November Membership Meeting


Welcome Back, DHSCV Members and Friends

5 pm plant exchange, 6 pm meeting

See at UCR Palm Desert, please park in Lot B. The plant exchange will be by the front entrance and the meeting/talk will be upstairs in B200.

Marie will be manning the membership table where you can renew or become a member.

Our Guest Speaker: Benjamin Lander, Botanical Artist

Ben Lander, Botanical Artist

After earning an MFA in both sculpture and drawing at the University of Colorado, Ben embarked on successive careers in custom cabinetmaking, freelance commercial illustration, and museum exhibit design - specializing in 3D immersive environments for children.

Ben discovered the Minnesota School of Botanical Art in 2011 and after several years of study, he joined the faculty of the school as an instructor. Ben’s botanical art has been exhibited in Minnesota and around the country. He is a past president of the Great River Chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists and is a member of both the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Now a seasonal resident of the Coachella Valley, Ben is a member of the Desert Horticultural Society and is a certified Master Gardener through the UC Riverside Desert Program. His volunteer activities include serving as a docent at the Moorten Botanical Garden in Palm Springs.