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Amicus Botanicus News Archive

Crocus vernus 'Vanguard' by Linda Compton MacdonaldApril 2016 News

April 2016

Linda Compton McDonald's painting Crocus vernus ‘Vanguard’
is in the The Green Tree Gallery's 'Blossom by Blossom the Spring Begins' exhibition from 19th March -7th May 2016 at Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1XP

For more information please visit

Linda's work can be viewed at

Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba) painted by Sally PondMay 2015 News

May 2015

Sally Pond's delicate painting of Old Man's Beard (Clematis vitalba) got three special mentions at the recent SBA exhibition.

Sally was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit, Highly Commended for the Joyce Cuming Presentation Award, and an Honourable Mention for the Strathmore Award for Composition.'

'Recipe for Autumn' by Amicus member Louise YoungNatural Histories -
The art of Small Things

April 2015

'Recipe for Autumn' is one of the Louise Young's new paintings on vellum which will be exhibited in a solo show at MOMA Wales in Machynlleth throughout April and May.

The exhibition entitled 'Natural Histories - the Art of Small Things' will be shown in The Bridge Gallery, from 2nd of April until 30th of May. For more information email Louise at or contact the gallery.

Galleries open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
Admission free

The Tabernacle, Heol Penrallt, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 8AJ
Tel (+44) 01654 703355

'Victoria Cross Poppy' painted by Jeanne DebonsFebruary 2015 News

February 2015

The collection of 16 contemporary botanical paintings that Amicus Botanicus  artists presented to the charity 'Gardening Leave' in 2014, will go on show in Glasgow at the beautiful Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed 'House for an Art Lover'.

The exhibition entitled ‘The Art of Cultivating Hope’ will be shown there in the Cafe Gallery from 16 Feb-16 March 2015. For more information go to

More December 2014 News

December 2014

Two more members of Amicus Botanicus will be exhibiting in December and through to the new year:

Peony 'Souvenir de Maxime Cornu' by Linda ComptonLinda Compton McDonald is exhibiting for 'The Gift of Art' at Chalk Gallery, 4 North Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2PA. The gallery is a co-operative collective of artists; painters, sculptors, ceramicists and jewellers celebrating the festive season with an exciting new collection of works - always a warm welcome.  Beautiful art at affordable prices.  The gallery is open every day from 10am - 5pm until 23rd December.

Linda is also exhibiting at Nymans, National Trust, Staplefield Road, Handcross, West Sussex. RH17 6EB in the 'Inspired by Nymans'  Exhibition. December 6th 2014 - 22nd February 2015.  For more information please see:
Nymans is a garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins. 

Linda Compton McDonald
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m : 07990977437

Pussy Willow on vellum

Fiona Kane will be exhibiting at the new Auciel Gallery in Dulwich. This Christmas exhibition of small affordable artworks runs from 5 December 2014 to 5 January 2015.

'Tulip Tree' by Sally PondDecember News

December 2014

Sally Pond will have paintings on show at the annual open exhibition at Studio53 in Salisbury on 6th-7th and 13th-14th December.

For more information go to

Honeysuckle by Gaye NormanNovember News

November 2014

Gaye Norman is exhibiting with the Buckinghamshire art society in their Autumn Exhibition at The Queens Park Arts Centre, Queens Park, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 7RT.

The exhibition is on now from Weds 12th November until Sunday 16th November - entry free.

The exhibition will also feature work from local schools as part of the Young Artists Awards, an initiative to promote art in schools.

For opening times go to

September news - Amicus Botanicus in Wales

September 2014

After having appeared at the Chelsea Flower show and at the Gardening Scotland Show, the collection of paintings given by Amicus Botanicus to 'Gardening Leave' are currently on show in the gallery of the National Botanic Garden of Wales near Carmarthen

Through the paintings and the accompanying text, the exhibition explains the important work that Gardening Leave do with ex-servicemen and women. The exhibition runs until 31st Oct. 2014.

May 2014 News

May 2014

This collection of 16 beautiful paintings, painted by the members of Amicus Botanicus for Gardening Leave were handed over to Heather Budge-Reid, the CEO of Gardening Leave at the opening of our recent exhibition "The Art of Cultivating Hope" at Shepherd Market in Mayfair, London.

Over the coming months Gardening Leave are going to exhibit the paintings around the country. Each painting has a story which links it to the horticultural therapy work that Gardening Leave do with troubled veterans with mental health issues.

The collection has been shown in the stand of Inovar Garden Buildings, who are sponsors of Gardening Leave, at the Chelsea Flower Show.  At the end of May the paintings can be seen on the Gardening Leave stand at "Gardening Scotland" at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh from May 30th - June 1st. 

Gardening Leave, at the Chelsea Flower Show

There are a set of four postcards of the Victoria cross poppy, the Tulip , the Honeysuckle, and the Honesty paintings available directly from Gardening Leave or by contacting Louise Young through

The Artists have produced signed, limited edition giclee prints of most of these paintings and these can also be purchased by contacting Louise at A percentage of sales goes directly to Gardening 


'Victoria Cross Poppy' painted by Jeanne DebonsThe Art of Cultivating Hope

April 2014

This beautiful 'Victoria Cross Poppy' painted by Jeanne Debons is one of the paintings on show at 54 The Gallery, Shepherds Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QX  from 12th - 18th May 2014.

In this centenary year of the First World War the fourteen artists have chosen to support Gardening Leave, a charity which tends to the invisible wounds of conflict by providing horticultural therapy for troubled Armed Forces veterans with mental health issues. 

The artists have produced a collection of paintings of plants suggested by Gardening Leave, some of which held a special meaning for those fighting in the First world War, and others which are of special significance to Gardening Leave in their work. These 16 paintings which form a special section within the exhibition, can be seen here before they are presented to Gardening Leave for their use in helping to raise awareness of their work.
As well as this special collection each artist will be exhibiting the latest of their own paintings. There will also be Giclee prints, and cards for sale.

The artists will be making a donation from the sale of paintings

For more information about the work of Gardening Leave go to

12-18 May 2014
Monday 1- 6.30pm, Tuesday - Saturday 10am-6.30pm, Sunday 10am -1pm

The Gallery at NymansDrawn from Nature

March 2014

Amicus member Linda Compton McDonald is currently exhibiting at 'The Gallery at Nymans'. Linda is a member of the Nymans floraligeum society and their exhibition "Drawn from Nature"  will run from 8th March to 1st June.

The gallery is open everyday from 10am - 4.30pm ( last entry 30 mins before closing). 

Linda has a particular particular interest in trees including the 'Persian Ironwood' shown here. More of Linda's paintings can be seen by going to her page on this website. 

Nymans Garden and Gallery are at Handcross, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6EB

Persian Ironwood tree

RGBA at the PavilionRGBA at the Pavilion

March 2014

Member Louise Young is one of a group of six artists exhibiting botanical work at the newly opened Penarth Pier Pavilion in Penarth near Cardiff.

The exhibition will run from March 25th until April 10th and is open daily from 10 am to 5pm more information can be found at

'The Art of Cultivating Hope' - Amicis Botanicus'The Art of Cultivating Hope'

January 2014

Amicus Botanicus are pleased to announce the dates of our upcoming exhibition which will run from 12th to 18th May 2014. The exhibition entitled "The Art of Cultivating Hope" will be held at 54 The Gallery, Shepherds Market, Mayfair London W1J 7QX .

In his centenary year of the First World War the artists have chosen to support Gardening Leave, a charity which tends to the invisible wounds of conflict by providing horticultural therapy for troubled Armed Forces veterans with mental health issues. 

The artists have produced a collection of paintings of plants suggested by Gardening Leave, some of which held a special meaning for those fighting in the First world War, and others which are of special significance to Gardening Leave in their work.

As well as this special collection each artist will be exhibiting the latest of their own paintings, prints, and cards.

For more information about the work of Gardening Leave go to

Gardening Leave

Duke of Bedford IrisExciting commission from Woburn Abbey for Mary Ellen Taylor

August 2013

Mary Ellen was thrilled to be approached this spring by Her Grace, the Duchess of Bedford to paint a little known iris ‘Duke of Bedford’.

This tall bearded variety bred specially for the present Duke of Bedford’s grandfather in 1922 has been propagated and grown at Bliss Nurseries thanks to Anne Milner.

Mary Ellen presented the finished watercolour to Her Grace in May which will be used in marketing and as a valuable contribution to the historical archives at Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire.

Woburn Abbey plans to propagate the Duke of Bedford iris at Woburn Abbey, display in decorative borders and sell to visitors and Friends to their lovely grounds.

Camellia sinensis, the Tea bushTime for Tea

August 2013

Amicus member Sally Pond has recently finished a commission to create a logo for a website with a painting of Camellia sinensis, the Tea bush…

To view the painting and see all things tea related go to

Sally now runs Botanical Painting workshops in Salisbury, contact her at and at the artsmart school of Art in Beaconsfield, contact


June 2013

Several members of Amicus Botanicus are taking part in an exhibition entitled '' from 2nd - 28th of July 2013 at the lovely "Sunbury Embroidery Gallery" at Sunbury-on-Thames near London.

This small contemporary Gallery is situated within a beautiful old walled garden in the middle of Sunbury and has a delightful cafe attached to it. It is also close to Hampton Court should you be visiting the flower show." - An exhibition of Botanical Art

Plants By DesignMay 2013 News

May 2013

Shirley Slocock is showing her new paintings in an exhibition entitled "Plants by Design" at the Gallery on the Street in Puttenham.

The exhibition runs from 3 - 19 May.
For opening times go to  

Gallery on The Street
153 The Street

Sally PondDouble Success

April 2013

Amicus member Sally Pond can celebrate a double achievement this month. Her series of eight paintings entitled "Social climbers, from Hedgerow to Garden" have earned her a silvergilt medal at this years RHS Exhibition in Vincent Square London.

At the same time one of her paintings was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit in the SBA Exhibition in Westminster Central Hall, London.

"Medlar" by Fiona KaneApril News
- SBA Exhibition

April 2013

Two Amicus members, Fiona Kane and Sally Pond are pleased to have paintings in this year's SBA exhibition which opens on 12th April.

Shown here is "Medlar" by Fiona Kane. Click here for more info. The Exhibition runs from Friday 12th April until 21st April, open 11am-5pm at Westminster Central Halls.

The Art of Trees at WestonbirtThe Art of Trees at Westonbirt

March 2013

Three Amicus Botanicus members, Christine Battle, Pearl Bostock, and Linda Compton-McDonald are among a group of botanical artists exhibiting a stunning collection of botanical works featuring trees from Westonbirt Arboretum, Bedgebury Pinetum and elsewhere.

The exhibition opens at Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire on Wednesday 27th of March and runs until Tuesday 2nd of April.

  • Wed 27 March - Tues 2 April 2013
  • 10am - 4pm daily excluding Tuesday 2nd, open 10am -12pm
  • Free after admission to Arboretum

Contact 01179 322037 or for further details or visit and

David Douglas, a Naturalist at WorkNaturalist at Work

January 2013

Amicus member Jeanne Debons has been asked to illustrate the cover of a second book by the author Jack Nisbet. The first book by the same author and publisher, Sasquatch books, was called "The Collector" and featured Jeanne's beautiful painting of a pinecone on the cover.

The latest book is titled  "David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work" and is a colorfully illustrated collection of essays that examines various aspects of Douglas's career, demonstrating the connections between his work in the Pacific Northwest of the 19th century and the place we know today.

From the Columbia River's perilous bar to luminous blooms of mountain wildflowers; from ever-changing frontiers of technology to the quiet seasonal rhythms of tribal families gathering roots, these essays collapse time to shed light on people and landscapes.

A hit down under!'A hit Down Under'

September 2012

Amicus member Shirley Slocock has had a recent success in Australia.  A painting that she entered for the prestigious Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize at the South Australia Museum in Adelaide, not only won a commendation, but was selected as the image for all the publicity material.

The painting was entitled "Veggiefest" and has won Shirley new fans in Australia. The photograph above shows a friend admiring the huge advert which features Shirley's painting, at the local airport!"

Buuterflies in Chelsea'Butterflies in Chelsea'

July 2012

As part of their 'Butterflies in the Garden' season Mary Ellen Taylor is exhibiting six beautiful new paintings of butterflies at the Chelsea Physic garden.

The exhibiton "Butterflies at home in Chelsea Physic Garden" is on from 2nd August - 5th September 2012.

Chelsea Physic Garden
66 Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HS

For more information go to

Plants in the parkPlants in the Park

June 2012

If you are in Bath before 4th August take time to call in and see the exhibition of paintings celebrating 125 years of Bath Botanical Gardens which is being held at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution at 16 Queen Square, BA1 2HN. Amicus members Christine Battle and Lyn Sykes have their work on display along with other members of the Bath Society of Botanical Artists. For more information, click the poster (right) to enlarge.

Shirley Slocock wins medal at the 2012 RHSSuccess at the RHS!

March 2012

Congratulations to a founding member of Amicus Shirley Slocock, on her success at the recent 2012 RHS Botanical Painting show.

Shirley gained a well deserved silver gilt medal for her wonderful series of paintings of palms which stood out as a highlight of the show for their dramatic and inventive design.

A new look - a new leaf!

December 2011

Welcome to our new-look website.  The re-design heralds the addition of several new members - all top graduates of the botanical painting diploma at the English Gardening School.

Our next exhibition together will be in May 2012 at 54 The Gallery, Shepherds Market, Mayfair, London - entitled “Amicus Botanicus 3 - A New Leaf

Full details on our home page soon!

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