Botanical Exploration in the Everglades

Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists, in collaboration with Everglades National Park, present “Botanical Exploration in the Everglades” at the Ernest Coe Center at Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, November 1 – 30, 2013. The Center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The exhibition features 27 original watercolor portraits of plants discovered in the Everglades by 19th and 20th century botanists, and designated with common and scientific names that reflect those intrepid plant explorers.

Artist Kathleen Konicek-Moran and Everglades botanist Jimi Sadle co-curated the exhibition, which is supplemented by a documentary by local videographer Eric Raits. The film deals with early botanists who braved the biting insects, large reptiles, and poisonous plants that made the Everglades one of the country’s last frontiers of botanical exploration. Included in the show are informational panels about botanical exploration and field collecting, how plants are named, and ways Everglades plants were used by native peoples.

Tropical Botanic Artists is a collective of local watercolorists established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to pursue the beauty of tropical plants through art. Its members come from all walks of life and each brings a unique viewpoint to the botanical subjects they portray.

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  • Photo courtesy of Katherine Konicek-Moran, co-curator and ASBA member