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Linda Ellis shares ‘A Botanical Year in the Ozarks’ at Nature Center

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Linda Ellis’s watercolor of the royal catchfly (Silene regis) depicts this very showy member of the carnation family that gets its name from the heavy coat of sticky, glandular hairs that it uses to trap insects. It is native to the prairies of the Ozarks Plateau.

The Conservation Nature Center will feature 25 drawings by Linda Ellis of Galena during November.

The Conservation Nature Center will feature 25 drawings by Linda Ellis of Galena during November.

The work of Linda Ellis, an acclaimed illustrator with a huge talent for capturing the beauty of the Ozarks, will be on display during November at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

“A Botanical Year in the Ozarks ” will include will include 25 of Ellis’s botanical watercolors with vignettes of the Ozarks native plants. The species she has chosen span the Missouri growing season.

Ellis has been a botanical illustrator since the early 1980s and has drawn for Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Botanical Garden, the U. S. Forest Service, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission and University of Arkansas. She specializes in illustrations of new plant species, which can be viewed on her web site at www.lindasellis.com.

One of the watercolors is the royal catchfly (Silene regis), a very showy prairie plant in the carnation family that gets its name from the heavy coat of sticky, glandular hairs that it uses to trap insects. Ellis is a Missouri Master Naturalist and a member of the Audubon Society member, Italia Society (charter member), Arkansas Native Plant Society and the Missouri Archaeological Society member. You can reach her at botanyart@lindasellis.com.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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