NESBA Talks of 2018, chaired by Suellen Perold



Programming for the past 4 calendar years has focused on education: What can NESBA members learn to make themselves better botanical artists? That has been the question; the challenge then was: What are different ways we can learn? Our NESBA talks aspired to be one of the ways of becoming a teachable moment. 

I hope you enjoy these inspirational talks as much as we have creating them.

First a huge shout out to Brian Bradley, our videographer, who rose way beyond the call of duty, to make these talks available. Thank you for your skillful filmaking and for being so available for all your tech help! 

Suellen Perold




Jan Boyd 
"Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio"




Joan Pierce
"What I learned as President president of NESBA"



Deborah Cassady
"Paul Stankard: Botanical Artistry in Glass"

NESBA ends 2018 with a Celebration.

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NESBA members celebrated a year of exciting programs at the Annual Holiday Party


In January we traveled to see the historic botanical pieces from the Arnold Arboretum’s library. First greeted by director of the arboretum, William Friedman, and then guided through the collection by librarian Lisa Pierson, we were treated to see works by Hooker, Martuis, Humbolt, Jacquin, Knoop, Catesby, Rousseau and more. 

At Tower Hill Botanical Garden Frank Bissette led the group and the tour was in the main entrance gardens and vegetable gardens. There were many examples of familiar and unusual plants, such as black tomatoes and milkweed "Bucky Balls", were visually exciting and inspiring. 

Members participated in several exhibits throughout the year.


"Seasons of the Leaf Exhibit " at the South Shore Natural Science Center included workshops by NESBA members.


For the 5th straight year The Friends of Borderland State Park in Easton, MA have invited NESBA to put on its much enjoyed Demo Day. The Friends consider NESBA's Demo Day to be its most successful event for the general public.

The annual participation in the Boston Flower Show is a highlight event in the NESBA calendar. The exhibit is open to all members and is always well received by the public.

A NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2018 Newport Flower Show took place at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport RI on Friday June 22 thru Sunday June 24, 2018.

Speakers presented enlightening programs

Glorianna Davenport Co Founder of the MIT Media Lab and owner of Tidmarsh Farms gave a talk on restoration of the working cranberry farm into the largest freshwater ecological project in the northeast. After the program members met at Tidmarsh Farm for a day of sketching and painting.




"Linda Karlsberg's presentation on Saturday was terrific. Her method of investigating the effects of light on well-defined subjects, as she illustrated with her extensive series of beautiful water lily and lotus paintings, was clearly presented and inspiring. "