Many of you are drawing the artichoke, I thought you would enjoy seeing the artichoke on the plant and in flower. This plant stands about 4-5ft tall. The mature leaves are long, 12” or more in length. You can see the beautiful thistle like bloom that emerges from the top if the scales. When you buy them in the grocery store they have been harvested from the plant before the flower emerges. Artichoke farmers do not allow the plant to bloom as it drains lots of energy from the plant.

I believe this is the Cardoon Artichoke which is a European relative of the Globe Artichoke that we find in our markets, I have to go see it again and check my facts =)

I photographed this plant at the NY Botanical Gardens about
2 years ago. It is always a wonderful sight to see in the perennial garden at the entrance of the glass atrium. If you go to the NYBG take a stroll through the perennial gardens and find the artichoke….you will see it’s an amazing plant.

Gallery Yellow a wonderful show!

The opening at Gallery Yellow was very successful! A huge crowd of people came to see show =)

This is the only botanical art show I have seen with so many botanical artists exhibiting together. I hope you all have an opportunity to go to Gallery Yellow…..I promise you will not be disappointed =)

The show runs through July 19th. See other dates concerning botanical events at The Katonah Art Museum and Caramoor on the website

American Bittersweet color pencil by Laura Gould It’s official, I have received my Botanical Artist Certification from the New York Botanical Garden =’)

Tuesday’s class, May 15th, will be held in the main house at Muscoot Farm, on Rt.100 just south of Rt.35. For anyone planning to do a make-up class be sure not to go to Lasdon. Class on Wednesday will be at Lasdon as usual =)

Gallery Yellow show coming soon =)

The show at Yellow Monkey Village opens May 19th, 2007.
For more information:

The Highstead Arboretum show “Butterflies, Moths & Pollinators, Insects of the East Coast will also open on May
19th. For more information:

When you go to the Gallery Yellow site you will see artists names in the left hand column. Click on the names and you can view some of their beautiful work online.

Cori and I will be in the Gallery Yellow show….I hope you all have the opportunity to come….there will be many wonderful works to see. Many of the artists participating in the show will be at the opening…should be fun =)

Call Highstead Arboretum for viewing times….the gallery is opened by appointment. They are very accommodating, just give them a call to let them know when you would like to see the show 203-938-8809.

If you are going to try to go to both openings the Highstead opening is in the afternoon and the Gallery Yellow show is in the evening…..phew!