© Margaret Pope
Cylindropuntia fulgida

© Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton Datura wrightii

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Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program

Promoting the conservation and appreciation
of plants of the Sonoran Desert through botanical art

The Sonoran Desert Florilegium

call for entries

For more than 400 years, florilegia, or “flower books,” have been created as botanically accurate renderings of living collections of plants from a particular botanical garden or region. The earliest published florilegia were compilations of paintings of plants found in European flower gardens, but over time, they have come to play a broader role in botanical and historical documentation.

In keeping with the Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program’s goal to promote conservation and appreciation of Sonoran Desert plants through botanical art, the program has established a florilegium to document plants native to the Sonoran Desert region.

Traditionally the paintings of a florilegium were compiled and published as a book, but contemporary florilegia increasingly have become curated collections of botanical art. Unlike many of these florilegia, the Sonoran Desert Florilegium is an online collection of digital images of botanical art that can reach a far wider audience than a curated collection of physical artworks.

A call for entries for artists to submit works to the Sonoran Desert Florilegium can be found here.

Submissions to the Florilegium must be two-dimensional works of botanical art, a requirement that excludes photography and digitally-created works.

Entries will be accepted twice a year, from July 1 to July 31, and from January 1 to January 31. Once accepted, these artworks will be displayed on this site in a unique section designed to highlight the artwork, the artists, and the plants.

Cereus giganteus painting