March 1 – May 5, 2019
Through the display and interpretation of historical collections and the work of contemporary botanical artists, Filoli’s Botanical Art program connects visitors to this art form’s intricate beauty and historical importance. Filoli’s annual exhibition is one of the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibitions and includes artists from around the world.
The theme of the 21st annual exhibition, Bulbs: Preparing for Spring, acknowledges the essential and under-appreciated role of the bulb in the development of spring flowers. To most, the bulb is unremarkable when compared to the showy flower it produces and nourishes. However, botanical artists have the skill and appreciation to reveal the intricacies and hidden beauty in the bulb and stages of its flower’s growth.
Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s awards:
Bourn Award for distinction with an emphasis on horticulture | Hyacinthus orientalis by Elaine Searle
Roth Award for distinction with an emphasis on traditional botanical art presentation | Narcissus papyraceus, Paperwhite by Linda Powers
Jurors’ Award for distinction with an emphasis on botanical art presentation | Green Wave Parrot Tulips by Ingrid Finnan
Image: Linda Powers, Narcissus papyraceus, Paperwhite