Plants of Minnesota: A Florilegium
Olin-Rice Science Center, First Floor
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary and the MN School of Botanical Art
This exhibit is part of an ongoing project by the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary and the Minnesota School of Botanical Art (MSBA) to create a florilegium depicting many of the Minnesota plants found in the Eloise Butler Garden. A florilegium is a collection of artworks that provides a historical record of flora found in a specific location. The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden is located in Minneapolis, was established in 1907, and is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States. Beginning in the fall of 2010, more than thirty current and former students and teachers from MSBA began working to create original paintings of Minnesota plants growing in the Eloise Butler Garden. This is a ten-year anticipated project that will consist of paintings of 130 species by the time the project is completed in 2020.