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Exhibition-London’s Secret Garden

This was an excellent exhibition at the Chelsea Physic Garden held from 4th-26th August 2015. A relatively small exhibition of botanical paintings and drawings all of a very high standard including a painting of Allium cepa @Long Red Florence by, our member, Jeni Neale.

The Chelsea Physic Garden’s Florilegium Society held this exhibition to celebrate their 20th anniversary. A book which features many of the paintings from the exhibition is of a very high standard -reflected in its price but a worthy purchase. This book features 78 full page plates accompanied by information on the characteristics of the plants.

Coloured Pencil Workshop – 21st June 2015

This workshop based on depicting a purple Phalaenopsis orchid was led by two members Jane Wilkes and Jo Lloyd.

The pencils used were mainly Faber Castell Polychromo, with some Prisma and Caran d’Ache. The prisma pencils are more difficult to obtain, they are available from the website of Ann Swann or from America.

Jane did four demonstrations, firstly depicting a petal then a leaf followed by a root and part of a stem.Both Jane and Jo came around offering advice and help.

The EGM was held at lunchtime. At this meeting Liz Green agreed to be the next Chairman and Sheila Smith offered her services as Secretary for the Society. Many thanks go to the outgoing Chairman – Julia Blower and to the Secretary – Sue Wilson, both are remaining on the committee for the next year.

Forthcoming Exhibitions June-September 2015

Warwickshire Open Studios 27June to 12th July

Botanical Paintings by Jeni Neale
Jeni is exhibiting her paintings and those of her students.
(More information can be found on the Warwickshire Open Studios web page)

Flower Feast Art Exhibition

Hanbury Hall – Droitwich WR9 7EA
Saturday 27th June – Sunday 12th July 2015
Open 11am to 5pm
Some of the society members are exhibiting at this event.

Art in Action 16th-19th July 2015

Waterperry Garden OX33 1JZ
(More information can be found on the website)

Michael Lakin’s School of Botanical Art – Members Exhibition

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August 2015. Open 10am to 5pm
Thomas Cooke Hall, High Street, Melbourne DE73 8GQ

London’s Secret Garden

Plant portraits from the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society
4th-26th August 2015
Chelsea Physic Garden, London SW3 4HS
(More information can be found on the website)

New meeting venue for the BSBA

Our next meeting will take place on Sunday 16th March 2014. The April meeting will take place on the 6th April, thus avoiding Easter Sunday. All subsequent meetings will then take place on the third Sunday of each month at The Walker Memorial Hall, Ampton Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2UJ.

Directions to The Walker Memorial Hall.

Note: SatNavs may send you a slightly more direct route, but this one is simpler and works in both directions.

  • From M6 Junction 6 (Spagetti Junction) take the A38 M towards Birmingham City Centre.
  • After 2 miles, the motorway ends; keep in one of the two right hand lanes and continue straight onto the A38, following signs to Bromsgrove.
  • Keep to the right and continue through all three of the Queensway Tunnels, still following A38 towards Bromsgrove. Beware of Bus Lanes as there is a penalty if you stray onto them.
  • At the traffic lights junction with the Birmingham Ring Road, go straight ahead onto Bristol Road (A38). Caution; this is a 30 mph limit and there are speed cameras!
  • After 0.9 miles, you reach another set of traffic lights; turn right into Priory Road (following signs to Botanical gardens).
  • At the roundabout, take the second exit and the bear left almost immediately into Ampton Road.
  • At the junction with Arthur Road, go straight ahead. The hall (formerly a school) is about 100 yards on the left. There is ample car parking to the rear of the building.

The nearest bus stop is around the corner, in Arthur Road, served by service number 98 from St Martin’s Queensway in the city centre.

The nearest railway station is Fiveways, approximately 1.2 miles from the hall.