CHARLESTON — Area artists are invited to get creative June 29 at the Wesley Whiteside Botanical Garden.
The 2013 Artist's Day in the Garden, sponsored by the Coles County Arts Council, is an annual fundraiser that gives area residents and artists of all abilities the opportunity to create and be inspired by the Whiteside Garden. The event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 5-acre private garden just east of Charleston at Illinois 16 and County Road 1820E was planted and is maintained by Wesley Whiteside, a retired Eastern Illinois University botany professor.
It features two water lily ponds, a specialized carnivorous plant bed, hundreds of day lily varieties, hostas, roses, native bamboo, orchids, prairie plants and a wide assortment of shade trees.
Photographers, painters, poets, gardeners, nature enthusiasts and even musicians are known to frequent the event, but many attend simply to walk the grounds.
All ages are invited to participate. Paper, crayons and watercolor sets will be available, but those in attendance may want to bring lawn chairs, easels, and their own media.
The recommended donations for entry are $3 for Coles County Arts Council members and full-time students and $5 for the general public. Entry is free for children 12 years of age or younger when accompanied by a participating adult.
For more information, contact Jacqui Worden at 348-1538 or firstname.lastname@example.org.