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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, and the Garden Club of the Back Bay.

Friends Spring-Summer 2021 Program Brochure

Friends Winter 2021 Program Brochure

Friends Fall 2020 Program Brochure

Registration Form

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our in-person classes have been suspended until it is safe to hold them again. We are scheduling some on-line botanical art classes that are announced via email to our current art students. If you are not already receiving our emails, please send your name and email address to wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu

 

If you have any questions, please email wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu. Please do not call the office since Friends staff are now working from home.

 

Course Registration 

We require advance registration for all programs. Please fill out a registration form, scan or take a photo of it, and email it to wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu

 

Paying for Classes

You may pay for classes by credit card or check.

NEW! We now accept credit card payments at our e-store.

If paying by check, please make your check payable to WCBG Friends. Contact us at wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu for mailing instructions.

We encourage you to contact us via email to confirm space in the class before making your payment.

 

Program and Class Information

Advance Registration: Due to COVID-19, registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis upon email to wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu.  Register early to ensure your place in a desired class. You must follow up your registration with payment within 1 week to keep your place in the class.

We accept credit cards as well as 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, including materials lists and directions, are sent via email a few weeks prior to the start of a program. If you require an earlier confirmation, email us at wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu

Class Locations: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Friends classes are currently being held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Weather Cancellations: Program cancellations due to inclement weather are announced by email to all registered participants. If you think that your program may be cancelled, please email us.

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. 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: program fee is non-refundable and non-exchangeable

Special cancellation policy for classes with visiting instructors:

  • more than 60 days: processing fee = the greater of $15 or 10% of program fee
  • 60 to 31 days: processing fee = the greater of $25 or 25% of program fee
  • 30 days or less: program fee is non-refundable and non-exchangeable

Special cancellation policy for overnight trips:

  • The initial deposit of 25% of the program fee is non-refundable and non-exchangeable
  • 60 to 31 days: processing fee = 50% of program fee
  • 30 days or less: program fee is non-refundable and non-exchangeable