A volunteer and member of the U3A (university of the third age) Art Class, which takes place in the Gardens, sent us some lovely pictures she has painted during the sessions.
A great way of remembering a time when she, and others, could take their reflective and creative time in the Gardens.
Enjoy…go create! At home – and one day soon- in the Gardens
Over the last few years we have been able to invite more and more artists to be inspired by the Gardens.
Let’s hope, when all this is over…. we can continue to play host to everyone’s creative spark – whatever age you are.
Here are one or two pictures from a variety of activities and residencies.
We are delighted to welcome back the ‘flower fairies’ from Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists.
Last year the talented artists from the Society sat in the Garden, the greenhouse, the visitor centre whichever was the most comfortable, and drew together, once a month.
They are back again this year starting on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday 14th at 1.30pm
They invite anyone to join them, in companionship, for a couple of hours each month
Each season has a fresh thing to discover; an early apricot, a humble seedhead or a spectacular flower. some decided to follow a tree the whole year around, others had a go at whatever they found.
Love drawing, but too shy to show anyone?
Well come along on these monthly Wednesday afternoons. Everyone is welcome to take their ‘line for a walk’, with pencil and paper in a relaxed and non-judgemental atmosphere. Draw in companionship.
And… if you do want advice and comment, then the artists are on hand to helpyou out.
LOVE drawing this Valentine’s Day …make it a monthly date.
The second Wednesday in the Month – 1.30 -3.30pm
Bring your own materials or take advantage of some basic pen and paper we’ll provide.
Normal entry fees apply but (basic)materials and support are free
As well as some delightful period tulips and daffodils in the Gardens we have, this year, introduced the ‘wild tulip’ … the mummy of all those later fancy ones.
Tulipa sylvestris, known as the ‘wild’ or ‘florentine’ tulip is a species tulip noted ‘somewhere in Italy’ as early as 1594. Our suppliers Thomas Etty esq describes it thus
“Violet scented almond-shaped lemon yellow flowers in mid April. Naturalises well in grass. Said, by some, to have first travelled to these shores attached upon the roots of grape vines brought from Italy by the Romans.”
Volunteers have been deadheading the daffs along the Holly Walk bank revealing the wild tulips and allowing them to make their mark. A really special addition to the month.
Other varieties of note this year are;
- the jolly scarlet and yellow of Kaiserkroon (‘kings crown’) from 1620,
- the 16th century double white poeticus plenus and pheasants eye
- and of the later varieties we have sneaked in – Queen of the Night tulip (pre 1939) and Rinjveld’s Early Sensation daff., 1926.
Like to Draw? Join us for our new (free) monthly relaxed drawing sessions with our artists in residence from the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists.
We are delighted to announce the beginning of a year long drawing project in conjunction with the Society.
Once a month Members of the BSBA will be in the Gardens drawing plants across the seasons. They are inviting anyone – of whatever experience – to join them for a relaxed and no hassle couple of hours.
Normal garden entry charges will apply, but otherwise the sessions are free to anyone who wishes to join in and be guided by experienced botanical artists.
The first session will be on Wednesday 8th February and continue on the second Wednesday of every month thereafter 1.30 to 3.30.
All you will need is suitable clothing (we will be outside for all or some of the time – indoors if the weather is bad) and bring some basic drawing tools – paper, sketchbooks pens/pencils and perhaps a folding seat – together with a willingness to observe aspects of the garden and make drawings of what you see.
Some very basic drawing materials will be available if you are coming for the first time.