Coming Soon

To learn more about an upcoming class - click on the class name. To view all of our classes, tours and events, select one of links located in the column on the right. 


Plein Air Class w/Melissa Gannon

Wednesday, August 2, 9:30am-noon

Celebrate the summer with wonderful paintings! The class will focus on how to choose a subject, address perspective, and use shapes, colors and values to create wonderful compositions. Individual attention will be given to each participant during the painting process. 


Botanical Illustration w/Jane Nash

Series class: Three Saturdays; August 5, 12, & 19; 9:00am–12:00pm

Beginning with sketches, participants will learn close observation and how to produce beautiful colored paintings and drawings of plants. The class will also identify and discuss botanical aspects of the plants being drawn and painted.


Drawing Through Nature w/Melissa Gannon

Series class: Three Tuesdays; August 8, 15, & 22; 9:30am–noon

Participants will choose a subject and render it as realistically as possible. The class will address how to make shapes and define objects using shadows. If desired, pen and ink, colored pencil, watercolor, pastel or another medium may be added to colorize drawings. 


Exploring Watercolor w/Melissa Gannon

Series class: Three Wednesdays; August 9, 16, & 23; 9:30am–noon

This class will teach participants to paint what they see and create beautiful watercolor paintings, using the Garden as inspiration. It will concentrate on using washes, mixing colors and enhancing one’s work with pen and ink.

Plein Air Class w/Jane Nash

Thursday August 17, 9:00 a.m. - noon

We will use the Garden as an inspiration for landscape watercolor painting. Plein Air means “out of doors”. We will paint as the impressionists did, using natural settings and the changing light as our subjects. 

The Life and Times of a Modern Plant Explorer: Dan Hinkley - Lecture is Full

Wednesday August 23, 7:00-8:30pm

Author, plant collector, lecturer, teacher, consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, and gardener, our speaker Dan Hinkley has traveled the world in his quest for distinctive plants. Learn the stories behind some of the plants that Dan is particularly proud of having introduced into cultivation. Dan established Heronswood Garden in Kingston, WA with his partner, Robert Jones. He has written several books about plants from his travels, including "The Explorer's Garden."


Finding David Douglas: Lois Leonard

Wednesday September 20, 7:00-8:30pm

How is it that so many Pacific Northwest native plants are found along roadsides and in the gardens and woodlands of Europe? One man is primarily responsible: Scotsman David Douglas. For more than a decade, local historian Lois Leonard dedicated her time and effort to producing and directing this documentary on the life of David Douglas, the scientist credited with reforesting Scotland from seeds he collected in the Pacific Northwest. Her critically acclaimed film focuses on David Douglas's contributions to science—forestry, botany, and horticulture.