How to Create An Outdoor/Plein Air Painting - SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 24, 2018
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
$100 per participant


Capture your own style by painting a tropical scene on the grounds of McKee.  Learn how to set up a scene, represent the flora in true color using the wet-on-wet technique, and develop this important dimension of landscape work. Please bring your own paint supplies (oil or acrylic). Smaller canvases preferred.


Instructor:  Jack Hagop Keledjian
Internationally known master artist, Jack Hagop Keledjian began his artistic vocation at a young age in his home country of Armenia. After college, he was accepted into the Aprahamian Art Studio where he learned his technique.  Aprahamian was the master of European realism and a follower of Velezquez.  In 1981, Jack immigrated to the U.S. with his family and settled in Massachusetts. He continues to improve his education with the art studio of Richard Schmid in Vermont.  One of his works is permanently exhibited at the American Library and Museum of America in MA, and the Boston Merchants of Newbury Street have honored him as a master painter with a bronze plaque on the street wall.





Cooking with Urvi
“Intro to Indian Vegetarian Cooking”
To be rescheduled due to illness
2:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost:  $55 Members/$60 Non-members


In India, it is believed that a meal shared is a blessing multiplied. Let Urvi’s passion for cooking and sharing with others inspire you during this introductory lesson in Indian culture and cuisine. Discover what spices are used in Indian cooking and how ingredients and techniques vary by region. Participants will sample a variety of dishes as they learn how to create a traditional Thali plate. Spice boxes will be available for purchase.


Instructor: Urvi Upadhyay
Born in the State of Gujarat, India and raised in the United States, Urvi is a home chef and caterer who has been guided by generations of recipes, which she has honed by adding her personal touch. She enjoys sharing her passion for Indian cuisine with others, and teaches private cooking classes out of her Vero Beach home where she encourages her students to “cook from the heart.”



Creating Serene Spaces With A Mini Meditation or Fairy Garden or Bonsais with Hypertufa
Saturday, March 10, 2018
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Cost:  $50 Members/$55 Non-members

Rustic in appearance and made of cement, peat moss and perlite, hypertufa pots are durable and lightweight, and are uniquely suited to complement garden spaces. Learn how to create a serene environment ideal for a fairy meditation or easy bonsai garden by making a hypertufa pot to take home. Ideas and demonstrations for transforming pots to serene places will be covered and participants will also take home instructions for creating hypertufa pots and a copy of Dr. Brown’s recently published book, Erica’s Blog: A Tool Kit for Fixing What’s Not Working in Your Life. Wear gardening clothes, as this can be messy. Bring rubber gloves and a dust mask (Home Depot or Lowes). All other material will be provided.


Instructors:  Dr. Kendra Brown & Joyce D’Agata
Dr. Kendra Brown has an extensive background in teaching, including special education, art, psychology and meditation.  She is passionate about combining two of her loves – art and gardening – and has planned this workshop to be educational, productive and fun!  She will be joined by her friend and assistance Joyce D’Agata, whose love of gardening and art makes assisting at the workshop an easy job. 


Waterlilies 101
Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:30 am-12:30 pm
Cost:  $10 McKee Members/$12 Non-members


Spring has come and now is the time to prepare your waterlilies for the upcoming season. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what we do at McKee to maintain the Garden’s amazing waterlily collection. Participants will learn how to identify the different types of waterlilies, how to propagate and divide plants, what soil they like, and the importance of choosing the right location to plant.  This is a hands-on workshop. Participants should be prepared to get muddy and wet and dress accordingly.


Instructor:  Nikki Stoltze, McKee Horticulture Staff
Plant enthusiast Nikki Stoltze, is one of McKee’s Horticulture Department staff members. She loves working in the ponds, waterways, and pathways of the Garden.  Her current focus is on hybridizing from our delightfully fragrant waterlily collection.  Nikki loves learning about McKee’s collection and enjoys sharing her knowledge with Garden visitors and staff.



Hibiscus Painting on a Canvas Placemat or Wall Art - SOLD OUT

Saturday, March 31, 2018
10:30 am – 2:00 pm
$25 Member/$30 Non-member

Participants will create realistic Hibiscus flowers using acrylic paint on canvas that can be used as a placemat or wall masterpiece.  Colors can be personalized to match one's decor!  Experience is not necessary as there will be step-by-step instructions. Learn how to mix and blend colors and techniques for applying the paint after transferring the drawing.  All supplies will be provided, but wear an old shirt and feel free to bring your own pencils, brushes, palettes, and paint if you have previous experience.

Instructor:  Linda Spencer
Linda Spencer is now doing a lot of her own painting, including plein air at McKee, after 35 years of teaching high school art.  Besides winning awards at New England art shows and now selling work through the Vero Beach Art Museum and Vero Beach Art Club, she's enjoyed working with adults at local guilds and adult education classes.  Feel free to check out her most recent work and contact her at LindaSpencerArts on Facebook, LindaSpencerArts.com, and on Fine Arts America.


Due to our limited space, we ask that students withdraw from classes at least seven working days prior to the start of the class in order to receive a refund. If we must cancel a class, we will make every effort to inform you prior to the class time, and you will receive a full refund. All classes are held at McKee Botanical Garden. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required for all classes.


To register, please call 772-794-0601 or visit us at the Garden at 350 US Highway 1, Vero Beach, FL  32962.  Cash and checks only.









Children's Guide to McKee
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Tour Information

Are you interested in booking a tour of McKee Botanical Garden? If so, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ro vanDright at 772-794-0601 ext. 113 or by email volunteer@mckeegarden.org.

Remember, your tour is not confirmed until we have received your deposit and you have spoken with our Volunteer Coordinator.

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