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  • Sonja Durkee

Flower & Garden Art & Design Learning Opportunities Plentiful in Door County

Summer days in Door County will be filled with educational opportunities and events for gardeners who also enjoy art and design. Descriptions for 20 of the week-long residential painting, drawing and photography classes offered April through October at The Clearing Folk School alone mention the word flower, garden, plant, or landscape!

The Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek offers many Tuesday through Friday adult classes with a botanical theme. Back by popular demand is Rebecca Jabs, Wisconsin science illustrator and educator, who will teach 'Illustrating Nature in Watercolor' August 1-4. The annual week-long Plein Air Festival is always a great way to learn and be inspired by observing. The July 23-29 event will feature many invited artists who will paint flower, garden and water scenes up and down the peninsula. On Wednesday, July 26, artists will be at The Garden Door, the garden near Sturgeon Bay designed and maintained by members of the Door County Master Gardeners.

The Ridges Sanctuary in Baileys Harbor will open the season Memorial Day weekend with its annual Festival of Nature. On the schedule for Friday, May 26 is a 'Scientific Illustration - Interpreting Nature' workshop. It will be taught in one or two back-to-back sessions by Chicago area science illustrator, Kathleen Garness.


At the peak of the growing season, flower and garden lovers can learn from and enjoy the flowers in the gardens featured in the Sister Bay Historical Society's Garden Walk July 13. The following week on Tuesday, July 24, the popular Annual Door County House and Garden Walk, sponsored by the Door County Medical Center, its Auxiliary members, and many local businesses, will feature homes and gardens in the Sturgeon Bay area.

The Door Garden Club's monthly meetings include educational programs, and the public is invited as space allows. At its April 25 meeting at The Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay, Executive Director Mike Schneider will speak about Jens Jenson, landscape architect and visionary, and lead a tour of the property that so inspired Jensen in the early 1930's, and has continued to inspire countless others since then. More information is available on the Door Garden Club website: doorgardenclub.org. Registration is required. Space is limited.


While flower and garden art and design classes and events are plentiful in Door County in the summer, some may already be filled. The demand for housing and eateries in Door County is high in the summer months. Most hotels require a 2-night stay, and some of the high end restaurants have already begun accepting reservations for August. Out-of-towners who want to take advantage of these wonderful learning and experiential opportunities will want to book their reservations now.

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