botanical art class
botanical art class
family education workshop
botanical art class
botanical art class

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens offers lectures and workshops that present new ideas, research, and critical thinking about the role plants play in the world today.

Art programs focus on watercolor painting and botanical art. WCBG Friends offers a Certificate in Botanical Art and enjoys a close relationship with the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA), a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The Friends is a co-sponsoring partner with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Ecological Landscape Alliance, Garden Club of the Back Bay, and New England Wild Flower Society.

NEW! 2019-2020 Art Classes

2019 Spring-Summer Classes

Registration Form

Registration Form for Children's Art Courses

Course Registration

Please make checks payable to WCBG Friends. Mail to:

Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481-8203

Program and Class Information

Advance Registration: We require advance registration for all classes and field trips. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis upon receipt of payment. Register early to ensure your place in a desired class. A separate, fully-completed form must be submitted for each person registering for a program.

We regret that we cannot accept credit cards for program registration. We accept checks or money orders payable to WCBG Friends. We require separate checks for membership and program registration.

If registration numbers are insufficient, WCBG Friends reserves the right to cancel a program. In this case, a full refund will be issued.

Member Discount: Members of Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens maintaining a gift level of $50 or more, and current Mass Hort members, receive a discount on all programs, courses and trips sponsored by WCBG Friends.

Confirmations: Confirmations for program registrations, inlciuding materials lists and directions, are sent via email a few weeks prior to the start of a program. If you require an earlier confirmation, call the WCBG Friends office at 781-283-3094 ext. 4. 

Class Locations: Due to major construction project around the Science Center, WCBG Friends art classes are now being held at the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Gardens at Elm Bank, 900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02482. Students in programs being held at the Wellesley College Club may park in the College Club lot or its overflow lot across Rte. 16. All other campus parking must be at the College's parking garage, located at the Rte. 135 entrance to the College.

Weather Cancellations: Program cancellations due to inclement weather are announced by recorded message at 781-283-3094. If you think that your program may be cancelled, please call WCBG Friends at this number.

Refund Policy

We regret that no refunds or credits can be given for class cancellations less than one week prior to the start of class or for classes you have not attended. Special cancellation policies apply to overnight trips. Prior to the program's start date, registrations fees are refundable less a processing fee as follows:

  • more than 30 days: processing fee = the greater of $15 or 10% of program fee
  • 30 to 8 days: processing fee = the greater of $25 or 25% of program fee
  • 7 days or less: registrations non-refundable and non-exchangeable