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Submitted by on January 13, 2010 – 1:49 amNo Comment

Botanical Garden on MadieraOne way gardeners can keep plants in flower all year is by capturing them on canvas. Botanical and Flower Painting classes will be held this spring in two different Orient-Express Hotels: Reid’s Palace on the island of Madeira (part of Portugal), and the Inn at Perry Cabin on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Designed by Dr. Shirley Sherwood, a collector of botanical art and the wife of Orient-Express founder, James B Sherwood, these classes are an eclectic mix of study and painting suitable for beginners and for accomplished artists. Class sizes are restricted to allow for one-on-one tutorials. Students will cover many important aspects of botanical painting, and by the end of each class, they will have completed a number of sketches and color works.

The class at Reid’s Palace takes place between April 27 through May 1, 2010, and will be taught by Siriol Sherlock, a watercolorist. Madeira’s Botanical Garden,opened to the public in 1960, will certainly be one source of inspiration (the photo, above, left, is from the Succulent Garden there).

Reid’s Palace has also launched a Designing with Plants Master Class from April 21 to 24, 2010. Guests will learn how to create imaginative garden borders by combining plants for structure, form and color. It will be led by Rosemary Alexander and Simon Pyle, principal and vice principal of the English Gardening School. Participants who book the both Designing with Plants and Botanical Flower Painting classes at Reid’s Palace will receive a 15 percent discount off the class cost.

The Inn at Perry Cabin in St. Michaels, Maryland, will host its Botanical and Flower Painting Class from May 9 to 15, 2010, led by Carol Woodin, a botanical artist who specializes in painting orchids.

Contact the hotels directly for details, pricing and accommodations. Reid’s Palace was opened in 1891 by William and Alfred Reid to accommodate passengers of the great ocean liners. It’s perched on a cliff-top amid 10 acres of semi-tropical gardens on the island of Madeira. The Inn at Perry Cabin is a circa 1816 waterfront property located on 25 acres overlooking the Miles River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

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