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.

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Friday September 16th

Vellum Workshop at the Sawpit

Sarah Gould

‘Ding’ lunch available £16 per head per day to be paid cash on first day. Please book in advance with Pauline Gwennap direct and let her know special dietary requirements.

Sunday September 18th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Tuesday September 20th - Friday September 23rd

Lovely Leaves!

The Sawpit Studio Heligan
£305 including lunches

September at the Sawpit is a great time for looking at the plants around us at the end of the summer. We’ll be focusing on ‘Lovely Leaves’ for this 4-day workshop, using the best plant material the season can offer and focusing in on this most important of botanical subjects.

We’ll be looking at what leaves do for plants and how to approach drawing and painting them with botanical accuracy, noting shapes and forms, vein structures, colour and finishing touches to make our leaves look realistic.

With a two-course catered lunch each day we will have time to study and paint using the facilities of the dedicated botanical art studio in the middle of the beautiful Heligan Gardens. The course costs £305 per person including lunches and can be booked with a £50 non-refundable deposit.

To book or for further information please get in touch by email or through my website:

Laura Silburn


Friday October 28th
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Kew Visit

This trip includes the viewing of the Babbington’s Leek by Mally Francis in the Shirley Shirley Sherwood Gallery.

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Saturday October 29th - Sunday October 30th

Themed Beach Walk with Drawing Session

Eden Project

This walk will follow with a drawing session in the Foundation Building at the Eden Project.

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Saturday November 12th

Christmas Card Workshop

This is a self-led workshop

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Saturday April 15th