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Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists



BOTANICA 2021 Exhibition

Magnolia | Kristin Rothschild

An online exhibition inspired by Ottawa's Central Experimental Farm


NOvember 24, 2021 to March 20, 2022


Ottawa society of Botanical artists

Flowering trees, shrubs and plants from the Fletcher Wildlife Garden, Arboretum and the Ornamental Gardens of Ottawa’s Central Experimental Farm (CEF) are the inspiration for this year's annual exhibition of contemporary botanical art by members of the Ottawa Society of Botanical Art.  

Blood Root

Sanguinaria canadensis

© Elaine Huestis, 2021

Graphite and coloured pencil, 11.5 x 8.5 inches

Bird Nest Fern

Asplenium nidus

© Esra Gomceli Ozgun, 2020

Watercolour, 11 x 8 inches

Large-Flowered Bellwort

Uvularia grandiflora

© Kathryn Wright, 2021

Graphite, 13 x 11 inches

Prickly Wild Rose, Rosa acicularis

© Peg Duncan, 2021

Watercolour, 10 x 10 inches

Magnolia, Magnolia kobus var. loebneri 'Leonard Messel'

© Kristin Rothschild, 2021

Watercolour,  9 x 13 inches

Bee Balm


© Lynn Moore, 2021

Coloured pencil, 12 x 9 inches

Bee Balm


© Inga Legere, 2021

Watercolour and coloured pencil, 12 x 12 inches


Aquilegia 'McKana hybrid'

© Lynn Moore, 2021

Coloured pencil, 12 x 9 inches

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

© Mary Atkins, 2021

Watercolour and coloured pencil, 14 x 10 inches


Cichorium intybus

© Peg Duncan, 2021

Watercolour, 10 x 10 inches

Reference photo by Nancy Vander Plaats

Goat's Beard / Yellow Salsify

Tragopogon pratensis

© Pat van der Linde, 2021

Watercolour, 12 x 9 inches

Hybrid Rugosa Rose 'Jens Munk', Rosa 'Jens Munk'

© Anne Pichora, 2021© AnAne Pichora, 2021Anne

Coloured pencil, 12 x 12 inches

Day Lily Orange, Hemerocallis fulva

© Jan Salmon, 2021

Coloured pencil on watercolour paper, 13.5 x 10.5 inches

Canadian Anemone

Anemonastrum canadense

© Janice Kelly, 2021

Inktense coloured pencil, 13 x 10.5 inches


Paeonia 'Janice'

© Kim Hodges, 2021

Coloured pencil, 12 x 9 inches

Purple Coneflower

Echinacea purpurea

© Raewyn Khosla, 2021

Watercolour, 14 x 11 inches

Oriental Poppy, Papaver orientale

© Rosalind Allchin, 2020

Watercolour, 14 x 11 inches

Japanese Aralia, Fatsia japonica

© Kristin Rothschild, 2020

Watercolour, 13 x 18 inches


This year’s exhibition evolved out of a collaborative research project focusing on a selection of CEF historic and current plant specimens of interest to the artists.  

Seeking to better understand the biology, etymology and growing habits of their plant subjects, the artists visited the Farm over several months to research, write, draw and paint their chosen plants.  Research findings were presented over Zoom to OSBA members in the spring, summer and autumn months of 2021.  The watercolour, coloured pencil and graphite artworks that you see here are the artistic results of their study.



Ros Allchin, Mary Atkins , Peg Duncan, Kim Hodges, Elaine Huestis, Janice Kelly, Raewyn Khosla, Inga Legere, Lynn Moore, Esra Ozgun, Anne Pichora,  Kristin Rothschild, Jan Salmon, Pat van der Linde, Kathryn E. Wright

Exhibition Project Manager: Jan Salmon

Research Project Leader: Esra Gomceli Ozgun

2021 OSBA Executive