The Florilegium of the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden

The Campus Arboretum of the University of Arizona has established the Florilegium of the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden. This florilegium will consist of traditional botanical illustrations of plants growing in the Krutch Garden.

Juried works will be purchased by the Arboretum, accessioned, and permanently stored in Special Collections at the U of A Library. Special Collections will periodically exhibit the artwork at various venues on campus, and the collection will be available for loan for off-campus exhibits. The Campus Arboretum will raise funds to acquire the artwork, and the Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program will help recruit artists and assist the Campus Arboretum with fundraising efforts.  Read more   →

Update — the university of arizona herbarium
illustrations collection

The Herbarium at the University of Arizona has received a donation of the original Lucretia Hamilton drawings from Lyman Benson's The Cacti of the United States and Canada. These illustrations, which are a significant addition to the Herbarium's collection of botanical illustrations, were donated by Edward Hamilton, Lucretia’s son, who obtained them from Stanford University and wanted to have them preserved under archival conditions. The donation includes 119 plates of Hamilton’s drawings and 17 plates by Lyman Benson.

Florilegium volunteer James Thomas has completed the process of transferring the Hamilton and Benson illustrations to archival mounting boards, and Nancy Reid is working to accession the new illustrations into the Herbarium's collection, which now consists of 2,125 works of botanical art by several renowned illustrators.  Read more about this ongoing project to preserve these illustrations.

Update — north mountain visitor center
permanent botanical art exhibit

North mountain visitor center, phoenix mountain preserve
permanent botanical art exhibit

Over the past year, the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance and a team of citizen botanists led by Wendy Hodgson, Curator of the Desert Botanical Garden Herbarium, have been conducting a floristic inventory of the North Mountain area of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The goals of the North Mountain Plant Inventory Project are to: (1) improve our scientific knowledge of the Preserve’s flora for land management, scientific, conservation, and educational purposes; (2) train, engage, and educate members of the public as plant stewards; and (3) provide a data-based plant atlas located on the Southwest Environmental Information Network (SEINet).

Members of the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists (SWSBA), Elaine Hultgren, Joyce Peters, and Marsha Bennett, are working with Stacie Beute of the Conservation Alliance and Leslie Spencer-Snider of the Save Our Mountains Foundation to develop a permanent botanical art collection of these plants that will be exhibited at the North Mountain Visitor Center located in the Preserve. Illustrations have been selected and materials purchased, and signage is being developed. The exhibit will open January 2014.  Read more   →

Update — the university of arizona herbarium illustrations collection

The Florilegium Program is continuing its cooperative effort with the University of Arizona Herbarium staff to provide an archival environment for the botanical illustrations held in the Herbarium’s collection.

Currently Florilegium volunteers are working to accession watercolor illustrations by Ella Howard Estill, and illustrations thaat have been previously accessioned and archived are now being digitally scanned by volunteers.   Read more   →

Illustrations for legumes of arizona, an illustrated flora and reference

The Legumes of Arizona Project of the Desert Legume Program of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is developing a reference book that will describe the Legume Family (Fabaceae) in Arizona. This book will include descriptions of all legume species and information on their uses and cultivation.

Illustrations will be an integral part of this work and many of the illustrations for Legumes of Arizona are being done by contemporary botanical artists in Arizona.    Read more   →