Exhibits organized by the sonoran desert florilegium program

Part of the mission of the Florilegium Program is to exhibit and promote both historical and contemporary botanical art of the Sonoran Desert. The Florilegium Program has organized and provided assistance for several exhibits since 2009.

Botanical art of the sonoran desert:
past and present (2013)

The exhibit in its entirety can be viewed online here.

Sponsored by the Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program and the Art Institute of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, this exhibit focused on the unique plants of the Sonoran Desert and displayed past works by internationally regarded botanical illustrators as well as works by contemporary botanical artists.  Read more   →


exhibitions in conjunction with the biennial convention of the cactus and succulent society of america (2009)

In the Spring of 2009 the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society (TCSS) hosted the Cactus and Succulent Society (CSSA) Biennial Convention. In cooperation with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem Art Institute, the Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program planned two art exhibits depicting cactus and succulents to coincide with the convention, "A Closer Look at Cactus & Succulents" and "Illustrations from Howard Scott Gentry‚Äôs Book, Agaves of Continental North America.   Read more  →


exhibition of howard scott gentry's agaves  (2009–2010)

This exhibit, a cooperative effort by the Florilegium Program, the University of Arizona Herbarium and the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, brought to the public 31 historical works of art of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert Region. Viewers were given an opportunity to see the original work of three botanical illustrators, to learn more about the work of scientific illustration and to become acquainted with one of the foremost botanists of the southwest, Howard Scott Gentry, whose work, Agaves of Continental North America, continues to be the definitive (taxonomic) authority on agaves.   Read more  →