Florilegium Exhibit - Inspired by Science!

Visit the Tucson Botanical Gallery to experience the Matthew B. Johnson Florilegium. A florilegium, (translated as "book of flowers") is an ancient method of using art to record, catalog, and preserve the scientific and historic value of a special garden. While the scientific uses of these illlustrations are numerous, the art itself makes science accessible, often inspiring a stronger connection between people and plants. Tucson Botanical Garden is already a great source of inspiration and education for the Tucson community and countless visitors.


We are grateful to the Tucson Botanical Gardens for sharing their space and featuring the florilegium works.This is also the first time all 65 illustrations will be displayed. They will be hung in both the Legacy and Friends galleries.  The exhibit opens Jan. 20, 2024 and closes in May. For more details, see the Tucson Botanical Garden website


We hope you'll visit the exhibit, witness the intricate details of Sonoran  native plants shown under magnification!


You will be inspired by science!


Meet the artists by clicking here

Take a sneak peek at digital prints of the collection in this virtual gallery. 






"Larrea tridentata" illustration by  Chris Bondante (2023).



Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 08:30 to Thursday, May 30, 2024 - 16:30