Project Description

Wicked Creativity: Illustrations and Poetry Inspired by Nature

Enjoy the beautiful side of Wicked Plants by exploring the works of botanical artists Margaret Saylor and Judy Simon. These highly-detailed illustrations, originally done in watercolor, capture the distinctive characteristics among various plants and mushrooms that give them an edge when it comes to their protection and survival.

To dig a little deeper into the world of wicked plants, come to Mt. Cuba Center and see some of these plants for yourself! Interested in creating your own botanical masterpieces? Sign up for seasonal classes taught by these talented artists at

The artwork in this display is available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Delaware Museum of Natural History.
Please inquire at the Guest Experience Desk.

About the artists

Margaret Saylor paints and draws highly detailed, color-driven, textural botanical paintings. Her work captures the essence of a simple object or plant of our natural world, and presents it to the viewer as an exquisite jewel in a setting. Margaret specializes in portraying mushrooms and fungi. She seeks to inform her audience through accurate botanical illustration, a sense of shape and form, a heightened sense of color and a pinch of fanciful imagination.

Judy Simon practices botanical art in Berks County, Pennsylvania. She has a BFA in Communication Design with a concentration in illustration from Kutztown University. She is an avid organic gardener and plant collector who likes to combine nurturing her garden with her passion for botanical art and illustration. Judy also enjoys seeking out native plants in their environment, especially those with interesting forms and textures.