Submitting Artwork to the Florilegium

Selection of Plants

Artists may draw any plant native to the Sonoran Desert Region.

A map and information about the Sonoran Desert Region can be found here.

A printable list of some notable plants of the Sonoran Desert is here. For a more comprehensive inventory of plants native to the Sonoran Desert, we have compiled a listing of relevant web resources that can be found here.

Artwork Specifications

Submissions must be two-dimensional works of botanical art. Photography and digitally-created works will not be considered. Both black-and-white and color media can be used.

The purpose of the Florilegium is to document plants native to the Sonoran Desert Region. We encourage artists to create botanically accurate portrayals of native Sonoran Desert plants in the traditional style of botanical art. As such, complicated backgrounds and designs are discouraged as are colored backgrounds and washes.

Works must adhere to a high standard of botanical accuracy, and we recommend that they be verified for accuracy by a botanist or horticulturist before submission.

Because this is a digital exhibit without space constraints, artwork can be of any size.

The Jury Process

All submissions will be reviewed for quality and botanical accuracy by a panel that includes a botanist or horticulturist. Completed work will be accepted for jury consideration from March 1-31 and September 1-30 annually, with the jury review conducted the following month (dates may be subject to change).

Image Submittal Guidelines

The online presentation of the Sonoran Desert Florilegium endeavors to provide the best possible representation of artists’ work. The following guidelines will ensure that we are able to provide a quality digital presentation.

Preliminary Submittal for Jurying

For scientific botanical illustrations, each work submitted should be accompanied by a captioned copy of the work:

Final Submittal After Jury Acceptance

To submit artwork to be included in the Sonoran Desert Florilegium:

Once placed on the Florilegium’s website, the artwork will be noted as copyrighted by the artist, and all reasonable efforts will be made to discourage unauthorized use of the artwork. However, once the artist agrees to exhibit the work on the Florilegium's website, the Florilegium is not responsible for any copyright infringement by others that may occur as a result of the artwork appearing on its website.