Our new patron

We are thrilled to welcome our new patron, Monty Don!One of our aims as a society is to bring botanical art to a wider audience of garden and plant lovers, and we look forward to working under his patronage. He says- I have always loved the lapidary quality of botanical art. The precision and total commitment to accuracy and faithfulness to life creates works that transcend illustration – even though faithful illustration is the starting point for every single botanical drawing and painting. Without artists and draughtsmen and women meticulously recording plants with extraordinary skill, science would have been inadequately recorded. The resulting hundreds of thousands of works remain definitive and, despite photography and all the burgeoning technology available to us, often remain the best… Read more