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Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists


ART is an ongoing process

of exploration, creativity, technical skill

& knowledge.

Member Meetings  

Member meetings and guest speaker presentations are regularly held on the 2nd Monday in April,  June, September and November.


June 12, 2023
Andrée Pouliot  

AN INTRODUCTION TO WOOD BLOCK PRINTED TEXTILES OF INDIA, PAST AND PRESENTWhen Andrée came to India to work as her mother’s design assistant in 1978, the beauty of traditional blockprinted fabrics sparked a life long passion for the unique craft.

Once again a group of OSBA artists are submitting works for a 2024 OSBA Calendar.  This year we have chosen Trees and Shrubs from our local environs as our theme.  

The Calendar Project 2024

OSBA members like to get together weekly to sketch in gardens around the National Capital Region.

In the fall of 2020, as the pandemic and colder weather restricted outings to our own backyards, the group began to meet and share their sketches over social media.

The group continues in 2023, and looks forward to meeting in person as the weather warms.

Sketch POD


Ivy| Linda Hamiltons

Several member artists enjoy studying the botanical history and botany of their subjects and share these fascinating details with the membership.

Here is a sampling of their reports from 2021:

Research Project




Prickly Wild Rose  | Peg Duncan

Featured Artist

Honorary OSBA Member

Margaret (Peg) A.Graeb

Born in Ontario in 1922, Peg studied Literature and Social Work at the University of Toronto, before turning to art in 1957. A talented sculptor, she graduated from the Ontario College of Art and continued her creative work throughout a career in social work. In retirement, Peg embraced botanical art studying under esteemed botanical artists Pamela Stagg,  Dorothy Bovey and Ann Dalton.  Peg joined the American Society of Botanical Artists and exhibited in many of their juried international exhibitions.  Her work is in the collection of the renown Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. In 1996, Peg was awarded the Grenfell Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in London,  England for her series of exceptional watercolour paintings of Geraniums. Now residing in Perth , Ontario Peg has reached the 100 year milestone!

Featured Artist

OSBA Member Exhibit

Linda Hamilton, Paper, Paint & Patterns at the The Mill of Kintail MuseumJuly 1 -31, 2022

A different take on botanical art: Exquisitely crafted and botanically accurate, Linda's artworks featured wildflowers of the Ottawa region, highlighting the beauty of our local flora. Her subjects were chosen and inspired by the museum's 1930's collection of rughooking designs and hooked mats resulting in an interesting exhibit collaboration between artist and museum. A picnic lunch afterwards by attendees rounded out a delightful summer day.