On Sunday, March 11, Eileen Malone-Brown, BAEE President, gave a presentation titled "Putting Botanical Art to Work" at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Henrico, VA, just outside Richmond. She was introduced by Phyllis Laslett, the Garden Adult Education Coordinator.
Eileen walked the audience through creation of the BAEE book American Botanical Art: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic and told how proceeds from book sales have been used as grants to further understanding of the importance of native plants to the environment and to encourage their conservation and use in home gardens. Her presentation also included comparisons of Mark Catesby's prints of native plants with contemporary versions by BAEE members.
While encouraging the audience to develop their own projects, Eileen shared lessons learned from the making of the BAEE Book. The audience of 26 included Lewis Ginter Botanical Art students and graduates, as well as members of other local plant conservation groups. The event concluded with a lively question-and-answer discussion covering many botanical art project possibilities other than publishing a book.