Plants in art

Old Botanical Illustrations


Florilegium Societies

Florilegium Societies

  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew opened a new gallery in 2008 to display works of botanical illustration alongside pieces from the collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery was the first public gallery in the world dedicated to showing botanical art. Kew’s archives contain 200,000 works of botanical art, including pieces by 18th and 19th century masters, along with works by contemporary artists.
  • The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney formed a Florilegium Society to create a collection of paintings of the significant plants growing in the estates of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust.[3]
  • The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne created in 2001 a Florilegium of significant plants growing in the Gardens. This 21st century florilegium is held digitally and photographically, the original works are not kept. [4]
  • The Sheffield Botanical Gardens established a Florilegium Society which aims to produce an archive of botanical illustrations of the plants of Sheffield Botanical Gardens.[5]
  • from:

The Roseberry Strawberry; Joseph Sabine, p. 381, 23.1 x 18.3 cm, “Account and Description (with a figure) of a new Strawberry called the Raspberry, or Rose Strawberry”; September 2, 1817