Capture the Beauty of Botanicals in the Summer Blooms Acrylics Workshop
As spring slips into summer, the Garden explodes with color as flowers of all sorts come into bloom. If you have ever wanted to recreate that beauty in art, the new Summer Blooms Acrylics Workshop will give you the tools and techniques to paint your own botanical masterpiece.
Connect with Nature to Find Healing and Wholeness
So much of modern life is conducted in artificial spaces–offices, cars, stores, parking lots. Individuals can spend days–perhaps even weeks–without their feet ever touching soil. We lose something when our connection to nature is severed, says to Sara Southerland, holistic coach and sound healing practitioner.
Finding Meaning in a Life with Orchids
For life to be satisfying, many people find it helps to have a source of purpose–something or someone that guides and motivates them. For Dallas-area engineer Charles Hess, his source of purpose could be summed up in one word: Orchids.
Experience the Calming Power of Nature through Forest Bathing
Modern life can be a hectic thing, full of emails, appointments, grocery trips, planning sessions, repair bills–the list could go on and on. It can be difficult to carve out time away from the madness and just … be. That’s what forest bathing offers practitioners.
Explore Gouache for a More Creative New Year
Artistic creation can lighten your spirit and restore your soul. It’s easy to forget this truth in the hustle and bustle of every day life, but it’s worth remembering and exploring. If you’re looking to be a more centered, whole and creative person in 2023, consider trying Creative Art with Olivia.
Craft a Unique Gift at Upcoming Botanical Jewelry Class
The beauty of nature is extraordinary—but temporary. Botanical jewelry offers a chance to preserve the beauty of nature forever. A golden leaf or blooming flower can be crafted into pendants or earrings that can be worn and treasured for a lifetime. You can learn how to make your own botanical jewelry at a Dec. 10 workshop by nature artist Becky Nelson. At the end of the class, you’ll have a unique piece to give as a gift or wear yourself as well as the skills to explore this craft at home.
Explore the Garden After Dark at Lightscape and the Night Hike
Garden guests have multiple opportunities this year to experience the Garden in a new way: After dark. Usually the gates close before sunset, and guests to evening events such as After Hours or Concerts at the Garden are restricted to well-lit, defined areas. This autumn, both Lightscape and the Night Hike will take guests on magical treks that will give them a new perspective on this well-known place.
Renowned Psychologist to Lead Students in Journey to Healing Through Nature
Consider the following statistics: Roughly one third of Americans report experiencing an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. Around 40 million Americans suffer from an anxiety disorder every year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. Forty-one percent of Americans said in 2021 that their anxiety increased in 2021 over 2020, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Life is just … hard right now, and Americans are suffering the consequences. They are also looking for solutions, and one solution proposed by nationally recognized psychologist G. Frank Lawlis is an increased connection to nature. Lawlis will be presenting three workshops this fall designed to help participants find healing and wholeness through nature.
Making Sense of Sunflowers
The natural world is filled with flowers of all shapes and colors. What’s surprising is that a great many of these flowers are all related. About one quarter of flowering plants are members of the Asteraceae family, which contains more than 32,000 known species of flowering plants. The sheer variety of sunflowers can make the plant a challenge to identify. Yet correctly identifying Asteraceae is important when conducting plant surveys, assessing the ecological health of a habitat, managing land or simply exploring nature. Fortunately, sunflower experts Richard Spellenberg and Naida Zucker can help. Join us for their book talk and workshop on sunflowers and never be confounded by sunflowers again.
Community Education Fall Preview: Grow Your Mind with New Classes and Workshops
It still feels like the height of summer, but fall is just around the corner, and that means the Community Education program is rolling out a new slate of classes, workshops and events. “We’ve got a mix of long-time favorites and completely new experiences,” says Community Education Manager Crissa Nugen. “I think almost everyone will find something they want to explore.”