Radical Botany

Alongside a selection of botanical paintings from Eden’s Florilegium Society collection, the exhibition will showcase works by contemporary artists who explore biodiversity, trade and extinction.

It’s wonderful for our society to have been chosen to exhibit in this show. Eden’s Florilegium Society collection comprises a beautiful archive of traditional watercolour, pen and ink, and pencil illustrations of the Eden Project’s plants, which was started when we opened in the year 2000.’ and we are very much looking forward to the private view in February. The Eden Project

Sarah Poat gets Silver Gilt!

I exhibited 7 paintings at the RHS London Art and Photography Show in July 2019. (Tuesday 23rd July 5-9pm, Wednesday 24th and Thursday 25th July from 10am – 5pm at the RHS Lindley Hall, Westminster, SW1P 2QW).
My exhibition title was ‘The River Dart: Moor to Sea’ and illustrated a number of the plants that grow within the different habitats that the River Dart flows through from where it rises on Dartmoor to its end at Dartmouth on the coast. The habitats included bog/mire, ancient woodland, moorland, hedgerow, farmland, urban and coast. I was delighted to have been awarded an RHS silver-gilt medal.”

Sarah is a member of the South West Society of Botanical Artists (SWSBA). In 2018 she exhibited as part of a SWSBA group at the RHS in London and they were awarded a silver medal for Botanical Art. She is also a member of the Eden Project Florilegium Society.

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 the wonderful post they have made about her.

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


Mally Francis’ Babington’s Leek.

Mally at the RHS Show, Vincent Square, London 2018 with the ABBA banner of her Babington’s Leek. www.charlesfrancis.photos

 

Mally demonstrating at the Worldwide Botanical Art Day in the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University. www.charlesfrancis.photos

 

Mally Francis talking to Martin Allen at the Worldwide Botanical Art Day in the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University. www.charlesfrancis.photos

 

Mally Francis talking to Gaynor Dickeson at the Worldwide Botanical Art Day in the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University. www.charlesfrancis.photos

 

Martin Allen talking about the Babington’s Leek painting at the Worldwide Botanical Art Day in the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University. www.charlesfrancis.photos

 

Mally Francis beside her poster image of the Babington’s Leek at the Worldwide Botanical Art Day in the Peter Scott Gallery at Lancaster University. www.charlesfrancis.photos

 

 

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

Here are the plants recorded on our ‘2018 Botanical Walk’ that you can access as a PDF and print:

Plant list EDEN FLORILEGIUM SUMMER BOTANICAL RAMBLE

Below, you can follow our story of the walk in photographs, which have been taken by Charles Francis (www.charlesfrancis.photos) – the full account with further images is in our printed newsletter which members receive once a year as part of their subscription. And if you need to know more about Keith, here is his latest work https://www.rubusology.com.

Initially we began by exploring the graveyard around the church and Keith remarked upon a large holly tree which had split a grave apart. 

We were pleased to see a Six-spot Burnet (Zygaena filipendulae) resting on a Pyramidal Orchid (Anacamptis pyramidalis) (1142)

Leaving the churchyard, a short walk along the Coast Path brought us to the path down to the sands on the way Keith showed us the differences between Cornish/Western Fumitory (Fumaria occidentalis) which grows in “the warmest districts in Cornwall” and Purple Fumitory (Fumaria purpurea) which is endemic to the UK.

Before reaching the sands, we came across a patch of Ivy Broomrape (Orobanche hederae)and nearby we were amused to find groups of unidentified snails clustered high on plant stems.

Once on the sands we looked forward to the unusual sighting in a cave which Keith had promised from the outset. However, before that could happen he wanted to show us the calcareous concretions which had built up on the cliff face caused by shell debris wind-driven up from the beach to create an alkaline surface instead of the normal Cornish acidic ground, hence allowing different plants to grow.

You now need to turn to our newsletter to see the cave that Keith had promised we’d find at the end of our walk!

Painting Tulips with Billy Showell – the full article

Painting with Billy Showell – the full article

Not a member but want to learn? Book this!

 

  • Three-day course
  • 9-11 Nov 2018
  • Taught at Eden Project
  • £220 per person (10% off for Eden Project Members)

All courses will be held in the fantastic surroundings of the Eden Project Mediterranean Biome. Two of our three tutors Ros Franklin, Mally Francis and Laura Silburn will be teaching on  courses. Courses are suitable for complete beginners or intermediate artists.

Get booked through the Eden Project’s Website. 

Botanical Worldwide Exhibition 2018

The header of the Association of British Botanical Artists – ABBA Botanical Worldwide Exhibition is an image by no other than Mally Francis (founder of EPFS). Allium ampeloprasum var babingtonii / Babingtons Leek. It’s as beautiful in real life as shown by this link to their facebook page.

Lesson plan: How drawings could save your life

KS2 and KS3 lesson plan on drawing leaves with full illustrations here: http://www.edenproject.com/learn/schools/lesson-plans/how-drawings-could-save-your-life

3-Day workshop that anyone can join!

Our introductory course focuses on botanical drawing from accurate line drawing to shading to create form. The course includes a half-day of botanical study.

The Location—the fantastic surroundings of the Eden Project Mediterranean Biome. Two of our three tutors Ros Franklin, Mally Francis and Laura Silburn will be teaching on each course with a maximum number of 16 students. Courses are suitable for complete beginners or intermediate artists.

If you’d like to book ring the Eden box office on 01726 811972 or visit the Eden website or email friends@edenproject.com

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