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By Bonnie Driggers, BAEE

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If you are still looking for the perfect gift for an artist or gardener on your list, why not surprise them with a copy of American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants: of the Mid Atlantic?

The nonprofit organization Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) published the book in 2014. All profits from book sales go to support native plants. In 2016 BAEE issued grants totaling $46,000 to three nonprofit organizations: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, VA; Earth Sangha, headquartered in Fairfax, VA; and the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. You can learn more about BAEE’s grants and activities on our blog.

Read more about this award-winning book on the publisher’s website.

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Merian-PP-For-TRADE-Cat-190x150mm.inddMaria Merian’s Butterflies
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
London, England
April 15 – October 9, 2016

A new book about the Maria Sibylla Merian collection in the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace features 150 color plates, many of which were published in Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium (The Metamorphoses of the Insects of Surinam).

Kate Heard, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Royal Collection Trust, writes about Merian’s childhood fascination with butterflies and moths and her journey to Suriname to observe and document these insects and their host plants. Heard also writes about the people who influenced Merian’s artwork, and the fieldwork and research that earned Merian the title ‘the first ecologist’.

Every page of this book is a history lesson. If you are an admirer of Merian’s work, this book provides you the opportunity to study her paintings up close as her paintings fill most of the book’s 192 pages. If this is your first introduction to Merian and her contributions to entomology and natural history art, this book is sure to turn you into a fan of this fearless and passionate naturalist.

Maria Merian’s Butterflies compliments the exhibition of the same name now on view at The Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace.

This book is now available at your local independent bookstore.


Art, Ecology and Maria Sibylla Merian

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Have you been wanting to integrate botanical art into your classroom or program?

Now is definitely the time to do this.

The retail component of ArtPlantae is closing and from now through May 30, 2016 you can save up to $15 on online orders.

As always, your purchase helps support the American Society of Botanical Artists and the artists, researchers and institutions whose work is available through the store. No coupon codes are necessary. Savings are deducted automatically. Beginning your collection of botanical art couldn’t be easier!

Thank you for your support of the retail store over the years. Your interest in and support of ArtPlantae Books (2006-2013) and the smaller specialty store the past two years has been wonderful and much appreciated.

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Discounts valid for online orders only. No phone orders or fax orders. All prior sales excluded. Cannot be combined with other offers. All sales final.

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Get your copy today!

Get your copy today!

18th Annual International

New York Design Center
New York, NY
November 4 – December 30, 2015

The international exhibition of botanical art hosted by the American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York is in mid-town Manhattan this year. This is New York’s premier showcase of contemporary botanical art.

Artists from all over the world submitted work for consideration. Of the 234 submissions received, 44 works by artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, and the UK were accepted.

Participating artists are: milly acharya, Rosalind Allchin, Margaret Best, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Estelle DeRidder, Carrie Di Costanzo, Jean Emmons, Akiko Enokido, Margaret Farr, Beverly Fink, Ingrid Finnan, Kathleen Folino, Lara Gastinger, Asuka Hishiki, Leah Kaizer, Joan Keesey, Ku-mie Kim, Karen Kluglein, Mindy Lighthipe, Katy Lyness, Robert McNeill, Carrie Megan, Mali Moir, Monika deVries Gohlke, Sharron O’Neil, Tomoko Ogawa, John Pastoriza-Pinol, Kelly Radding, Lesley Randall, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Susan Sapanara, Connie Scanlon, Liz Shippam, Fiona Strickland, Keiko Nibu Tarver, Melissa Toberer, Jeannetta vanRaalte, Alexander Viazmensky, Denise Walser-Kolar, Esmee Winkel, and Carol Woodin.

The New York Design Center is located at 200 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY and is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

The exhibition catalog of the 18th Annual International Exhibition can be purchased online at ArtPlantae ($20, plus $2.99 shipping).

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See inside!

See inside!

Scientific illustrator
Anita Walsmit Sachs is passionate about plants. A respected illustrator and teacher, Anita has dedicated the past 25 years to educating people about plants through botanical art.

Prior to 1990, Anita studied fashion design in The Hague, worked as a costume designer and created oil paintings of small objects (mostly shells, mother-of-pearl and glass). Then one day she followed the advice of a horticulturist at the Hortus Botanicus Leiden and visited the National Herbarium of the University of Leiden. There she met with illustrator Jan Van Os who was the director of the Herbarium’s studio. Van Os became Anita’s mentor and when he retired, Anita became the studio’s director.

As years passed, Anita helped set up the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists and received international recognition for her work. She has earned two gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society in England and a Silver-Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in Scotland. She was awarded the Margaret Flockton Award, 2e price by the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, received the Certificate of Merit and the Margaret Granger Silver Bowl Memorial Award from the Society of Botanical Artists in London, and received the Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art by the American Society of Botanical Artists. Anita receives invitations to teach abroad and has taught in the US, Indonesia, Norway and Belgium. Anita’s work is in the collection of the Teylers Museum in The Netherlands, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University, the New York State Museum, the Highrove Florilegium of the Prince of Wales Charitable Foundation and several private collections. Now retired, Anita volunteers at Museum NATURALIS (formerly the National Herbarium of the University of Leiden) and illustrates the plants and flowers of southeast Asia.

The author of several scientific publications, course books, magazine articles, and journal articles, Anita’s most recent publication is the book, Anita Walsmit Sachs: Observation with Pen and Brush. In her new book, Anita discusses the history of botanical illustration and shares how she prepares a botanical painting. Anita’s detailed scientific illustrations, oil paintings and watercolor paintings are featured prominently throughout the book and show her scientific and artistic approach to introducing plants to new audiences. Botanical artists and followers of botanical art will enjoy learning about the life and work of this dedicated illustrator.

ArtPlantae is pleased to introduce new audiences to the drawings and paintings of Anita Walsmit Sachs. Written in both Dutch and English, Anita’s book is now available at ArtPlantae’s online store. View sample pages from Anita’s new book and other distinguished resources about plants and botanical art here.


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Curcubita ficifolia © Kimiko Kambe-Gang. All rights reserved.

Curcubita ficifolia © Kimiko Kambe-Gang. All rights reserved.

The Chelsea Physic Garden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Florilegium Society with a special exhibition.

London’s Secret Garden: Plant Portraits from Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society will be on view August 4-26, 2015 and will feature works from some of today’s finest botanical artists. Open each day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., entrance to the exhibition is free with paid admission to the Garden.

The Florilegium Society was formed in 1995 with the explicit purpose of documenting the plant collections in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest garden in London.

Many of the works of art in the exhibition are included in the Society’s new book, Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden, written by Andrew Brown with contributions from Christopher Bailes, Phillip Cribb and Anne-Marie Evans.

This new book can be purchased online from independent bookstores ($75 US) and from the publisher directly.

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LosingParadise Botanical artists, some of whom had depicted only garden varieties of familiar flowers, set out to increase public awareness about plants threatened with extinction. They learned of the various organizations that assess the conservation status of endangered plant species such as the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network which produces the Red List of Threatened Species, NatureServe which produces conservation status assessments in the U.S. and Canada, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service which administers the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Artists formed collaborations with local scientists, conservation organizations, and botanical gardens that could provide guidance in locating and studying the plants whether they be in public collections or in the wild.

The publication about their project is now available at ArtPlantae’s store.

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