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 plants. In doing so,they are continuing a tradition that dates back to at least the 15th century.
Image left: Wollemia nobilis from an original watercolour by Margaret Brooker
Image right: Daphne bholua 'Jacqueline Postill' from an original watercolour by Sandra Fernandez
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. Modern day florilegia record collections of plants, often in important botanic collections and play a particularly important role when recording endangered species.
Image below left: Rhus trichocarpa from an original watercolour by Helen Hiorns
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 their life cycle, including immature strobili "conifer flowers" and mature cones.
Image below right: Pinus lambertiana from an original watercolour by Julia Groves
Members of the group are also recording Bedgebury's wild flowers and other plants, but with over 12,000 species of trees alone, this is quite a task!
Image below left: Crataegus sp. from an original watercolour by Anne Manktelow
It is possible to purchase limited edition prints or original artworks from this talented group of artists. Commissions can also be undertaken on request. For more information, or to view the image archives for an artist, please e-mail:
Image right: Liquidambar styraciflua from an original watercolour by Jane Langridge
From spring 2019, 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!