Karen Ringstrand Elected to ASBA Board of Directors

BAEE Treasurer, Karen Ringstrand, has just been elected to the ASBA Board of Directors. Her election makes three BAEE board members who are also on the ASBA board. The others are Countess Clarissa Bonde and Bonnie Driggers.

In October, Karen and several other BAEE members will attend the annual ASBA conference, which is in Pittsburg, PA, this year.

We will have a table at the Portfolio presentation and will have copies of our book, Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, for sale as well as note cards, holiday cards, and prints of members’ art work. Be sure to drop by and see us if you are also at the conference.

You can still register for the conference, and although many of the workshops are full, there are many free events. Just being able to visit the Hunt Exhibition is worth the trip. The conference is a great opportunity to make new friends and renew old acquaintances.

Photo of Karen Ringstrand standing in front of her paintings.
Karen Ringstrand is seen here at the 2014 BAEE Exhibition at the U.S.Botanic Garden. Her painting of the Mountain Laurel (upper left) is on the cover of the BAEE book, Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

Mary Page Hickey to lecture at the Evergreen Garden Club

Mary Page Hickey will attend a meeting of the Evergreen Garden Club in Washington, DC, on November 17, 2015. Her talk will cover the history of botanical painting, the process of botanical painting, the BAEE book project, and the importance of growing native plants. In addition she will provide handouts of local resources for native plants.

The lovely picture below by Mary Page graced the title pages of the BAEE book, Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

Painting of southern arrowwood.
Viburnum nudum (southern arrowwood) © Mary Page Hickey.

BAEE provides speakers to local garden clubs, Master Gardener groups, and other groups interested in botanical art and/or native plants. Use the Contact Us form for more information.

Falls Church Farmers’ Market

Autographed copies of Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic are available every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon at the Falls Church Farmers’ Market. 

Photo of Barb Cram
Behind the table, Barb Cram, President of Falls Church Arts, at the Falls Church Farmers’ Market, Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The local art organization, Falls Church Arts (FCA), has a booth to publicize their artists and classes. Original artwork is available for sale. Check out FCA classes and the latest art competition they are sponsoring. https://fallschurcharts.org/

The market sells locally produced vegetables, fruit, meats, jams and jellies, honey, fresh-cut and potted flowers and other plants, candy, milk and cheese, etc. Local chefs visit the market to decide what to serve in their restaurants. 

Spring at River Farm

On April 10 and 11, BAEE members Mary Page Hickey, Eileen Malone-Brown, Judy Rodgers, and Bonnie Driggers, attended the annual Spring Garden Market sponsored by the American Horticultural Society (AHS) at River Farm. http://ahsgardening.org/about-river-farm/events-programs/spring-garden-market

Photo of Judy Rodgers sitting at a table signing a book
Judy Rogers signing a book at the River Farm Spring Garden Market.

They had a table set up to sell autographed copies of the book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. On Friday the weather was a little too cold for comfort; on Saturday it was warm but still windy enough to blow over the table sign and flowers. The BAEE spot was next to the Virginia Native Plant Society group, who were also selling a book about native plants, and the AHS half-price table that was selling tempting bargain books on plants and gardening.

If you were not able to attend this year, mark your calendar for next year. The AHS Spring Garden Market at River Farm is a not-to-be-missed event for gardeners and lovers of plants—particularly native plants.

Book Signing at River Farm April 10 & 11

The Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE) are holding a Book Signing of their Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic book at the American Horticultural Society's (AHS) Spring Garden Market, April 10 and 11. The Book Signing will be in the River Farm Garden Shop from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day. For information about the AHS Spring Garden Market, see http://ahsgardening.org/about-river-farm/events-programs/spring-garden-market.

Photo of River Farm from a tent
River Farm Spring Garden Market

For news about upcoming BAEE events, see the schedule on the Calendar of Events.