Botanical Illustration Course

Would you like to learn the art of botanical illustration?

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Winterbourne Botanic Garden

Welcome to the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists!

Rosebay Willowherb - Epilobium augusifolium © Bridget Rochford
Rosebay Willowherb
Epilobium augusifolium
© Bridget Rochford

Birmingham is one of the few cities to have two botanic gardens, one at Winterbourne (part of the University of Birmingham) and the other the Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses close by in Edgbaston.
The History of the Society

The Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists was formed in 1999 by graduates of the University of Birmingham's Certificate of Higher Education in Botanical Illustration. The course took place at Winterbourne Botanic Garden, the Edwardian Arts and Crafts house and garden and attracted artists, botanists and horticulturalists alike. Botanical illustration is where art and science meet, combining acute observation with the artist's eye for the depiction of beauty.

The Aims of the Society

The aim of the Society is to continue the skill of botanical drawing and painting and to encourage members to develop and grow by providing a monthly programme of talks, workshops and practical sessions.

From May 2014, the Society will meet on the third Sunday of each month at the Walker Memorial Hall, Ampton Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2UJ.