The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium

The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists began the Florilegium of Mt. Tamalpais in the spring of 2019. Working in collaboration with One Tam and the Marin Municipal Water District we were able to venture up onto the mountain in order to collect specimens for our botanical paintings and drawings documenting many of the plants growing on the mountain.

2021 mt tam field trip

“Mt. Tamalpais is the iconic heart of Marin County. Home to 1,200 native species, including more than one tenth of all the native plants found in California, 6 are not found anywhere else in the world, and over 50 are listed as threatened, endangered or rare. Mt. Tam is home to ten times the number of plants per acre than Yosemite, which is almost 20 times as big.” (

We the members of NCalSBA made a commitment to One Tam to donate digital images of all of our paintings and drawings to them for their help and participation in this project. One Tam will use the images in their education and outreach programs.

mt tam 2020 exhibit

2020 mt tam outing

One Tam is a collaborative effort between the California State Parks, Marin County Parks, The Marin Municipal Water District, The National Parks, and the Parks Conservancy, together they work to ensure that the entire mountain and all of its plants and wildlife are protected and stewarded.

The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium is not only an exhibit of beautiful plants and flowers. It is an example of what our mountain has to offer our community.

mt tam 2021 one tam

2021 mt tam exhibit

It is our aim that by assembling a large sampling of paintings and drawings of the native flora growing on Mt. Tam, including many of its rare and special species we can show our community what our mountain has to offer. It is our hope that by showcasing the unique beauty of these plants it will inspire others to learn more about them, and join in our efforts to protect them and our mountain.

You can click on each of the images to see a larger version.

1 Nina Antze
Rosa gymnocarpa
Wood Rose
colored pencil 2020
antze wood rose
2 Nina Antze
Morella californica
Pacific Wax Myrtle
colored pencil 2020
3 Béatrice Bergemont
Nemophila menziesii
Baby Blue-Eyes
watercolor 2021
4 Cynthia Byrne-Margetts
Rhododendron occidentale
Western Azalea
watercolor 2020
5 Betsy Chovanes
Arbutus menziesii
Pacific Madrone
watercolor 2020
6 Betsy Chovanes
Arbutus menziesii
Pacific Madrone Flowers
watercolor 2021
7 Alice Condit
Corallorhiza maculata
Spotted Coralroot
colored pencil 2020
8 Alice Condit
Fragaria vesca
Woodland Strawberry
colored pencil 2020
9 Margi Connelly
Heteromeles arbutifolia
watercolor 2020
10 Margi Connelly
Prosartes hookeri
Hooker’s Fairy Bells
watercolor 2021
11 Ruth Cox
Pellaea andromedifolia
Coffee Fern
watercolor and colored pencil 2021
12 Kelly Darpinian
Lupinus albifrons
Silver Lupine
colored pencil 2021
13 Catherine Dellor
Phacelia californica
watercolor 2020
14 Catherine Dellor
Juncus patens
Spreading Rush
colored pencil 2021
15 Rosemary Dunbar
Vaccinium ovatum
graphite and colored pencil 2020
16 Shelly Euser
Corylus cornuta var. californica
Wild Hazelnut
watercolor and graphite 2021
17 Lynne K Finley
Clarkia gracilis
Clarkia gracilis
watercolor 2020
18 Maria Cecilia Freeman
Sambucus nigra ssp. caerulea
Blue Elderberry
watercolor 2020
19 Mary Gilardi
Iris douglasiana
Douglas Iris
watercolor 2020
20 Mary Gilardi
Calypso bulbosa
Fairy Slipper Orchid
colored pencil on film 2020
21 Mary Gilardi
Dryopteris arguta
Coastal Wood Fern
watercolor 2020
22 Mary Gilardi
Cardamine californica
watercolor 2021
23 Elaine Goldstone
Sisyrinchium vellum
Blue-Eyed Grass
watercolor 2020
24 Mary Ellen Grimes
Bromus carinatus
Bromus carinatus
colored pencil 2020
25 Mary Ellen Grimes
Lupine nanus
Lupine nanus
colored pencil 2021
26 Mary Harden
Garrya eliptica
Silk Tassel
watercolor 2020
27 Mary Harden
Fritillaries affinis
Checker Lily
watercolor 2020
28 Mary Ann Ho
Asarum caudatum
Wild Ginger
watercolor 2020
29 Kristin Jakob
Stipa pulchra
Purple Needlegrass
pen and ink 2020
30 Kristin Jakob
Trillium chloropetalum
Giant Wake Robin
pen and ink 2021
31 Kristin Jakob
Melica torreyana
Torrey Melicgrass
pen and ink 2021
32 Eliza Jewett
Castilleja foliolosa
Woolly Paintbrush
watercolor 2021
33 Eliza Jewett
Epiloblum canum
California Fuchsia
watercolor 2021
34 Linda Kam
Eriophyllum lanatum
Woolly Sunflower
watercolor 2020
35 Deborah Kass
Dendromecon rigida
Bush Poppy
watercolor 2021
36 Mimi Kearns
Umbellularia californica
Bay Laurel
watercolor 2020
37 Mimi Kearns
Heuchera micrantha
Alum Root
watercolor 2021
38 Mary Ellen King
Woodwardia fimbriata
Woodwardia fimbriata
colored pencil and ink 2020
39 Nancy Wheeler Klippert
Aristolochia californica
Dutchman’s Pipevine
colored pencil on film 2020
40 Nancy Wheeler Klippert
Lupinus formosus
Lupinus formosus
colored pencil on film 2021
41 Patricia Larenas
Notholithocarpus densiflorus
colored pencil 2020
42 Patricia Larenas
Torreya californica
California Nutmeg
colored pencil and graphite 2021
43 Helen Lewis
Aesculus californica
California Buckeye
watercolor 2021
44 Andrea LoPinto
Quercus agrifolia
Coast Live Oak
watercolor 2020
45 Andrea LoPinto
Ramalina menzieii
Lace Lichen
watercolor 2021
46 Lynne Lyle
Sanicula bipinnatifida
Purple Sanicle
colored pencil 2020
47 Lynne Lyle
Hemizonia congesta ssp. lutescens
Hayfield Tarweed
colored pencil 2021
48 Lynne Lyle
Platystemon californicus
Cream Cups
colored pencil 2021
49 Susan Mark-Raymond
Wyethia augustifolia
Narrow Leaf Mule Ears
watercolor and colored pencil 2021
50 Lucy Martin
Lepiota magnispora
Lepiota magnispora
gouache 2020
51 Lucy Martin
Galerina sp.
Mt. Tamalpais Mushrooms
gouache 2021
52 Lee McCaffree
Trillium ovatum
watercolor 2020
15-15 Wolf
53 Lee McCaffree
Lonicera hispidula
Vine Honeysuckle
watercolor 2020
54 Lee McCaffree
Delphinium nudicaule
Red Larkspur
watercolor 2021
55 Dolores Morrison
Dudleya cymosa
Dudleya cymosa
watercolor 2021
56 Cheryl Perko
Calochortus luteus
Mariposa Lily
watercolor with watercolor pencil 2020
14-5 Hill-McEntee
57 Sally Petru
Maianthemum stallatum
Slim False Solomon’s Seal
watercolor 2021
58 Vi Strain
Clayton perfoliata
Miner’s Lettuce
colored pencil on film 2020
15-13 Dellor
59 Vi Strain
Sidalcea malviflora
colored pencil on film 2021
60 Connie Van Ness
Arctostaphylos montana
Mt. Tamalpais Manzanita
colored pencil 2020
14-2 Cox
61 Connie Van Ness
Frangula californica
California Coffeeberry
colored pencil 2021
62 Barbara Ward
Symphoricarpos albus
watercolor 2020
15-1 Cox
63 Catherine Watters
Gentiana affinis var. ovate
Pleated Gentian
watercolor 2020
64 Catherine Watters
Triteleia laxa
Ithuriel’s Spear
watercolor 2021
65 Liz Wilberg
Lathyrus vestitus
Hillside Pea
watercolor 2020

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