Botanical Art
Events & Workshops

Botanical art encompasses a range of styles and may take the form of scientific illustration or realistic drawing and painting of botanical subjects. Botanical artists seek to understand the structure of plants and to communicate this knowledge to their audience in an aesthetically pleasing manner. source:



Worldwide Botanical Art Day

"Botanical Art Worldwide" Lecture by Carol Woodin & "Out of the Woods" Botanical Art Exhibition Opening Celebration

Saturday, May 18
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. Demonstrations & Tours
4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Lecture "Botanical Art Worldwide"
5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception Celebration

In celebration of Worldwide Botanical Art Day, the Arboretum is honored to open the renowned "Out of the Woods - Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens, the Third ASBA/New York Botanical Garden Triennial" Botanical Art Exhibition. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is the final stop on a five city national tour of the show! All works in this international juried traveling exhibition of artwork by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists depict specimen trees among the living collections of botanical gardens and arboreta around the world. Forty-four artworks have been selected for inclusion, all depicting one of the planet's most important and beautiful resources.
  • Demonstrations & Tours
    3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    Join the Minnesota School of Botanical Art for intriguing real-time demonstrations and exclusive artist-led tours of the "Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens" Exhibit.
  • Lecture: "Botanical Art Worldwide"
    4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Carol Woodin, Director of Exhibitions, American Society of Botanical Artists
    Hear fascinating story of Botanical Art Worldwide, an international initiative documenting some of the world's greatest botanical diversity. Twenty-five countries over six continents joined together to reach new audiences through botanical art, each showcasing the wild beauty of their nation's native plants.
  • Reception
    5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Join us for celebration and conversation, plus additional tours! Admission includes this complimentary post-lecture reception of light botanical-infused treats and non-alcoholic beverages. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.

This exhibition is brought to you with generous support from Friends of the Andersen Horticultural Library. 

Limit 200, Oswald Visitor Center - MacMillan Auditorium

$10 member/$20 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


A Pair of Pears: Intro to Botanical Painting 2-Day Workshop

Wednesday, May 15 AND Thursday, May 16
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Marilyn Garber, internationally-acclaimed botanical artist/educator and founder of art schools 

Beginner, no experience necessary 
Bring-Your-Own; see supply list

Have you always wanted to try your hand at botanical watercolor? Do you love plants and admire botanical art wondering "how do they do that?" Join Marilyn Garber, founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, for this rare introductory class in botanical watercolor. Working from your own pear specimen which will be waiting for you in class, you will learn techniques used in traditional English botanical watercolor painting using a limited palette of six colors. 
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 15, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

Sold out. Add your name to the waitlist, we will contact you if a spot opens!
$179 member/$199 non-member
, includes Arboretum admission. Supplies not included, see supply list.


Botanical Watercolors with Wendy Brockman

Saturday, June 1
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wendy Brockman, Award-winning botanical painter, professional nature artist and long time instructor

Intermediate to advanced
Bring-Your-Own; also bring a completed drawing on hot press watercolor paper (5" x 7" or smaller) and your plant specimen. See supply list.

Through discussion, demonstration, handouts and individual instruction, Wendy will assist and guide you as you learn to create structure, form and detail using botanical watercolor painting tips and techniques. Apply your new skills as you work through class to finish your piece (5" x 7" or smaller). Gather inspiration during a brief class tour of the "Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens" exhibit.
Note that lunch is not included; please bring a bag lunch from home or plan to purchase in the Arboretum Cafe.

Limit 16, Oswald Visitor Center - Azalea Classroom

$79 member/$99 non-member, includes Arboretum admission


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Out of the Woods 
Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens, the ASBA/NYBG Third Triennial

May 9 - Aug. 13, 2019

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - Reedy Gallery
This juried traveling exhibition features forty-four artworks, from artists from all over the country, and depicts one of the planets most important and beautiful resources. Learn More

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