The Filoli Florilegium


The Filoli Florilegium began in 2000 and is a growing collection of original botanical art depicting the plants from the grounds of Filoli in California. The Filoli Florilegium Guild is comprised of artists, jurors and advisors.

Aims and Acheivements

The purpose of the Florilegium is to document the plant materials of Filoli within a historic perspective, using traditional methods of botanical illustration. While the artwork is created by contemporary artists, the style is classic in presentation. The Florilegium adds to the archives of historic information about Filoli and is a unique addition to the Filoli Permanent Collection.

Committee and Selection

Artists for the Florilegium are juried in annually. They have access to plant specimens from Filoli and submit their completed works for acceptance into the permanent collection. The artwork and copyright becomes the property of Filoli, which is committed to honouring these beautiful works as valuable components of the educational and culturally enriching environments at Filoli.

The Florilegium jurors are a group of accomplished professionals with expertise ranging from botany and scientific illustration to rare and collectible botanical art. The jury meets twice a year to review applicants, policy and finished artwork for acceptance into the permanent collection at Filoli. The 2010 jury committee is comprised of the following members:

  • Molly Barker, Executive Director at Casa del Herraro

  • Deni Bates, Landscape architect and botanical art collector

  • Ann Caudle, Scientific Illustration Program Senior Specialist, CSU at Monterey Bay

  • Dana Conley, Historical Print Consultant

  • Peggy Fielder, Ph.D., Botanist at U.C. Berkeley

  • Ellen Hunter, Lyons, Ltd., Botanical Art Print Dealer

  • Jenny Keller, Scientific Illustration Program Instructor, CSU at Monterey Bay

  • Lucy Tolmach, Director of Horticulture at Filoli

The Filoli Florilegium advisors’ understanding and knowledge of this art form was instrumental in the formation of this collection. They continue to be a source of professional support and wisdom. They are:

  • Anne–Marie Evans – one of the most influential botanical art instructors currently teaching

  • Jenny Philips – artist and Director of the Botanical Art School of Melbourne, Australia

  • Shirley Sherwood – author, collector and international advocate for botanical art

  • James White – Curator and principal research scientist at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Administrator: Lynn Norris, Director of Educational Programming and Interpretation, Filoli


The Florilegium Guild artists are experienced botanical artists who work in the traditional media of watercolor, graphite and pen and ink.

Participating artists as of March 2010:

  • Margaret Best, Carolyn J. Cappello, Jean Emmons, Susan T. Fisher, Pria Graves, Irene Horiuchi, Sally Jacobs, A. Kristin Jakob, Lee McCaffree, Sharron O’Neil, Jenny Phillips, Lizzie Sanders, Louise M. Smith, Jessica Tcherepnine, Catherine M. Watters

How to participate and contact

Admission to the Filoli Florilegium Guild is obtained by submitting an application and a portfolio to the Florilegium jury for review. Those artists accepted become part of the guild with the commitment that they will finish and submit, as a donation, two pieces of artwork to the Filoli Sterling Library. Artists choose subjects from a list that includes important plants from the four different historic eras at Filoli: indigenous plants, plants from the Bourn era, plants from the Roth era and plants from the National Trust era. Additional artwork and continuation on the project may be requested by Filoli.

For more information about the Filoli Florilegium, including a project overview and application to become a guild artist, please contact the Education Office:
Phone: (650) 364-8300, extension 231.