Upcoming Event

Intellectual Property for 
Visual Artists
 with Erin Best

Crown Imperial Lily, Alexander Marshal, 17th Century


Presenter: Erin Best, LLB/MBA

Date:   October 6th, 2019

Time:   2:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Place:  MUN Botanical Garden 

Cost:   No Charge for members of BASNL

Enjoy an afternoon tea with from the Garden Cafe as Lawyer Erin Best presents on Intellectual Property specific for visual artists, followed by a question and answer period. Come with any questions you may have on the subject.

Learn more about Erin and her practice here:

Previous Workshops

Improving your Botanical Photography with Susan Meades

A Hands-on Plant Photography Workshop for BASNL Members


Instructor: Susan Meades BA, MSc, author of the website “Flora of Newfoundland & Labrador"

Date:   July 18th, 2019

Time:   1300-1600h (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Place:  MUN Botanical Garden (conference room + outside in the garden)

Cost:   No Charge for members of BASNL

Please join us at the MUN Botanical Garden for an afternoon photography workshop with visiting botanist Sue Meades. We will spend part of the time photographing our plant subjects outside, weather permitting, followed by workshop time indoors.

Susan Meades is a botanist, and along with her husband William, lived in Newfoundland for a number of years, while conducting research and providing consulting services in the field of botany. As a consultant, she described the vegetation of peatlands across Newfoundland and conducted various rare plant surveys in Labrador.  Sue was a founding member and past president of the Wildflower Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, wrote the Natural Regions of Newfoundland and Labrador (1990) and was the primary author of Annotated Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Newfoundland and Labrador (SJ Meades et al. 2000,2015) .  She has worked as an adjunct professor at Algoma University for 11 years, where she developed the Northern Ontario Plant Database website (SJ Meades at al. 2004) and continued doing fieldwork in Newfoundland and Labrador. She and William are the authors of the website The Flora of Newfoundland and Labrador, ( ) a resource for showcasing the beauty of the province’s flora. Sue did most of the photography for this website. We are delighted that she is back in Newfoundland this summer to share her knowledge in this workshop exclusively for members of BASNL.


Content for the workshop will include:

- What is the best lighting to use when photographing plants/flowers

- How to improve upon less than ideal lighting (in particular outside)

- Ways to deal with clusters of flowers or multi leafed plants.



No registration form, if you are attending, please email Sharon Smith by July 10, 2019

Flora of Newfoundland and Labrador with Susan Meades


Date: July 17th, 2019  
Instructor: Susan Meades
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Hampton Hall, Marine Institute
Cost: $5.00

Completed Workshops 

Botanical Drawing & Composition

Instructor: Kerri Weller

Date:  November 15-18, 2018

MUN Botanical Garden Conference Room

Full details on this workshop can be found here.

May 20 2018
Botanical Sketching with Glynn Bishop

MUN Botanical Garden Time 2 - 4 pm

Cost: Free

Sketching plants and mushrooms in the field is one of the best ways to remember what is unique about the species you are studying. The serenity of sitting in the wild and sketching your newly found subject creates a memory process that far surpasses what can be captured in a photograph. 

Join Glynn for a casual yet informative talk with demonstrations for sketching in the field using pencil and watercolour, with a view to scientific identification. 

He will share the tools that are required for sketching in the field as well as simple techniques for capturing your subject. 

May 21 2018
Art & Native Plants Child/Adult Workshop
with Kathie Chalker, Eileen Gear Bragg and Margaret Walsh Best

MUN Botanical Garden Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Age of Child : 9 -12 years

Number of Participants 6 Children + one accompanying Adult per child

Cost: $25.00 per child (Accompanying Adult is free)

Registration Procedure:
Pre-Registration now open from interested participants via email to:
Replies will be sent to confirm registration status.

Have fun learning about botanical art using some of our province's native plants! No experience needed! Young people aged 9-12 will work alongside their accompanying adult (parent, grandparent or guardian) to create three different projects using drawing, painting and observation skills. Child and adult will experience what it is like to be a botanical artist and will be guided through the projects by three artists. What better way to experience how art and science complement each other!


May 13 2018
Mushroom Workshop

MUN Botanical Garden Time: 1 - 3 pm, Sunday, May 13, 2018

Led by Steve and Lisa McBride of Goldie & Maple, the Mo- bile/Southside Goats Homestead.
In partnership with Foray NL, MUN Botanical Gardens, and Botanical Art Society Newfoundland Labrador.

A beginner’s introduction to mycelium and edible mushroom growing at home. The focus will be on basic growing and propagation techniques for oyster mushrooms using saw- dust bags/buckets or outdoors in the garden.page3image9264

Price includes two-hour workshop session AND full Mushroom Growing Kit (Blue or Pearl Oyster).

May 10 2018
Mushrooms 101 

MUN Botanical Garden Time: 7 - 8:30 pm Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mycologist Dr. Faye Murrin will give a talk/slideshow on Mushrooms 101, a beginner’s introduction to mushrooms. This presentation will be free.

May 10 2018
The What & How of Botanical Art with Margaret Walsh Best

MUN Botanical Garden Time: 10am - 1pm Thursday, May 10, 2018

The only tools you need to bring for this botanical art workshop are your curiosity, your interest and your willingness to try something new!

Join Margaret Walsh Best for three hours of learning about traditional botanical art. No experience or supplies are required.
You’ll hear a little of the history of this art form and then Margaret will present and explain the “tools of the trade”, followed by a demonstration of the process of creating an art piece. Participants can then have the time to experiment as Margaret leads them through their own studio time.