nature & art


GO FLOWER GO Workshop with Kris Garnier
Plant identification & nature appreciation

Relax, take a deep breath of mountain air, and connect with nature on the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony grounds in Woodstock with New York State Licensed Guide and NYBG Certified Botanist, Kris Garnier.

Each month we will take an informative wildflower walk, exploring a different ecosystem on the Byrdcliffe campus, and focus on genera in bloom. We will casually observe and catalog the native, naturalized, and invasive plants we find and learn plant identification basics; how to use guide book keys and become familiar with plant family similarities. After each walk, we will have a discussion about a few of the plants found on our walk to gain more insight on each individual. We will explore the origins and medicinal properties of our focus plants and trip out on their intricate patterns—from roots to seeds—using loupes and microscopes. Sessions will conclude with a demonstration on the steps of plant pressing; the materials used to display, press, and catalog prolifically growing plant specimens collected by Kris on each walk. We will also discuss which plants are permissible and ethical to collect.

Suggested materials to bring: 10x hand loupe, collection notebook, pen or pencil, shoulder bag or backpack, insect repellent, brimmed hat, sun protection, sensible shoes, and water. Cameras are definitely welcome.

Class dates (each session is approximately 1.5 – 2 hours long):
Sunday, June 17, 2:00 pm
Sunday, July 22, 2:00 pm
Sunday, August 19, 2:00 pm –> cancelled!
Sunday, September 23, 2:00 pm

Location: Meet in front of the Byrdcliffe Barn, 485 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY; parking is permitted on Upper Byrdcliffe Road, on the Barn side of the street only.
Class fees: $10 suggested donation, payable directly to the instructor.
Please send an email to to indicate interest. Drop-ins are welcome.


Over the past 20 years, Kris Garnier has been overseeing greenhouses, gardens, and indoor plant collections for both businesses and estates throughout the Hudson Valley. She spends her free time exploring the woods, fields, mountains, stream sides, overgrown lots, cracks in a sidewalk…anywhere plants grow, to learn more about them. Garnier has completed a Botany Certification through The New York Botanical Garden and is a Licensed New York State Guide (Badge #7272).