Out of the Woods:
Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
May 9, 2019 – August 13, 2019

Worldwide Botanical Art Day Reception and Official Opening of the show Saturday, May 18, 2019 at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. 3 p.m. -6:30 p.m.
Botanically infused delicacies and beverages will be included. Beer and wine for purchase.
Join us for demo’s, tours of the show and keynote speaker Carol Woodin President of the ASBA as she gives a compelling lecture on the
Botanical Art Worldwide project.
Forty-four artworks have been selected for inclusion in this exhibition of depictions of one of the planet’s most important and beautiful resources. These tree subjects have been found in botanical gardens and arboreta throughout the US and around the world. To see the list of artists, please click on the Artists tab above.
This project has been in the making for three years, inviting artists to capture images of one of the planet’s most important and beautiful resources, as cultivated by botanical gardens and arboreta. A central goal with the exhibition is to highlight the role botanical gardens and arboreta play in educating the public about trees and their ecological and utilitarian roles, as well as the research/scholarship they do in these areas. However, artists also respond aesthetically to these inspiring subjects, and have depicted anything from seedpods to branches and bark to an entire forest floor.
Catalog will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

The New Bell Museum of Natural History

Minnesota has a brand new museum - the Bell Museum of Natural History. I attended the gala opening on July 13th. The stars of the Bell are the beautiful dioramas by Francis Lee Jaques, Walter Breckenridge and John Jarosz. They were moved from the previous Bell Museum and refurbished. They are truly spectacular! The planetarium is a wonderful new addition. Check it out!

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The new Bell is surrounded by nature.


The most beautiful dioramas!

Models for teaching botany.

Herbarium Tour

On July 10, 2018 Pen & Ink II students got a tour of the University of Minnesota's Herbarium, conducted by Dr. George Weiblen. There is so much history in the volumes of plant specimens. We are fortunate to have such an important resource here in Minnesota. IMG_6397

Dr. Weiblen shows the group several historical specimens.


This specimen survived the bombing of the Natural History Museum in London during World War II.


Dr. Weiblen explains how the specimens are scanned for inclusion in the World Wide Atlas.


Plants that have been pressed, applied to herbarium sheets, weighted, and waiting to be filed.


After the Herbarium tour, we went over to the U of M's Conservatory to see some very unusual specimens.


Scientific Illustration

We are fully engaged in the Scientific Illustration class that began June 9th. We received a selection of Papua New Guinea plants from Dr. George Weiblen of the University of Minnesota. Herbarium sheets and pickled fruit for figs, nutmegs and a coffee plant were distributed to students and the work began. IMG_6246