The Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society

The Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society is a group of talented artists who make accurate and beautiful records of the Pinetum's trees and other flora. In doing so, 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. Florilegia were popular in the 17th century and portrayed rare, exotic and newly discovered plants in the then expanding world. Modern day florilegia record collections of plants, often in important botanic collections. 

The Bedgebury Pinetum Florilegium Society currently consists of 11 artists who meet at Bedgebury once a month, but paint in their own time throughout the year. The group produces paintings of the Pinetum’s flora, and its globally important conifer collection in particular, recording all aspects of the trees' life cycle. 

Until March 2020, you can enjoy 'The Art of Trees', an outdoor art exhibition at Bedgebury that celebrates the Pinetum's tree collection using the work of Bedgebury's Florilegium. Find out more by clicking here or read the Art of Trees catalogue, complete with beautiful images, Pinetum stories and artist biographies by clicking here.

It is possible to purchase limited edition prints or original artworks from this talented group of artists. Commissions can also be undertaken on request. To view the image archives for an artist, please follow the links below, or for more information e-mail:  


Pearl Bostock



Julie Spyropoulos



Susan Conroy



Anne Manktelow  


Helen Hiorns 


Jackie Copeman 


Jane Langridge 


Julia Groves 


Louisa Bailey 


Margaret Brooker 


Sandra Fernandez