Calls for Entries

We post Calls for Entries for Northern California exhibition opportunities which may be of interest to our members. For shows outside this area, you may want to check the ASBA site as well as other groups listed on our Links page.

Each exhibit has it’s own specific guidelines and requirements, but for general information about framing standards for NCalSBA members’ exhibitions please check here.

To research whether a plant is a native of California, you may want to use the Jepson Online Interchange California Floristics or the Calflora Search for Plants. If you are specifically seeking California natives, be sure to check that the plant is not listed as “naturalized in CA”

The Beauty of Leaves
2022 Plants Illustrated – 13th Annual NCalSBA Exhibition

Exhibit at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Deadline for entries November 15, 2021

Dates: January 14 – February 3, 2022
(Set-up: January 13, 2022 and Take-down: February 4, 2022)
Co-chairs: Laura Sawczuk, Sally Petru, Catherine Watters

The focus of your illustration should be predominantly leaves, single or a cluster, but can include a flower or fruit.

We do not know if the exhibition will be in person or virtual and will inform you as soon as the decision is made.

We are hoping that this will be an in-person exhibition with a reception on January 15, 2022.

For framing guidelines check here.

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Maple leaves by Nina Antze

UCBG Florilegium

The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley (UCBG) Florilegium Guidelines

Deadline for entries April 1, 2022


Florilegium Managers will oversee the project and are the NCalSBA liaisons. Gina Barretta, Laura Sawczuk and Catherine Watters UCBG Advisory Board members and NCalSBA botanical artists

UCBG Florilegium Staff Advisors will oversee the plant list and collection.
Deepa Natarajan – Program and Event Coordinator
Holly Forbes – Curator

Start date: Spring 2021

The piece you submit to the UCBG Florilegium must not be in another florilegium collection.

Check here for UCBG Florilegium Guidelines.

Plant List
UCBG has put together a list of over 200 plants to be illustrated check here. The plants highlighted in yellow are already taken.

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Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum hosts exhibitions of paintings, prints, photographs and other art media in its reading room on an ongoing basis. They plan exhibits up to two years in advance.