Registration open McKee Botanical Garden’s plein air painting workshops


Registration is now open for McKee Botanical Garden’s upcoming Climate Balanced Design and Outdoor/Plein Air Painting workshops. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 

On Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, McKee Botanical Garden is offering a workshop on Climate Balanced Design. Jennifer Yates of Yates Garden Design will share her wisdom on how to create an artistic, sustainable landscape and garden design. Her presentation offers design ideas on how to design for hurricane and climate resilience for Vero Beach, focusing on plant selection and types of fences, hedges and garden structures to stabilize the garden landscape. Questions will be answered, and then the class will walk the Garden to view what makes a plant stable, and point out favorable plants for your own property. The cost for this workshop is $40 for McKee members and $45 for non-members. 

Jennifer Yates was educated at the Rhode Island School of Design, B I Arch, and at the New York Botanical Gardens in Landscape Design. She specializes in creating artistic, colorful and customized designs, as well as low-maintenance and showcase landscapes, climate-friendly designs, and Feng Shui and Vaastu. For more information about Jennifer Yates, visit 

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, internationally known master artist Jack Hagop Keledjian will instruct an Outdoor/Plein Air Painting workshop. Participants can capture their own style by painting a tropical scene on the grounds of McKee. Learn how to set up a scene, represent the flora in true color using the wet-on-wet technique, and develop this important dimension of landscape work. The cost for this workshop is $100 per participant. Participants are asked to bring their own art supplies (oil or acrylic). Smaller canvases are preferred.

Jack Hagop Keledjian was born in Yerevan, Armenia, where his vocation as a painter affirmed itself at the young age of twelve and he entered the School of Painting for Young Artists. Upon graduation from college, Jack was accepted into the Aprahamian Art Studio where he learned his technique. In 1981, with his family, Hagop immigrated to the U.S. and settled in Massachusetts. He continues to improve his education as an artist with the art studio of Richard Schmid in Vermont. One of his works is permanently exhibited at the Armenian Library and Museum of America in Massachusetts. The Boston Merchants of Newbury Street have also mounted a bronze plaque on the street wall to honor him as a master painter. 

To register for either of these workshops, call 772-794-0601 or stop by McKee Botanical Garden at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962.  Cash and checks only, please. 

About McKee Botanical Garden

McKee Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to nurture and enhance a historic garden in a unique tropical setting for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all.  McKee Botanical Garden is located at 350 US Highway 1 in Vero Beach


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