Each month we will spotlight a volunteer, staff member, donor or sponsor of Virginia Robinson Gardens (VRG) — those that have made an impact on the organization. We want to let you, the reader, know a little bit about these wonderful people and corporations that give so much to the Virginia Robinson Gardens and to the community, and what they do that is so impactful.
This month, we spotlight Barbara Jaynes, a dedicated Friend of Robinson Gardens Member. She is a botanical artist who won first prize in a Robinson Gardens competition to depict Virginia’s camellia. See the photos below of Camellia Japonica and another one of her favorite illustrations, Hydrangea Quercifolia (Oak Leaf Hydrangea).
We asked her these three questions:
1. How did you first learn about VRG and what inspired you to become a Friend?
In 2000, I was just becoming interested in attempting some botanical artwork, and had been advised that Anne-Marie Evans was the best teacher. She lives in England. However, luckily for me, she was coming to Virginia Robinson Gardens – thanks to Tim Lindsay – for, I believe, her first classes on the West Coast. Happily, I took the class, and Anne-Marie more than lived up to expectations, and at the same time, I became enchanted by the Gardens.
2. What’s your role – How do you contribute to VRG?
I am a member of the Friends of Robinson Gardens. When some of the teachers come into town for botanical classes, I take care of their board, lodgings, and transportation to and from the classes. I have, from time to time, been a docent on the annual Garden Tours, and I help to arrange some of the art classes. However, my most important role is to take care of the veterinary needs of Harry, the Gardens’ treasured cat.
3. Can you share a favorite VRG memory with us?
My favorite thought when thinking of VRG is actually how thankful I am for having been introduced to the joy of sharing the passion for botanical painting with a group of extraordinary, kind, and talented ladies in the wonderful setting that the Gardens offer.