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Acclaimed Botanical Illustrator and Paper Engineeer to Lead Workshops at Chicago Botanic Garden

Adriana Reyneri
(847) 835-6829, direct

Release Date: 
Thursday, March 13, 2014

GLENCOE, Ill. (March 13, 2014)Wendy Hollender, author, instructor, and accomplished botanical artist, will lead a two-day workshop on the grisaille painting technique at the Chicago Botanic Garden in April. Her visit is just one of the wide-ranging gardening, art, wellness, and nature classes offered by the Joseph Regenstein, Jr. School of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Hollender’s illustrations have been exhibited at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History. She’s written several books, including Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide To Mastering Realistic Form And Naturalistic Color. Her latest is a collaboration called Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook. (Foraging is a walk on the wild side of the local and sustainable food movement.) Hollender’s workshop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27. For fees and registration click here.

Chicago artist Shawn Sheehy, a paper engineer who produces children’s and limited edition pop-up books, greeting cards, and more, will lead workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, for beginners, and Sunday, April 6, for more experienced students. Sheehy, whose latest collectible volume is dedicated to heirloom vegetables, will focus on pop-up paper veggies during his April workshops. For fees and registration click here.

Fergus Garrett, head gardener at the legendary Great Dixter English country garden, will share his approach to creating vibrant plant color combinations in a talk titled “A Conversation on Color” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday, March 24. Garrett is known for mixing saturated and unsaturated colors, and contrasting hues for maximum effect. He also uses undulating shapes, contrasting textures, and strong architectural features for highly stimulating gardens. Garrett will be joined by local plantsman Roy Diblik, author and owner of Northwind Perennial Farm in Burlington Wisconsin, for a discussion after his lecture. For fees and registration click here.

Diblik will share the innovative design approach outlined in his new book, The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden,in a workshop from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. For fees and registration, click here. Diblik will also lead an interpretive walk through the Garden from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. For fees and registration, click here.

Strategies to save the monarch butterfly will be the topic for this year’s Janet Meakin Poor Symposium from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, June 6. Members of the Make Way for Monarchs Alliance for Milkweed and Butterfly Recovery will present collaborative, science-based strategies to avert the demise of the monarch. Speakers will include Gary Paul Nabhan, co-author of The Forgotten Pollinators; Lincoln Brower, a preeminent monarch ecologist; Chip Taylor, director of Monarch Watch; Scott Black, executive director of Xerces Society; and several others. Fee is $59, or $79 with lunch. 

Here’s a sampling of other diverse Adult Education offerings. Fees and registration are required for all events:

  • Poultry Palooza:  The morning class tells you what you need to know to raise chickens in your back yard, while the afternoon session covers basics of building a safe and comfortable coop. Jennifer Murtoff, of Home to Roost Urban Chicken Consulting, leads both workshops, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23.
  • iPhone Photography: Explore some of the better-known apps for the iPhone, and gain instruction in using the apps to enhance nature photography. iPhones are mandatory. The class will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, May 31 and June 7.
  • World Environment Day Climate and Weather Update: WGN’s chief meteorologist, Tom Skilling, and climate expert Don Weubbles will discuss the latest climate and weather information as part of our World Environment Day activities. The session will close with questions from the audience. The event takes place from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 7.
  • Father’s Day Canoe Adventure: Participate in a rare opportunity to canoe the scenic lakes of the Chicago Botanic Garden. No experience is necessary; instruction, canoes, life jackets and paddles are provided. Select from the following times 9 a.m., 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, or Sunday, June 15.
  • The Front Yard Forager Workshop: Enter the world of urban foraging. Garden weeds pack nutritional punch and can be made into delicious meals. The class, designed to make foraging fun, easy, and accessible, runs from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20.
  • Vitamin G: Mindful Walking Class: Everyone needs a regular does of “Vitamin G,” a term referring the unique benefits of being surrounded by nature. Mindful walks in the Garden might be just the antidote for the stresses of modern life. Sessions take place from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on five Wednesdays, from July 9 to August 6.
  • Gardening for Birds and Butterflies: Expert advice on selecting annuals and perennials, locating plants and adding other garden elements to attract birds and butterflies to your garden. The class takes place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 12.

For a full listing of Adult Education classes, including our popular yoga and tai chi series, visit:


Editors, please note: For digital images, contact Julie McCaffrey at (847) 835-8213 or at

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