Indian Canyon, San Gabriel Mountains [Photo: Margaret Gallagher] 

2021 T-shirt Artwork Contest
Call for submissions

The San Gabriel Mountains Chapter of the California Native Plant Society is holding a contest for a new t-shirt design. We are looking for submissions of artwork featuring native plants of the San Gabriel Mountains. The winning design should capture the spirit of our beloved mountain biomes. Submissions are due by January 10, 2021. The winning artwork will be printed on our chapter t-shirt, and the winning artist will receive a prize of $500. The winner will be announced on February 1, 2021.

The winner and two runners-up will receive one-year memberships in the California Native Plant Society (if not already a member). The first 20 artists to submit will receive a copy of Wild Suburbia: Learning to Garden with Native Plants by chapter board member Barbara Eisenstein.

Click here to download the announcement of this contest.

Artwork guidelines

The artwork must feature at least one native plant species that occurs in the San Gabriel Mountains. For inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of suggestions of plants from the San Gabriel Mountains that we love (scroll to the bottom for list & links). The design is not required to contain any of the species on the list. Rare, threatened, or endangered plants are welcome.

The artist should incorporate the words “California Native Plant Society San Gabriel Mountains Chapter” into the design.

The art should be an original work created by the person who is submitting it.

There are no limitations on colors or technique — the printing method will be chosen based on the winning design.

The final design will be printed at maximum dimensions of 10” x 12” (see the diagram below) —however, the artwork can be smaller than 10” x 12”. The artwork is to be submitted as a computer file, sized to print at 300 DPI, or be a vector image. Accepted file types are PDF, PSD, AI, PNG, and TIFF (JPGs are accepted but not preferred).

How to submit

Send artwork to no later than January 10, 2021. Please include the artist’s name and a brief description of the artwork. If the file is too large to attach to email, it can be sent using a free service such as WeTransfer.

Image usage

By submitting artwork to this contest, you grant CNPS San Gabriel Mountains Chapter permission to use the artwork for any of the Chapter’s lawful purposes, including but not limited to sharing the artwork through email, web site, and social media. The winning artwork will be printed on t-shirts that will be sold by the chapter. The artist retains all other rights, including copyright.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions at!

Some sources of pictures of plants in the San Gabriel Mountains

California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mts. Chapter Gallery
iNaturalist list of suggested plants for t-shirt competition
Plants of the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Canyons by Gabi and Cliff McLean (CD interpretive guide)

Plant species inspiration list

1. Bigleaf maple (Acer macrophyllum)
2. Common fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia)
3. San Gabriel manzanita (Arctostaphylos glandulosa ssp. gabrielensis)
4. Indian milkweed (Asclepias eriocarpa)
5. Plain mariposa lily (Calochortus invenustus)
6. Plummer's mariposa lily (Calochortus plummerae)
7. Mount Gleason Indian paintbrush (Castilleja gleasoni)
8. Birch-leaf mountain mahogany (Cercocarpus betuloides)
9. Lewis's clarkia (Clarkia lewisii)
10. Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida)
11. Sticky or Bush monkeyflower (Diplacus aurantiacus)
12. California fuchsia (Epilobium canum)
13. Poodle-dog Bush (Eriodictyon parryi)
14. Rock buckwheat (Eriogonum saxatile)
15. Chaparral Yucca (Hesperoyucca whipplei)
16. Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia)
17. Heart leaved keckiella (Keckiella cordifolia)
18. bFragrant pitcher-sage (Lepechinia fragrans)
19. Lemon Lily (Lilium parryi)
20. Ground pink (Linanthus dianthiflorus)
21. Grape Soda Lupine (Lupinus excubitus)
22. Giant Blazing Star (Mentzelia laevicaulis)
23. Veatch's blazing star (Mentzelia veatchiana)
24. California peony (Paeonia californica)
25. Fire poppy (Papaver californicum)
26. Scarlet bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius)
27. Grinnell's beardtongue (Penstemon grinnellii)
28. Showy penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis)
29. Large-flowered phacelia (Phacelia grandiflora)
30. Canterbury bells (Phacelia minor)
31. Big-cone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa)
32. Canyon Live Oak (Quercus chrysolepis)
33. Hillside gooseberry (Ribes californicum)
34. Chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum)
35. California bay laurel (Umbellularia californica)

The CNPS Mission is “To conserve California native plants and their natural habitats…” By participating in this contest, you contribute to the mission of CNPS and help us to celebrate native plants and their beauty. We look forward to receiving your submission.

Enjoy the contest!

Bigleaf maple in Fall, West Fork of San Gabriel River [Photo: Graham Bothwell]