nature & art


GO FLOWER GO: Plant collection and preservation workshop with Kristen Garnier

Calling all plant-aholics, weed-watchers, nature-lovers, and creative types! Botanist Kris Garnier of Go Flower Go is offering a three-week workshop merging her enthusiasm and love of science and art through the fascinating, abstract world of plants. Up your plant identification skills, take field notes, gain interesting plant facts and learn the steps and preservation techniques used to create beautiful and informative herbarium specimens.

To start off our first session, we will collect prolifically growing plants from the Byrdcliffe Art Colony grounds, take field notes, identify and press them. In the next two sessions we will learn mounting techniques and detailed information on our collected plants with a diverse collection of books provided. At the third meeting, we will finish mounting our specimens and conclude with student presentations. The end result will be frameable keepsakes and a deeper appreciation of the plants growing in our region.

Microscopes will be available each session to examine some of the plants collected more intimately, revealing the gorgeous symmetry and intricacy of each.

Classes will be held for roughly 2 hours per session and will be limited to six students. A $35.00 material use fee is required.

Materials included: use of wooden press, ventilators, blotter paper and news print, weights, acid-free herbarium paper, glue, thread and needles, acid free finishing tape, books, informational hand outs and microscopes.

Students should bring a pocket-sized notebook, a pencil, clippers, a large shoulder bag, Insect spray, sun protection, and water. A camera or cell phone camera is recommended.

Maximum 6 students.

Class dates : TBD

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
Price for 3-week workshop: $110 for Byrdcliffe members, $120 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $35.00 materials fee paid directly to teacher (please bring cash or check to first class meeting).


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).