Plant Heart Art, 2021


In case you haven't noticed, we (still) LOVE plants!

Plant Love Stories (PLS) began on February 14th, 2018 as a way to collect and share stories about the plants that shape our lives. To celebrate Valentine's Day and our third birthday, we commissioned original plant-y valentines, also known as #PlantHeartArt. Since 2020 was a rough year, and we can all use more plant love in our lives, we are thrilled this year to share work from EIGHTEEN incredible artists. We hope these valentines make you smile, and we hope that you will share them with the people and plants in your life. For last year's post, cick here, and for printable PDFs of all the valentines, click here!


Happy Valentine's Day from Team PLS!



Artist: Joey Abhold

Illustration of morning glory plants with the words "Every morning is glorious with you by my side"

Bio: Joey Abhold is an Illustrator based out of Appleton, Wisconsin, currently working on commission, from branding to fully-realized illustrated pieces, in both traditional and digital media. You can find him most active on Instagram at @j.abhold.illo and half-active on Twitter @josefabhorred.


Artist: Aim Ren Beland

Illustration of lichens on a log with the words "I've been lichen you a whole lot - Happy Valentine's day from Plant Love Stories"

Bio: Aim Ren Beland creates zines, comics, and other illustrated work in Chicago, IL. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter at @aimrenatus or visit his website at aimren.com.


Artist: KB Brown

Illustration of pink flowers, foxglove plant, with the words "You fit me like a glove, Happy valentines day!"

Bio: KB Brown is a printer and freelance designer/illustrator based in Grand Rapids, MI. Always an admirer of plants (and Valentine's Day), they only just started growing their own collection of plants after years of succulent mishaps. Check out KB's other projects on Instagram @kb.scribble.


Artist: Laura Corchero

Illustration of moss with the words "I love you the moss"

Bio: Laura Corchero is a 22-year-old biologist who is deeply in love with the beauty of life. She also likes to doodle from time to time. Her main goal at the moment is to show people the uniqueness of plants, as ''we only protect what we love and we only love what we know''. Find Laura on Instagram and Twitter at @lacorcher.


Artist: Yiğit Berkay Gündoğmuş

Illustration of two wild onion plants kissing with the words "Allium of me loves allium of you"

Bio: Yiğit Berkay Gündoğmuş is a MSc. student in the Stomatal Biology Lab at COS, Heidelberg University, Germany and in his final semester. Yiğit is actively looking for a PhD position in evo-devo, and can be found on twitter @gundogmus_yigit.


Artist: Courtney Currier

Illustration of a grama grass with the words "dear valentine, you have Stolon my heart"

Bio: Courtney Currier is an ecologist and artist in Tempe, Arizona. Perpetually in awe of their evolutionary accomplishments, she draws inspiration from the plants, critters, and soils of dryland ecosystems. She finds grasses especially curious and is overjoyed to share this charismatic grama grass (Bouteloua sp.) with you! Check out Courtney’s website for more art and her twitter (@court_currier) for more science.


Artist: Iris Garthwaite

Heart made of dyed thread with the plants that made the dyes, with the words "Happy valentine's dye" and "For those that I love"

Bio: Iris Garthwaite is a graduate student at Northern Arizona University where she studies Fremont Cottonwoods, Ecology, and Riparian Conservation. Natural dyeing is an extension of Iris's passion for ecoliteracy, ecology, and generating intimacy with the land around us. The plant dyes in this #PlantHeartArt showcase the beauty and biodiversity of riparian ecosystems in the Chiricahua mountains of SE Arizona. Find Iris at Instagram @dhouk_indie_dyes, Twitter @homoimaginans, and at her website, Dahouk Indie Dyes.

Artist: Kerrigan Gilbert

Illustration of a watermelon slide with the words "youre one in a" and "happy valentine's day"

Bio: Kerrigan Gilbert is a bioinformatician at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, who loves exploring big data sets and making new discoveries. When not on the command line she enjoys chilling with a book, and digital hand lettering and illustration. Follow her art on Instagram @damiarain and science on Twitter @Kerri_Gilbert.


Artist: Grace Hunter

Illustration of a crabapple tree with the words "You're the crabapple of my eye"

Bio: Grace Hunter is a science communicator and writer based in Hamilton, Ontario. She is especially passionate about connecting people with nature in urban environments. Follow Grace on twitter @GraceC_Hunter, and at gracehunter.ca


Artist: Camíla Inoa

Illustration of evening primrose against a night sky with the words "a prim-rose by any other name"

Bio: Camíla Inoa is sleepy illustrator whose favorite things to do include baking, going to the beach, and enjoying quality time with family and friends! Follow Camíla on Twitter @camiinoa, and on camiinoa.com.


Artist: Clarke Knight

Illustration of lotus flowers with the words "lotus grow old together"

Bio: Clarke Knight is a forest ecologist and aspiring watercolorist with a life-long interest in natural history. Although she mostly looks at microscopic pollen grains for her work, she also adores the macro plant world. Since moving to California, she has loved taking hikes to see spring wildflowers and northern California's endemic conifers. Find Clarke on Twitter @ClarkeAKnight and her website, clarkeknight.com.


Artist: Nina McDonnell

Bio: Nina McDonnell is a masters student at UMass Boston studying disease ecology. She is interested in amphibian immunity and susceptibility to chytridiomycosis— a widespread fungal disease contributing to amphibian declines. Aside from research, she enjoys hiking, drawing, and caring for her many houseplants, which have provided joy and comfort during quarantine. Find more of Nina's work on Instagram @amphibina and portfolio site littletoadink.com.


Artist: Sarita Muñoz-Gómez

Illustration of a coralberry with the words "I love you berry much"

Bio: Sarita Muñoz-Gómez is a biologist who enjoys doing art and SciComm. Sarita love plants and plans to keep studying them in graduate school. Sarita has an illustration project called The Fern Mail (@thefernmail1) on Twitter where she draws small stamps for scientists from diverse fields. She also collaborates with the LGBTQ+ Plant Scientists Twitter page by doing art work to help increase diversity in science.


Artist: Fern Pellerin

Bleeding heart flowers, shaped into a heart, with the words "you make my heart melt"

Bio: Fern Pellerin is a Roma nonbinary lesbian interdisciplinary artist currently based in K’jipuktuk, Mi’kma’ki (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Fern’s art practice is currently influenced by past experiences growing up LGBTQ+ and overcoming past hardships. They are inspired by nostalgia, dreams, memory and their own queer Romani identity. Follow fern at @fernpellerin on Instagram and tumblr.


Artist: Lindsay Peltz

Pine tree with a heart and the words "I'm pining for you, valentine"

Bio: Lindsay Peltz is an artist living in the beautiful Okanagan in BC, Canada and enjoys the variety of plant life in the area, except when she accidentally steps on a jumping cactus (ouch). When not drawing, Lindsay enjoys reading, sleeping, baking, and drinking coffee. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @dinosaurandpony and at her website dinopony.com


Artist: Corinn Rutkoski

Illustration of a goldenrod plant and the words "You've got a heart of gold"

Bio: Corinn Rutkoski is a PhD student at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station, where she studies Prairie Strips (zones of native prairie in farm fields) and how they can be used to improve soil health. She is also the artist behind the weekly chalkboard drawings for @KBSchalkboard on Twitter!


Artist: Autumn Von Plinsky

Bio: Autumn Von Plinsky is an illustrator and graphic designer from Augusta, GA and working out of her new home in Brooklyn, NY. With experience in design & illustration for places like the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, Oak Spring Garden Foundation, and New York Botanical Garden, she loves illustrating all things birds, bugs, and plants, and using those illustrations to communicate with the public. While she currently works full time doing design and illustration for Biotech and Pharmaceutical companies, she still finds time for drawing all the cool plants & critters she can. Autumn's website is autumnvonplinsky.com.


Artist: Ariani Wartenberg

Illustration of a maple leaf and maple samara with the words "you spin me right round."

Bio: Ariani Wartenberg is a Berkeley-based scientist who studies how agriculture impacts ecosystems and livelihoods. She loves all things plant-related and dabbles in painting and illustration in her spare time. She has roots in Germany, Indonesia and France, and her work and art reflect a life-long fascination with unique beauty in people, plants, animals and natural landscapes around the world. Ariani shares her art on Instagram, @inairacw.

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