Writing/Essay/Journal
Marilyn Garber creates pictures of plants that go in field guides to help scientists identify plant species. She says, “We are adding to the science of the world.” What is the relationship between art and science? Are you more comfortable with the sciences or the arts? How does Garber view the role of nature in her work? What is most beautiful about they type of art?

Activity
As a botanical artist, Garber has to take the imperfect, the actual physical plants and all their flaws, and make it perfect in her drawing. Create your own botanical art, starting with an imperfect plant. How can you know what perfect is supposed to look like if you only have an imperfect example?