In House Awards

The first batch of our Plantae 2021 in-house awards: The Presidents Choice Award: Artist – Sarah CaswellThe Joyce Cuming Presentation Award – A legacy from Joyce Cuming: Artist – Tammy McEntee for ‘A bevy of bumpy beauties’Margaret Granger Award – For the best work or body of work by a member elected in the last two years: Artist – Anne PieusserguesJoanna Craig-McFeely award – a true botanical piece of work: Artist – Reinhild Raistrick for ‘Paeonia lutea‘Suzanne Lucas Memorial Award– outstanding service to the society: Artist – Penny Stenning – for outstanding service including many years on the council and fulfilling many roles.Vintage Paper Company Awards – 2 winners each receive a £100 voucher1. Best use of paper (using the properties of the paper) in… Read more

Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration

The 27th May 2021 is the launch of the new Botanical art exhibition with the GSBI – Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration – ‘Botanical Treasures: inspiration from nature in porcelain and on paper’. It has been made possible by the Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award 2020.www.museumofroyalworcester.org/  Press Release artwork created in lockdown for new Botanical Treasures Exhibition

From Palmengarten

Our exhibition at Palmengarten is finally drawing to a close, but has been a resounding success with many visitors from all over Europe and a lot of paintings sold. The results of the People’s Choice are as follows- 1st Place Sue Hénon – Fritillaria meleagris – Snakes Head Fritillary 2nd Place Susan Christopher-Coulson – Summer Delights No.1 3rd Place Amber Halsall – Betula pendula Silver Birch  4th Place Denise Heywood -Rosa ‘Golden Celebration’ Almost every painting in the exhibition got a vote… there were many favourites! Congratulations to everyone who has been involved, and a big thank you to Sue Hénon and the team at Palmengarten for all their hard work!

Finnis Scott Foundation

The Sir Cedric Morris Florilegium has won the prestigious Finnis Scott Foundation Botanical Art Award. Eight members of the SBA made up almost half of the artists who have recorded the ‘Benton End’ bearded Irises bred by Sir Cedric Morris, 28 of which survive and are cultivated by Sarah Cook, former head gardener at Sissinghurst in Kent. The paintings which make up the Florilegium are to be held by Gainsborough’s House.

RHS Medal winners

Congratulations go to all the artists winning medals at the RHS art and plant fair at the RHS halls in London. Out of the SBA members there was Simon Williams, DLDC course director who won a gold medal for his ‘Nepenthes’ collection. Christina Hart-Davies won a gold medal also for her paintings of  ‘Common British Corticolous Lichens’ Sue Wickison won a silver-gilt for her paintings of  ‘Plants of the Holy Qur’an‘ Maggie Niagassas, an SBA graduate won a silver gilt for her theme of ‘the plants of the Mediterranean’. Michael Lakin won a silver for his paintings on the theme of  ‘The Life Cycle of Edible legumes‘. Unfortunately the paintings by Tomoko Nakamoto – ‘Irises in Japan’ were not judged as half the paintings are still in… Read more