It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Spring is Coming!

(please click the image to enlarge)

(to download the entry form, use username: biprogram, password: student)

You can also pick up your copy of the entry form from the Classroom C

Saturday, December 27, 2008

One of the Greatest Florists - Alexander Marshal

Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) and greyhound (Canis familiaris), c. 1650-82

Alexander Marshal (c. 1620-1682) painted not to document scientific discoveries, not for publication nor for sale but for pleasure. A highly skilled, although self-taught artist, Alexander Marshal was a horticulturist and famed entomologist who believed the cultivation of plants was essential to the study of the natural world.
The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal (c.1620—82) has been part of the Royal Collection since the times of King George IV. The art is now included in the collections of the Royal Library at Windsor Castle containing 159 folios of exquisite water colors portraying more than 600 different plants, both native and exotic, together with meticulous studies of insects, birds and animals. It is the only surviving example of a flower-book painted by an English artist in the 17th century. This was also the first collection that was made for the pleasure of the eye and not for a herbal. Despite Marshal’s importance as an artist, no full-scale study of his work has ever been published.
The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal at Windsor Castle by Prudence Leith-Ross and Henrietta McBurney was published in 2000 showing the 159 folios beautifully reproduced as a full-page color plates.

Some of Marshal’s works were also included in Amazing Rare Things exhibition curated by David Attenborough. Those of us who saw that exhibit certainly noticed the fresh and bright colors in the art. Mr. Marshal experimented with different pigments extracting them from flowers, berries, roots and gums.

Quite recently the Viking Studia published a condensed version of "The Florilegium of Alexander Marshal" with the title Mr. Marshal’s Flower book containing 140 stunning illustrations and the abridged text from Prudence Leith-Ross and Henrietta McBurney book from 2000.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Holidays!!!!

(Rudolf Koivu (1890-1946)

Wishing you all the very best for the Holiday Season.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

James Gurney welcomes you to Dinotopia

James Gurney is an artist and author probably best known for his illustrated book series about Dinotopia. Dinotopia is the isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and dinosaurs coexisting peacefully in the same society.
Less well-known might be the dozens of science fiction and fantasy paperback covers James Gurney has painted for works by authors such as Tim Powers and Alan Dean Foster, the background paintings he has done for the film industry, the stamps (World of Dinosaurs, released by USPS on May 1st 1997), and uncounted illustrations for "National Geographic" and other publications. Dinotopia has been translated at least into 18 languages.
James Gurney is coming to Denver Botanic Gardens on March 5th, 2009….more

Friday, December 19, 2008

Rutabaga and Ginger

(by Barbara Piascik, BI-graduate of 2007)

Rutabaga is the most popular root vegetable in the Finnish cuisine. It is included in casseroles and served as a side dish alongside meat and salads. Rutabaga casserole (Lanttulaatikko) is one of the oldest holiday dishes in Finland. Rutabaga was cultivated in Finland already in the 17th century and the rutabaga casserole has been part of the festivity cooking since then. As requested by many, click for the recipe here.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Magical Season – Magical Spices –

(Cinnamon zeylanicum by Susan Rubin)
The Holiday Season is a treat for the nose and for the taste buds –
After last weeks BI holiday party I have got many requests for a number of recipes, the glögg recipe can be found here…

Friday, December 12, 2008

Registration starts on Monday!

Please remember that registration for January - June 2009 BI-classes starts on Monday, December 15, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Durable Plants for the Garden - Plant Select Guide

Available January 15, 2009: Durable Plants for the Garden: A Plant Select® Guide. Please read more here…

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Fresh from the Press: Brush with Gondwana

Brush with Gondwana is the first book celebrating the artistic achievements of the Botanical Artists’ Group of WA (BAG), Australia, established in 1992.
The book presents seven permanent members of the BAG: Rica Erickson, Pat Dundas, Ellen Hickman, Penny Leach, Philippa Nikulinsky, Margaret Pieroni and Katrina Syme. Each of them is given a chapter in which their ‘story’ is told and each chapter includes fourteen whole page illustrations from the respective artist. The book is undoubtedly convincing us once again of the fundamental link between botanical art and science.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cardamom - Queen of all Spices

(Otto Carl Berg & Carl Friedrich Schmidt, Leipzig, 1858-1863)

Cardamom, Elettaria cardamomum, also known as Malabar or Ceylon cardamom grows wild in the Ghat Mountains of the Malabar Coast, southwestern India and on Sri Lanka. It is a perennial, up to 6 meters tall (~20 ft.) plant with flower stalk that is only a one meter high. The seedpod is a centimeter long capsule containing up to 20 seeds. The harvesting (the seedpods need to be harvested individually) and growing cardamom is very labor intense making Cardamom the second most expensive spice in the world.
Cardamom was considered as a cure against obesity and dysuria already more than 3000 years ago. It has long been famous as an aphrodiasiac. It was imported to Greece by the fourth century B.C. Romans started to use the spice in cooking.
India and Guatemala are the biggest cardamom producers today.
The traditional Indian cuisine consumes ca 50 % of world's production and the second 50 % of the modern cardamom consumption is divided between Near East (Saudi-Arabia) and Nordic Countries led by Sweden and Finland. Arabs use Cardamom in coffee, west Europeans use it in sweet pastries; they also mix it with hamburger meat, meat loaf and sausage meat. Cardamom is also an important part of the Danziger Goldwasser, mulled wine and glögg.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

(© Madonna Guenther, BI graduate from 2005)
(Please click the image to enlarge)

Monday, November 24, 2008

The most expensive item we can find to feast on

(from Koehler's Medicinal-Plants, 1887)

is the Saffron that can be used as a spice, a perfume, medicine and also as a dye.
A Chinese medical book from ca 2600 B.C. contains the oldest known reference to saffron. Egyptians wrote about it ca 1500 B.C. and the crocus plants were grown in the gardens at Luxor in order to get saffron. Saffron crocus blooms in the early fall. The flowers have to be collected early in the morning before it gets too warm. Then the stigmas must be picked from the flower during the same day before the aroma disappears (it contains more than 150 volatile and aroma yielding compounds). The flower and pistil collection needs to be done by hand. It takes a couple of years for a crocus bulb to flower and the bulb must be replanted after another couple of years. About 150 000 flowers are needed to produce one kilogram saffron. Saffron types are graded by quality according to laboratory measurements of such characteristics as crocin (colour), picrocrocin (taste), and safranal (fragrance) content.
Saffron is used in baking both as a spice and a dye, and is especially valued in Asia and Middle East. Saffron also plays an important roll in the Holiday food preparation in Northern Europe.
Saffron buns will be served at the BI-Holiday party on December 11th.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Café Botanique goes to South Africa

South Africa: Floral Wonderland
By Karen Marais, Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa is a country with immense botanical biodiversity. It is the only country that contains a whole Floral Kingdom; one of only 6 in the world. This is the Cape Floristic Region, in the south-western part of the country. A common term for this vegetation type is “fynbos”, which means “shrubs with fine leaves”. Karen will present a short overview of the amazing plant diversity in and around Cape Town, with photo’s of some of the most beautiful and threatened species. She will also explain what civil society volunteer groups are doing to assist with documentation and protection of these rare and endangered species.

Karen Marais (nee Friemelt) lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She is the champion of the CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers) group. Karen was originally trained as a physical therapist, and then did honors degree in Ecological Informatics. She is an avid amateur botanist and has been volunteering in the botany field for the past 5 years.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Denver Arts Week 2008 and BI Art Sale

This year Denver Arts Week is celebrating 150 years of Art and Culture in the Mile High City.
Denver Botanic Gardens is part of this celebration and will present artists from “Your Name in Graffiti” on Saturday, November 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

On the same day The Botanical Art and Illustration Program has an art sale for the benefit of the BI program. This will happen in the Gardens’ Lobby Court between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. All the art is donated by the students. Saturday, November 22nd is a free day at the Gardens.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Holiday Gifts?

(Karla Beatty, Daffodil bulb)

The Winter and Spring 2009 catalog is out! You can browse through 52 courses and I can guarantee that there is something for everybody, both for you who already graduated and likes to be challenged, and for you who just found out about the program and know nothing about illustration but is fascinated of the absolutely beautiful results.

You can find the complete catalog here, if you wish to look at the list of classes we are offering, you can see them here. The instructor pages will be updated shortly. Material lists will be available on-line by December 1st. Registration starts December 15, 9 a.m.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

10 X 100 = Denver Plein Air Arts Festival

Over 100 Colorado artists captured the beauty of the Mile High City September 6-15, 2008. This resulted to the 2nd Annual Denver Plein Air Arts Festival Exhibition in Denver Public Library (November 14 – December 31).
Opening Reception: November 13th, 6-9 p.m. in Denver Public Library (10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, Level Seven).

(Karla Beatty, Enter on Acoma, oil)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Portraits of Mushrooms with Alexander Viazmensky

Last weekend Sasha Viazmensky led an intense watercolor workshop and inspired our BI-students to paint mushrooms. His teaching was filled with individual attention and one on one demonstrations. More images from the class...

Friday, November 7, 2008

Photography or Botanical illustration?

Curtis’s Botanical Magazine discussed the subject in detail in the latest issue of the journal. Read more…

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mushroom Magic November 6th in Morrison Center

Mushroom Magic – The Annual Gold Rush in Russia
By Alexander Viazmensky, St. Petersburg, Russia

In Russia, mushroom hunting is a favorite pastime (even more so than fishing) for many people—men and women, old and young, are crowding the forests for this activity. Throngs of people with mushroom baskets fill the morning trains out from the city, and the most devoted ones go to the woods in the evening and spend the night at a campfire. The Russians are enthusiasts about mushrooms; many depend on their collections as important sources of food as well as income. But the intense picking is causing a serious decrease in the mushroom population, and remote forests are being disturbed by intense motor vehicle usage. Mushroom Magic will be an entertaining tour with Alexander Viazmensky from St. Petersburg, Russia.

Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky was born in Leningrad and originally trained as an electrical engineer. He soon changed careers and after working as a freelance artist he joined the Art Academy in St. Petersburg where he graduated in 1991. He currently devotes all of his time to creating his art. His fungi watercolors are energetic surrounded by all the debris from the forest: pine needles, dead leaves, scraps of moss, twigs and young toadstools scattered over the paper. His works are included in numerous international collections such as Millesgarden Museum in Stockholm, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Lindley Library in London, and Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection, Kew Gardens, UK.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Micro threatening Macro

(S Watts after M. Hart, 1823)
Panama disease caused by the microfungi Fusarium oxysporum is spreading among Banana cultivars. It was first documented in Australia in 1876. This extremely virulent disease is spreading now faster than ever… more

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Botanical Illustration in the Amazons

Next year again, you can spend an unforgettable time with fellow botanical illustrators in the Amazon.
Further information please see:
Margaret Mee's Centennial Amazon Trip. May 18 - 24, 2009
Dulce Nascimento's 11th Botanical Illustration Trip in the Amazon, May 25-31, 2009
Eco-tour with Snorkeling in the Amazon, July 20 - August 2, 2009
You can also contact Lorraine Kaminsky Martins directly by email or see her website .

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society …

(Anemone by Constance Sayas)

(Crataecus by Libby Kyer) exhibiting the Portraits of a Garden IV (Sept. 13 through Nov. 30). The Florilegium project documenting Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s living collections was established in 2000 and aims to preserve the garden’s species through botanical illustration and herbarium collection (The illustrated plants are also preserved in the garden’s 250,000-specimen herbarium.)
Constance Sayas and Libby Kyer are among the artists who have created works for the Florilegium in 2008.
(Material published with Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Collection’s permission, October 11, 2008)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Café Botanique - Thursday, October 16 - Morrison Center

Why People Eat (the Wrong) Mushrooms
By Marilyn Shaw, Mycology Consultant

Few, if any, fields of interest are more dichotomized than that of mycophagy, the eating of fungi. You either love the mushrooms or hate them. There seems to be no middle ground. When the subject of a mushroom poisoning comes up, almost invariably someone will ask, "Why would anyone eat that?" This talk, "Why People Eat (the Wrong) Mushrooms", addresses that question using actual cases that Marilyn Shaw have encountered over the last 30 years as a consultant to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. In general we estimate that somewhere around 100 of the thousands of mushroom species are edible, and an equal number are poisonous to some degree. Really dangerous, life threatening species comprise a rather small percentage of those. All of those other thousands of species are simply inedible for one reason or another. It is curious that this concept is understood with reference to green plants without question, while it seems so puzzling to the general public when the subject is mycology.Marilyn Shaw’s talk will help even the complete neophyte understand, a little better, the mysterious world of mushrooms.

Marilyn Shaw is Mycology Consultant to the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. She is also the chair of the Toxicology Committee and of the Education Committee of the Colorado Mycological Society.

Thursday, October 16, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Friday, October 10, 2008

International Year of the Potato

(Art by Peggy Turchette, 2007)

United Nations has declared the year 2008 the Intenational Year of the Potato (IYP) The year is intended to raise awareness of the global importance of the potato.
Columbus introduced the potato to Europe. The English first began to grow potatoes on a large scale. English settlers brought the potato with them to North America after 1600, thus reintroducing it to the New World. In Europe, the potato became a staple crop in many areas.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

May They Always Flourish...

The 2008 BI-graduates' Year Book May They Always Flourish is available for purchase through Lulu. All proceeds go to the Botanical Illustration program.
Today the BI program celebrated all the 2008 graduates at the graduation ceremony in DBG. We are incredibly proud of you.
If you have not yet seen the Annual Student Show at Denver Botanic Gardens, please visit and enjoy!

2008 Graduates: Charlotte Bucher, Leaan Williams, Marlene Haviland, Julie Fletcher, Peggy Turchette, Cynthia Rothbard, Annie Reiser, Gai Swanson, Joan Sommerfeld (in front). Absent from the picture Barbara Flowers, Beth Lovold, John Maske, Stephanie Mokris, Julie Ann Terry and Eleanor von Bargen.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

You are invited

You are cordially invited to attend an exclusive reception for the students of the Botanical Art and Illustration Program.
Sunday, October 5, 2008, 2-5 pm
Denver Botanic Gardens' Gates Garden Court
(2-3 pm Silent Auction for the benefit of the BI program)

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Café Botanique - Thursday, October 2 - Morrison Center

Feast of Yeast – An Appreciation
By Prof. Dhinakar S. Kompala, University of Colorado, Boulder
Baker’s or brewer’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has a long history and increasing number of uses in biotechnology. It has an interesting metabolism, which makes it useful either in baking (producing CO2) or in brewing (producing ethanol). It is increasingly used in the large-scale production of biofuels, mainly ethanol from food grains (raising the cost of food) and will be used in the next generation of biofuels (ethanol from agricultural residues such as corn stover, sugar cane bagasse, etc.). Beyond these ancient uses, it has found several modern applications, such as in the synthesis of human therapeutics, e.g. insulin and hepatitis vaccine.

Dhinakar Kompala is in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His undergraduate education was at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and his graduate education was at Purdue University. He is a recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator award from National Science Foundation.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Nature in flames

In the nature many odd things happen during the fall. When about half of the chlorophyll has broken down anthocyanin production and accumulation begins. We know that anthocyanins are responsible for the red colors in the plants – however, in the science world there are numerous theories of the ecological function of this reaction, and that is still an unraveled puzzle. Read more about the fascinating Nature’s Palette in David Lee’s book about The Science of Plant Color.

All we know for sure that anthocyanines are not poisonous:

Rosehips are one of the richest plant sources for C vitamin and their antioxidant values are higher than those of blueberries (which also contains high amounts of anthocyanins)
Rosehips are commonly used for culinary purposes especially in
Northern Europe.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Congratulations Jan !

For a year ago Jan Boyd Haring got a grant from ASBA to record and illustrate the wildflowers in South Park, Colorado. The Project is now finished and the brochure illustrating 22 wildflowers is fresh from the press.

A excellent example what a Botanical art and Illustration graduate can do: educate travelers!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Chinese Flower Painting with Sally Yu Leung

Last weekend we had a very successful guest workshop with Sally Yu Leung form the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA.
The three day workshop was wrapped up with the demonstration of the Chinese Tea Garden in the home of Diana Lee and Roy Stahlgren. Before leaving the gorgeus garden we were also served tea in their beautiful Tea House. You can see more images here…

(Finished Piece by Katherine McCrery)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Highlights from the BI-Program

Annual Student Art Show

Students from the Botanical Art and Illustration Program display their art in Gates Garden Court between September 6th and November 4th. Among the more than 50 outstanding botanical plates you can see illustrations from 15 graduates. Random selection is presented on a separate page.

(Mary Clark, 2008 Graduate)

Meet the Students - Meet the Artists -Celebrate the 2008 Graduates - Please join us for reception October 5, 2-5 p.m.
Also in the program

*** Silent Auction for the benefit of the BI-Program***

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Café Botanique - Thursday, September 4 - Gates Hall

From Flowers to Total Work of Art:
Saarinen designs in textiles
By Susan Saarinen, SLA, Golden, CO

Loja Saarinen, wife of Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen, was an award winning sculptor when she met her husband. As a young woman, she had been trained in all the womanly arts of the day, cooking, sewing, weaving, dressmaking and embroidery. Upon her marriage to Eliel, at the time, one of the foremost architects in Finland, she gave up her sculpting career and devoted all her energies to furthering his. To this end she learned to design in many media, but textiles became her primary expression. She borrowed from her knowledge of traditional ryijy rug weaving and, working with her husband on designs, developed a modern expression of the old art, abstracting elements and working them into her tapestries and carpets.
Susan Saarinen, principal of Saarinen Landscape Architecture in Golden, is the daughter of architect Eero Saarinen, designer of the St. Louis Arch and grand-daughter of Eliel Saarinen. She grew up at Cranbrook, an intensely creative environment, where sculptor Carl Milles and ceramist Maija Grotell taught and where her godfather, Charles Eames, furniture designer Florence Knoll, weaver Jack Lenor-Larsen and sculptor Lily Swann, among others, met and developed their crafts. Susan is a landscape architect and an artist comfortable working in several media.

Thursday, September 4, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Science as Foundation

In 2007 Botanical Art and Illustration Program contributed to a educational outreach program at NOAA (please see November 18th 2007).

The activity and poster are now available on-line. This exercise involving both illustrations and science is a part of the POET program (Protect Our Environmental Treasures) which is series of activities designed for middle and high school students.

With this contribution the Botanical Art and Illustration Program also earned the nomination for 2008 NOAA Environmental Hero Award.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Our Native Flora

(Calochortus obispoensis, Photo: MHjK)
California is home to 5,862 plant species, subspecies, and varieties of native plants. This figure is comparable to the species in all the other states combined! Of the total California plant population 2,153 species are endemic - only found in California. (In California ca 1,050 species of non-native plants can be found - most of these were introduced during the immigrations of the 18th-20th centuries.)
California Native Plant Society will organize a Conservation Conference in Sacramento in January 2009. As a part of the Conference a juried Botanical Art Competition and exhibit will be arranged. Please see the details here, and note that the first price is $750. Many of the native plants in Colorado are also native in California, check out the native plants and rare plants. Please considere participating, entry form and instruction for the entry are here.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

If they were candies I would eat them all…

(Iris 'Ruth Porter Waring' by Patty McAuliffe)
The artists in the BI community made the impossible possible: in less than three months 57 artists completed their assignment and the results are just stunning. Botanical Art and Illustration project has completed the FLOURISH project and we are now waiting for the Denver Botanic Gardens’ 50 years on York street Anniversary book to be published.
Congratulations for all artists!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Deadline approaching!

(Carpinius caroliniana byKatherine McCrery)

The Annual Student Art Show - Highlights from the Botanical Art and Illustration Program - will hang from September 6 to November 4 (Call for entries and Entry form); the certificate awards ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday, October 5th 2008, 2-5 p.m. in the Gates Garden Court at Denver Botanic Gardens. Students and their families are cordially invited to attend.

Please Note that the entry form needs to be in tomorrow, August 20th! You can also email the information to the coordinator.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Bring in a friend

(Yucca rostrata by Patricia Greenberg)
Recommend a friend to Pencil I and get 20% discount on one elective class in 2008. We offer two Pencil I in the fall: one in September-October and one weekend workshop in Oct 31- Nov 2. Please ask your friend to tell your name to the registrar.
(With only Pencil I, P. Greenberg produced the image above.)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Chinese Flower Painting in Denver

with Sally Yu Leung, San Francisco

The Chinese flowering chrysanthemum is a symbol of autumn and longevity -- it blooms when most flowers wither under the onslaught of frost and icy winds. Bamboo exemplifies integrity for it bends in the storm but does not break. In addition, its straight exterior and hollow culm, symbolizes humility and fidelity. In this class you learn to paint chrysanthemum and bamboo the Chinese way. You will also explore a number of Chinese characters that make up interesting sayings to go with the bamboo and chrysanthemum paintings. Writing Chinese characters not only gives insight into Chinese culture but can also be a relaxing and meditative practice for people of all ages to engage in.

Sally Yu Leung is an independent curator of Chinese decorative arts, collector, practicing calligrapher, and also a Commissioner at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. She has been a teacher of Chinese calligraphy and brush-painting at Pixar Studios for some years now. Last year she also presented in Café Botanique.
Only couple of seats left, for more information and to register...

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mushrooms in Mitchell Hall

(Amanita by Alexander Viazmensky)
Mitchell Hall on Sunday, August 17 from 11 am to 5 pm.
Freshly collected mushrooms of amazing colors and shapes are brought in to the Fair where they are identified, admired, and put out for display. Edible, poisonous, and ecologically important mushrooms are found in all parts of Colorado, from the prairies to the tundra. Additionally there are booths featuring natural displays, cultivation of mushrooms, books, artwork, paper making, etc. Admission into Mitchell Hall is free once you are in the Gardens.
Re: Mushrooms, the Botanical Art and Illustration Program will have a master watercolor workshop on Mushrooms with Alexander Viazmensky from St. Petersburg, Russia in November 7-9, 2008. More information...
While visiting the Botanical Illustration Program Viazmensky will also talk about Russian mushroom hunting in Cafe Botanique.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Café Botanique with Betsy Neely

Arkansas Valley evening primrose by Susan Panjabi Colorado Natural Heritage Program

Colorado Rare Plant Conservation Initiative: Saving Colorado's Wildflowers
Betsy Neely, Senior Conservation Planner, The Nature Conservancy

The goal of the Rare Plant Conservation Initiative is to conserve Colorado’s most imperiled native plant species and their habitats through a collaborative partnership effort. Fifteen public and private partners have come together to take the conservation of native rare plants in Colorado to a new level by developing a statewide plant conservation strategy, prioritizing species, sites and conservation needs, securing on-the-ground protection for plant species and their habitats, and seeking state recognition and long-term funding for plants.
This project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, with additional support and match from the Colorado Native Plant Society, Colorado Natural Areas Program, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, Denver Botanic Gardens, and the Colorado Cattlemen's Agricultural Land Trust.

Betsy Neely is working on statewide conservation initiatives and regional scale conservation planning. She is facilitating the RPCI, working closely with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program and other partners.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Waring House
6:30 – 8 p.m.