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.

A Coming of Age

A Coming of Age is a celebration of the work of the first 18 years of The Eden Project Florilegium Society, fondly called the ‘Flori’ by its members.

The Society was founded in 2000 to record plants in Cornwall and those held at The Eden Project in particular, which opened its gates to the public in the same year. There are over 140 paintings in the archives donated by 31 different artists, many of whom exhibit nationally and internationally and hold RHS Gold medals for their work.

“Each artist donates their time and their paintings generously to The Archives and The Trustees of The Eden Project. In gratitude and in order to acknowledge their generosity, skill and talent, this book has been written and compiled to help bring their work to a wider audience and demonstrate the quality of botanical illustration held by the Trustees. I hope it inspires our current members (of which there are 22 actively painting) to continue to paint and document this inspirational collection of plants, and others to join. This is my gift to these very special people.” — Ros Franklin

Coming Soon

Saturday March 16th

Annual General Meeting

Eden Project

Sunday April 14th

Cornwall Garden Visit

Garden to be confirmed.

Saturday May 11th

Dung Beetles Workshop

Eden Project

Two days with Cath Hodsman painting Dung Beetles.

Saturday June 8th

Botany Walk with Expert Keith Spurgin

Join us for our annual Botany walk with Keith Spurgin in Redruth. Full details to follow.

Friday September 6th - Saturday September 7th

Vellum Workshop

Sawpit Studio

Join Sarah Gould for two days painting on vellum.

Sunday September 8th

Saturday September 28th

Herbarium Day

Eden Project

Details to follow.

Recent News

  • Views of the hills in Upperville, VA.

    Residency in Virginia

    Our Vice Chair Laura Silburn is delighted to have been selected for the Oak Springs Garden Foundation botanical art residency.  

    Due to other commitments Laura is not able to participate in 2024 but the Foundation have kindly allowed a deferral to 2025. 

    Read more: Residency in Virginia
  • Artist Dominica Williamson talking about insects to families in a wet meadow

    Botanical illustration for families continues at Gwithian

    EPFS fellow Dominica Williamson has continued to gain funding with artist Hilary Jean Gibson to run an Art club as part of the Charity Friends of the Towans.Dominica focuses on Botanical Illustration for families through day long workshops. She also promotes EPFS at these events and shares its archive through imagery.

    Read more: Botanical illustration for families continues at Gwithian
  • Botanist speaking to a screen which lists herbarium facts

    AGM presentation on herbaria given by Chris Bisson

    We were very lucky to have one of our assessors – Chris Bisson – giving the presentation at our AGM in 20023. Chris assesses the botanical accuracy of paintings being submitted into the archive, and he came to talk about herbaria as this is something we are developing in the Flori at the moment, so that in future there is an herbarium specimen of almost every plant painted for the archive. Listening to Chris and writing this article was both an interesting and educational exercise for me. I needed to research the people he referred to and looked at the links he gave for online websites and documents; some are updated (all the links are below), and it was fascinating to find out more about the history of herbaria and who was involved. He gave us so much useful information and I have tried to include as much as I can. I also added a new book to my collection. Now I am preparing my first specimens for the Flori herbarium and feel a lot more confident about doing it right.

    Read more: AGM presentation on herbaria given by Chris Bisson