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The Artful Botanist

hands exploring plants
Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:30 am - 11:00 am

Both art and botany begin with observation, and often by sketching a plant to build awareness of its details. Drawing also changes your brain and has many benefits. It helps your brain develop additional pathways for improved memory, creativity and intuition while also increasing all those feel-good chemicals such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine. As with any other activity, sketching improves with practice. Join landscape architect and artist Eli Feldman, the Ruth Mary Meyer Japanese Garden Horticulturist, in this three-session in-person class to walk through the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, exploring the flora of this part of Duke Gardens. Then move indoors to draw from plant samples and learn of the connection between plants native to North Carolina and those native to Asia - it's an amazing story!

Fee: $55; 20% discount for Gardens members and supporters with seasonal members-only discount code. The class meets from 9:30-11 a.m. on three Saturdays, April 16, 23 and 30. Registration is at Information: 919-668-1707,

Contact: Registrar