Christmas card art from the hamilton family

While plant enthusiasts in our region are familiar with Lucretia Hamilton’s extraordinary botanical illustrations, few have seen more personal expressions of her art. Two years ago Florilegium volunteers were thrilled to find several of Hamilton’s Christmas cards in Richard Felger’s collection of botanical illustrations currently housed at the University of Arizona Herbarium. Here for everyone’s delight are some of her works used for the family’s Christmas greetings from 1968 to 1974.

Happy Holidays from the Florilegium!

Christmas Card image of Ocotillo by Lucretia Hamilton
Christmas card image of prickly pear cactus by Lucretia Hamilton

Christmas card image of saguaro by Lucretia Hamilton
Christmas card image of poinsettia by Lucretia Hamilton

Illustrations by Lucretia Breazeale Hamilton, Images courtesy of Richard Felger




This appeared in the August 2015 issue of The Desert Breeze, the monthly newsletter of the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society.