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When I read the byline at the end of a 2004 gardening article in the Boston Globe, I thought, “I found it!”  Carol Stocker had written, “If you like drawing, and you like plants, check out the botanical art courses at the Wellesley College Greenhouses.” I look back on that serendipitous moment as the one that changed my life. It all makes sense now, but somehow I had failed to notice the theme in my life: the botanical wallpaper I chose 20 years ago, the motif on our dishes, the tiny herb garden outside, the perennials growing in their own strong way each year in our front yard, the childhood drawings, and the nature books which I begged my parents for 40 years ago... why hadn’t I seen it? Hadn’t I known that there could be this perfect marriage of a love of plants and the natural world, and a secret aspiration to draw and paint?

Botanical Art has changed the way I see the world.  I haven’t looked at the shape, color, texture, or habit of a plant in the same way since starting this journey eight years ago. I hope that my work is unique in that I have “owned” a bit of nature’s beauty and translated it to the viewer. My passion is to observe and describe in detail the nuance of a plant or a flower that might otherwise be overlooked. I hope that my work will be enjoyed by many!


Nancy Savage recently received her Certificate in the Botanical Art and Illustration program offered through the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture. She has served on the board of the New England Society of Botanical Artists for five years and is active in volunteer coordinating for the organization’s annual Flower Show exhibit, trip planning, and other events. Nancy has exhibited at many venues as a member of NESBA.



Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture, Certificate in Botanical Illustration, 2012

Northeastern University, B.A. Human Services, 1978



American Society of Botanical Artists

New England Society of Botanical Artists, President October 2011 to 2013

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, New England Chapter

Concord Art Association

New England Wildflower Society

Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture


Juried Shows:

New England Society of Botanical Artists, From the Mountains to the Sea, 2012

11th Annual Frances N. Roddy Open Competition, 2010


Group Shows:

New England Spring Flower Show, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012

South Shore Natural Science Center Exhibit, March 2009

Arnold Arboretum

South Shore Arts Center

Blithewold Mansions

Ipswich Museum

The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens


Commissioned work:

 Eastern Shore Nursery of Virginia, Botanicals for labels