Modern Masterpieces

To celebrate 30 years of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens, a new exhibition, ‘Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art’ will open on the 16th November. Split into geographical regions, the exhibition will bring together a diverse range of work from across the world. There will also be an exhibition space dedicated to work by artists from the British Isles. It’s on until March 2020 so there’s plenty of time to visit. Click here for more information

Digging for Victory

Join gardener, writer and broadcaster, Matt Biggs, for an evening talk exploring the contribution that the RHS made to the Dig for Victory campaign. From the back garden to the public park, Matt will bring to life the stories of the gardeners who came together to feed the nation during WW2. Best known from his appearances on BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time, Matt is also the author of numerous books on gardening and gardening history. The talk will take place in the RHS Lindley Library and includes the opportunity for a late evening viewing of the public library and the Library’s current exhibition Dig for Victory: Gardening to Feed a Nation. Thursday 14th November, RHS Lindley Library, Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PE. Doors: 6pm, Talk: 6.30pm to 7.30pm Tickets:… Read more

A life in roses

SBA member Janie Pirie has a beautiful book on roses coming out. Winner of two RHS Gold medals, she has been working on this book for the past three years creating 36 rose illustrations, all of which have a special meaning to her.An exhibition of her rose paintings will take place at The Mall Galleries, London 5th-10th November.To order the book, go to http://www.janiepirie.co.uk/pages/57042/printed-matter

Hunt Institute

The reception of the 16th International Exhibition of Botanical Art at the Hunt Institute in Pittsburgh, USA, is on this week. You can view the exhibition until the 18th December. Artists exhibiting from the SBA are Mary Dillon, Melinda Edstein, Jarnie Godwin, Christiana Hale Webb and Claire Kathleen Ward. http://www.huntbotanical.org/exhibitions/current/ Click here to view photos from the reception.

Ellen Exhibition

A fascinating exhibition celebrating Irish botanist, Ellen Hutchins, is currently on at the Library Reading Room at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. Ellen’s story reveals how important botanical illustration was (and still is) to botanists, and the significant part that her correspondence played in botany in the nineteenth century. Discover the legacy that she left from her short life told through her beautiful drawings of seaweeds, letters, and plant finds in botanical books of the early 1800s. The exhibition has been extended until 22nd November, it is free and open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.