Since the Society was started we have always brought tutors, scientists and other experts to give workshops and talks to our members. These have included:

Rosemary Wise, Gren Lucus (Linnean Soc), Martin Allen, Colin Swinton, Jenny Brasier, Anne Marie Evans, Dr Martin Brown, Helen Allen, Christina Hart-Davies, Mariella Baldwin, Gillian Barlow, Tim Walker, Valerie Oxley, Sarah Gould, Keith Spurgin, Susan Hillier and Rosie Sanders.

The Society organises regular botany field trips and makes regular visits to Botanical Gardens and their archives. Past excursions include Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Oxford Herbarium, Natural history Museum, Chelsea Physic Garden, National Garden Museum of Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, and the Botanic Gardens of Leicester and Cambridge.

Please note:  all workshops start at 10.00am in the Foundation Building at the Eden Project or at the Sawpit Studio, Heligan. Please check venue details and bring your usual painting materials and a packed lunch.

All workshops need to be booked in advance, please contact Ann Paull using our contact form.

Forthcoming Events

  • Saturday Apr 10th
    11:00 am


    This event will now be held on zoom. An email has been sent to all members. The dedication of the Bronze Leaf for Mally in the Wild Cornwall Area at the Eden Project will move 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

    Please note, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event is cancelled until further notice.

    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 (please use the contact form and note 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

    Please note, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this event is cancelled until further notice.

    A two-day workshop with Sarah Morrish – Illustrating Nature’s Details at Foundation Building Eden Project. Bring own lunch.

    Engaging people with the natural world through art

    Sarah combines science and art in producing paintings and illustrations that immerse you in many aspects of the natural world and its processes, using a variety of media ~ watercolour, graphite pencil, pen and ink, gouache.

    ​Sarah hopes to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of nature in all its forms – from individual species to declining habitats.  Fieldwork and drawing from life plays a large part in the process, along with research; growing and nurturing botanical subjects and working from museum specimens.

    Her love of exploration, both near and far combines with her ecological knowledge; developing her garden to benefit wildlife; and also a passion for teaching.  She has taught for several national botanic gardens, florilegium and botanical art societies and at the ASBA annual conference in the USA.

    ​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)

    “I believe that immersing yourself in the natural world alongside drawing and painting, can really help to promote a sense of well-being”

    Sarah Morrish 

  • Saturday May 22nd

    Trengwainton Garden Visit

    Full details to be announced in due course.

  • 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.


  • Saturday Nov 6th
    10:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Susan Hillier Watercolour Pencil Workshop

    A one day workshop at The Sawpit Studio, Heligan. Please bring own lunch, tea/coffee provided. This event may now be delivered at the Eden Project due the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions as laid out by the government. We will keep you updated via email if you have booked.

    Susan is an accomplished facsimile painter, having worked by recommendation of the National Portrait Gallery, she has been commissioned by British Rail, Tescos, McMullen’s Brewery, the Law Society, the Police College, and many private and commercial clients, for a variety of figurative work, much of it plant based, and some very large scale.

    For several years Susan worked as a scientific illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, where this prestigious work involved dissecting herbarium specimens. She has painted prize winning orchids for the RHS, and has RHS medals including gold. She has worked in commercial illustration and has illustrated many books, including eleven by Alan Titchmarsh. Susan enjoys teaching and is a tutor on the SBA Diploma course; she gives workshops and runs short courses in the West Country and abroad. Susan exhibits in Cornwall, London and abroad, and has work in collections worldwide, she has had several solo exhibitions.

Past Events

Saturday 14th November 2020

Susan Hillier Workshop

Foundation Building, Eden Project
Coloured Pencil

Friday 18th September 2020 10:00 am

Late Summer Colour Course 2

An autumn 3-day botanical course in Sawpit Studio at the Wagon House in Heligan Gardens in Cornwall, focused on flowers such as Japanese anemones, crocosmias, schizostylis and hydrangeas.

Friday 4th September 2020 10:00 am

Late Summer Colour

A three day botanical painting course at the Sawpit studio

Sunday 17th November 2019

Workshop with Laura Silburn

Award winning Laura Silburn on how to create a really good sketch book page based on Mediterranean plants.

Saturday 19th October 2019

Autumn colours in the Sawpit Studio

A three day course for all abilities. Laura Silburn

Friday 4th October 2019

An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

This course  took place in the wonderful setting of the Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project in Cornwall. The course covered how to use accurate line drawing and tonal shading and watercolours to turn this into a finished painting.

Sunday 29th September 2019

All Members’ Painting Day

A get together at the Sawpit Studio to learn Green mixes (using Dianne Sutherland Colour Chart).

Saturday 13th April 2019

Painting Fritillary on Vellum

Diane’s much awaited workshop coincided with the loss of our treasured Mally which made it very difficult to focus on painting. However, in true Mally style we soldiered on painting our Fritillary meleagris and bluebells on Kelmscott Vellum.

Diane demonstrated just how robust Kelmscott is to paint on, a glass like surface but with the ability to gently wash off errors, dry and start again. An excellent surface for dried brushwork.

We were also supplied with an extremely useful colour mix chart of greens and browns. Diane advocated her preferred use of Colbalt blue mixed with lemon for greens and using Cerulean in highlights.

At the close of the two day workshop Diane thanked us for our efforts in the circumstances and commented on what a very special person Mally must have been to have such an affect on all who attended. The workshop was therefore dedicated with our love to her memory.