Congratulations to all the exhibitors at the RHS exhibition of botanical art at the Saatchi gallery in London that opened on the 14th June. Quite a few SBA Fellows have been awarded medals: With golds – Hyunjin Cho, Toni Dade, Amelia Grass, Lynne Uptin and Sunanda Verma Widel. With a silver-gilt – Hyojung Kim, With a silver – Ingrid Arthur and Annie Chen With a bronze – Hyun Jung Kim. Well done to all. For more info visit here….  

‘The Florilegium: Rainforest Species at Risk’

Ros Franklin SBA Fellow has had a painting of Acronychia laevis accepted into the Florilegium Society of The Royal Botanic Gardens of Sydney. It is in the exhibition that is on now called ‘The Florilegium: Rainforest Species at Risk’ The Florilegium Society is presenting the inaugural exhibition at the Garden Gallery in the newly refurbished Robert Brown Building at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney from 5th April to 5th May 2024. This exhibition focuses on the impact of climate change and plant pathogens on rainforest species and increased human activity leading to habitat loss and fragmentation of rainforests. – www.botanicgardens.org.au/whats-on/florilegium-rainforest-species-risk

Emerge : natural design

Emerge : natural design, an upcoming exhbition in Edinburgh by Marianne Hazlewood SBA Fellow. 3rd – 25th May, OPENING HOURS, Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Sat 11am to 4pm Open Eye Gallery, 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE Web Links to exhibition: https://www.openeyegallery.co.uk/exhibitions/marianne-hazlewood-emerge-natural-design AND https://www.mariannehazlewood.co.uk/emerge-natural-design-exhibition-open-eye-gallery/ ‘I have been working with the genus Arisaema for several years. My new work focuses on emergent growth, pattern and plant architecture and is inspired by the plant photography of Karl Blossfeldt. I’ve been delighted to transpose his love of detail, rhythm and structure into my own much-loved subject Arisaema. I love the way Blossfeldt exploited symmetry, recurring structure and ‘natural design’.’ ‘I have been exploring this in the plants that I grow, capturing their own natural design in mostly monochrome illustrations in Japanese ink… Read more

Orchids at Kew

The Kew Library are exhibiting the beautiful orchid paintings of Reinhild Raistrick SBA Fellow. It is timed to be on at the same time as the Orchid Festival of Madagascar orchids in the Princess of Wales Conservatory.The entrance to the exhibition in the Library Reading Room is free. DATE AND TIMES – Tuesdays – Thursdays, 6 February to 11 April 2024, 10am to 4pm www.kew.org/kew-gardens/whats-on/orchids-lindisfarne

De Jager Catalogue

Congratulations to our talented Fellow member, Sarah Gardner, who had the opportunity to design the cover for de Jager Bulbs Spring Retail Catalogue, following her graduation from the Distance Learning Diploma Course last year. Sarah personally cultivated the stunning Begonias featured in the catalogue right in her own garden, thanks to the tubers supplied by de Jager. Studying these plants up close allowed her to capture their breathtaking colours and textures. As a newcomer to commercial botanical work, Sarah expresses her deep gratitude to the SBA and de Jager Bulbs for this incredible opportunity to gain valuable experience in the world of botanical art. A special thanks to Sandra Wall Armitage PPSBA for providing invaluable mentorship during the design stage. Sandra has continued this tradition… Read more


PLANTING IDEAS, an exhibition about recording flora, is at the St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington, Hampshire, UK, 20 January – 16 March 2024.  Part of the exhibition includes some forty paintings from a newly-formed group of botanical artists who are working to compile an Archive of plants of the New Forest, particularly those threatened by climate change. The Archive will include work in a variety of styles and media from more than a dozen artists, including SBA Fellow members Ros Franklin, Christina Hart-Davies, Sally Pond and Joyce Bradbeer.  Flowering plants dominate of course, but also included are associated fauna such as pollinators, and so-called ‘lower’ plants such as fungi and lichens, which the Forest is famous for. The group is fortunate to have financial support… Read more