Stowe Center Gardens


In Harriet’s Garden with Kelly Radding: Botanical Drawing Workshop

September 4th, 2021



Did you know Harriet Beecher Stowe was an accomplished botanical painter? Her love of flowers and gardening became a life-long passion and inspires us to find balance and reverence for the natural world and creative endeavors; this practice is important today as inspiration from nature is an important step in its preservation. Join accomplished nature and botanical artist Kelly Radding for an afternoon of looking and learning.


Participants will view three of Harriet’s paintings hanging inside the Stowe House, learn a bit about her painting practice, then have a basic tutorial with Radding then find a place to sit and sketch in Harriet’s garden. Registrants will also receive a booklet designed by Radding specially for the event, all the basic art materials for making 8×10 sketches, and sparkling water and snacks will be served at the end as we look at each other’s sketches. (Note: This program is designed to be perfect for caregiver/child or grandparent/child engagement as a multi-generational activity.)


Kelly Radding writes, “I live my dream: I travel, explore, and immerse myself in nature. And out of those experiences comes my art.” Birds, animals, and plants are central; her paintings sing with her passion for the natural world, and her subjects are a testament to her love of travel and of finding the wild everywhere she wanders. Nature became Radding’s backdrop when her family moved from the Hartford suburbs to the quiet country town of South Glastonbury, Connecticut. She was eight years old. Her front yard was acres of apple orchards with sweeping views of the Connecticut River valley and her backyard was a 9000-acre state forest. She spent her childhood riding her horse, exploring the woods and observing the comings and goings of nature. The inhabitants of her beloved New England woodlands would become her artistic muses.


Reservations are required; limited to 15ppl; Ages 10 and up and designed to be a multi-generational.


Registration Link Coming Soon. 


Rain Date: 9/5

Location The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center/77 Forest St./Hartford, CT 06105
Doors Open 3:00 PM
Program 3-5:30 PM
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