Vermont Botanical is the work of the late artist Maggie Lake (1954-2015).
Maggie’s interests in both botany and art culminated in the creation of her botanical artwork. Her original botanical artwork was crafted from hand-picked and pressed plant specimens, collected in the fields, forests and gardens of Vermont and beyond. From delicate spring woodland ephemerals to bold mid-summer herb garden blossoms and autumnal plants gone to seed before winter, Maggie’s botanicals captured the cyclical seasons of the plant world in unique compositions.
Maggie passed away in January of 2015 after a courageous 9-year battle with cancer surrounded by her family. You can read Maggie's obituary in the Brattleboro Reformer.
After Maggie's death, her two children, Norah and Hayden, were left with a collection of their mother’s original and printed artwork.
Both siblings inherited Maggie's love of the natural world. Norah owns a diversified farm in Norwich, VT where she grows many of the herbs and flowers featured in the herb garden prints. Hayden works as a consulting forester and hikes past many of Maggie's favorite woodland specimens throughout the state of VT on a daily basis.
They are carrying on their mother's legacy by continuing to offer high-quality giclee reproduction prints of her original artwork.
You may have learned about Maggie and her work through Maggie's older sister, Elizabeth's new book, Marrow: A Love Story - a memoir about her experience serving as Maggie's bone marrow donor and of the way Maggie's illness deepened their relationship. Although the book is obviously written from Elizabeth's point of view, it includes some excerpts from Maggie's own writings during her final illness. Learn more about the book here.
If you're curious about Maggie's inspirations and her process, below is a video created by the Putney Craft Tour in which Maggie participated for many years. In it, Maggie talks about the process of creating her unique artwork from start to finish. It provides a nice overview of her approach and also gives you a sense of her personality which was both upbeat and wonderfully down to earth at the same time.
Maggie's work was featured in Victoria Magazine in October 2001. It was a long time ago but we're still proud of it and of her so we're including the beautiful, two-page spread below.