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Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2011 by botanical artists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

We want to inspire our artists to paint regularly and to create a means to showcase their work. At the suggestion and with the encouragement of our teacher and mentor, Anne-Marie Evans, BAEE artists embarked on an ambitious project in 2011: to publish a book of plants native to the mid Atlantic.

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Last modified: June 24, 2017
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The Book

American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic

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Dust Jacket for "American Botanical Paintings Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic"

We invited other artists, mostly those in the mid-Atlantic region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina), to participate in a juried competition for inclusion of their work in a book. Publication costs for the book came from donations.

The resulting book is meaningful to both artists and gardeners. It is intended to foster appreciation not only for the beauty of native plants and their artistic representations but also for their importance to the environment and to encourage, where practical, the use of native plants in home gardens.

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Grants

BAEE Awards $46,000 in Grants in 2016

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Left to right: BAEE Board Members Mary Page Hickey and Karen Ringstrand with Chris Bright.

Publication costs for the book came from donations. Proceeds from book sales go to support native plants. In 2016, BAEE issued the first grants, totaling $46,000 to three recipients: Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia; Earth Sangha; and the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden.

  • Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

    On Sunday, May 22, a group of BAEE Board Members and participating artists met at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens to make the first donation of profits from the sale of our book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. Bonnie Driggers, Past President of BAEE and current Board Member, also donated a watercolor painting of Dirca palustris (leatherwood), one of the very early-blooming Virginia native shrubs. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Donates Funds to Meadowlark Botanical Gardens"

  • Earth Sangha

    On October 2, 2016, BAEE presented a grant to Earth Sangha, a local nonprofit dedicated to restoring native plant communities and propagating native plants. On behalf of BAEE, Treasurer Karen Ringstrand presented a check for $10,000.00 to Chris Bright, President of Earth Sangha, during the semi-annual native plant sale at the Earth Sangha Wild Plant Nursery in Franconia Park, Virginia. Earth Sangha will use the funds to support its School Greening Kit Initiative, which will expand and formalize its support of schools in creating native plant habitats on school grounds. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Awards Second Grant"

  • National Fund Internship at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG)

    On Sunday, November 6, 2016, BAEE awarded its third grant from the proceeds of sales of its book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. This grant will support the continued work through March 2017 of Mara Menahan as a National Fund Intern at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) in Washington, D.C. President Eileen Malone-Brown, Vice President Esther Carpi, and Board Member Mary Page Hickey represented BAEE. Erica Harper, Acting Director of the National Fund, which supports the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), accepted the check of $16,000. Also in attendance were Dr. Ari Novy, Executive Director of the USBG, and Mara Menahan along with her parents who were visiting from Helena, Montana. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Awards a Third Grant"

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About

About BAEE

Watercolor painting of a Twinleaf plant
Jeffersonia diphylla (twinleaf) © Lara Call Gastinger.

Since 2007 a group of botanical artists in the Washington, D.C, area has been taking classes taught by Anne-Marie Evans of England. Most of our participants are members of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), and many are also members of the local ASBA Chapter Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) and other botanical art organizations.

In 2011, our group incorporated in the State of Virginia as the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), a nonprofit organization and received a Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. We have a Board of Directors, all of whom serve as unpaid volunteers. BAEE has no dues. Publication costs for books come from donations.

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