Saturday, September 30th
9am – 1pm
at Mobile Botanical Gardens

Gulf Coast Herb Society Member: $30
Non-members: $35


Special Speaker Felder Rushing, the Gestalt Gardener
“Stress-Free Gardening with Herbs”
– Growing easy culinary and other useful herbs through all seasons and senses.

Includes Tasty Herb Treats, Lunch, Door Prizes, Shop the Tents, Enjoy the Herb Demos

Registration Opens August 15th – Make checks payable to GULF COAST HERB SOCIETY

 

Saturday, October 28

Members $50
Non-members $65

Explore the Splinter Hill Bog with Fred Nation and discover the many unique and fascinating plants that grow there. Depart by bus from MBG at 9am and return around 3pm. Lunch will be included.


Fred Nation is a field botanist, environmental consultant, free-lance photographer and writer, who lives in Daphne, Alabama with his wife Maureen. Fred teaches various seminars on habitats and ecosystems for Weeks Bay Reserve and conducts workshops on invasive exotic plant controls and plant identification for the USDA Forest Service, The Cooperative Extension System, and Weeks Bay Reserve. He has identified and nominated 25 Alabama State Champion Trees.

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 your camera and your camera manual.

Take a look at Julie Andel’s website!

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


DATES:
June 8
July 13
August 10
September 14
Wednesday, October 11
November 9
December 14

 

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

Friday Afternoons (2pm -4pm) in the Gardens weekly
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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.