Workshops and Lectures


Summer-Fall 2015 Workshops

Horticulture workshops are held at Barnes Arboretum, Merion campus. Contact Horticulture Education and Programs Manager Nicole Juday: 215.278.7373.

The Art and Nature of the Garden Sketchbook
Fridays, September 11, 18, 25 (3 classes)        
10 am–12:30 pm
Barnes Arboretum, 300 N. Latch’s Lane, Merion, PA
Instructor: Jeff Charlesworth
Learn various graphic techniques that go beyond traditional record-keeping to record and enrich your observations about the natural world and your garden. Using graphic illustration (pencil, watercolor, and other media) and principles of landscape architecture, create a beautiful and valuable reference to inspire you, help you see more creatively, and make you a better gardener.
$105; members $94* 

Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

Design with Confidence! A step-by-step approach
September 25, 2015 (Start of 3-class workshop)        
1–3:30 pm
300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, PA
Instructor: Jules Bruck, APLD
Designing a garden should be fun, but it can easily become overwhelming. By learning to measure your garden space, put it on paper, make design decisions, and communicate your ideas using quick landscape graphics, you’ll save money, time, and back pain. Students practice landscape design and plant combination skills to get a boost of gardening confidence.
$105; members $94

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

Contemporary Botanical Illustration
Thursdays, October 1–November 19 (8 classes)
1–4 pm
Instructor: Marylyn Waltzer, certified botanical instructor
Using both pencil and watercolor, develop the skills to create highly detailed, expressive, and accurate botanical compositions. Learn how colors interact in watercolor and explore floral structure, form, and elements of composition. All levels welcome.
$360; members $324

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Wednesdays, October 28–December 16 (6 classes)
1:30–4 pm
Instructor: Richard Bitner, horticulturalist
Explore the world of evergreen and deciduous conifer plants, ranging from shrubby dwarfs to towering trees. Focus is on the major coniferous genera, emphasizing identification, growth patterns, and landscape use. Through classroom lectures, examination of cut specimens, and field observation, learn about conifers for larger landscapes, as well as dwarf or slow-growing cultivars for smaller gardens,
$210; members $189

Register online or call 215.278.7200.

Holiday wreath workshop
Friday, December 4, or Saturday, December 5
10:30 am–noon
Instructor: Rachel Burlington, Barnes gardener
Learn simple techniques to transform a selection of fresh-cut evergreens, pods, cones, and berries from the Barnes Arboretum into a wreath embellished with unusual decorative elements inspired by nature. More beautiful than anything commercially available, your custom wreath will last well beyond the holiday season.
$88; members $79

Register online for December 4 or December 5 or call 215.278.7200.


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