Beautiful illustrations of flora native to Pittsburgh and southwestern Pennsylvania will populate the walls of Phipps' Welcome Center!
Starting Fri., Oct. 29, guests can enjoy stunning illustrations of plants native to the southwestern Pennsylvania region in the Welcome Center Gallery. Magnified Portraits of Southwestern PA Native Plants is part of the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' Botanical Art and Illustration Program, and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society.
Native plants are essential to our ecosystem, as they maintain complex and specific relationships with insects that help maintain our local food chain. They are the ecological basis upon which life depends, including countless species from birds to humans.
This year, Flora participants enlarged and magnified native plants to show off inconspicuous features one might otherwise miss. Through the use of watercolor, pen and ink, and colored pencil, the illustrators honed in on details of plants such as the dissented formation of flower heads, fern spores, rhizome root structures, emerging blossoms, and the way leaves attach to stems. The magnified native plant portraits convey a sense of wonder and freedom while capturing the finer details of each native plant.
eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis), illustration by Bernice Budd
red maple (Acer rubrum), illustration by Betty Yee Yates
bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), illustration by Brenda Nemeth
columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), illustration by Catherine Park
red chokeberry (Photinia pyrifolia), illustration by Elsa Arce
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), illustration by Gloria Blake
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia), illustration by Gordon McLean
mountain laurel (Kalmia latifolia), illustration by Helen Coltellero
black chokeberry (Photinia melanocarpa), illustration by Izabel Kubanowska
zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis), illustration by Jim Hansotte
spotted phlox (Phlox maculata), illustration by Judith Toure
mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum), illustration by Linda Hykes
sugar maple (Acer saccharum), illustration by Linda Tobin
New York ironweed (Vernonia noveboracensis), illustration by Lori Grunick
winterberry (Ilex verticillata), illustration by Mary Reefer
cinnamon fern (Osmunda cinnamomea), illustration by Melissa Fabian
staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina), illustration by Pamela Romeo
black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta), illustration by Robin Menard
Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica), illustration by Rosemarie Mazza
eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana), illustration by Sara Eve Rivera
pinxterbloom azalea (Rhododendron periclymenoides), illustration by Stephanie Lind
American hazelnut (Corylus americana), illustration by Tena Chiarchiaro
tulip tree (Liriodendron tulipifera), illustration by Weldon Doran
For more information regarding Phipps' Botanical Art and Illustration Program or other adult classes, please visit phipps.conservatory.org/Learn or call 412-437-8308.