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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.

Botanical Art Tips and Tutorials from American Society of Botanical Artists

A sampling of articles from the Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists.  Artists discuss their techniques in the regular feature of the journal titled, "No really, that's how I do it".

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.

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

Botanical Illustration Course With the Eden Project

Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurston, 2007

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.

A Passion for Plants

Contemporary Botanical Masterworks From the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

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.

Canadian Botanical Art Societies