Upcoming Events

Many 2020 Activities have been cancelled due to Covid 19, however, sign up for the virtual Mt. Tam reception below!

Please Note: Reservations for events are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to another participant.

Have an idea for an event. Contact the president (president@ncalsba.org).

Meanwhile, please be sure to visit our Exhibits page for information about any exhibits we have coming up. And be sure to check out the Other Events page for exhibitions and other activities in which our members participate. And don’t forget to watch for Calls for Entries deadlines!

Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium Virtual Reception Hosted by Marin Art and Garden Center, Sunday, October 11, 2020, 5:00 PM


The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium is an exhibition of paintings and drawings of the flora of Mt. Tamalpais created by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA). The collection will be expanded over the next few years and will eventually document a large sampling of the native flora growing on Mt. Tamalpais, including many of its rare and special status species. Our hope is that by showcasing the unique beauty of its flora, others will be inspired to learn more about our mountain and join us in our efforts to protect it.

The speakers will include: Antonia Adezio, Marin Art and Garden Center Executive Director, Mary Gilardi, artist, Kristin Jakob, artist, Kaye Herbranson, artist and NCALSBA Board President, Monica Stafford, One Tam Community Engagement Program Manager

We welcome you to a virtual opening reception on October 11 at 5 pm.

Click here to register.

Phacelia californica, California scorpion weed by Catherine Dellor

Camellia Tour & Drawing, Saturday, March 7, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM


Location: Holbrook Palmer Park
Evans Center for the Arts
150 Watkins Ave., Atherton

Cost: $40 NCalSBA Members and $50 Non-Members
(No refunds unless a waitlisted person accepts your spot in the class)

Click here to register for the tour.

We will meet at the Holbrook Palmer Park (HPP) between 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM and set up our art supplies. At 9:40 AM we will carpool to the home of Barbara Tufflie. She will share her exquisite, acre garden of camellias with us. After our tour and talk, we will return to the park and draw! You may choose the medium of your choice: colored pencil, graphite or watercolor. Emphasis will be on using colored pencil and the technique of using an embosser (provided) for the stamen.

Bring your art supplies and a lunch. Microwave and refrigerator will be available for your use.

Questions may be directed to Dorothy Hunter email for further information or to be added to a waitlist.

CANCELLED – Discover a Secret Garden in San Francisco with Catherine Watters, Saturday, April 18, 2020, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Location: 1195 Stanyan Street, San Francisco
(Reiter family private home and garden)

Cost: $40 NCalSBA Members and $50 Non-Members

(Sorry, we are unable to refund cancellations unless a waitlisted person is able to take your place, applicable fees apply)

Click here to register for the class.

Spend a spring day in the amazing Reiter “La Rochette” family garden in San Francisco. We have been offered a rare opportunity to explore, photograph and sketch in this private garden under the guidance of Catherine Watters. She will show you how to draw and take notes in your sketchbook, make color samples, and collect available specimens.

This vast “secret garden” was once a commercial nursery owned by Victor Reiter, one of the founders of the California Horticultural Society and a grower, hybridizer and collector of plants and trees. Our hosts, Karen and Charlie Reiter have invited NCalSBA members to explore the garden’s collection of unusual trees and plants, many of which are still thriving.

More specific event details including supply list and parking information will be shared after you sign up for this event. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Questions may be directed to Ruth Cox’s email for further information or to be added to a waitlist.

CANCELLED – 14th Annual Meeting of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, TBD

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Location: Woodhall (Orindawoods Clubhouse)
510 Orindawoods Drive, Orinda
Note: on street parking only; carpooling encouraged

Reservations are required: $25

10:00 Registration, Coffee, Tea and Fellowship, Portfolio Sharing, Mt. Tam Florilegium “Works in Progress” on display with the artist available to talk about their plant and how they chose to represent it.

11:00 Annual Meeting, including:
• Introduction of our New and Continuing Officers
• Officers Annual Reports

12:00 Lunch provided by Ann’s Catering in Berkeley

1:00 “Guest speakers Mary Gilardi and Laurel Kelly will talk about the inception and progress of the Mt. Tam Florilegium and lead a discussion with artists who have signed up for the project so far. They will announce future plans and dates for its first exhibition in the fall and have some finished pieces along with some ‘Works in Progress” on display. They will include information about OneTam and the Marin Municipal Water District, the organizations who helped make this florilegium project possible and are responsible for protecting and maintaining the environment and native plants of Mt. Tamalpais.”

For questions or additional information please contact Mary Batchelder at marybatchelder@comcast.net.

Iris douglasina, Douglas Iris painted by Mary Gilardi

CANCELLED – Egg Tempera Techniques for Botanical Painting with Carrie Di Costanzo, Friday, July 24 – 26, 2020, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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Location: Woodhall, 501 Orindawoods Drive, Orinda, CA

Cost: $325 NCalSBA Members and $350 Non-Members

(Sorry, we are unable to refund cancellations unless a waitlisted person is able to take your place, applicable fees apply)

Included in cost: 3×5 inch and 8×10 inch panels and Paint Pigments

Click here to register for the class.

Learn to capture the luminosity of Egg Tempera technique with Carrie Di Costanzo. Egg Tempera is a centuries old painting medium that can be used to render the highly detailed subjects of botanical painting while also effectively creating a radiant and ethereal quality. This workshop will introduce the materials and techniques used to create botanical paintings with egg tempera.

Carrie Di Costanzo earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. After graduating, she worked as a fashion illustrator before shifting her focus to botanical art in 2008. Carrie has exhibited extensively with the American Society of Botanical Artists and other group exhibitions throughout the US. Her work is held in the Botanical Collections at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and private collections.

Questions may be directed to Susan Mark-Raymond at 707-888-9508 or email for further information or to be added to a waitlist.

Image by Carrie Di Costanzo

Board Meetings

All members are invited to attend our board meetings.
Contact the president (president@ncalsba.org) for details of location.

In the Works

As always, if there is something you’d be interested in that we haven’t considered, please let us know!. And be sure to check back often for updates!