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We list exhibitions that we sponsor, as well as other exhibitions and events of interest to our members and supporters plus Calls for Entries for botanical art exhibition opportunities in Northern California.

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15th Annual NCalSBA Member Exhibition at
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Plants Illustrated 2024 – “California Natives – Edibles”, January 17 – February 4, 2024 at Julia Morgan Hall

The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley is pleased to present the 15th annual Plants Illustrated Exhibition. This year’s exhibition theme is “California Natives – Edibles”. This exhibition continues the Garden’s partnership with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.

Gallery hours: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Participating artists: Mary Batchelder, Martha Bennett, Gina Barretta, Beatrice Bergemont, Bonnie Bonner, Janice Byer, Sophie Chartier, Margi Connelly, Ruth Cox, Clytia Curley, Catherine Dellor, Maria Cecilia Freeman, Kaye Herbranson, Susan Hill-McEntee, Laurence Hills, Mimi Kearns, Mary Ellen King, Heather Kostrzewa, Gwyn Lewis, Andrea LoPinto, Lisa Martin, Lee McCaffree, Dolores Morrison, Sally Petru, Laura Sawczuk, Sylvia Sykora, Barbara Ward, Catherine Watters

“California Rose”  by Catherine Watters

NCalSBA Sketchbook Exchange Exhibition

September 16 – November 26, 2023 at Marin Art and Garden Center

The Marin Art and Garden Center is hosting the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA) sketchbook exchange project.

Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium Exhibit

An exhibit showcasing the unique beauty of Mt. Tam’s Flora
November 6, 2023 through January 8, 2024


California Poppy
Fairfax Library
2097 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax, CA
Marin County 415-453-8151

We have 34 participating artists in this exhibit showing 61 works of art.

SPECIAL PROGRAM Thursday November 28, 2023 6:30pm
Fairfax library Community Room
Mt. Tam Botanical Art in Action: How you can make a difference

An interactive and hands on discussion with community Leaders who will offer many opportunities to become engaged –from discussing and demonstrating how botanical artist work in the field and in their studios to how artistic decisions are informed by science.

Our presenters will answer questions and provide opportunities to learn more about the preservation and restoration of Mt. Tam’s natural resources as well as ways to become involved through on-going volunteer and artistic opportunities.

Our Program features:
Kristin Jakob, California Native Plant Society Fellow and NCalSBA Mt. Tam Florilegium artist and juror
Mia Monroe, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Marin Community Liaison
Susan Mark-Raymond, NCalSBA representative and Mt. Tam Florilegium artist
Suzanne Whelan, Marin Municipal Water District Volunteer Coordinator
"California Poppy" by Mary Gilardi

Calls for Entries


We post Calls for Entries for Northern California exhibition opportunities which may be of interest to our members. For shows outside this area, you may want to check the ASBA site as well as other groups listed on our Links page.
Each exhibit has its own specific guidelines and requirements, but for general information about framing standards for NCalSBA members’ exhibitions please check here.

To research whether a plant is a native of California, you may want to use the Jepson Online Interchange California Floristics or the Calflora Search for Plants. If you are specifically seeking California natives, be sure to check that the plant is not listed as “naturalized in CA”.

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley Florilegium Exhibition

at the Julia Morgan Hall, November 1 -21, 2024
Deadline for entries August 20, 2024

Mathiasella I by Leah Kaiser
Florilegium Curators and UCBG Board members will oversee the project: Gina Barretta, Laura Sawczuk and Catherine Watters

UCBG Florilegium Staff Advisors will oversee the plant list and collection.
Holly Forbes – Garden Curator
Christine Manoux – Director of Education and Public Programs

UCBG Florilegium Garden Tour with Curator, Holly Forbes
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 9:30am-11am
Meet at Entry Gate

Members of NCalSBA have been working on building the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley Florilegium for a few years. As we head into our third year, you are invited to get insights into the choices behind the Florilegium List, talk to Holly Forbes – the curator behind the list, and get specimens for your next work. A list of the “Top 40” has been assembled.  See below under Plant List.

We will meet inside the entry gate. Membership to the garden is encouraged for entry. You are welcome to stay on and tour the garden, bring a bag lunch for designated picnic areas, and visit with your fellow members. 

For questions and if you plan to attend, please notify Sally Petru.

The UCBG Florilegium is a 4-5 year project started in 2021.
The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley Florilegium was launched in 2021. Members of NCalSBA are documenting the plants growing in the beautiful 34-acre Garden. This 5-year project is overseen by UCBG Board Members and NCalSBA Artists, Gina Barretta, Laura Sawczuk and Catherine Watters, under the guidance of UCBG Curator Holly Forbes.

The property is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species. Organized geographically, the Garden features 9 regions of naturalistic plantings from Australia to South Africa, along with a major collection of California native plants. The Garden was established in 1890 and its living collections are invaluable resources for international research and conservation.

Check here for UCBG Florilegium Guidelines. Please review them carefully as some changes have been made.

Exhibit entrants are required to gallery sit for this exhibit. Those exhibit entrants who are unable to gallery sit will pay a $50 fee.

Plant List
Here is a list of the Top 40 Plants that represents iconic plants in the garden that haven't been selected yet.

UCBG has updated the list of over 200 plants to be illustrated check here.

To reserve a plant, please contact Holly Forbes ( and Gina Barretta (

Plants highlighted in yellow have already been reserved.
Plants highlighted in blue have been illustrated and included in the Florilegium.
*If you have already reserved a plant, please double check that it is highlighted in yellow.

The piece you submit to the UCBG Florilegium must not be in another florilegium collection.

Click here to enter exhibition.

"Mathiasella I" by Leah Kaizer

Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture


The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum hosts exhibitions of paintings, prints, photographs and other art media in its reading room on an ongoing basis. They plan exhibits up to two years in advance.

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