AE21 Nature of Drawing: Plant ID Through Botanical Illustration

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Saturday November 6

10:00 AM  –  4:00 PM

Nature’s Studio - Inspiration in Place

The Nature of Drawing: Plant ID Through Botanical Illustration

ONSITE* Saturday & Sunday, November 6 - 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Instructor: Preston Montague

$165 Non-member ** (**Arboretum Members receive a 10% discount on all classes. Become an Arboretum Member!)

BRN, BREG - Elective | NCEE - Criteria II***


Botanical illustration provides plant lovers an opportunity to slow down, to shift from looking to seeing, and to find pleasure in exploring details of life the busy mind filters out. These behaviors make botanical illustration a powerful tool for learning plant identification. Studies show that drawing is a power mnemonic strategy for improving memory, and undoubtedly trains the eye of the artist to recognize patterns and detail so critical in the process of identifying plants. Join landscape architect and artist Preston Montague for a botanical illustration class focused on learning basic tenets of plant ID using botanical illustration. Reinforce both the practices of identification and representation. Open to individuals of all skill levels in both plant ID and drawing.


Students should bring the following supplies for the class: - #2 pencil - pencil sharpener - Ultra fine Sharpie or Micron Pens (#1 and #3 preferred) - 8.5" x 11" sketchbook (Strathmore brand preferred) - Colored pencils (Faber-Castell brand preferred)

Supplies such as those listed above can be purchased at most art supply stores. Arboretum Member discounts are honored at Cheap Joes Art Supplies (829 Riverside Dr #120, Asheville, NC 28801) with proof of class registration. 

Preston Montague is an artist, educator, and landscape architect who developed a passion for the natural world while growing up in the rural foothills of Virginia. He works in Durham, N.C., focusing on projects that encourage stronger relationships between people and their environment. Montague’s latest body of work, Codex Carolinum, is a series of didactic botanical illustrations using art and storytelling to foster natural science literacy, which can be viewed on his website:




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***Upon registration, participants will be asked to identify if they are seeking certificate credit through Arboretum certificate of merit programs or NC Environmental Education. Responses will prompt further communication regarding requirements and reporting for credit.



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