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by Deb Shaw

Every botanist who has discovered a new plant species — approximately 2,000 new species of plants, algae and fungi are named each year — has had to write and submit a formal description in Latin and ensure that the description (in Latin) is published the old-fashioned way: in a journal on paper.

Until, January 1, 2012, when new rules will take effect, allowing descriptions to be submitted in a modern language, online. Read the Scientific American blog to see the full story about how botanists are finally ditching Latin and paper, and joining the 21st century. This New Year’s Eve we can all toast progress, and wish everyone a healthy, happy New Year, with great paintings to come.


by Deb Shaw

Colored Pencil Artwork by Cristina Baltayian, © 2010, all rights reserved.

Colored Pencil Artwork by Cristina Baltayian, © 2010, all rights reserved.

Cristina Baltayian will teach “Using Colored Pencils in Botanical Art” at The Arboretum. The class will focus on color pencil techniques, composition, and color mixing. All levels of experience are welcome.

Classes meet from 10 am – 2 pm (including a lunch break) on Tuesdays, beginning in January, 2012:
January 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 6, 13, 20, 27

The cost is $255/month for Arboretum members, and $275/month for non-members. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Students may bring a sack lunch, or purchase one at the Peacock Café.

Preregistration is required. To register, please call The Arboretum at 626.821.4623.

Cristina Baltayian has a background in drawing (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink), two-dimensional design, watercolor, and colored pencils. Her work has been shown at Filoli, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Chapman University. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and The Botanical Artist Guild of Southern California.

The Arboretum is open daily from 9AM to 5PM and is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.


by Janice Sharp, posted by Deb Shaw

The LA Arboretum After The Storm

The hurricane force winds that hit the Pasadena/Arcadia area on December 1 caused extensive damage to the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. A preliminary assessment of damage indicates at least 326 trees are a total loss and over 700 require extensive restorative pruning.

The Arboretum has long been a “home” and resource of the Southern California Botanical Artists Guild.  It is a place where we have all taken classes, have shown our work, and been able to obtain a variety of plant specimens. In the wake of the damage to the Arboretum, an outpouring of community support has lead to the establishment of the Arboretum Tree Fund. This is the single largest tree planting campaign in the garden’s history. Please help with the acquisition of new trees and shrubs by making a GIFT ONLINE, or by MAIL to Los Angeles Arboretum Foundation, 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA. 91007. To make a donation by phone, please call Brittany Fabeck in the Development Office at 626.821-3237. Please include “Tree Fund” on your donation.

by Deb Shaw

Lacecap Hydrangea, watercolor by Sue Kuuskmae, © 2011, all rights reserved.

Lacecap Hydrangea, watercolor by Sue Kuuskmae, © 2011, all rights reserved.

BAGSC member Sue Kuuskmae decided to visit the art exhibition at the Palos Verdes Public Library and was pleasantly surprised to find that her watercolor, “Lacecap Hydrangea”, had received a blue ribbon first prize and a cash award.

Congratulations Sue!!

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