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

ONLINE EXHIBIT

Visit our online exhibit, a complete presentation of Botanical Art of the Sonoran Desert: Past & Present, a 2013 exhibit shown at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Ironwood Gallery.

watercolor of Agave colorata
colored pencil drawing of Desert Ironwood

“FROM THE FLORILEGIUM”

An archive of articles about botanical art from the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society's newsletter Desert Breeze.

lithograph of desert ironwood
lithograph of scenic view by John Mix Stanley

HISTORICAL ART
OF THE SONORAN DESERT

Read about the 19th century artists who first illustrated the landscapes and plants of the Sonoran Desert for the great survey expeditions in the American West

chromolithograph of saguaro grove
painting of Opuntia basilaris

CREATING A BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION

Learn about the process of creating a scientific botanical illustration, also called a botanical plate.

photographs of dissected cactus flower
pen and ink drawing of Senna lindheimeriana

Illustrations from Legumes of Arizona,
an Illustrated Flora and Reference

Twenty-eight of the plants illustrated for the Legumes of Arizona project are native to the Sonoran Desert and are included in the Sonoran Desert Florilegium. These intricate pen and ink illustrations can be viewed here. Information about the Legumes of Arizona project can be found here.

pen and ink drawing of tepary bean
photograph of project volunteer

PROJECTS

Read about our projects to preserve and exhibit botanical art, both historical and contemporary.

exhibit gallery poster for Gentry's Agaves
colored pencil drawing of queen of the night

Illustrations of the
Queen of the Night Cactus

The Sonoran Desert's beautiful summer nightbloomer, Peniocereus greggii, can be seen here in 15 illustrations, ranging from historic scientific illustrations to evocative portraits of the flowers.

drawing of Peniocereus greggii
pen and ink drawing of an agave

GALLERIES FROM PAST EXHIBITS

View works from several past exhibits of botanical art of the Sonoran Desert, including Gentry’s Agaves, illustrations from Howard Scott Gentry’s landmark work on the genus Agave.

watercolor of scarlet hedgehog cactus