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Marilyn Garber has been painting botanicals for more than twenty years and is the founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art (2001-present) located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

A charter member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, Marilyn has served as its President from 2007-2009, Vice President, Co-Chair of the Education Committee and currently serves on the Exhibitions Committee.

Marilyn is a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Florilegium Society, an invitational organization that includes fifty botanical artists from across the United States. She directs the Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium, which includes artwork from students and instructors of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art.

Her botanical paintings have been included in exhibitions at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and the Arsenal Gallery in New York, Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem in Germany, the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Thailand, the Bakken Museum, the Minnesota Science Museum and the Bell Museum of Natural History.


Her work has been published in the International Journal of Plant Science, Federal Government Botanical Field Guides, and other publications.  She was commissioned to illustrate rhubarb for Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion Be-Bop-A-Rhubarb, Rhubarb Pie National Public Radio touring show.

Marilyn has taught botanical art at the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, Minneapolis; the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix; the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis; and the Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago as well as other venues.  


She is currently studying the work of Franz Bauer and is interested in learning botanical art techniques used in the 1700-1800s.  

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