The Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society was founded by a group of botanical artists who gained the Diploma in Botanical Illustration (English Gardening School) at the Chelsea Physic Garden, London. Members have botanical paintings in both private and public collections in the USA, Europe and the UK.
Aims and Acheivements
The Society aims to establish an Archive of botanically correct paintings and drawings of the plants growing in the gardens and glasshouses at Hampton Court Palace.
Included in the many plants of interest at Hampton Court Palace is a large collection of Citrus, the famous ‘Great Vine’ planted in the eighteenth century and, most importantly, the historic seventeenth century Queen Mary II Exotics Collection.
The Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society members meet one day per month at the palace to paint, research plant material and enjoy a variety of speakers. Occasional outside visits are also arranged. Members are encouraged to explore the gardens and glasshouses and they have the help and co-operation of the Head Gardener and his team in their research of the plants.
Full Members are asked to submit at least one painting per annum to be considered for inclusion in the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Archive. The works are judged by a panel on their botanical accuracy and standard of painting, chosen works are donated by the individual Member to the Hampton Court Palace for the Archive. A Member who has had three paintings accepted becomes a Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society.
Currently there are 60 artworks in the collection which are archived by the conservation department after being digitally recorded for use by Historic Royal Palaces. These paintings are exhibited on a rota basis in a permanent position in the Garden Exhibition at the east front of the palace.
The Society takes part in the annual 'Florimania ' event - Mothering Sunday weekend where paintings on display are for sale.
Members have botanical paintings in both private and public collections in the USA, Europe and the UK.
Committee and Patrons
A committee elected from present Members exists to aid the efficient organisation of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society.
Rosemary Alexander, Al Hort FSGD
Charles Bone PPRI, ARCA
Anne-Marie Evans MA FLS
Lady Skelmersdale VMH
James J White
How to partipate and contact
The Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society welcomes applications from others who have a similar qualification (Diploma from the English Garden School) or who can demonstrate a high level of botanical painting in watercolour, for example by an RHS medal award.
Full Members are asked to submit at least one painting per annum to be considered for inclusion in the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Archive. Full Members are expected to attend at a minimum of three meetings a year, but in practice are encouraged to take an active part and to attend as many meetings as possible.
Associate Members are welcomed at meetings but do not submit paintings for inclusion to the Archive or exhibit their work at Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society exhibitions.
We encourage new members, for further information please contact the Membership Secretary at -
Members welcome commissions, please contact them for information.
Botanical paintings ©Historic Royal Palaces.