All Nature Is But Art
BASNCR-sponsored invitational exhibition featuring native plants of the Eastern United States
Dates: April 6-28, 2019
Location: Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, Maryland
All In a Garden Green
BASNCR-sponsored juried exhibition featuring native plants of the Eastern United States
Dates: August 26 - October 28, 2019
Location: Green Spring Gardens, Alexandria, Virginia
In 1828 English writer Frances Trollope (1779–1863) began a four-year journey around the then United States. Her travels took her up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, across the Allegheny Mountains, and along the east coast from Washington, D.C., to Niagara Falls. In her book, “Domestic Manners of the Americans” (1832), she frequently noted the plants she encountered. From the Spanish moss and palmettos of New Orleans, to the mountain laurels of Pennsylvania, to the redbuds, dogwoods, and azaleas around Washington, D.C., she found this country’s flora a constant delight. Dazzled by the number of plants new to her that she couldn’t name, her advice to her countrymen was “let no one visit America without having first studied botany.”
Given that she spent many weeks at houses near both Glen Echo and Green Spring, we thought those venues would be the ideal spots to display pictures of the kinds of plants that Frances Trollope might have encountered on her American adventure.
Ancarrow’s List: Native Plants by the River’s Edge
The Plants of the James River Project was recently awarded the ASBA’s Esther M. Plotnick Artist Grant to fund educational events and a two-venue juried exhibition of regional, native plants of the James River, based on the list by Newton Ancarrow, one of Virginia’s earliest environmentalists. This definitive list, created in the 1960's, has been relied upon extensively for cleanup of the James River.
The exhibitions will feature works by current members of BASNCR, as well as the Central Virginia Botanical Artists (CVABA) and the North Carolina Botanical Artists’ Circle (NCBAC).
Dates: October 1-31, 2019
Location: Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia
Dates: November 3 - December 22, 2019
Location: James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, 901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23284
Additional exhibit opportunities and entry forms can be found on the ASBA website .