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14th Annual NCalSBA Member Exhibition at UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Plants Illustrated 2023 – Drought Resilience
January 13 – February 2, 2023
Julia Morgan Hall

California Spice Bush

“California Spice Bush” image by Barbara Ward

The University of California Botanical Garden is pleased to present the 14th annual Plants Illustrated Exhibition. This year’s exhibition theme is “Drought Resilience,” and features a diverse selection of species that thrive in low-water conditions. The exhibition includes images of California Native plants, along with a selection of species from around the world. This exhibition continues the Garden’s partnership with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.

Gallery hours: 10:00 am–4:00 pm daily except Tuesday, January 17, when the Garden is closed.

Participating artists: Nina Antze, Cindy Barber, Gina Barretta, Mary Batchelder, Beatrice Bergemont, Bonnie Bonner, Cynthia Byrne-Margetts, Ruth Cox, Clytia Curley, Catherine Dellor, Shelly Euser, Maria Cecilia Freeman, Mary Ellen Grimes, Elizabeth Hansell, Kaye Herbranson, Laurence Hills, Kristin Jakob, Mimi Kearns, Patricia Larenas, Tina Locke, Andrea LoPinto, Susan Mark-Raymond, Lisa Martin, Lee McCaffree, Susan McEntee, Anna Milogorodskaya, Dolores Morrison, JoAnne Osberg, Judy Paris, Sally Petru, Jan Reddick, Sylvia Sykora, Connie Van Ness, Barbara Ward, Catherine Watters

Plants Illustrated 2023 Virtual Opening Reception
Thursday | January 12, 2023 | 5:30pm – 6:15pm | FREE online Zoom

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Sunday | January 22, 2023 | 10:00am – 11:00am | $15 adult, child / $10 Garden Member adult, child

A delight for the senses. Learn about spices and make spice paintings to take home and enjoy!

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Pacific Coast Hybrid Iris photograph by Kristin Jakob

Zoom Program: Choosing Drought Resilient Plants for your Garden
Workshop | January 25, 2023 | 3pm – 4pm

Learn how to choose the best drought-tolerant plants for your home garden at this online talk. Kristin Jakob will share her expertise from over 50 years of gardening, primarily in Marin County, with a focus on California natives, alongside other ornamental plants from around the globe. She is a plant consultant for residential clients and as a volunteer for public gardens. Kristin is also an accomplished botanical artist featured in our Plants Illustrated exhibition.

Registration required: $10/ Free for UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley Members

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Cold Canyon Fire Journals

ZOOM Program: The Cold Canyon Fire Journals: Using Art to Document Environmental Change
Talk | January 31, 2023 | 5:30pm – 7pm

In this Zoom presentation, Robin Lee Carlson will talk about how her book began as a nature journaling journey and developed into an exploration of art, ecology, and fire in the Western US. Robin will talk about her process and about how she integrated visual and narrative storytelling. She will also discuss the ecoreportage aspect of the project, especially what it has meant to continue the project for seven years. She will guide participants in a virtual field trip, to sketch some examples of the plant and animal species she encountered.

The presentation will be interactive throughout, with opportunities for participants to sketch along and to ask questions about the book and Robin’s process. Bring paper, pen, and paint or colored pencils if you’d like to join in!

The Cold Canyon Fire Journals: Green Shoots and Silver Linings in the Ashes is the culmination of five years exploring the legacy of the wildfires that have twice burned Stebbins Cold Canyon Reserve. This is a story of fire as a source of transformation and renewal, rewriting wildfire as an elemental power that does not destroy the diverse habitats of California but nourishes them.

Robin Lee Carlson is an author and natural science illustrator. After studying evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz and the University of Chicago, she spent many years working on stream habitat restoration projects in California. She is most interested in how landscapes and ecological communities change over time, and her artwork is grounded in observing and documenting the world around her as it unfolds. Her first book, The Cold Canyon Fire Journals, was just published this year and her work has also appeared in The Common and Arnoldia. Robin’s work can be found on her website and Instagram.

Registration required: Free/ Donations to the Garden are welcome!

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Winter Botanical Illustration Catherine Watters

Workshop | February 2, 2023 | 10:00am – 4:00pm | $90 Garden Members

Learn the ’10 Stages of a Botanical Painting’ to create luminous subjects at this hands-on workshop.

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