(1. Idex Seminum 2007 from Denver Botanic Gardens; art by Colleen Hillmeyer 2. Index seminum 2008 from Oslo, Norway; art by A. Eide)

Call for Entries: COMPETITION

Index Seminum 2008 Cover Art –

The idea of a plant and seed exchange was formulated in 1683 when John Watts, the Director of The Chelsea Physic Garden visited the Leiden University Botanic Garden taking plants and seeds with him. The Chelsea Physic Garden was founded in 1673 by the Society of Apothecaries.

The Chelsea Physic Garden seed list (Index Seminum) as we know it now was first produced in 1901 when the City Parochial Foundation took over the management of the Garden. In 1983 the Garden was placed in the care of a group of trustees under the Chairmanship of Dr. David Jamison, and the Society of Apothecaries has since kindly agreed to finance the seed list.The exchanges of plant material have continued until the present day, enabling Botanic Gardens all over the world to introduce new plants to their countries and to maintain interesting and diverse collections within their grounds.The seed exchange now operates between the Chelsea Physic Garden and approximately 368 other Botanic Gardens and universities in 37 different countries.
Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual seed exchange publication, Index Seminum, is distributed worldwide and we are seeking a cover illustration for the 2008 seed catalog!

Jurors: Mike Bone – Senior Horticulturist, DBG and Cindy Tejral – Manager of Plant records, DBG
Eligibility: Open to all Botanical Art and Illustration students enrolled in Harvest of Seeds – Art and Microscope classes in 2008 (#08WBI490 and #08CBI490).
Subject: Seeds and/or seedpods from the list of specimens presented in the class
Media: Any medium
Size: No Limits
Submission: You may submit unlimited number of works for consideration. You must include a signed entry form for each of your submissions. Send the entries and entry form: BI Program, Education Department, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206. (You can also bring your contribution in in-person.)
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2009
Presentation: Entries must not be framed or matted. Follow the presentation guidelines and requirements for the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program portfolio (http://portfolio-mhjk.blogspot.com/).
Labelling: Label the back of the artwork with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and the botanical name of species portrayed.
Award: Best Index Seminum 2008 Cover Art Award of $50, the winning illustration will be used on the cover of Denver Botanic Gardens’ Index Seminum 2008.
Notification: The results will be available by February 15, 2009.
Contact: Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, e-mail:
mervihj@botanicgardens.org, PH. 303.731.3448 or 805.801.0888



INDEX SEMINUM 2008 (Please turn in with your art by January 31, 2009)

Artist Name:________________________________________________________


City:___________________________________ State: _______________

Zip Code: ________________ Phone:____________________________________


Artwork Title:________________________________________________________


I am the copyright holder for the submitted artwork. I grant one-time reproduction rights for publication in Denver Botanic Gardens’ Index Seminum 2008.

Artist signature: _______________________________Date: ______________________

Continuing Education, Denver Botanic Gardens, 909 York Street, Denver, CO 80206