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aureaVista_Closes The Aurea Vista marketplace in downtown Riverside has announced it will close by the end of the year. The retail areas of the historic Aurea Vista hotel will become a nightclub.

ArtPlantae’s retail section dedicated to plant-based education and botanical art will merge with its retail space on Aurea Vista’s ground floor. The teacher trunk show will continue through October 31 as planned. Pick up an in-store coupon at each section to save $5 on purchases of $20 or more. Coupon valid only for ArtPlantae merchandise and must be presented at the register during checkout. Use the coupon on a wide selection of books under $10 or on the holiday gift ideas now available at the store.

Thank you to all who visited this unique boutique marketplace and to all who supported ArtPlantae during its one-year tenure at Aurea Vista.

You can continue to buy resources from ArtPlantae by shopping online at ArtPlantae Books or by visiting ArtPlantae at educational events. Proceeds support this site and help to cover the cost of materials for outreach activities.

Aurea Vista is located at 3498 University Avenue, on the corner of Lemon Street and University Avenue. Free parking is in the parking lot with the ballet mural. Street parking is free after 5 PM on weekdays and is free all day on weekends.

Store Hours

    Monday (closed)
    Tuesday – Saturday (11-7)
    Sunday (11-5)

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Bridging the Gap Between Alternative and Conventional Medicine
Lloyd Library and Museum
Cincinnati, OH
October 12, 2013

The Lloyd Library and Museum invites you to attend Bridging the Gap between Alternative and Conventional Medicine, its first major scientific symposium. Speakers and participants will explore the complicated issue of using herbal and other natural remedies in a society that has long relied on conventional medical practices.

Alternative, sometimes referred to as Traditional, medicine tends to approach health from an entirely different perspective, looking to prevent rather than having to cure. However, the two medical practices can and do work together, and there is a way to integrate the two methods to obtain optimum health.

The Lloyd is bringing to Cincinnati some of the biggest advocates for herbal and natural medicine, including:

  • Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director of the American Botanical Council
  • Roy Upton, Executive Director of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia ®
  • Sheila Kingsbury, professor of Medical Botany at Bastyr University
  • Lisa Gallagher, local naturopathic physician from the Alliance Institue for Integrative Medicine (Cincinnati)

Jan Scaglione, Clinical Toxicologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Drug and Poison Control Center, will serve as moderator in an open afternoon session, facilitating interaction between the speakers and audience. Attendees can expect to come away with a better understanding of the alternative therapies available and how to integrate natural medicines with their routine medical care to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

The symposium begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:00 PM. Registration for the event is $50 and includes light continental breakfast and afternoon snacks. Registration deadline is October 1, 2013.

On October 13, 2013, a Lloyd representative along with local herbalist/botanist, Abby Artemisia, will lead a medicinal botany hike at the Curtis Gates Lloyd Wildlife Management Area (CGLWMA) in Crittenden, Kentucky. The walk begins at 10:30 AM at the CGLWMA and ends at 12:30 PM. The cost for this educational and fun event is $25.00. Registration deadline is October 1, 2013.

Space is limited for both dates so please register soon if you would like to attend. Combined registration for both events is $65.00. Details and a registration form can be found on the Lloyd Library and Museum website.

About the 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. Our 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 general public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life. It is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM, and on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

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Attention teachers, naturalists and artists near Dallas Center, Iowa!

The Leaf Lab at the Brenton Arboretum will open on August 20, 2013 and will be open every Wednesday from 1-4 PM through November 13, 2013. Visitors to the lab will learn about leaf morphology and plant identification. They will also be able to compare leaves in their personal collections to leaves in the lab and to leaves on the trees in the Arboretum’s living collection.

Cost: $5 lab contribution per visit

Learn more about the Brenton Arboretum, their classes and other services at www.thebrentonarboretum.org. Follow them on Twitter (@brentontrees) and Facebook.

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There are many apps on the market that enable naturalists to explore the great outdoors without carrying a backpack full of books. Even large traditional references such as The Jepson Manual: Vascular Plants of California are now available as easy-to-carry ebooks.

What type of interactive field guides or apps have you used to learn about plants? Did you find them to be user-friendly or simply too frustrating to use?

Share your experiences below in the Comment box.

More Tips & Tools

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A fellow artist has a question for you…

I am thinking ahead to the 2013 holiday season and would like to create some postcard sets for gifts. Does anyone have any good references as to sizes? I’d love to create squares. Do you have any advice about photographing images for printing? Where to purchase the blank cards? Best type of printing? Where to have them printed? I am planning a small run of boxed or bagged sets, maybe only 50-100 sets to start. Thank you.

Do you create your own stationery? What have you learned through your experiences of making your own cards? Share your experiences below.


The conversation among readers is gaining momentum!

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cover12Botanical artist Wendy Hollender and clinical herbalist Dina Falconi have created a cookbook that is also an illustrated field guide to wild plants. They have completed three years of writing, drawing, designing and recipe testing and are now ready to self-publish their book!

Five days ago they launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production and printing expenses. Autographed first edition copies of their new book are available for only $38. This new title is expected to ship in June. It will be a hardcover book with an estimated 210 pages and 64 color pages. Visit Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook to view pages from this wonderful new cookbook.

As of this morning, they have 237 backers and have raised 58% of the project goal. Their project will be funded only if they reach their funding goal by Sunday March 10, 2013 at 12 pm EDT.

Would you like to help Dina and Wendy publish their informative cookbook and illustrated field guide? Contributions begin at $1.

Visit their Kickstarter page to learn more.


Botanical Drawing in Color

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Visit the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists Published in conjunction with the 5th anniversary of the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. This collectors edition brings into focus bulb and tuber crops available in the Netherlands. Drawing and painting the bulbs required studious and patient documentation over several growing seasons. This book contains a selection of the collection created by the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. Twenty-seven species of bulb and tuber crops are presented in twenty-five watercolor paintings and two graphite drawings.

Blooming Bulbs can be purchased for $20 (incl. shipping) directly from the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. Contact Anita Walsmit Sachs for more information.

Visit the website of the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. Here you will find information about classes, be able to view members’ artwork, browse an archive of past newsletters and browse links to interesting websites.


Dutch Society of Botanical Artists. 2012. Bloeiende bollen (Blooming Bulbs). Foreward by Gert-Pieter Nijssen. Introduction by Anita Walsmit Sachs.

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