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School of Botanical Art and Illustration

Inspiring people to explore a world where art and plants intertwine creating an atmosphere of shared interest in all things botanical, while nurturing the artist within – all in beautiful garden surrounds.

Congratulations to our 2015 Certificate Recipients!

Congratulations to Diane Berndt, Elena Maza Borkland, Carolyn DeHaas, Cynthia McCormick and Alfred L. Yergey, this year’s recipients of the prestigious Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art& Illustration Certificate. The certificate course requires course credit for core curriculum classes, electives and workshops and culminates in the compilation of a final portfolio that includes a selection of practical assignments, (submitted earlier for regular evaluation over a period of two calendar years), and a Certificate Project – begun in a student’s third year that includes an artist statement and description of their creative process. Many thanks to Susan Fisher, Leonie Norton and Alice Tangerini for assessing their final projects. You can view their portfolios, by clicking on each of their names.

Course Calendar

The new Xperience here! Registration for fall & winter programs opens August 17th. Be sure to investigate and register for classes starting in March. Don't miss the opportunity to learn from experienced artists and network with other students. Enjoy the small class size and the beautiful garden setting for inspiration. Encourage your fellow artists to register with you.

Fall and Winter Xperience

Check the calendar below for detailed program and event information by date. Register for our botanical art and illustration classes online through ActiveMONTGOMERY or by calling 301-962-1451. The calendar is interactive so that you can modify the view to your preference by clicking the tabs at the top right, but in order to register online for any of the programs or events listed, you must visit ActiveMONTGOMERY. If you don't already have a ActiveMONTGOMERY account, visit the sign in page to create one.


Want to learn more?

The Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration (BGSBAI) is located at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD. Botanical art class offerings are listed in the current issue of the Xperience Guide to Programs and Events. For more information, contact Laura Vogel at 301-962-1470.

Subscribe to the Brookside Gardens E-Newsletter to recieve notice when Xperience Guide to Programs and Events is published, along with other Garden news and updates. To receive the SBAI E-Newsletter, check the box to indicate your interest in the School of Botanical Art and Illustration. See the latest copy to the right.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For information on individual classes, browse programs online at:
ActiveMONTGOMERY, School of Botanical Art.

Sites of Interest

If you are interested in learning more about the field of botanical artistry or botanical art classes in your area, visit the other websites listed below:

Online Galleries and Art Societies
Other Schools of Botanical Art & Illustration


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