Anita Walsmit Sachs Gains 2nd Prize

in 2012 Margaret Flockton Competition

Originally appeared in The Botanical Artist - Volume 18, Issue 2


Run by the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the annual exhibition, now in its ninth year, honors scientific illustrators working in pen and ink. This year’s Margaret Flockton Award winners and entrants came from around the world including repeating entries from Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Brazil, United Kingdom,

Netherlands and new countries represented by Thailand and South Korea. 

Second prize of $2,000 went to Anita Walsmit Sachs from The Netherlands, for the pen and ink illustration of Lepisanthes senegalensis, part of a series made for the Flora of Nepal, a commission from the National Herbarium, Leiden University and Naturalis.  Anita will donate her prize money to Hortus Botanicus Leiden. It is the oldest botanical garden in Europe, dating from 1593; the first prefect was Carolus Clusius who promoted the tulip in The Netherlands. Funds will be used to purchase furniture for the botanical art classroom, where she teaches botanical drawing.

Anita tell us, “I am really thrilled with the prize, as I try to make people aware of the beauty of scientific drawings and their scientific but also decorative value,” This species is found in the old world tropics, ranging from tropical Africa via Madagascar and south and southwest Asia to the Malay Archipelago. Congratulations, Anita!

  • Lepisanthes senegalensis, ink on paper, ©Anita Walsmit Sachs 2012