Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps

Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams' Legacy
A Traveling Exhibition
  • Franklinia alatamaha
    Franklinia Watercolor © Karen Kluglein

This exhibition features 44 artworks of plants grown, sold, and introduced by John and William Bartram, centered upon their native US plant introductions.

Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps will open at its final venue on December 15, in the beautifully restored Julia Morgan-designed Girton Hall. ASBA is very excited to have the exhibition appear on the west coast and at an institution devoted to the kind of plant research and discovery the Bartrams modeled.

Special thanks to Catherine Watters, who not only envisioned its traveling to Berkeley, but made it possible by raising the funds for its appearance here. 

ASBA gratefully acknowledges the following, who made the appearance of Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley possible:

Carol Varian

Jo-Anne Osberg & Danny Swanson

Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, Suzanne Oldfield, Lea Rohrbaugh, Laura Sawczuk, Catherine Watters/Wells Fargo Bank

Betsy Chovanes, Margi Connelly, Vanessa Crews, Cissy Freeman, Kay Herbranson, Leah Kaizer, Martha Kemp, Tina Locke, Deni Manning/Salesforce, Lee McCaffree, Judy Paris, Sally Petru, and Lynn Randelman


Media Coverage

UC Berkeley News covers the opening of Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps - Contemporary Artists Explore the Bartrams' Legacy at the UC Botanical Garden with an article and video featuring ASBA board member Catherine Watters.




Media coverage of the exhibition at prior venues:
Atlanta Magazine pairs botanical artworks from the exhibition with spring fashions.  Take a Look!

Bartram Trail Conference announces the exhibition in their newsletter; The TravellerRead More

More about William Bartram.

List of Plants


Bartram’s Garden Gallery
54th Street and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA
April 26 - May 24, 2013

South Florida Museum
201 10th Street West
Bradenton, FL
September 19 - December 30, 2013
Extended thru January 17, 2014!

Cherokee Garden Library/Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA
March 19 - June 17, 2014

North Carolina Botanical Garden
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
August 30 - November 2, 2014

University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA
December 15, 2014 - February15, 2015



Allen Crawford
Co-Owner, Plankton Art Company

Joel Fry
Curator, Bartram's Garden

Wendy Hollender
Botanical Artist

Ellen Petersen
Board Member, Bartram's Garden
and former ASBA President

Congratulations to these artists whose work is included in the exhibition.  

Click on an artist's name to read the "Story Behind the Art"


William AlbertiHibiscus
Bobbi AngellShooting Star
Karen ColemanAcorns
Wendy  CortesiSassafras and Spicebush Swallowtail
Susan  CurnutteSwitchgrass
Estelle  deRidderFuller's Teasel
Carrie  DiCostanzoCockscomb
Beverly  DuncanBartram's Seeds
 Bartram's Seedlings #2
Margaret  FarrLove-in-a-Mist
Ingrid  FinnanEastern Redbud branch
Maria Cecilia FreemanCherokee Rose
Lara Call GastingerCollected Mosses
Joan Lavigueur GeyerLyre-leaved Sage
Carole  GorinSpanish Moss on Laurel Oak Branch
Carol E. HamiltonYellow Pond Lily
Gillian  HarrisTrilliums
Rose Marie JamesMorning Glory
Ku-mie  KimIndian Woodoats
Heeyoung  KimGreen Dragon in Fall
Barbara  KlaasSmooth sumac
Karen  KlugleinBartram's Franklinia
Jee-yeon  KooSpotted Beebalm
Kay  KopperPitch Pine
Dianne  McElwainAmerican Lotus
Rhonda  NassFoxglove
Derek  NormanThe Complete Life Cycle of the Wild Leek
 Perfoliate bellwort
Sharron  O'NeilAmerican Mountain Ash
George  OlsonPrairie Dock
Dick  Rauh12 pine cones
 Franklinia capsules
Betsy  Rogers-KnoxForest Floor
 Cucumber vine
Maryann  RoperBeautyberry Bush
Lizzie  SandersSpiderwort
Judith  SimonIndian Pink
Judy  ThomasPaw Paw
Louisa Rawle TineSilky Dogwood
Melissa  TobererHibiscus
Jeannetta vanRaalteTurk's Cap Lily
Catherine  WattersAmerican Persimmon
Carol  WoodinLarge Purple-fringed orchid

Image: (C) Wendy Cortesi


University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Exhibition on view: December 15, 2014 to February 15, 2015, every day 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Carol Woodin, ASBA Director of Exhibitions, will speak about the artworks in the exhibition and their connections to the Bartrams on Friday, Dec. 19 at 10am.
Dr. Peggy Fieldler, Director of the University of CA Natural Reserve System, will give a talk about John and William Bartram in January, and NCalSBA's exhibition Following the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden's Path will be hung at the Garden during January and February. 
Event Contact:, 510-643-2755

Prior Venue (Events have passed)

The North Carolina Botanical Garden invites you to join in any (or all!) of the twenty-six amazing events scheduled to complement the exhibition. Programs will explore the Bartrams’ legacy from all angles — literary, artistic, religious, imperialist, scientific, geographical, conservationist… with experts and talents from far and wide, including Charles Frazier (National Book Award-winning author of Cold Mountain) and Andrea Wulf (New York Times best-selling author of The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession). We’ll be propagating seeds, sketching, painting, journaling, and learning about native plant species, like the famous carnivorous plants native to North Carolina. There’s something for everyone (including kids!) in this momentous celebration.
Please CLICK HERE to view the complete schedule and register for events.
More information about the artists, the artwork and their stories behind each piece can be found on the "Artist" tab.

View photos from prior opening receptions and events in Atlanta, Georgia,  Bradenton, Florida, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Berkeley, California.