Adkins Arboretum Announces Winter/Spring Education Programs for Adults


Adkins Arboretum is offering a full slate of programs for winter and spring, including landscape design, art, and garden tour programs. Offerings include:

Sumi-e Painting
Sun., Feb. 6, 1–3 p.m.
Sun., March 6, 1–3 p.m.
Fee: $30 members, $35 general public (each session)
Learn how to meditate and relax while painting the “chi” of nature, as Buddhist monks called the Chan did a thousand years ago. Instructor Dawn Malosh will teach the traditional meditative Eastern approach and style to nature and nature painting. Participants will learn about traditional Eastern painting media, such as the bamboo brush, sumi-e ink, rice paper, and suzuri inkwell. There will be plentiful opportunities to connect to the spirit of nature while creating beautiful monochromatic nature scenes and landscapes inspired by the Arboretum’s natural beauty. This is a simple approach to painting, and all artistic levels are welcome. All materials will be provided.

Nature-Inspired Texture Painting
Mon., Feb. 21 and 28, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $60 members, $80 general public
Get up-close and personal with nature in this investigation of texture and non-objective painting techniques. Participants will learn techniques to see, feel, and intensify the wondrous textures of the natural world while exploring the enjoyable process of creating abstract texture paintings. All materials will be provided.

Botanical Art: A Continuing Tradition
Tues., Feb. 22, 1–2 p.m.
Fee: Free with Admission
Botanical illustrator Fran Phaneuf will introduce botanical art and its rich history in this slide presentation. Learn about the value of early botanical illustrations to herbalists and physicians as well as their role during the Age of Discovery to disseminate knowledge about the new plants brought to Europe by early explorers. The tradition of botanical art continues today in the paintings of many fine contemporary artists whose works are featured in the lecture.

A Garden Odyssey—In Search of the World’s Most Creative Gardens
Fri., Feb. 25, 1– 2 p.m. Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Author and landscape architect Scott Scarfone’s travels have led him to England, to garden at Great Dixter with the late Christopher Lloyd; to Italy, to visit the gardens of the Renaissance; to Japan, to view the ancient gardens of Kyoto and Nara; to Thailand, to study Eastern philosophy and garden design; to Costa Rica, to see tropical vegetation in a native rainforest environment; and to California, to study Mediterranean plants in a design style that only California can boast. This lecture highlights Scarfone’s excursions across the globe and illustrates some of the most prolific gardens ever created.

Energy-Wise Landscape Design
Fri., March 4, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Residential consumption represents nearly a quarter of North America’s total energy use, with the average homeowner spending thousands of dollars a year on power. Join landscape architect Sue Reed as she demonstrates the principles of designing landscapes to save on home heating and cooling costs. This talk also shows how to minimize fuel used in landscape construction, maintenance, and everyday living, and how to choose materials with lower embedded energy costs.

Surrealistic Landscapes
Sun., March 13 and 27, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $60 members, $80 general public
Learn about the unique and fascinating landscapes of surrealist artists Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Remedios Varo while composing your own unique landscape painting. Teaching artist Dawn Malosh will guide participants through the process of composing a surrealist landscape that symbolically expresses a landscape of their dreams as well as their own hearts and minds. All materials will be provided.

Landscape Audits: Evaluating the Sustainability of Your Landscape
Wed., March 16, 1–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Your home landscape should be more than just a pretty face. It should also be a healthy ecosystem, supporting biodiversity, infiltrating water, storing carbon, cooling the air, and supplying all the functions known as ecosystem services. In this presentation by Toni Bailey, look at your landscape through a “green” lens, learn the basics of landscape audits, and find out how to analyze your landscape to improve sustainability and enjoy functionality as well as beauty. Bailey is principal of Gracefully Green, LLC, specializing in landscape sustainability consulting and design.

Nature’s Role in the Underground Railroad
Sun., March 20, 1–3 p.m.
Sat., April 9, 1–3 p.m.
Sat., April 30, 7–9 p.m.
Fee: $5 members, $10 general public
With its forests, thickets, marshes, rivers, and creeks, the Eastern Shore’s natural landscape provided an opportunity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of slaves to attain freedom, including Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Author and historian Anthony Cohen returns to the Arboretum to lead a series of guided walks to explore the cross-section in history and culture that combines the story of the Underground Railroad and the natural landscape of the Eastern Shore. Walks will be followed by informal conversation to discuss ongoing opportunities to interpret nature’s role in the Underground Railroad. Light refreshments will be served.

Landscape Design Workshop
Sat., March 26, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Fee: $85 members, $110 general public
This workshop will address the typical landscaping challenges of Eastern Shore homeowners. Four experienced landscape designers and avid gardeners will lead participants through an all-day intensive design session. Come with your challenges and dreams, and leave with a landscape plan, ideas, and confidence to transform your home landscape. Workshop leaders are Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman; Washington, DC, landscape designer Ed Colahan; landscape architect Barbara McClinton, formerly of the Baltimore landscape architecture and land planning firm Daft, McCune, Walker; and landscape designer and native plant enthusiast Chris Pax, a graduate of the George Washington University sustainable landscape design master’s program.

Bring lunch. A continental breakfast and break refreshments will be provided. Also bring a property plat, photos, and other documentation of your property. Worksheets and handouts on native plants will be provided.
Chanticleer Garden
Fri., April 1, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Fee: $65 members, $80 general public
Truly one of the world’s most creative gardens, Chanticleer is located just outside Philadelphia in Wayne, Penn. Originally the estate was known for its majestic trees and verdant lawns. Today the trees and lawns remain, but the focus is on plant combinations, containers, textures, and colors, often relying on foliage more than flowers. Fee includes bus transportation, admission, house and garden guided tour, and lunch.
Illuminated Garden Journals
Sun., April 3 and 10, 1–3:30 p.m.
Fee: $60 members, $80 general public
Create your own illuminated garden journal using illuminated manuscript techniques from medieval times. Join instructor Dawn Malosh to explore patterning, decorative designs, interlacing, simple book-binding, and gold leaf in this two-week workshop. All materials will be provided.

Exploring Nature and Five Movements of Life Through Writing, Reflection, and Community
Wed., April 6, 1–4 p.m.
Fee: $25 members, $30 general public
Many cultures look to nature as teacher, and we too might use nature’s lessons to encourage our own growth and connectedness to life around us. By exploring five elements honored in traditional Chinese wisdom, we can be a part of the graceful flow of seasons. This program will focus on an upward cycle of new growth, clarity, and possibility in our own lives. Instructor Katherine Johnson is a life coach and teacher of creative practices as SoulCollage®, writing, meditation, and personal growth.

Gap Ecology
Thurs., April 7, 10–11:30 a.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
What happens when a tree falls in the forest? A gap forms! Gaps are extremely important to the development of forests. Join plant ecologist Sylvan Kaufman to learn about the science behind gaps and to investigate a two-year-old gap at the Arboretum. Learn how trees at the edges respond, what new plants are likely to grow, and what animals use gaps. Use your new knowledge to better understand the natural history of the forest and forest management. This class will be indoors and outdoors, weather permitting.
Designing Extraordinary Mixed Plantings
Sat., April 16, 1–2 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
The most memorable planting beds are those that provide contrast, variety, textural differences, and color throughout the year. Uncover the aesthetic charm of well-designed mixed beds and the foundations of design upon which they were built. This program is a synopsis of Scott Scarfone’s award-winning book Professional Planting Design—An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings.

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
Wed., April 20, 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fee: $75 members, $90 general public
Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (BHWP) in New Hope, Penn., is home to nearly 800 native plants of Pennsylvania, including more than 80 rare and endangered species. Join a guided walk of the Preserve trails that wind through woodlands, meadows, and along a pond and Pidcock Creek, where you'll enjoy an abundance of seasonal wildflowers and other native plants, birds, and wildlife. The Preserve focuses exclusively on native plants, in distinction from botanical gardens that may include natives in their collections. Fee includes bus transportation, admission, guided tour of preserve, and lunch.

Designing the Native Forest
Fri., April 22 and 29, 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fee: $85 members, $110 general public
Planting a native forest is one of the most powerful things we can do to support biodiversity and bring nature to our home landscapes. Even a thin strip of forest along the edge of an open area can provide shade and enjoyment for people, important watershed benefits for the Bay, and precious food and shelter for wildlife. Participants in this class will learn how to design a native-plant forest using techniques to reduce maintenance and enhance the “acceptability” of the forest for a neighborhood setting. Instructor Christina Pax, a landscape design professional, holds a graduate degree in sustainable landscape design. She uses her keen interest in native plants to make gardens a year-round attraction for people and wildlife.

Founding Gardeners—Lunch and Lecture
Mon., April 25, noon–1 p.m. lunch, 1–2:30 p.m. lecture.
Fee: $35 members, $40 general public
“Founding Gardeners” offers a fascinating look at the Revolutionary generation from the unique and intimate perspective of their lives as gardeners, plantsmen, and farmers. For the Founding Fathers, gardening, agriculture, and botany were elemental passions, as deeply ingrained in their characters as their belief in liberty for the nation they were creating. Join author Andrea Wulf to learn about this aspect of the Revolutionary generation.

Ecology of the Forest in Spring
Thurs., April 28, 1–3 p.m.
Fee: $15 members, $20 general public
Spend a spring afternoon outdoors with plant ecologist Sylvan Kaufman. This program will look closely at the plants, fungi, insects, and bird life in upland and floodplain forests at the Arboretum and compare and contrast the habitats and communities. If you took Layers of the Forest in the fall, this class will look at the same locations in spring. Whether you are interested in natural history, botany, or just being outdoors, this class will appeal. Binoculars and a hand lens are recommended.


Nature as Muse—Walk and Reflection with Nature Journaling
Sat., Feb. 5, March 5, April 2, 11 a.m. public guided walk followed by journaling session
Free with admission
Join one of the Arboretum's docent naturalists for a walk through the forest. Listen to the muse of the trees, breathe in the forest air, and walk along paths dappled with sun and shadow. Enjoy the theme of the day and return to the Visitor's Center to write/journal about your flights of fancy inspired by the wood nymphs, or just research the plants that intrigued you in the reference library. No previous writing experience is required; bring your favorite journal if you have one. Reservations requested.

Pre-registration is required for all programs. To register, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mail for additional information.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.