Magnolia wilsonii by Catherine Watters. Courtesy UC Botanical Gardens

Before photography, scientists relied on the work of botanical illustrators to document and record plants. Today botanical art is prized for plant portraits that are both elegant and technically accurate.

An exhibition at UC Botanical Gardens that runs through February 3rd showcases the intricate skills of botanical artists.

Cyclamen by Diana Treter. Courtesy UC Botanical Gardens

The Third Annual Plants Illustrated exhibition, held in conjunction with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, includes a talk and a two-day class by artist Catherine Watters. Notecards featuring some of the illustrations are also available for sale.

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