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LYNDA E. CHANDLER

Growing up in Charlottesville, Virginia and later in Illinois, Lynda played in the gardens of her mother and grandmothers, abundant with vegetables and flowers. Her father was a geologist, so her love for the landscape included rock outcroppings. The names of plants and rocks were included in normal family conversations. That early exposure to the beauty of nature (which continues to amaze her) set a course for her future.

After completing a B.S. degree in horticulture from the University of Florida, Lynda's interest in plants and love for art led her to become a botanical illustrator. She has illustrated for numerous scientists across the U.S. Lynda spent three years illustrating over 450 invasive weed seeds for the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland. Her illustrations have been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institution's Natural History Museum and have been included in SITES, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Her work is published in numerous text books, in addition to two coloring book of the Archival Series by Dover Publishing Co., New York, NY. Lynda is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.

Lynda has taught summer classes in botanical illustration at the Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University. After living 28 years in Florida, she and her husband, Craig, became permanent residents of Virginia in 2017. They refurbished a 1908 farmhouse where they reside. The couple continues to develop the property with a fruit tree orchard, a vegetable garden, and perennial gardens. 

Lynda teaches botanical illustration to students at the introductory and advanced levels.