tour 

Saturday, June 17, 2017 
9am – 11ish with catered box lunch
MBG Members $50, NonMem $65

MBG has chartered the Osprey tour boat for a morning trip into the Mobile Delta during the peak bloom season for Lotus. This trip will be an opportunity for botanical artists, photographers, Delta enthusiasts and anyone just interested in taking a closer look at these beatiful flowers of the Delta. Limited seating, so don’t delay signing up for this great trip! Trip includes boat transportation, Guides, boxed lunch, and beverages (bottled water / sodas).

Crazy for the Red White and Blue!
A Six-Week Course: WEDNESDAYS 10am – 1pm from May 24 – June 28

MBG Members: $125
Nonmembers: $150

Register Online

A botanical art studio class designed for the student to create, during the six week
class, a series of three individual botanical flower drawings/paintings. Each work will
be inspired by a red, a white and a blue flower. And each student will have the
opportunity to work in the medium of their choice. From graphite, colored pencil,
gauache, watercolor, including English-dry brush to pen and colored inks. The resulting works will form the basis of an informal exhibition and a reception at the Mobile Botanical Gardens to celebrate 4th of July.

This is a class ideally suited for the beginning, intermediate and advanced
student. For the beginner it is an opportunity to discover the therapeutic and aesthetic
pleasures of drawing and painting from nature. And for the intermediate and advanced
student an occasion to further advance their individual drawing and painting techniques across a palette of challenging colors.

For questions or concerns regarding the materials list do please speak with
Derek Norman (uk1937@icloud.com).


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.

One Enchanted Evening

Thursday, April 6th, 7PM

Join us for a night of botanical delights and music…
Honorary Event Chairman, Ann Bedsole  –  Event Chairman, Brenda Huddle
Georgia Roussos Catering  –  Enen Yu accompanied by strings and piano ensemble

4/13/2017: What a wonderful night we had! We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful or enchanting evening. Special thanks again to all of our sponsors for the evening and the hard work of the One Enchanted Committee and MBG staff. Look for pictures of the event to be posted over the next couple of weeks.

Learn more about this fundraiser and see how the night turned out…

Gallery of Gardens

*Gallery of Gardens was a great success! Thanks to all of the amazing volunteers that made it happen!*

Friday & Saturday, May 19-20
10am – 4pm daily
$30/ticket day of

Explore nine charming private gardens (five courtyards, two small gardens, and two large gardens) in Mobile’s Historic Downtown Districts and discover new ideas for your own! Gardens in DeTonti Square, Oakleigh Garden District and Church Street East, all designed and maintained by their owners, will be on display this year. Local artists will be sketching and painting during the tour and Mobile County Master Gardeners will be available with plant lists to tell you what is growing in each garden. You may begin at any of the nine gardens on tour.