Margaret Johnston Begins Botanical Art Project for Naturopathy

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


Margaret Johnston, a new member, recently spent six months in Cape Town, South Africa, studying native medicinal plants. A naturopathic doctor and educator, she has combined her interests in naturopathy and botanical illustration. 

Joining the Botanical Artists Association of South Africa (BAASA) at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens was a foot in the door to all kinds of botanically related activities. It allowed her into the Gardens whenever she wanted to continue her studies. Margaret will return for another six months in the coming year to continue her work on the naturopathic botanical art project she started this year.

  • Sutherlandia frutescens; From Flower to Fruit, 35x50cm, watercolor on paper, ©Margaret Elizabeth Johnston. Sutherlandia has been used and espected as a medicinal plant by the Khoi San and Nama people, the original inhabitants of the Cape.