Painting Christmas in the Conservatory

Painting Christmas in the Conservatory

The inside of the Longwood Conservatory decorated and planted for Christmas.
Becca Mathias

Dates & Prices

December 4–8, 2024

Fee: $129

Fee for Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members: $116

Fee includes all-day admission to the Gardens on the day the class is onsite.

This class is intended as an adult learning experience.  Find out more about our Family Learning experiences.

Registrations may be cancelled up to two weeks before the event, and your registration fee, less a $30 processing fee, will be refunded.

To notify us of your cancellation, email us or call 610-388-5454.

Register by November 27, 2024

Innovators, Gardens Preferred, and Gardens Premium Members save on Continuing Education Courses

A 10% discount on classes will be applied automatically at the time of checkout. 

Begin the class online as instructor Diana Heitzman offers techniques and tips for painting. Then, enjoy early-morning Gardens access as you put your knowledge into practice during a four-hour, in-person painting experience inside the West, East, and Main Conservatories with your choice of medium, easel, and tools. Find the perfect place(s) to paint in the West, East, or Main Conservatory, and work independently at your leisure with feedback and guidance from Heitzman. You’ll find plenty of inspiration in this spectacular setting amid the thousands of lights and incredible displays inside the Conservatories. You’ll leave with a beautiful depiction of your favorite aspects of our indoor Christmas display—painted by you! 

Course Schedule

Online Orientation
Wednesday, December 4, 6:00–6:30 pm

Onsite Session
Sunday, December 8, 7:00–10:00 am

Full course content includes both the online and the onsite components.


Onsite at Longwood Gardens with additional online sessions.


Diana Heitzman

Diana Heitzman is an artist who is active in botanical painting. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and studied at Temple University in Rome, Italy. Post-graduation, Heitzman studied graphic design and advertising at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia and worked as an art director. Heitzman has taught in Cape May County as well as Mt Cuba Center and Center of the Creative Arts in Delaware. She has shown her work in several galleries and completed multiple commissions, including the Wilmington Flower Market Poster. For the past 20 years she has exhibited and sold her paintings at the annual Philadelphia Flower Show. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators.