Sherman Library & Gardens January 2022 Courses and Events

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Sherman Gardens Family Tour

FAMILY TOUR OF SHERMAN GARDENS

  • Saturday January 8 at 1 p.m.
  • Free with entrance to the garden

Sherman Gardens is full of unique plants, interesting exhibits and wildlife. Explore the succulent garden, fern cave and tropical conservatory among many others, with our expert tour guide. This family visit lasts about an hour and is free with entry to the garden. Registration required.

INITIATION TO DRAWING & BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

  • Four-class course: Tuesdays January 11, 18, 25 and February 1/1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Fees: $ 170 member / $ 210 non-member

Are you inspired by the beauty of Sherman Gardens? Come learn how to draw it!

In this new four-week local art class, Brenda Beneviste, will give you the basic tools and techniques to draw some of the exquisite flowers and foliage that you will find in the garden. Inspired by the stunning patterns and intricate natural designs of botanical subjects, participants will learn a variety of illustration and sketching techniques, including observation of detail, value concepts of light, and shading to create shape. .

LUNCH AND CONFERENCE

  • Subject: Mother Nature’s Gardens: Communities of wild plants and landscaping
  • Wednesday January 12 / 11:30 am Lunch, 12:00 pm Conference
  • Fees: $ 35 member / $ 45 non-member
  • Speaker: Kyle Cheesborough, new director of horticulture at Sherman Library & Gardens.

Mother Nature has always been the ultimate gardener, creating landscapes rich in color, texture, shape, function and seasonality. Natural plant communities exhibit design principles that today’s leading landscape architects bring to the fore in contemporary approaches to landscaping. Landscape artists like Piet Oudolf, Claudia West and Noel Kingsbury advocate a return to the wilder side of gardening. Additionally, ecological pioneers like Doug Tallamy and EO Wilson emphasize the importance of incorporating native species and mimicking the arrangements of wild plant communities. The observation, study and integration of aspects of natural landscapes (especially those devoid of invasive species and human impact) lead to sustainable, sustainable and beautiful gardens that serve both ornamental and functional. Like the adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, taking inspiration from nature’s beautiful palette can be very fruitful when considering the design of our gardens. Presented by South Coast Plaza.

WATERCOLOR: BAMBOO

  • Friday January 14/10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Fees: $ 35 member / $ 45 non-member

Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to see and paint simple colors and shapes. This month, Erna is inspired by the giant wooden bamboo Bambusa oldhamii in the library courtyard. Classes are designed for all levels of painter and non-painter and each participant will take home their own charming painting.

PAINTING PARENT & ME: BAMBOO & BEETLE

  • Saturday January 15th / 9:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Fee: $ 25 member / $ 30 non-member

Join local artist Erna Van Dyk as she teaches you how to see and paint simple colors and shapes using step-by-step watercolor techniques. You will work together to observe the colors and qualities of the giant wooden bamboo … and a spooky and frightening visitor! This fun and relaxed class takes place in our outdoor classroom before the garden opens. Grandparents and preferred adults are also welcome! No experience needed. All materials provided. Nature Journal available for purchase the same day (optional).

Mandala rocks

WORKSHOP: ROCKS OF MANDALA

  • Saturday January 15th / 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Fee: $ 25 member / $ 30 non-member

Join Erna van Dyk for this relaxing and fun ‘mandala rocks’ workshop in the garden. Erna will walk you through a step-by-step process of designing and painting dots to create your own beautiful mandala designs. Ideal to place on your desk, in your garden or to give to a special someone. Gather your friends and enjoy the process. All ages are welcome.

FLORAL CLASS: CEREAL BOWL CENTER CENTER

Thursday January 20/10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Fees: $ 55 member / $ 65 non-member

No time to prepare a fancy floral vase? No problem! This class will teach you that a modest bowl of cereal can make a great container for gorgeous round centerpieces with lovely winter flowers.

  • FAMILY TOUR OF SHERMAN GARDENS
  • Saturday January 22/11 a.m.
  • Free with entrance to the garden

Sherman Gardens is full of unique plants, interesting exhibits and wildlife. Explore the succulent garden, fern cave and tropical conservatory among many others, with our expert tour guide. This family visit lasts about an hour and is free with entry to the garden. Registration required.

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS: CREATING DRAMS WITH WATER

  • Sunday January 23 / 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Fees: $ 55 member / $ 65 non-member

Learn how to use water to create drama in your images. Our photography instructor, Jeanine Hill, will provide you with a spray bottle, flower, and the ability to experiment with water drops to create floral artwork. You will also learn how to use an eyedropper and small lights to increase the dramatic effects. The second half of the course will be spent in the garden, experimenting with Sherman flowers.

WORKSHOP: INITIATION TO PRESSING FLOWERS

  • Thursday January 27 / 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Fee: $ 40 member / $ 45 non-member

Learn the art of flower pressing, using cuttings and flowers from the Sherman Garden. Kyle Cheesborough, Director of Horticulture at Sherman, will walk you through the meticulous techniques required for pressing and storing plants to display the intricacies of the plant and its flowers, leaves and stems.

For centuries, botanists have observed, collected, and preserved plant specimens for record keeping and further research into the species that inhabit our planet. As flower language became more prominent during the Victorian era, gardeners began to squeeze their own floral finds to place them in decorative frames and shadow boxes – even creating whole arrangements dried to from pressed plants!

This course will give you all the tools, techniques, and materials you need to start pressing flowers at home.

LITTLE SOWING TALE TIME

  • Every Friday / 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Free

Explore nature through the wonderful world of books. Join us every Friday to share our favorite stories, picture books and poems. Perfect for preschoolers and their guardians. Meet at the Central Garden.

Pre-registration compulsory for all courses. Visit www.SLGardens.org for more information.


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