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Drawing Montalvo's Botanicals with Edward Rooks

Recommended for adults.
Limit 15 students

Discover the beauty of Montalvo’s native and non-native plants in this six-week survey of the park’s formal and informal gardens. Visitors to Senator Phelan’s Montalvo often brought gifts of plants from their world travels to add to the arboretum. Today, Montalvo’s grounds continue to abound with a wide array of botanical species. Artist Edward Rooks leads this exploration of Montalvo’s plants – both indigenous and foreign to Northern California – through a variety of drawing techniques, including pen and ink, scratchboard and more.

About the Instructor

Born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago, Edward Rooks has illustrated many of the island nation's threatened animals in their native habitat as commissions for nature enthusiasts and biologists. Currently living in San Jose, California, Edward teaches drawing and painting workshops and classes, and leads Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris in the Antarctic and to Trinidad and Tobago.

Edward’s illustrations have appeared on the California Sport Fishing License, the Johnston’s Vineyard wine labels and numerous biological journals and nature and conservation magazines, including on the cover of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society’s 2007 Breeding Bird Atlas of Santa Clara County.

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