Research_The Matthew B. Johnson Florilegium

Announcing the dedication of the Matthew B. Johnson Florilegium of the Joseph Wood Krutch Garden. With gratitude for a lifetime of dedication to botanical research, and unfailing generosity to the University that made this collection possible. View the recognition poster presented to Matt hereMatthew B. Johnson holds a B.S. in Agriculture and a M.S. in Horticulture from the University of Arizona.  His career interests have involved a combination of botany and horticulture. For the past 33 years Matt has served as the Program Manager and Curator for the Desert Legume Program, working with the UA  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Previous to this he served as the Botany Curator for Tohono Chul Park in Tucson. Matt served on the Board of Directors of the Wallace Desert Gardens from 2007—2019 and is a long-time member of the Arizona Native Plant Society, the Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society, and the El Paso Cactus and Rock Club. Matt has authored over 90 published articles on botany and horticulture of plants from arid regions. He is a co-author of The Trees of Sonora, Mexico, and author of Cacti, other Succulents, and Unusual Xerophytes of Southern Arizona. He authored treatments for three genera for Field Guide to Cacti and other Succulents of Arizona. In addition to his work as a manager, curator, and author, Matt is a botanical illustrator with line illustrations and photographs appearing in several books and numerous publications. He has traveled extensively to study plants and plant habitats in the southwestern United States and in Mexico, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa. He has visited other dry regions around the world including China, India, Paraguay, and the Mediterranean region in Europe.


The Joseph Wood Krutch Garden florilegium, now named for Matthew B. Johnson, is a collection of scientific illustrations documenting the plants of the University of Arizona Campus Arboretum’s historic "Krutch Garden". For more information, see The complete list of pieces in the UA Library Special Collections Archive can be viewed in the Collections Guide found here: