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Botanical Illustration Resources: Botany for Artists

A Selected Bibliography created for the 1999 Northwest Botanical Illustration Symposium (updated frequently) Compiled by Julene Sodt, of the Western Libraries, Western Washington University, Bellingham WA

Botany for Artists

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ArtPlantae is a resource provider whose aim is to increase botanical literacy by encouraging an interest in plants and nature through illustration.  This educational website serves as a gathering place connecting artists, educators, and naturalists.

Baumgardt, John Philip. How to Identify Flowering Plant Families: a Practical Guide for Horticulturists and Plant Lovers. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1982. (QK 495 .A1 B38 1982)
        "Through an analysis of flower structure, with the aid of floral diagrams and floral formulae, Baumgardt presents the relationships among members of plant families." --Publisher. 269 pages.

Capon, Brian. Botany for Gardeners; an Introduction and Guide. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1990.
        Intended for gardeners, this basic botany book is excellent for artists as well. Illustrated with color photographs and black and white line drawings. 220 pages.

Elpel, Thomas.  Botany in a Day : Thomas J. Elpel's Herbal Field Guide to Plant Families. Pony, MT : HOPS Press, 2002.

Hunken, Jorie. A Natural History of Plants: An Illustrated Botanical Primer for Naturalists, Gardeners and Artists. New York: Prentice Hall, 1986. 160 pages.

Leech, Lizabeth.  Botany for Artists. Crowood Press, 2011.
        360 line-drawings, colour photographs and paintings.

Mabberley, D. J.  Arthur Harry Church:  The Anatomy of Flowers.  London:  Merrell and the Natural History Museum, 2000.
        128 pp with 61 colour plates and 44 text figures.

Neal, Bill.   Gardener's Latin:  A Lexicon.  Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1992.   (QK9 .N42 1992 )

Simblet, Sarah, Sam Scott-Hunter, and Stephen Harris. Botany for the Artist. New York: DK Pub., 2010,

Rudall, Paula. Anatomy of Flowering Plants: an Introduction to Structure and Development. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
        This introduction to plant anatomy focuses on the internal organization and microscopic structure of plants and includes stems, roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and fruits. 110 pages.