The Exhibition

We are excited to announce that the “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps” touring exhibition opens at the North Carolina Botanical Garden on August 30th, 2014. This major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s. Click to see a preview of some of the works on display (pdf).

Twenty-six Exciting Events

Please join us for any (or all!) of the twenty-six amazing events scheduled to complement the exhibition. We’ll be exploring the Bartrams’ legacy from all angles — literary, artistic, religious, imperialist, scientific, geographical, conservationist… with experts and talents from far and wide, including Charles Frazier (National Book Award-winning author of Cold Mountain) and Andrea Wulf (New York Times best-selling author of The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession). We’ll be propagating seeds, sketching, painting, journaling, and learning about native plant species, like the famous carnivorous plants native to North Carolina. There’s something for everyone (including kids!) in this momentous celebration - please CLICK HERE to view the complete schedule and register for events. CLICK HERE to view a pdf of events listed by category.

The “Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps” exhibition is curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) in collaboration with Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.


  • American Society of Botanical Artists—see the ASBA's exhibition website.
  • Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Alumni of the NCBG Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration
  • Bartram Trail Conference
  • Guild of Natural Science Illustrators—Carolinas Chapter
  • Highlands Biological Station
  • NC Bartram Trail Society


Updated on August 22, 2014 at 02:42:53 pm.

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