Sardi Pax hosts a look at using Blender’s MetaBall as particles that will represent dewdrops on a leaf. He shows how to create a basic leaf model, and place the surface textures.

In this tutorial I show a use for Metaballs as dewdrops on a leaf. I also cover textureing and a simple camera track.Sardi Pax – Sardi Pax Productions

MetaBalls lend themselves well to a project like this, as they inherently have surface tension much like actually water drops would. The surface tension will affect the dew drops, when they are in proximity of each other, they will tend to join. This will give a more realistic effect to the water drops on the leaf.