Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist

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Hill Memorial Library
LSU Campus, Baton Rouge
Through December 4, 2020

Margaret Stones was featured in Southern Garden History Society’s 2019 publication of Magnolia.


Margaret Stones was an Australian botanical artist known for her remarkable watercolor drawings published in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine (Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew), Endemic Flora of Tasmania, and Native Flora of Louisiana. Ms. Stones died in 2018 at the age of 98.  LSU Press published an oversized special folio edition of Native Flora of Louisiana in full color in the same year.

The collection of Ms. Stones’s watercolor drawings of Louisiana plants numbers 226 separate works completed over about fifteen years from 1976 until 1991.  The originals are carefully preserved in the LSU Libraries Special Collections.  The current exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to see original watercolor drawings, photographs, letters and archival materials that put the Native Flora in context and illuminate the process of creating the full body of work.

Native Flora of Louisiana Folio Edition


More information about Margaret Stones here:

Louisiana’s Natural Treasure: Margaret Stones, Botanical Artist

  1. Peggy Cornett
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    Hello Randy,
    This is great. should we link this to your lead article in Magnolia? The link above to more information on Margaret Stones doesn’t work.


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