The Arts at MBG

Botanical Art

Mobile Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art program is lead by botanical artist, Derek Norman. He is the former President of the American Society of Botanical Artists and his work can be found in collections ranging from the Library of Congress to the British Museum. Derek offers a wide variety of classes, including graphite, colored pencil, watercolor, pen and ink and more. For information on current classes being offered, please visit our Events and Classes page.

About Derek Norman:
Derek moved here from Chicago. Born and educated in England,  his graphic works, paintings, drawings and botanical works have been exhibited in Europe and America. He has won Gold and Silver Gilt Medals at the Royal Horticultural Society in London and he is represented in many private and permanent collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, the Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Florilegium Society.

Garden Sketch Club
Interested in joining the fun? Afternoon sketching, under the guidance of Derek Norman, is offered on Friday afternoons, 2-4pm. All levels of experience welcome! General admission applies for those who are not member of the Gardens. You can check with the office or the Events Calendar to determine the location of the sketching exercises.

Creative Writing

A Creative Writing club is lead by Dr. Sue Brannan Walker. Members of the club meet regularly on Wednesdays, 10am until noon, and share poetry.

About Sue Walker:

Sue Brannan Walker, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita at the University of South Alabama where she served as Chair of the Department and the Stokes Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing. She served as Poet Laureate of Alabama from 2003-2012 and has published numerous books, including poetry and an award-winning book on the ecopoetics of James Dickey. 


MBG Photographer in Residence Program

Elizabeth Gelineau is a member of the Gardens and a well regarded photographer in the area. As photographer in residence, Elizabeth will be our liaison for promoting and scheduling photo sessions at the Gardens. She will also be offering photography classes and other photography related events. Learn more about this program here