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.

Forthcoming Events

  • Saturday Mar 13th

    Susan Hillier Orchids

    A one day workshop for members at the Sawpit Studio, Heligan. Please bring own lunch, tea/coffee provided.

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  • Saturday Mar 20th

    Trengwainton Garden Visit

    Full details to be announced in due course.

  • Saturday Apr 10th
    11:00 am


    AGM at Foundation Building Eden Project. Bring submissions for painting membership and/or assessment for archive donation (bring own lunch) followed at 2pm by dedication of Bronze Leaf for Mally in the Wild Cornwall Area at Eden. This event may move online. We will assess the situation at the end of February. If so, we will move the dedication to the summertime.

  • Sunday Apr 11th

    Assessment Day

    Due to Covid-19 this event will be moved to September. Details to follow.

  • Monday Apr 12th - Tuesday Apr 13th

    Helen Allen composition workshop – Order out of Chaos

    A two-day workshop at The Sawpit Studio, Heligan. A ‘Ding’ lunch is available £15 per head per day. A ‘Ding’ lunch is available £15 per head per day to be paid in cash on first day – book in advance with Pauline Gwennap direct (email any special dietary requirements).

    In January 2014 Helen opened a new school, The Chelsea School of Botanical Art at the Chelsea Physic Garden. Among Helen’s students some have gone on to exhibit internationally, win RHS gold medals, one has founded a Florilegium Society, namely Mally Francis, and another to illustrate for Curtis’ Botanical Magazine.

  • Friday May 7th - Saturday May 8th

    Sarah Morrish – Illustrating Nature’s Details

    A two-day workshop with Sarah Morrish – Illustrating Nature’s Details at Foundation Building Eden Project. Bring your own lunch. Sarah is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, a painting member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium, an exhibiting member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), and a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI).

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  • Friday Jul 16th - Sunday Jul 18th

    Exhibition at Cornwall Garden Society Spring Flower Show

    Wadebridge Show Ground.

  • Friday Sep 17th - Saturday Sep 18th

    Sarah Gould Painting on Vellum workshop

    Two-day workshop at the Sawpit Studio, Heligan. ‘Ding’ lunch available £15 per head per day to be paid in cash on first day – book in advance with Pauline Gwennap direct (email any special dietary requirements).

    Sarah Gould qualified as a landscape architect in 1979 and later studied Botanical Illustration with Anne-Marie Evans. She works almost exclusively on calfskin vellum and taught at the Chelsea School of Botanical Art in London. She has been awarded two silver-gilt medals by the RHS and has exhibited in USA and at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew, and has work in permanent collections both here and abroad. Sarah’s work is included in the Highgrove Florilegium and the newly created Transylvanian Florilegium.

  • Saturday Oct 23rd

    Wet into Wet Julia Trickey

    One day workshop. Venue and cost TBC. Exhibiting regularly, Julia has been awarded four RHS gold medals amongst many other awards. She also tutors weekly classes near the beautiful historic city of Bath and other workshops further afield. In 2014 Julia’s illustrations were seen on Royal Mail Post & Go British Flora stamps.

    One day workshop. Cost and venue TBC.


Recent News

  • Talk about exhibiting with the RHS

    Hardy Geraniums, Laura Silburn

    On Thursday 28th January at 7pm Laura Silburn will be giving a talk on Zoom about her RHS exhibit of Hardy Geraniums which won her a first Gold Medal. The talks are organized through the wonderful artist Julia Trickey.

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  • We’re still painting! Covid-19 update

    Throughout 2020 we have continued to run workshops, meetings and painting classes. Thank you to everyone involved. We will continue with the same spirit in 2021 – the diary is set, just keep an eye-out for any changes! #lockdownbotanicalart
    Let’s share it on Social Media.

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  • Radical Botany

    This spring visit the Eden Project to see an exhibition of contemporary artworks alongside botanical paintings from Eden’s Florilegium Society called Radical Botany. Not to be missed!

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  • Sarah Poat gets Silver Gilt!

    Another EPFS member has been awarded a medal. Congratulations to Sarah Poat for her wonderful work and well deserved medal. View her fantastic work on her website

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  • Mally Francis R.I.P.

    It is with great sadness that we have to tell you this news. We have lost our incredible founder and teacher Mally Francis. We would like to thank the Association of British Botanical Artists for this wonderful post they have made about her.

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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.

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