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

RHS Art and Plant Fair

From the 11th -12th of July the RHS Plant & Art Fair at the Lindley Hall in London, will be showcasing the very best of botanical art and photography, with UK and international artists from as far afield as Australia, the USA and Japan. Several SBA artists will be exhibiting, including Christina Hart-Davies, Simon Williams – the DLDC course director, Tomoko Nakamoto, Michael Lakin and Sue Wickison. The show will also explore the art of the Japanese Garden, with features including Ikebana inspired workshops. RHS Art and Plant Show info


Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) at Gardening Scotland took place from 1st to 3rd June 2018 at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh. There were a few SBA artists with paintings there in a group exhibit. It transfers to the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh and reopens to the public on 6th June 2018 to continue until the 21st of June. Click the link below to see a detailed look at all of the award winners. Biscot 2018

Bloom in the Park

The 6th Annual Botanical Art show at Bloom in the Park in Dublin opened this week. Shevaun Doherty SBA won two medals and the best in show award with her amazing paintings on vellum. Congratulations go to all the artists who won medals. Click the link below to see all the information and photographs from Bloom 2018. Bloom in the Park