It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

“Nothing is more precious than life” – Happy Birthday Linnaeus!

Carl Linné was born today for 300 years ago. Numerous celebrations have already taken place around the world but the main events are concentrated to the current week in Sweden. The Imperial couple is among the guests, since Thunberg, one of Linnaeus apostles compiled the Japan’s first flora after traveling to Japan in 1775.
My flight to Sweden is for tomorrow.


Please note, that the Summer BI-courses start on the week of June 4th with a nice selection of required and elective courses.


Information for the Wildflower Festival in Crested Butte. (Click the picture to enlarge.)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Café Botanique ~ Summer-Fall registrations

Café Botanique lecture schedule for June - November has been posted. Please remember Angela Overy's talk on Thursday May 17. Café Botanique is open for everybody and no pre-registration is required.

Summer - fall registration kicked off yesterday and especially the June classes seem to be filling fast. Required classes' list for June - August can bee seen here and the electives' list here.

Submission deadline for the Wildflower Festival 2007 is May 25.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Over the weekend of May 18-20 (Friday to Sunday) we are offering Composition for Botanical Illustration at The Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins. This is a wonderful opportunity to concentrate in one of the mainstays in the Botanical Illustration. The traditional 5-week course is compressed in 3 days with the equal amount of teaching hours (15). Composition is one of our required classes and does not have any prerequisites. For registration, please click here . Summer-Fall registration starts Monday, May 14th.

Monday, May 7, 2007

Schlumbergera x buckleyi, 2007 (detail, enlarged)

Carbon Based Art - Contemporary Botanical Drawings by Julie Sprinkle

4-31 May, 2007 at Raven's Nest Coffee, 330 North Institute, Colorado Springs (for hours and directions, call 719-632-3433)


Botanical Illustrators, Please NOTE:

Margaret Flockton Award 2008.

The award is open to artists producing scientific illustrations of a high standard and might be something for you to apply.

Aristolochia gigantea by Lesley Randall, University of California at Davis, USA (First price 2007)

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Café Botanique Thursday May 17, 2007

Denver Botanic Gardens - Morrison Center
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Sex in Your Garden
Intimate Affairs Between Plants and Pollinators
By Angela Overy

The basic science of flower pollination by bees, hummingbirds and some unexpected vectors is shown with beautiful photography and a humorous touch. Discover why flowers evolved with different colors and shapes, and why they bloom at various times of the day or season.

Angela Overy is an award winning author and artist who lectures on flower pollination all over the country. Her popular presentations demonstrate a whole new way of looking flowers.

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Program. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. Café Botanique meets every first and third Thursday of the month, each time with a different topic relating to the Denver Botanic Gardens exhibits and Botanical Illustration classes.
There is no admission fee and pre-registration is not required.

Refreshments will be served.