Botanical Resources

American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA)

"The American Society of Botanical Artists has emerged as a leading force in the ongoing botanical art revival. It mounts professional level exhibitions, sponsors educational programs, and serves as an important clearinghouse for information on botanical art and artists. With members in America and some twenty foreign countries, it encourages artistic excellence through international exchange and fellowship." - Diane Bouchier, Founder

Botanical Art Society of Newfoundland & Labrador (BASNL)

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Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA)

The Federation of Canadian Artists (FCA) was founded in 1941 by a group of Canadian artists, including the Group of Seven luminary, Lawren Harris. The FCA continues to operate as a registered not for profit society with members throughout the world and Chapters in Western Canada. The FCA is dedicated to raising artistic standards by stimulating participants to greater heights of knowledge and achievement by offering what is believed to be the first completely artists sponsored gallery in Canada. The Federation Gallery is located on Granville Island, Vancouver, BC, featuring bi-monthly juried exhibitions of works by emerging and Signature members as well as two juried international shows held annually, Painting on the Edge and AIRS. The FCA also holds special collaborative shows with other art societies. An extensive education program which is open to non-members as well as members, offering workshops, classes, critiques and lectures in the fine arts media, with instruction by successful established artists who can help all artists to explore and develop their artistic interest and talent. Membership in the FCA is open to all who appreciate art.

Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists (OSBA)

We are a society of botanical artists who share a love of the plant world. Our goal is to portray botanical subjects with accuracy and artistry within the traditional fine arts of drawing, painting and printmaking. We invite you to visit our blog for more information, and if you are visiting Ottawa please visit our exhibition or join us for one of our meetings.

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)

Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.

Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG)

The Toronto Botanical Garden began and still is a gardening education and information centre. The TBG is both a building and a spirit. The architecturally significant building is located in Toronto's Edwards Gardens. The spirit is a compilation of hopes and dreams of many people - from those who first settled the property to those who are drawn here today because of their love of gardening. People tell us that they feel good as soon as they enter the building; we hope you feel that way as you find your way through our web site.

Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators

We are a regional organization of illustrators whose works focus on science and nature.

Our goals are to:
Further our own professional development by learning from each other
Encourage each other toward higher standards of competence and ethics
Network and socialize with others having similar interests and work experiences
Support the intellectual property rights of visual artists
Promote our discipline to the general public and to potential clients
Educate the public about science and nature through our work

Canadian Botanical Association (CBA)

The Canadian Botanical Association (CBA/ABC) serves as the national organization for botanists in Canada, including professional botanists at universities, colleges, schools, government and industry as well as students, technicians and amateurs. The association represents Canadian Botany and botanists in matters of local, national and international importance. The preservation of botanically significant natural areas is of special interest.

Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA)

At Dundas Valley School of Art, we believe art plays a vital role in changing how we think about the world. By creating art, we connect with our senses through investigation, conversation and exploration. Dundas Valley School of Art is a thriving hub for artists and art instruction. Our courses, lectures and workshops bring together artists of all ages and from all walks of life. Our studios provide an exciting environment in which to learn from the masters and from each other.

Art and Framing Supplies

The following art supply organizations offer a discount to BAC members. We hope you will check out the locations near you. If they don't ask for it be sure to show your membership card before beginning to ring in your purchase:

Above Ground Art Supplies

Between our three retail locations and our extensive on-line store, we serve Toronto's artist community as well as artists across the globe.

Mona Lisa Artists' Materials

Welcome to one of Western Canada's largest fine art supply retailers. We are a fourth generation family run business which has been supplying artists of all ages for over 50 years. We provide excellent customer service combined with a broad spectrum of products and technical knowledge.

The following art supply stores also provide supplies and materials. Please check out their websites for locations and available products.


Since 1911 artists have made Curry's their choice for art supplies. We offer a great selection of artist materials and solid customer service. Our competitive pricing on over 20,000 fine art products is value you can depend on.


With its inspiring stores and its e-commerce Web site, DeSerres is Canada's leader in the field of art, craft and DIY hobby supplies. Are you passionate about scrapbooking and creative hobbies? Find all the latest trends and project ideas in our creative DIY section.

Are you an artist or a student? Consult our fine arts section for a vast choice of paintbrushes, easels and paints.

Members Favourite Tips/Books

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Botanical Artists of Canada