Digital Florilegium Archive
The 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.
prints of these artworks are available in the Garden's Gift Shop.