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WS07 -SESSION FULL-SOLD OUT! Every Gardener Is an Artist

June 19, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am


Raise your hand if you fall in love with beautiful plants at the garden center but aren’t sure how to put them together to make a wow-factor design. Instead of starting from scratch on garden design, join Donna Houtteman as she shows how to fast-forward the process. Be prepared for lively conversation with this engaging presenter!

  • In this visually rich presentation, Donna uses examples from Mother Nature and masterpieces of art to bring understanding of the elements of design and how they work together to create something that is aesthetically pleasing.
  • Learn how to translate the principles of design found in Mother Nature and the art world to garden design.
  • Learn how to use a color wheel. (You’ll get one to take home.) When you get right down to it, gardens are really about color. Why do certain combinations work why others don’t? A color wheel helps combine different colors of blooms, foliage and other elements in ways that are pleasing.
  • And, of course, discover the artist in you!


Length: 2 hours

Max participants: 25


Donna Houtteman is the owner and creator of ART BLOCKS (artblockskc.com), a novel concept of mini-classes in art history for the purpose of enriching people’s lives through the joy of art. ART BLOCKS is the culmination of her lifelong passion for sharing her love of art. Donna’s many involvements in the art world include being a docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for 22+ years, an art instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute, and a popular teacher and presenter in venues from coast to coast. Donna’s latest passion is in the gardening world, which is no surprise since her mother was a Master Gardener. She has a degree in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.


June 19, 2023
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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Donna Houtteman