Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Art and movement in the garden

Sawtooth Botanical Garden hosts fall workshops

Express Staff Writer

Photo courtesy Sawtooth Botanical Garden

Now that the kids are back in school, take advantage of a handful of classes for grownups in the harvest-time energy and beauty of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.

The theme of this season's classes is "Celebrating Art & Movement in the Garden," and includes three classes: tai-chi, water color and photography. And to help people capitalize on the bounty of the fall season, Kaz Thea will offer a class on canning.

Award-winning food, travel and lifestyle photographer Paulette Phlipot will guide students through the art of macro-photography in the garden, teaching how to capture those intimate shots of flora and fauna. Fall with all its bonus colors in transition means the garden will provide a worthy subject. This one-day class, held Tuesday, Sept. 20, will be split with an indoor lecture.

Phlipot graduated with honors from the Western Academy of Photography in Victoria, B.C. Her ability to tell the story of a place through images of food, people and the natural elements will make her a rich resource for getting to the root of photography challenges.

In China, tai-chi is performed in parks and squares. In Sun Valley, it will be practiced in one of the area's most abundant public gardens. Certified instructor Stella Stockton will lead classes in the ancient martial art form on Wednesdays for six weeks starting Sept. 21 through Oct. 26 on the lawn adjacent to the perennial gardens.

Tai-chi is an excellent exercise option for a wide range of ages and ability levels, with benefits that include increased flexibility and mental concentration and decreased stress levels. This course will explore the connection between the mind and body and its correlation for good health.

What better season than fall to work outdoors? What about trying painting with watercolor, capturing the beauty of the garden on canvas to keep all year?

Artist Kim Howard leads this course called "Plein Air: Up Close and Far Way," intended to sharpen landscape painting skills. Howard is an accomplished illustrator and watercolorist willing to share her perspective on the five-acre gardenscape and enhance the experience.

And finally, the ultimate way to savor summer's end long into winter. Kaz Thea, manager of the Wood River Farmer's Markets and a longtime canner, will walk through the canning process. This is the time to preserve the fresh produce harvested from home gardens, collected at farmers markets or the grocery. Participants will take home a canned treat from the workshop.

Thea has taught classes for the Sawtooth Botanical Garden for the past few years and makes the process simple for beginners to understand. Enjoy wine and snacks while working. All ages welcome to this hands-on class.

The Sawtooth Botanical Garden is located on the corner of Gimlet Road and state Highway 75 south of Ketchum. It is a community resource showcasing native and cultivated plants that flourish at high altitude and fosters environmental stewardship through education, events, displays and plant collections.


Classes: Call 726-9358

- Garden photography with Paulette Phlipot, Tuesday, Sept. 20

- An introduction to the art of tai-chi with Stella Stockton, Wednesdays, Sept. 21 through Oct. 26.

- Plein air with Kim Howard, Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Thursday, Sept. 29

- Family canning class with Kaz Thea, Wednesday, Sept. 28

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