One unique area of botanical art centers on images created by printing directly from Mama Nature using a leaf as the plate. The effort above is from a multi-media course I took a couple of years ago. Taking a dock (Burdock) leaf, pressing it and pasting on a piece of cardboard, the results can be inked and printed on fabric or paper.
At the Smith College Botanical Garden, artist Leonore Alanitz takes this simple procedure and elevates it to wonderful art. “College Mums” (see Archives, November 2012) visited the annual chrysanthemum show in the Lyman Plant House. In the adjacent Church Exhibition gallery, above, is a delightful show of botanical prints on view until February 10, 2013.