Perhaps nothing so deftly combines the two components of the Marin Art & Garden Center’s name as botanical illustration, bridging the worlds of art and gardening. The earliest civilizations depicted plant life in their artwork, but the modern art of botanical illustration really finds its roots in the Renaissance, where such leading artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer brought scientific rigor to their work.

Today, botanical illustration includes many media, from pen and ink to watercolor to colored pencil, but always sharing an attention to botanical detail and horticultural accuracy. The Marin Art & Garden Center will be hosting the 22nd Annual International exhibition, in collaboration with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), from September 22 to November 17 in The Studio. This exhibition includes 48 artists from all over the world, chosen by jury from more than 230 entries. The remarkable level of detail will remind you that before the advent of photography, these types of illustration were essential in identifying and categorizing plant life for scientific and medical purposes.

If you’d like to try your hand at this time-honored art form, you’ll have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of its masters right here at MAGC. ASBA artists will be teaching a series of classes, including some open to children, throughout the autumn. Check our event listings to sign up for a workshop yourself!