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Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists

Technical References

Glossary of botanical terms

A list on Wikipedia of definitions of terms and concepts relevant to botany and plants in general.

Terms describing flower anatomy

The University of Rochester resource for definitions of terms describing flower anatomy and inflorescence, or flowering body.

Glossary of leaf morphology

A list on Wikipedia of terms used to describe the physical form and external structure of leaves.

The Handprint source for information about watercolour paints

A comprehensive resource for watercolour painters on the Internet. Includes information on all aspects of watercolour painting: papers, brushes, paints, "colour theory," painting techniques, art instructional books, and more.

Drawing Flowers: Botanical Art and Illustration

The members of the Lyndhurst STEM Club in New Jersey recommend this link for information about botanical art and illustration. The girls found it very useful during their introductory program on botany.

Plants of the world online (from Kew Gardens)

Digitized data of the world’s flora gathered from the past 250 years of botanical exploration and research. Provides information on the taxonomy, identification, images, distribution, traits, threat status, molecular phylogenies and uses of vascular plants worldwide.

Canadensys: Database of Vascular Plants of Canada (VASCAN)

The current goal of VASCAN is to provide an up-to-date, documented source of the names of vascular plants in Canada, Greenland, and Saint Pierre and Miquelon, both scientific or vernacular.

Copyright and artists' rights

A useful primer by Katherine Tyrrell from the website: Art Business Info for Artists. N.B. laws vary by country.

Demystifying Copyright: *abridged for visual artists

Published by CARFAC Ontario. What visual artists need to know about copyright in Canada

A free web resource committed to ensuring the safety of families and providing vital health information.

Glyphosate, a toxic chemical, is the active ingredient in Roundup, one of the most commonly-used herbicides worldwide by commercial gardeners. Drugwatch's comprehensive guide covers what glyphosate is used for, human health risks and risks to plant pollinators.

Books available from the Ottawa Public Library

(Click on the title to see the entry in the catalogue.)

Botanical Art Techniques

American Society of Botanical Artists, 2020

Botany for the Artist

Sarah Simblet, 2020

Billy Showell's Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Billy Showell, 2016

Botanical Art With Scientific Illustration

Sarah Jane Humphrey, 2018

The Modern Flower Painter

Anna Mason, 2014

Flora Illustrata

Great Works From the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden.

RHS Botanical Illustration

The Gold Medal Winners. Charlotte Brooks, 2019

Rory McEwen - the Colours of Reality

Martin Rix, 2013

A Garden Eden

Masterpieces of Botanical Illustration. H. Walter Lack, 2021

Botanical Illustration From Life

A Visual Guide to Observing, Drawing and Painting Plants. Işik Güber, 2019

Local and online art suppliers

Garden and Horticultural Groups

Friends of the Farm (Central Experimental Farm)

The Friends of the Central Experimental Farm (FCEF) is a volunteer organization helping to care for the Arboretum, the Ornamental Gardens and other public areas of the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (Fletcher Wildlife Garden)

The Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club is the oldest natural history club in Canada. Over 800 members have interests in all aspects of the natural world, from birding to botanizing, investigation to publication, conservation to cooperation.

Ottawa Horticultural Society

The Ottawa Horticultural Society is a non-profit society open to all gardeners

Master Gardeners of Ottawa-Carleton

Master Gardeners (MGs) are experienced gardeners who have studied horticulture and continue to improve their skills through technical updates. With this training and continuing education they provide unbiased horticultural advice and expertise to home gardeners at no charge. They encourage good gardening practices.


GardeningCalendar.ca is a platform for gardening events, know-how and, botanical and public gardens. Gardeners acquire ideas, knowledge, inspiration and save time for a wealth of gardening information.

Canadian Botanical Art Societies