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Digital Florilegium Archive

Liriodendrom_chinense_QBG_Willa_Mundell_2010.jpgThe word florilegium (plural florilegia) is formed from the Latin flos (flower) and legere (to gather): literally a gathering of flowers. While it has multiple meanings, in the botanical world it refers to a collection of botanically accurate paintings of plants, done by artists and illustrators from live plant samples. Many major botanical gardens have florilegia, including Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, San Francisco Botanical Garden and the US National Arboretum.

Sonoma Botanical Garden's Florilegium was formed in 2006 and led by artist and instructor Catherine Watters. Artists would come together annually, select plant and flower samples from the Garden, and create incredibly detailed, scientifically accurate, and beautiful botanical illustrations.

High-quality giclée prints of these artworks are available in the Garden's Gift Shop.