SBA Xmas

We want to say a big THANK YOU to all our lovely Fellow Members and SBA students who joined us for our first online Christmas Get-Together! It was heartwarming and exciting to see all the messages of support and love from around the world! Thank you also to William McCracken from The Vintage Paper Co. who gave a fabulous talk about paper, and patiently answered all our inquisitive questions! As promised, here is the link to his website where he sells a wonderful selection of papers old and new, and a range of beautiful things that every artist wants! https://vintagepaper.co/collections/vpco-handmade For members who couldn’t be there you can see the whole event which was recorded, in the member’s area of the website. Just go to… Read more

Ask an Expert

This Sunday – 1st March, there is a ‘Botanical Art Surgery’ at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens, with Deborah Lambkin, who specializes in painting orchids. She’ll also be available to answer your questions and give practical advice on botanical illustration. For more info go to www.kew.org

Demo at Easton

Dianne Sutherland will be demonstrating painting flowers on vellum and paper, at the British Wildflowers Exhibition at Easton Walled Gardens (in the Coach House) this Sunday 1st March. Why not come along to watch, ask questions and take a walk around the beautiful gardens too! Entry included with garden fee. Dianne will also be there on Friday the 6th and Friday 13th March. This informal event is in the exhibition space, featuring the work of Dawn Wright and Polly Sutherland as well as Diannes. Normal garden admission applies. Free admission for Friends of Easton Walled Gardens. Go to Facebook – events For further information about the Gardens:https://www.visiteaston.co.uk/whats-on/coming-up

Lindley Library

An exhibition coming up at the Lindley Library Monday 7th January – Friday 15th February 2019 Handle with Care: Preserving our Gardening Heritage Exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library, London Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Exploring RHS Libraries collections, this exhibition describes how we protect and conserve the precious materials that have been entrusted to our care. The display presents the outcome of work made possible as a result of our most recent fundraising campaign: showing letters of the 19th century plant collector Karl Theodor Hartweg, and will also feature items from the Special Collections that we will be conserving as part of our ongoing work to protect the treasures of the RHS Lindley Library. Admission free More info: https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/viewevent… RHS Lindley Library webpage: www.rhs.org.uk/libraryevents Facebook: www.facebook.com/RHSLindleyLibrary

Christmas Tea

This week we had our annual Christmas sparkling tea. Ali Dempster, garden designer gave us a insight into what goes on behind the scenes at Chelsea and Hampton court. A delicious tea and a Christmas gift of seeds to take home made the perfect afternoon. A huge thank you for the kind donation of seeds from the Organic Garden Catalogue and Thompson and Morgan and Rootgrow from Empathy. The members will be using the seeds and root compound and sharing their results in the coming months. Posted by SBA – The Society of Botanical Artists on Thursday, 6 December 2018