Who doesn’t have Spring Fever? Although the first day of Spring isn’t until the twentieth of March, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild can begin celebrating its arrival a few days early!
On Friday, March 18, 2011, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm, we will be visiting the world-famous Chicago Botanic Garden for a spring paint-out. The Garden’s 24 display gardens and four natural areas will just be coming back to life with tulips and crocuses and literally hundreds of thousands of daffodils and jonquils! As the Garden’s website notes, “No season is more longed for, or dreamed about, than spring, perhaps because it rubs shoulders with the harshest months of the year. This spring, discover daily miracles and celebrate the plant world at the Garden in all its optimism, color, and beauty.”
All of us in the Chicago-land area also know that March weather can be very unpredictable! Luckily for our paint-out participants, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s three greenhouses boast semitropical, tropical and desert environments.
You won’t be feeling any chill while indoors sketching the Garden’s display of “beautiful and fragrant flowering plants, rare plants, edible plants, utilitarian plants, seasonal plants, and houseplants from around the world”, all kept at a plant and people-pleasing 75 to 85 degrees! Take that March winds!
Please let Ku-mie Kim know if plan to attend (her contact information is in the Yearbook). There may be a possibility of arranging some car-pooling for those interested. Please visit the Chicago Botanic Garden website, for directions as well as some late-winter sustenance!