Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning ...

Tropical Botanic Artists 

document the 100-year-old Tamiami Trail’s effects on South Florida’s landscape


When:  September 21 - October 26, 2017  

Where: The Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West, Florida 33040  

Hours:  9 am – 5 pm daily. Free.                    

 Portraits of plants found along the historic Tamiami Trail a century after the road was begun, will be on view at the Gato Building in Key West , Sept. 21- Oct. 26, 2017. Admission is free and open to the public. 


“Tamiami Trail: In the Beginning...” is an exhibition of original artworks by members of the Miami-based Tropical Botanic Artists collective. The botanical subjects were selected to mark the 100th anniversary in 2015 of the start of work on Tamiami Trail, a roadway begun in 1915 in Miami. Today it stretches across the Everglades from Miami to Naples and northward to Tampa, through areas that were largely wilderness a century ago. The exhibition’s 31 plant portraits depict species found then and now in multiple vegetation zones along the route. Due to human intervention and changes in water flow, some of the plants illustrated are rare or endangered, and their predominant locations may have shifted, but all persist in South Florida’s landscape.

Presented with support from the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, the exhibition is the result of the artists’ collaboration with Dr. Evelyn Gaiser of Florida International University, who is principal investigator for the local Florida Coastal Everglades Long Term Ecological Research program.

Artists whose works are in the exhibition are Margie Bauer, Kristi Bettendorf, Beverly Borland, Silvia Bota, Marie Chaney, Susan Cumins, Jeanie Daniel Duck, Bobbi Garber, Pauline Goldsmith, Leo Hernandez, Carol Ann Lane, Elsa Nadal, Carol Onstad, Laurie Richardson, and Jedda Wong.  



The Tropical Botanic Artists collective was established in Miami, Florida, in 2006 to highlight the beauty of tropical plants through art. Its members come from all walks of life and each brings a unique viewpoint to his or her work. They share a love of the natural world and that fascination is reflected in their art.



  • Bursera simaruba Gumbo Limbo tree Colored pencil 20" x16" (C) 2016 Kristi Bettendorf