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Photos by Josh Murrah

Join me and discover one of the nation’s most spectacular pitcher plant habitats during a three-day botanical drawing workshop hosted by Mobile Botanical Gardens.

Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, located in the headwaters of the Perdido River in coastal Alabama, is home to more than a dozen species of carnivorous plants — including five species of pitcher plants. The preserve lies at the heart of an area with some of the highest counts of plant diversity in North America. During your visit, expect to see orchids, rose pinks, meadow beauty, milkworts and a number of rare wildflowers.

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 Botanical Drawing:
Splinter Hill Bog and Beyond
April 25 – 27
Mobile Botanical Gardens
– Most art supplies included
(Bring your favorite sketchbook and a 24-pencil set of Prismacolor Premiere colored pencils; everything else you need will be provided)
– No experience necessary
– All levels of art experience welcome

Workshop Schedule:

Thursday, April 25
Splinter Hill Bog with Bill Finch*
  • 8am Meet at Mobile Botanical Gardens
  • 8:30am Bus leaves for Splinter Hill Bog
  • 12:30 Box lunch
  • 3pm Return to Mobile Botanical Garden

Friday, April 26

Mobile Botanical Gardens with Val Webb

  • 8:30 Check in (Coffee, juice and pastries)
  • 9-10 Tips for field sketching
  • 10-12 “Gentle pencil” technique for realistic bog plant studies
  • 12 Box lunch
  • 1-2 Tour of the gardens I
  • 2-4 Botanicals in layered color pencil

Saturday, April 27

Mobile Botanical Gardens with Val Webb

  • 9-12 Wildflowers in transparent gouache and colored pencil
  • 12 Box lunch
  • 1-2 Tour of the gardens II
  • 2-4  Creating rich colors and textures in opaque gouache

*Executive Director at the Mobile Botanical Gardens, Bill Finch is author of Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See (University of North Carolina Press). A senior fellow with the Ocean Foundation, he is also a former Alabama conservation director for The Nature Conservancy. As a longtime editor and journalist with the Mobile Press-Register, he won numerous national awards for his environmental and business coverage as well as his much-beloved garden column. Bill’s knowledge of the flora and fauna of Splinter Hill Bog is extensive, and he has the ability to inspire as well as to inform.

The cost of the workshop is $225. Detailed information and registration is available at http://www.mobilebotanicalgardens.org.

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