A.R. Valentien Signature Hoodie

Wear the museum's collection on your sleeve—literally. This one-of-a-kind unisex hoodie is a must-have item for fans of botanical art. The images are from original watercolor paintings by American artist A.R. Valentien, who was commissioned by local philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps more than a century ago to paint all of California’s wildflowers. The entire collection of nearly 1,100 paintings is now housed in The Nat’s Research Library.

This hoodie features an allover beavertail cactus print, a mariposa lily on each sleeve, and the artist’s signature splashed across the front. It has a relaxed fit and super soft fabric thanks to the unique cotton and polyester blend. The brushed fleece inside makes this hoodie a true wardrobe favorite.

More about the images featured on the hoodie:
The flowers of the beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) get their vivid colors from a type of pigment known to only a few plant families. Although this cactus’ lack of spines give it a benign look, the beavertail cactus is well armored: thousands of hairlike spines—called glochids—appear in circular patches on the pale blue-green pads.

Valentien especially enjoyed painting species of Calochortus, a stunning genus in the lily family that displays its greatest diversity in California, including 65 species that show a dazzling panoply of variation. The name Calochortus comes from the Greek for “beautiful grass,” referring to the linear, grass-like leaves. Many of these species are of special conservation status, as they are either threatened or endangered plants and often have a very specific, restricted distribution.

Size guide

Chest (inches) 34 ⅝ 36 ¼ 37 ¾ 41 44 ⅛ 47 ¼ 50 ⅜
Waist (inches) 26 ¾ 28 ⅜ 29 ⅞ 33 ⅛ 36 ¼ 39 ⅜ 42 ½
Hips (inches) 37 38 ⅝ 40 ⅛ 43 ¼ 46 ½ 49 ⅝ 52 ¾