The North Gallery at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden furthers our mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants by featuring the horticulturally inspired work of Iowa artists. Visit the North Gallery year-round for unique perspectives on the beauty and wonder of the natural world.
The Sacred Yews, featuring artwork from Greg Thatcher
Jan. 18-March 30, 2020.
“My Yew Trees series began on a trip to England in 1991. I found a churchyard with beautiful topiary yews in Painswick, Gloucestershire. My goal for the series has been to capture the personality and spiritual essence of the yew trees. There is an immediacy about drawing. With drawing, I have the ability to capture, and unify a wide range of detail and tonal value. I feel it is important to express the trees’ essence, because culturally, we are systematically losing our deeper connections with nature. I feel I am a spokesman for these trees, and I am trying to tell their story.” –Greg Thatcher