Using Botanical art to support our environment

Photo of the opening exhibition at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Panorama of the opening reception at the U.S. Botanic Garden for the BAEE Exhibition. See our full set of images from the reception on Flickr.
You can also click on the slide show link on our Photos page.

Karen's Spiderwort painting

Tradescantia virginiana (spiderwort)
© Karen Ringstrand

The BAEE Book is a Winner in the 2014 USA Best Book Awards

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The BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic is the Winner in the Home and Garden category of the 11th Annual USA Best Book Awards. Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Penguin, John Wiley & Sons, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kensington Books, Harlequin, McGraw-Hill, Llewellyn, Yale University Press, Cornell University Press, University of Missouri Press, White House Historical Association, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, American Bar Association and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year's outstanding competition.

A complete list of the winners and finalists in each category can be found in the 2014 Awards Announcement in the USA Book News page. They are listed alphabetically by category. The BAEE book is listed as:
Home & Garden
American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic,
edited by Bonnie Driggers
Lydia Inglett, Ltd. Book Publishing

Los Angeles, 12 November 2014,—the premier online magazine featuring mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of The 2014 USA Best Book Awards on November 12, 2014. Over 100 winners and 300 finalists were announced in over 100 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2012-2014. Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News, said this year's competition yielded over 2,000 entries that were judged by a "distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise."

New Exhibition at the Athenaeum

The Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) is sponsoring an exhibition, "Preserving Our Heritage", at the Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia, that will run from November 13, 2014 through January 4, 2015. The opening reception is Sunday, November 16, from 2 to 4 pm. For more information about the Athenaeum see Welcome to the Athenaeum | NVFAA.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014 BASNCR member and BAEE Board Member Eileen Malone-Brown will give a presentation discussing plants in the BAEE book, Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, with suggestions on how these plants may be used in local gardens. FREE.

Fall 2014 Classes

Two six-week courses are scheduled for the Fall: Botanical Art: Composition and Watercolor. Course description and registration information is available on our Classes page. The instructors will be Bonnie Driggers and Ruth Ann Barr.

Bonnie Driggers Elected to ASBA Board of Directors

Photo of Bonnie Driggers

Bonnie Driggers

Bonnie Driggers, a long-time member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), was elected to their Board of Directors in 2014. She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.

The Book Project

The Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) created a book of original paintings and drawings of native plants. Any profits generated by the sale of this book will be donated to charities working on native plant education, conservation, and horticulture. Download the publisher's flyer (2.8 Mb .pdf).

Order the Book

Photo of the book dust jacket and the hardback cover

Dust Jacket with Hardcover.

The BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic is available for orders from the publisher or from Books. To order the book from, see ordering information on our Order Book page.

Interested in Purchasing the Art Shown in the Book?

To purchase the art shown in the book and exhibition, you may email us at email hidden; JavaScript is required and we will forward your inquiries to the individual artists. In addition, some artists have contact information listed in the biography section of the book. Some paintings and drawings are available for sale and some may not be. Artists may have high-quality giclée prints available.

Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) is a nonprofit corporation established for botanical artists centered in the Washington, D.C., area. Through classes and projects we hope to improve our botanical illustration skills, while at the same time supporting the efforts of others in preserving our natural environment in which, as botanical painters, we take a particular interest.

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