The UC Botanical Garden and the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists Present:

Plants Illustrated 2021
A Virtual Exhibit of Extraordinary Plants

February 1–28, 2021

We proudly present our 12th annual Plants Illustrated exhibition, a celebration of botanical art
in partnership with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, as a virtual show for 2021.
View an exquisite array of botanical illustrations by local artists, featuring a diversity of plant subjects, in our virtual gallery.

Scroll down for our opening reception and associated botanical art programming, all available online and via Zoom.

2021 Virtual Gallery

2021 Gallery Guide

Talks, Demonstrations, and Workshops

Zoom Lecture: History of Botanical Art

Friday, February 12 | 11 am – 12 pm

The History of Botanical Art recounts the colorful history of this timeless art form dating back to 1500 BC up to the present. Join botanical artist Catherine Watters for a lecture focusing on several noted artists and their work as well as several important florilegia – collections of botanical paintings depicting the plants growing in a particular garden or collected during a voyage of exploration.


Zoom Demonstrations: Inside the Artist’s Studio

Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23 | 10 am – 12 pm

As a complement to this year’s virtual Plants Illustrated exhibit, Inside the Artist’s Studio is a three part series featuring the work of six members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists. Each session features two artists who will focus on their area of expertise, inviting the viewer into their studio for a 45-minute demonstration of their technique. There will also be an opportunity for Q & A. Join us for one or all three! Click the links below.

February 9: Maria Cecilia Freeman and Lee McCaffree

February 16: Lucy Martin and Sally Petru 

February 23: Victoria Kochergin and Catherine Watters

Book Release: Botanical Art Techniques

Thursday, February 18 | 1 – 2 pm

The newly released book Botanical Art Techniques, published by ASBA and Timber Press, has been an unexpected hit, selling out its first printing in just a couple of weeks. Join book co-editor Carol Woodin for a backstage tour through selected sections of this definitive guidebook, including a discussion of how the project was conceived, how editors managed materials from about 70 different contributors, and what steps took the book from its draft form to the final product.

Purchase the book from our Online Garden Shop.

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Zoom Workshop: An Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

Saturday, February 20 | 10 – 3 pm

This class will introduce you to the fascinating world of botanical art. An exceptional teacher, Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. You too can make botanical art!

$90, $85 UCBG Members


Zoom Lecture: The Splendour of the Forest: A cross cultural perspective on botanical art with Sarmaya

Sunday, February 21 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Join us for this special presentation in collaboration with Pavitra Rajaram, the founder and Creative Director of Sarmaya, an arts organization and boundary-free museum based in India, to expand our understanding of botanical art. Sarmaya Arts Foundation focuses on innovative, immersive programming to engage younger audiences in the art, history and culture of India. Pavitra is the recipient of several awards including the INTACH Urban Heritage Award.

$10, Free UCBG Members


Zoom Lecture: Black Lives, Botany, and the Path to Decolonization

Thursday, February 25 | 10 – 11 am

In February 2020, Rashad Bell and Nuala Caomhánach co-curated the exhibition Black Botany: The Nature of Black Experience at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden. The exhibition sought to acknowledge the complex relationship between enslaved Black people, nature and the colonial environment and reconsider the conscious omission of Black knowledge of the natural world. Join these curators for an important conversation about what decolonization of botanical science and museum spaces means and how we might approach this topic.

$10, $15 UCBG Members


Participating Artists

Nina Antze, Mary Batchelder, Beatrice Bergemont, Bonnie Bonner, Rebecca Botelho, Molly Brown, Cynthia Bryne-Margetts, Claudia Campazzo, Christina Catalano, Ruth Cox, Catherine Dellor, Tamira Elul, Lynne K. Finley, Maria Cecilia Freeman, Mary Gilardi, Pria Graves, Mary Ellen Grimes, Kathryn Gronke, Elizabeth Hansell, Kaye Herbranson, Susan Hill-McEntee, Jane Hudson, Nancy Jacobson, Kristin Jakob, Leah Kaizer, Mimi Kearns, Nancy Wheeler Klippert, Victoria A. Kochergin, Heather Kostrzewa, Patricia Larenas, Helen Lewis, Susan Lofthouse Meade, Antoinette Luchessa, Lynne Lyle, Lisa Martin, Lee McCaffree, Sally Petru, Elizabeth Peyton, Lang Anh Pham, Lynette Porteous, Charlotte Ricker, Vi Strain, Sylvia Sykora, Amber R. Turner, Linda Valdes, Connie Van Ness, Barbara Ward, Catherine Watters

To inquire about purchasing art pieces:


Online Garden Shop

Plants Illustrated Collection

Buy this year’s signature 2021 Plants Illustrated notecard set and the featured book, Botanical Art Techniques, in the Garden’s online shop. Browse our selection of mugs and gifts featuring beautiful botanical illustrations by local artists including members of the NCSBA.

Online Garden Shop