Dylan Thomas

In a florilegium, botany meets beauty

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DOWNTOWN WEST — In 2010, Minnesota School of Botanical Art founder Marilyn Garber set out on a massive project: to painstakingly document the wildflowers growing in one of Minneapolis’ premier parks in a series of paintings.

That collection of artworks is what’s called a florilegium, and this one is expected to include 135 watercolors of the mostly native species found in Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Located within Theodore Wirth Park, it is the nation’s oldest public wildflower garden.

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