Archive for the ‘Plants’ Category

By Bonnie Driggers, BAEE

In early 2014, the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) published American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. The book has met with good success over the past year, particularly among people interested in gardening and the environment as well as in botanical art. It is sold at Monticello; the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Shop in Richmond, Virginia; Meadowlark Gardens in Vienna, Virginia;  the New York Botanic Garden; the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; as well as at other gift and garden shops. 

Don’t wait to get your copy!

The book is available from Amazon and from the publisher at www.starbooks.biz for both retail and wholesale purchases. Please direct all questions about this title to BAEE.

‘American Botanical Paintings’ Wins Awards

baee_USA_awardAmerican Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic is the winner in the Home and Garden category of the 11th Annual USA Best Book Awards. Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington Books, Harlequin, McGraw-Hill, Llewellyn, Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Missouri Press, White House Historical Association, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, American Bar Association and hundreds of independent houses.

The BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic was awarded a Distinguished Technical Communication award in the 2014 Society for Technical Communication (STC) Washington, DC-Baltimore Chapter’s Summit Competition for Technical Communication.

The BAEE website also won a Distinguished Technical Communication award.

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Download guidelines, entry form

Download guidelines, entry form

The UCR Botanic Gardens invites local artists to take part in the annual Primavera in the Gardens Poster Art Contest.

The artwork of the two first-place winners will be used as the artwork for Primavera. First-place winners will each receive four tickets to this annual food, wine and art event. Second-place artists will each receive two tickets to the event.

Original artwork will be accepted for two categories: 1) Photography and
2) Other Media. This contest is open to all artists. The only stipulation is that all original artwork must be of the UCR Botanic Gardens and be no smaller than 11″ x 14″.

Did you take a show-stopping photograph of a plant or landscape scene from inside the Garden? Do you have a drawing or painting of a plant in the UCRBG collection of which you are especially proud?

Download the entry form and submit your original artwork to the Primavera Poster Contest. Submissions are due March 6, 2015.

Download Guidelines & Entry Form

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Four years ago we learned about The Botany Studio at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The Studio’s senior artist, Kandis Elliot, was our guest and their poster about fungi had received First Place for Informational Graphics in the eighth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2010 sponsored by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation.

Today the Botany Studio operates a Botany Outreach Store featuring not only their collection of botany posters, but also digital media and selected publications about the plants of Wisconsin.

If you’re looking for posters about plants for your classroom or program, be sure to visit the Botany Studio. You’ll find posters about the following topics:

  • Introduction to Fungi
  • Classification of Fruits
  • Specialization in Flowers
  • Plant Modifications
  • Pollination and Pollinators
  • Carnivorous Plants
  • Plant Colors
  • Life Cycle of Arabidopsis thaliana
  • The Annotated Big Bucky
  • The Tree of Life

These posters would be a great addition to a classroom, lab, or nature center.
Be sure to take a look!

More about the Botany Studio

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Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)

Cactus Stand in Jamaica, ca. 1895, by Curtis Gates Lloyd (modern colorization of historic b&w photo)

Abloom in the Desert
Art and Rare Books Exhibition
Joel Quimby Exhibition
Lloyd Library and Museum
Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 26 – March 21, 2015

The Lloyd Library and Museum invites you to Abloom in the Desert.

Rare and unique volumes from the early 17th century to the present on cacti and succulents from the Lloyd Library’s botanical book collection are now on view. These books explore the earliest accounts of cacti, including early medicinal uses. Learn how the cactus got its name and learn how cacti are used for decorative purposes. Discover the diverse variety of species in this group of plants while enjoying the Lloyd’s indoor cactus garden.

Desert Walk by Joel Quimby

Desert Walk by Joel Quimby

Then explore the deserts of Saudi Arabia through the photographic eye of Joel Quimby, as he shares his visual documentation of time spent in the Middle East.

About Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period. Their mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life. For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

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Botanical artist and educator of America’s prairies, Heeyoung Kim, has announced two new botanical art programs. Both will be taught at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > Illinois:

Heeyoung Kim

Heeyoung Kim is a botanical artist whose illustrations and paintings of American prairie plants have graced posters, postcards and exhibition catalogs. Heeyoung is passionate about documenting prairie plants and brings attention to the fragile state of America’s prairies by exhibiting her work in national and international exhibitions. Learn More

    Monday Botanical Art Workshops
    Mondays, July 2014 – June 2015
    10 AM – 4 PM
    This course is designed for botanical art students of all levels who are willing to make commitment to learn or improve drawing and painting skills. The most , but most important techniques, will be studied through the courses with continuity, so that students can truly absorb the techniques and apply them intuitively. No need to memorize or take notes all the time, and forget!

    To view course schedule and pricing, go to www.heeyoungkim.com.

    To register, contact Heeyoung Kim or call 847-903-7348.

    Saturday Botanical Art Workshops

    3rd and 4th Saturdays, July 2014 – June 2015
    10 AM – 4 PM
    Similar contents from Monday workshops are adapted appropriately for shorter session focusing on more basic elements. 

    To view course schedule and pricing, go to www.heeyoungkim.com.

    To register, contact Heeyoung Kim or call 847-903-7348.

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The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley will host a special exhibition about plant-based fibers and dyes. The exhibition, Fiber & Dye, opens on Thursday, March 6 and continues through Sunday, March 23, 2014. The exhibit is free with garden admission.

Garden visitors have many opportunities to learn about plant fibers and dyes this month. Here is a look at the wonderful schedule of classes:

  • Chemistry of Dyes – March 8
  • Resist Dyeing Techniques with Kristine Vejar – March 9, 2013
  • Colors from Nature (Family Program) – March 15
  • Pine Needle Basketry – March 16
  • Film Viewing + 1,2,3 Indigo Vat Demo with Slow Fiber Studios – March 18
  • Plant Color Extractions for Cosmetics – March 22
  • Creating Pigments and Paints from Plants – March 23

View course descriptions and register on the Garden’s website.


EcoLiteracy Curriculum Emphasizes Plant Restoration, Natural Dyes

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