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Wildlife Garden Bees and Flowers

Wildlife Garden Bees and Flowers.
This garden sketching workshop will focus on the Wildlife Garden at High Elms Country Park this summer: bees, flowers, plants and fruit, birds, butterflies, bugs, pond-life and even a natural history specimen of a rabbit, in case the regular rabbit visitor doesn't make an appearance on sketching day!

Workshop: Friday 16th August 2019 : 9am - 1pm

Join us to create botanical sketches and detailed observations of bees and flowers, fruit and trees, birds and pond life from the Wildlife Garden; sketches can be used as preparation for later artwork and nature compositions or as a record of your memories from the garden visit. Add notes to sketches from garden species to use as reference material for further inquiry into the wildlife and plants that grab your attention.

We will be based in and around BEECHE Visitor Centre, spending time outdoors for as much of the workshop as possible.

You will have the opportunity to observe, sketch and make garden journal entries about wildlife species supported by the BEECHE Wildlife Garden, their established wildlife homes and habitats within the garden and a few of the plants that provide food for wildlife and birds, including the herb garden and orchard.
Wildlife Garden Bees and Flowers. Nature art workshops. London. Kent.
Wildlife Garden Bees and Flowers. Nature art workshops. London. Kent.




WORKSHOP TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW
For details and bookings, visit Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE): All bookings via idverde UK :
www.bromleyparks.co.uk/bookings/


Sketching Natural History
A member of BEECHE Educational Team will introduce the Wildlife Garden and will be on on site during the day. Following the morning’s refreshments and a brief introduction to the workshop, you will be able to view and make quick preparatory sketches from a selection of related natural history specimens to start off your nature sketchbook (garden journal or nature journal) before venturing outside to the Wildlife Garden to sketch from life.


Outdoors, you can choose your preferred subjects and views to sketch the garden landscapes that catch your attention, make close-up sketches of plant specimens from the pond-side, orchard and herb garden, as well as add quick sketches of wildlife that visits while you sketch in the garden.

Build a Nature Journal
You will start to build up personal sketches and notes for a garden journal that you can develop further at home; your nature sketchbook will become a visual record for you to continue adding to create a wonderful working reference.

We will return indoors for cold refreshments, where you will have the chance to revisit the natural history selection and make further sketches.

After the break, you can choose which areas of the wildlife spaces around the Visitor Centre you would like to return to; whether the herb garden, bug hotel or flower banks, all will offer opportunities for both detailed and distance sketching depending on your preferences.


Although wildlife can sometimes be difficult to spot, throughout the art workshop you will have viewings of a range of wildlife and plants to sketch, in the form of natural history and/or live specimens: including birds, nests, eggs, bees herbs, pond plants, wild flowers, apple, quince and medlar trees, apiary, bees, rabbit skeleton, moths, hedgerow, dragonfly and lichen.

This workshop theme is 'BEECHE Wildlife Garden', which is the third of four nature-themed sketchbook workshops in London and Kent at High Elms.


  • Friday 9th August 9:00-13:00 High Elms Pond wildlife
  • Saturday 10th August 11:00-15:00 Fruits, flowers and flyers
  • Friday 16th August 9:00-13:00 BEECHE wildlife garden


The last one scheduled is:
  • Friday 30th August 09:00-13:00 Woodland Habitats and Hedgerows



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The wildlife garden bees and flowers workshop is based in Orpington close to Bromley, Croydon, Beckenham, Farnborough, Downe, Tatsfield and Westerham.
It takes less than an hour or so from areas such as Eltham, Blackheath, Crystal Palace, Dulwich, Greenwich, Sydenham, Sevenoaks, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Maidstone, Edenbridge, Esher, Epsom, Whyteleafe, Caterham, Crawley and more.



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