Saturday, March 10

9:00 to 11:00 p.m.

Photographer Diana Thornton will show you how to get stunning images with your phone camera. Go beyond just snapping photos and start creating stunning, artistic images. Presentation will be followed by a photo walk. Designed for iPhone 5 or newer, but other camera phones welcome. Bring fully charged phone with adequate memory, walking shoes, bug repellant, and notebook. Ages 12 and up. Members $5, non-members $10. Reservations requested. Limit, 12 persons.



Saturday, March 10, Noon to 1:30 PM

Join us for this gallery opening of photography by Diana Thornton. With decades of experience in graphic design, photography, book design, genealogy and computers, she loves sharing what she has learned. With a Master’s Degree in Anthropology/Underwater Archaeology and Photography Minor from Texas A&M University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Photography Minor from the University of Pittsburgh, she is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including Offbeat Magazine’s “Best Album Artwork” 1999 and 2002, the Independent Publishers Award for The Beatles on Capitol Records by Bruce Spizer, and New Orleans Magazine’s “30 People to Watch”.  Opening event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Exhibit runs through May 31.


Saturday, March 10

2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a spring field walk around the Arboretum grounds to learn about the native plant species in the exhibits, tips to identify them, their role in history and culture, and ways to use them in your home landscape with Arboretum Director Pat Drackett. Members free; $5 for non-members. Reservations requested. Register by March 9.


Saturday, March 17

9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

EARTH COLORS are pigments found in nature, and may come from soil, leaves, bark, berries, flowers, mushrooms or mineral deposits. Participants will learn to identify and collect plant and mineral materials as artistic media. Natural materials will be gathered and sketched for visual ideas and elements reflecting a sense of place. Robin will demonstrate ways to extract color and texture from a variety of materials, and supplement what is gathered with other natural colors. Students will experiment with materials collected on the Arboretum grounds, and learn processes of extraction and development of a color and texture palette.  Cost for members $35, non-members $45, cost includes a bag lunch. Please register early, as this workshop is limited to 15 persons.

NATURE DISCOVER DAY (School field day)

Thursday, March 29

9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Students will be thrilled to explore a wide array of hands-on exhibits, presentations/live animals, guided botanical walks, geocaching and letterboxing in this field day open for K-12 schools and homeschool groups. Admission is $2 per child, and admission is free for teachers and chaperones. Groups must call to schedule an arrival time.