Florilegium - Meet the Artists

Special Thanks to Margaret Pope who not only envisioned this project but laid the foundation and then orchestrated the work of the group on behalf of the arboretum in the early years of the project. 


Margaret is a scientific illustrator who has done commissioned work for private individuals, businesses and organizations.  Solo exhibits of her work have been held at Tohono Chul Park  and  Tucson Botanical Gardens and her work has been juried into both local and international exhibits. She has also curated several exhibits. In 2008 she began The Sonoran Desert Florilegium Program, a non-profit organization sponsored by the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, whose mission it is to promote and preserve botanical art of the Sonoran Desert region.  Prior to becoming an artist Margaret received a B.S. in Science, from the University of San Francisco and a Masters in Public Health and Nurse-Midwifery from The Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.  She was in the Peace Corps in India from 1965 -1968 and worked as a nurse-midwife on the Navajo Reservation and in Tucson from in 1970 through 1979.




(Top Left to Bottom Right) Pauline Savage, Chris Bondante, Diane Inman, Joyce Peters, Karen Gengle, Jennie Norris and Susan Ashton. For more information on each artist, click on their photo.