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Saturday, January 6, 2024 - Saturday, January 27, 2024
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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GES: BI, 20, required*

*This class provides 20 hours of required credit toward the Botanical Illustration Certificate Program. Only students who are enrolled in the certificate program may register for this course.

Supplies: A materials list can be found for this course here: bit.ly/LGBGBotanyBISupplies. Please note that the Garden is not providing any materials for this course aside from specimens. Students are responsible for supplying their own materials. The required textbook must be brought to all classes.

Pre-Requisite: Introduction to Drawing for Botanical Illustration

This course takes place over 4 Saturdays from 10 am – 3:30 pm:

  • January 6
  • January 13
  • January 20
  • January 27


John Hayden is Professor of Biology at the University of Richmond where his teaching involves diverse aspects of plant biology; he also conducts research on the anatomy, morphology and systematics of plants, curates the herbarium and manages the greenhouse. He has served as the Botany Chair for the Virginia Native Plant Society since 2004.

Sheila Hayden is a botanist and botanical illustrator. She has both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree with a focus on Botany from the University of Richmond and an Art minor. She taught Biology at John Tyler Community College and Botany for University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies. Sheila has published research papers and scientific botanical illustrations.

Judith Towers is a retired art teacher from Henrico County Public Schools. She received her diploma in Art Education from James Madison College (now James Madison University). After teaching art at Tuckahoe Middle School for 32 years, she began taking botanical classes at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and studied watercolor there with Juliet Kirby for a number of years. Judith earned her Botanical Art Certificate from Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and has been involved with teaching in the certificate program since 2013. Her favorite media are graphite and watercolor.

Banner image credits:

  1. Prickles of a rose stem, rendered in graphite by Judith Towers
  2. Sporophyte capsule of a thalloid liverwort, rendered in graphite by Sheila Hayden
  3. Millet roots, rendered in graphite by Judith Towers