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The Eden Project Florilegium Society is made up of a group of botanical artists, illustrators and others interested in plant sciences, dedicated to documenting and recording the plants of The Eden Project and Cornwall.

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  • How to illustrate a six-foot-tall-plant – a master class!

    In March 2017 Mally Francis was very excited when she heard of the Association of British Botanical Artists’ Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition planned for June 2018. The objective was to include paintings of native plants from all the participating countries. Mally decided that she would like to paint a Babington’s Leek as these grow near the coast in Cornwall and they are quite striking and unusual plants.

    Mally was thrilled when she heard that, not only had it been accepted, but also that it was selected as one of the three images used to promote the exhibition at the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University in June. As it turned out, only 32 artists had provided the final 40 images.

    The full story is captured in our 2018 members’ newsletter, however, here’s the story captured in some amazing images.

  • ‘2018 Botanical Walk’… our Annual Foray with Keith Spurgin

    After the inland walk at Goss Moor in August 2017, Keith Spurgin decided to take us adventuring at Lelant beside the Hayle Estuary on Saturday 16th June. Ten of us met Keith and Selina near St Uny Church and at the outset he told us that we should see something unusual in a cave on the beach, but that would only come at the end of the walk.

    Chrissie Russell kindly recorded all the plants that we saw, and Keith has verified the list, which we have made available online for the first time. You can also see some photographs for the adventure captured by Charles Francis. READ and see MORE…

  • Painting Tulips with Billy Showell – the full article

    Billy Showell held a well-attended two-day workshop at Eden to demonstrate her techniques in drawing and painting tulip flowers and leaves. Everyone attending was keen to try Billy’s wet-in-wet method of botanical painting, and during the two days Billy gave demonstrations, and lots of useful advice, interspersed with opportunities for those present to try things out using subjects of their choice. The workshop took place on 21st – 22nd April 2018 and has been written up in the Summer of 2018 by our newsletter co-ordinator – click here to read a full account of the workshop, which you can also print.