Art of the Plant, Native Plants of Canada

About this Exhibition

The Committee of Canadian Botanical Art Organizations is planning the exhibition in Canada, and has launched a website devoted to the project and exhibition. Art of the Plant, Native Plants of Canada, will be on view at the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Stonewall Gallery in Ottawa, Ontario. The group is holding workshops on capturing native plants of Canada to help artists in their quest to find and depict native plants. The committee includes Botanical Artists of Canada, Botanical Artists Guild of Southern Alberta, Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists, Botanical Artists of Nova Scotia Association, and Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland and Labrador. Find more info at:


Shepherdia canadensis is a shrub found across much of Canada. Its berries, initially bitter, are a food source for wildlife such as grizzly bears, black bears, and ruffed grouse. The berries sweeten a little after several frosts. First Nation people were known to have combined them with dried buffalo meat to make pemmican, a portable, long-lasting high-energy food.


Canada Buffaloberry, Shepherdia argentea, watercolor on paper, ©Margaret Best

Photo: ©Ian Wilson

Photo: ©Ian Wilson

One of the many dramatic landscapes that hold some of Canada’s native plant treasures. Canada yellow cinquefoil at Waterton Lake National Park. 



Committee of Canadian Botanical Art Organizations

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Steering Committee

Kerri Weller, Chair
Margaret Best, Advisor
Myra Sourkes, Advisor

exhibition Venue

Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario 

The Canadian Museum of Nature is Canada's national museum of natural history and natural sciences. The museum provides evidence-based insights, inspiring experiences and meaningful engagement with nature's past, present and future. It achieves this through scientific research, a 14 million specimen collection, education programs, presentation of signature galleries and travelling exhibitions, and a dynamic web site,


Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod Street, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1A1



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