Tuesday May 22

Art of the Plant Vernissage

The Canadian Museum of Nature marked International Day of Biodiversity with special events and officially launched the Art of the Plant exhibition.

Wednesday May 23 to Friday May 25

Art of the Plant Botanical Art Conference
Vicky Earle – Western fairy slipper

The Art of the Plant Steering Committee, Canadian Museum of Nature and Canada Agriculture and Farm Museum jointly welcomed botanical artists from across Canada to the nation’s capital to celebrate this milestone exhibition event. A Botanical Art Conference complemented the exhibit and  presented many enjoyable learning experiences from guided tours, instructional workshops and speaker presentations led by specialists.

Wednesday May 23

Canadian Museum of Nature Natural Heritage Campus, Gatineau, Quebec

Jennifer Doubt, Curator, National Herbarium of Canada, organized a wonderful tour of the collection and a  workshop on how to mount  herbarium specimens,


Wildflower Walk and Talk with guide Simon in Gatineau park

Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Ottawa, Ontario

Its state-of-the-art Learning Centre offered the ideal location to host the workshops and speaker presentations. A demonstration farm with lambs, goats, horses and a dairy barn in the heart of Ottawa, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is renowned for its world-class scientific research and preservation of architectural heritage. Located a few minutes walk away were the magnificent collection of trees at the arboretum, the garden displays and native plantings at the Fletcher.

Guest Speakers:
Adventures, with plants
Pamela Stagg, Botanical Artist, Picton, Ontario
Pamela spoke on painting, kayaking in Canada’s north, hosting a radio program and – always – looking for interesting plants.

Local Native Plants and Their Pollinators Michael Runtz, Botanist and Naturalist, Carleton University, Ottawa.
Michael’s highly visual (and stimulating) presentation on many aspects of local flowers was entertaining!

Remarkable Goldenrod Emily Damstra, Scientific Illustrator, Guelph, Ontario
In this image-filled presentation, Emily Damstra discussed a recent project involving illustrations of Late Goldenrod as well as some of the insects and other organisms that utilize it. We learned about Solidago altissima, a beautiful native wildflower and biodiversity superhero that hosts a number of insects with surprising life stories. 

Botany for Artists Mary Anne Jackson-Hughes, Botany Instructor, Algonquin College, Ottawa
An educational, visual and animated presentation on the botanical basics  every botanical artists needs to succeed.

Panel Discussion: Stories behind the Art Myra Sourkes, Moderator, Toronto, Ontario
Myra interviewed artists from the Art of the Plant exhibition.

Flowering Plant Diversity and Evolution Dr. Lynne Gillespie, Botanist, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa
Dr. Gillespie shared her knowledge about the history and diversity of flowering plants, and gave insight into how flowering plants have evolved to become the most diverse and abundant group of plants.