A partnership between the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary and the Minnesota School of Botanical Art (MSBA) will create a collection of artwork depicting plants at the garden. Called a florilegium, the project will document the unique plants to provide a visual historical record of the gardenís flora.
Beginning this fall, current and former MSBA students and teachers will be invited to create original paintings of plants in the garden. The paintings will be traditional botanical artworks presenting a scientifically accurate image of each chosen plant. The project will be on-going for several years. All paintings accepted into the florilegium will be donated to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) for display purposes and for use in providing educational programs and services to the community.
The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, founded in 1907, is the oldest public wildflower garden in the U.S. and encompasses 15 acres of woodland, wetland and prairie ecosystems. Located in Theodore Wirth Park, the garden is home to over 500 plant species and 130 bird species.
The Minnesota School of Botanical Art in Minneapolis was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to furthering the tradition of botanical art through art education that combines both the scientific and the aesthetic in drawing and painting.
For more information about the florilegium, contact the MSBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the garden, contact Susan Wilkins, curator, at 612-370-4903 or email@example.com.