The Florilegium was the inspiration of Mally Francis FCPGFS, FEPFS who founded the Society in 2000, and was its Chairman from 2001 to 2012. Mally stepped down in January 2012, and was made Honorary Founder Chairman of the Society, and a Fellow of The Linnean Society in recognition of her contributions to world of Botanical Illustration and Botany.
Main Aims of the Society
The primary aim of the Society is to record the plants of The Eden Project and of Cornwall through the use of the traditional methods of botanical illustration, by observing and recording plants, in watercolour, pen & ink, and/or pencil. Herbarium specimens are also prepared, which accompany the illustrations.
The Society also aims to hold exhibitions of work held with in the Archives, to promote interest in the Society and in the plants of The Eden Project.
We also promote the affiliation between the Society and other Florilegium Societies and Botanic Gardens throughout the UK and abroad.
Approximately 100 paintings have been accepted into the Archives. These have all been scrutinized for botanical accuracy at an extremely high standard by our assessment panel, made up of two botanical illustrators of renown, Helen Allen and Sarah Gould, together with Chris Bissom, Horticultural Science Department at The Eden Project.
Sarah Gould became our President following the retirement of Jenny Brasier, a botanical artist whom she had long admired for her demands for “finesse”. Sarah also knew Mally Francis for many years as they lived nearby in Leicestershire, so she brings the benefit of long term continuity to the role.
Over the years Sarah’s work has been exhibited at the Ursus Gallery, New York; the Schuster Gallery and the Hortus Gallery, London among others, the Natural History Museum, Kensington and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens. In 2018 she took part in “Florentia” the International Exhibition of Botanical Art held in the Villa Bardini in the grounds of the Boboli Gardens in Florence and the work is reproduced in “Florentia”, a book to accompany the exhibition. Sarah has been joint chair of the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators for three years and is now our President.
Who is Who in 2021
President Sarah Gould
Vice President Sue Minter
Chairman Jacquie Ashton
Acting Vice-Chairman & Keeper of the Herbarium & Archives Laura Silburn
Hon. Secretary Julie Peart
Hon. Treasurer Ann Paull
Events Co-ordinator Pauline Gwennap
Newsletter & Web Management Dominica Williamson
Commissioning Editor Charles Francis
Committee Member Susan Hillier & Anita Pearman
If you would like to make contact please use our form and your email will be directed to the relevant committee member.