Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada

Grow your appreciation for our national plants this spring!

Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada runs from May 18 to October 31 at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum – and you won’t want to miss it.

Presented in partnership with the Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists (OSBA), Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada is an impressive collection of modern, botanical art. Through more than 30 original artworks – in watercolour, graphite, and mixed media – the exhibition examines our native plants as seen through the eyes of artists.

Many of the plant subjects are from the Ottawa region – including the Fletcher Wildlife Garden – and as far away as British Columbia. The exhibition includes a commissioned sculpture from celebrated local sculptor Rosemary Breault-Landry, and will feature tours and workshops.

Throughout the summer, a group of OSBA members will be venturing out to two of Ottawa's foremost urban gardens – the Ornamental Gardens at the Central Experimental Farm and the Civic Gardens at Lansdowne Park – to enjoy a morning of sketching. The public is welcome to attend and pose questions to the artists.

Formed in 2012, the OSBA is a community of artists who share a love of the plant world. Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada is one of five regional exhibitions being presented by Canadian botanical art societies across the country this summer. Exhibitions will also open in St. John’s, Wolfville, Hamilton, and Calgary. These exhibitions are part of Canada’s contribution to a ground breaking series of botanical art shows in 25 countries drawing attention to the importance of the native plants of their countries.

Stay tuned for upcoming program details for Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada.

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