Conference Registration Fee 

Fee: $160 + HST for all three days

Registration Fee includes participation in all events including admission, tours, speakers, transportation, catered lunches, refreshments on all three days – except workshops.

** Additional fees required for workshops


Tuesday May 22

Art of the Plant Vernissage

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, by invitation

The Canadian Museum of Nature marks International Day of Biodiversity with special events and officially launches 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 welcome botanical artists from across Canada to the nation’s capital to celebrate this milestone exhibition event and Art of the Plant Botanical Art Conference. Participants are invited to enjoy a complement of guided tours, instructional workshops and speaker presentations led by specialists over the duration of the three-day conference.

Wednesday May 23

Canadian Museum of Nature Natural Heritage Campus, Gatineau, Quebec

Full day program in Gatineau, Quebec, features presentations and lunch at the Canadian Museum of Nature and a wildflower walk in Gatineau Park. 

Take a guided tour of the collection of the National Herbarium of Canada.

Join Jennifer Doubt, Curator, National Herbarium of Canada, and Marcel Jomphe, Botanical Illustrator,  Rimouski, Quebec, for a presentation: The Art and Science of Botanical Illustration – how illustrations are created from herbarium specimens.

Explore beautiful Gatineau Park with a guided Wildflower Walk and Talk.

Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25 Venue

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Ottawa, Ontario

Its state-of-the-art Learning Centre offers the ideal location to host the Art of the Plant Botanical Art Conference, where all speaker presentations will be held. 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.

Note: Lunch will be from noon to 1 pm at the
          Learning Centre, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

Thursday May 24

Dominion Arboretum, Ornamental Gardens, Fletcher Wildlife Garden 

Morning visit

Located a few minutes walk from our conference venue at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, enjoy unstructured time to explore the magnificent collection of trees at the arboretum, the garden displays and native plantings at the Fletcher. Walking maps of the collections will be available.

Visit the exhibits at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum

Guest Speaker: Adventures, with plants

Three Sisters Hall – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Pamela Stagg, Botanical Artist, Picton, Ontario

Pamela speaks on painting, kayaking in Canada’s north, hosting a radio program and – always – looking for interesting plants. Join her as she talks about the passions that have driven her life’s journey.

Guest Speaker: Local Native Plants and Their Pollinators

Three Sisters Hall – 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Michael Runtz, Botanist and Naturalist, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario

Michael’s highly visual (and stimulating) presentation on many aspects of local flowers promises to be very entertaining!

Thursday Evening

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm 
Enjoy free admission to the Canadian Museum of Nature for you and your guests.  

Friday May 25

Guest Speaker: Remarkable Goldenrod

Three Sisters Hall – 9:15 am to 10:15 am
Emily Damstra, Scientific Illustrator, Guelph, Ontario

Take a tour of Solidago altissima, a beautiful native wildflower and biodiversity superhero that hosts a number of insects with surprising life stories. In this image-filled presentation, Emily Damstra will discuss a recent project involving illustrations of Late Goldenrod as well as some of the insects and other organisms that utilize it. In addition to hearing about Emily’s research and process, learn about the two different grants that supported this project, and whether or not they might be opportunities you could explore.

Guest Speaker: Botany for Artists

Three Sisters Hall – 10:45 am to 11:45 am
Mary Anne Jackson-Hughes, Botany Instructor, Algonquin College, Ottawa, Ontario

Mary Anne explores a fascinating relationship between art and science.

Panel Discussion: Stories behind the Art

Three Sisters Hall – 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Myra Sourkes, Moderator, Toronto, Ontario

Myra interviews artists from the Art of the Plant exhibition.

Guest Speaker: Flowering Plant Diversity and Evolution

Three Sisters Hall – 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Dr. Lynne Gillespie, Botanist, Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Ontario

Dr. Gillespie shares her knowledge about the history and diversity of flowering plants. Flowering plants have evolved to become the most diverse and abundant group of plants. She will give an overview of the diversity and evolution of flowering plants and explore why they have become so successful. She will also discuss how new ways of studying plants are changing our understanding of their evolution and hence their classification.