The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium

Mary Gilardi

California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica

Eliza Jewett

Woolly Paintbrush, Castilleja foliolosa 

Nancy Wheeler Klippert

Summer Lupine, Lupinus formosus

Gallery Hours:

September 22–October 9

Thursdays–Saturdays 10 am–4 pm | Sundays 12–4 pm

The Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium is an exhibition of paintings and drawings of the flora of Mt. Tamalpais created by members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA).The collection has expanded over the past three years and now documents a large sampling of the native plants growing on Mt. Tamalpais, including some of its rare and special status species. This is the first exhibition of the complete Mt. Tamalpais Florilegium to date, showcasing the unique beauty of its flora in the hope that others will be inspired to learn more about the mountain and join the efforts to protect it.

About the Florilegium

This third exhibition of the Mount Tamalpais Florilegium at Marin Art and Garden Center includes 90 paintings and drawings completed to date by 50 artists. Works still in progress will continue to be added to the Florilegium as they are completed.

Digital images of the entire collection will be donated to One Tam for its use in education and outreach.

What is a florilegium?

A florilegium is a collection of botanically accurate plant portraits documenting a sampling of the flora growing in a specific area.

This Florilegium documents a large sampling of the native flora growing on Mount Tamalpais, including many of its endangered and special status species.

Participating Artists

Nina Antze
Latifat Apatira
Mary Batchelder
Béatrice Bergemont
Ellen Blonder
Cynthia Byrne-Margetts
Sophie Chartier
Hyunjin Cho
Betsy Chovanes
Alice Condit
Margi Connelly
Ruth Cox
Kelly Darpinian
Catherine Dellor
Rosemary Dunbar
Tamira Elul
Shelly Euser
Lynne K. Finley
Maria Cecilia Freeman
Mary Gilardi

Elaine Goldstone
Mary Ellen Grimes
Mary Harden
Mary Ann Ho
Kristin Jakob
Eliza Jewett
Linda Kam
Deborah Kass
Mimi Kearns
Mary Ellen King

Nancy Wheeler Klippert
Victoria A. Kochergin
Heather Kostrzewa
Patricia Larenas
Helen Lewis
Andrea LoPinto
Lynne Lyle
Susan Mark-Raymond
Lucy Martin
Lee McCaffree
Anna Milogorodskaya
Dolores Morrison
Cheryl Perko
Sally Petru
Vi Strain
Amber R. Turner
Connie Van Ness
Barbara Ward
Catherine Watters
Liz Wilberg

The Mount Tamalpais Florilegium is not only an exhibition depicting beautiful flowers and plants, but also an example of what our mountain has to offer our community. 

We hope that by showcasing the unique beauty of Mt. Tam’s flora, others will be impelled to learn more about these natural resources and join in our efforts to protect them.

Mt. Tam’s botanical treasures inspired NCalSBA member artists Mary Gilardi, Kristin Jakob, Laurel Kelly, and Lee McCaffree to begin a discussion in 2017 with NCalSBA to create this Florilegium.

Photo courtesy of One Tam

With the help of Monica Stafford, One Tam community ambassador, and Suzanne Whelan, Marin Municipal Water District’s volunteer coordinator, we jointly hosted several outings on the mountain for our members. Our project partners were instrumental in guiding us through the proper procedures for observing, photographing, and collecting specimens for the artworks on display in the exhibit.

Mount Tamalpais: A Global Biodiversity Hotspot

Margi Connelly

Toyon, Heteromeles arbutifolia  

Mt. Tam is home to a remarkably diverse native plant flora, in large part due to its varied topography and geology.

Its vegetation types, or plant communities, include dense woodlands of coast redwoods, mixed forests of Douglas fir and hardwoods, oak woodlands, and various shrublands and grasslands. Moist habitats along streams and seeps or around ponds support special plants, as do outcroppings of serpentine soils, our special state rock.

In all, over 1,200 native plant species—including over 10% of the native plants found in California—may be found in the Mt. Tamalpais watershed, and the Florilegium aims to illustrate a representative selection of these from all its habitats.

Northern California Society of Botanical Artists

Members of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA) wish to create public awareness and appreciation for historical and contemporary botanical art in Northern California communities.

We seek to educate the public on plant diversity, regional plant ecology, and preservation of plant species. Our primary mission is to support artists by sponsoring activities and events for members and the public.

We are a regional chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

All who support the tradition and contemporary practice of botanical art are invited to join.

One Tam

With its sweeping views, miles of trails, and ancient forests, Mt. Tam is a beloved local treasure. But the mountain also faces many challenges such as invasive weeds, forest diseases, and the effects of climate change.

The One Tam partnership mobilizes the resources of the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin Water, Marin County Parks, and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to ensure a vibrant future for Mt. Tam.

We are proud to count NCalSBA as one of our community partners. The Mount Tamalpais Florilegium highlights not only the beauty of the mountain’s flora, but also, the unique expanse of habitats covered by its flora and makes a compelling case for conservation.

One Tam’s work includes ecological restoration, trail improvements, wayfinding signage, wildlife monitoring, volunteer and youth programs, and more. Join us at

Mount Tamalpais2. Photo courtesy of One Tam

Photo courtesy of One Tam

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We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

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