The Bedgebury Florilegium consists of a group of talented artists who make accurate and beautiful records of our trees and plants. They are continuing a tradition that dates back to at least the 15th Century.
The word florilegium was originally derived from Greek anthologia meaning a selection of literary passages but is now widely used to describe a collection of botanically accurate paintings of plants, drawn from living samples.
The florilegia were popular in the 17th century portraying rare, exotic and newly discovered plants in the then expanding world. Nowadays, the modern florilegium records collections of plants, and are particularly important when recording endangered species.
The Bedgebury florilegium currently consists of about 10 artists and meets at Bedgebury once a month. The group produces paintings of the Pinetum’s trees and records all aspects of their life cycle, including immature strobili "conifer flowers" as well as mature cones.
Members of the group are recording our wild flowers and other plants as well, but with over a 1,000 species of trees shrubs and flowers this will be a long job!
Please click below for examples of the Florilegium's work:
A selection of prints and cards are available from individual artists, and commissions may be undertaken. Please contact us for more information.