Never take caterpillars at face value
—I learned this from nature
(among other lessons)
Hello, I’m Stephey
a botanical artist & instructor
follow me around like puppies
a profound visit by a bumble bee marked a shift in my life
Because that Bumble Bee buzzed into my life, I found botanical illustration, and bumbles started following me around like puppies. I also was inspired to create a pollinating garden. It’s a way for me to express reverence towards her—the Bumble bee who change me.
The work I create is guided by Nature to reflect the artistry and intelligence of the natural world.
I am forever bonded to the Bumble Bee.
to join me
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“The last word in ignorance
is the man who says of an animal or plant,
“What good is it? “
Get Inspired By Nature
come take a nature journal class
2023 Nature Journaling Sessions
Location: In-Person and Online at my Studio
+ Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
You don’t need to be an artist to create or tend to a nature journal. However, you must be a lover of flowers and plants and excited to experience the beauty of the natural world! In this two day class, Stephey Baker, local creative and avid urban gardener for bumble bees, guides you step-by-step to creating a nature journal unique to you. Discover how to identify basic leaf shapes, flower structures, and creative tips that are easy to implement—all while honing your observational skills in a relaxed and inspired environment. Whether you live in the city, the country, or the suburbs, there’s always opportunities to connect to the natural world around you—it’s beauty, heritage, and significance to the web of life. When you make time to be still and take notice of the natural world, you simultaneously deepen your connection to the natural world within you. Come create something meaningful just for yourself or share nature’s beauty with someone special. All materials provided. Join me!
Spring 2023: Sign-Up at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Site
Four Sessions in total. 2x a week for two weeks
Monday March 20, 2023 10:00-3:30pm
Wednesday March 22, 2023 10:00-3:30pm
Monday March 27, 2023 10:00-3:30pm
Wednesday March 29, 2023 10:00-3:30pm
Sign-up below to be informed when the next online Nature Journal class is open for enrollment. Limited seating available.
Drawing Bumblebees into Your Yard & on Paper
2023 national pollinator week
In-Person + Online
Online: June 2023
Join Stephey Baker, a local creative and avid urban gardener, during Pollinator Week as she guides you step-by-step in creating a small bumble bee drawing.
You don’t need to be an artist in order to participate, and it’s okay if you’re a little scared of bees and other things “buzzing” in the garden.
If you’re a lover of flowers and plants, and are excited to experience the beauty of this hard-working super pollinator, then this class is for you!
Through the process of creating your own bumble bee drawing, you’ll learn how to identify the bumble bees in your backyard; why bumble bees are 2-4 times more effective pollinators per bee than honey bees or solitary bees; what to plant for pollinators regardless of the size of your yard (or lack of it); learn who are the pollinators; how to distinguish wasps, hornets, and the flies that mimic bumble bees; why bumble bees are an annual insect; and more!
Stephey is currently a candiate for a pollinator steward certification program through Pollinator Partnership and is excited to share what she’s learning with you. Come celebrate National Pollinator Week, get creative, and be informed by all the buzz in a relaxed and inspired environment.
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Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Saturday, June 24, 2023 Time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm