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Medlar by Fiona KaneJoseph Dalton Hooker - a Legacy of Beauty
From Halesworth to the Himalayas

May 2017

This exhibition celebrates the bicentenary of the birth in Halesworth of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, renowned plant collector.

For the exhibition at The Halesworth Gallery, the artists of Amicus Botanicus will be joined by students from the Chelsea School of Botanical Art. The artists have painted plant species that were either discovered by or named after Hooker, and the exhibition will also feature in situ demonstrations of Botanical Painting by some of the artists.

The exhibition runs from Sat 1st July 2017 -19th July.

The Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth. IP19 8LL

Weekdays and Saturdays 11am - 5pm
Sundays 2 - 4pm
Admission free

For more information go to

Medlar by Fiona KaneMarch 2017 News

March 2017

A lovely exhibition - 'Botanical Beauty' runs until April 1st at : Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, Whittaker avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
Open Monday -Saturday.

Fiona Kane is exhibiting alongside botanical artists including Sally Pond and Candida Groom who will be joining Amicus Botanicus for the Exhibition to commemorate Joseph Hooker later in the year.

Also exhibiting in 'Botanical Beauty' is member Shirley Slocock to whom congratulations are due; Shirley received a Gold medal for her beautiful series of drawings at the RHS Botanical painting show at the end of February.

by Joseph Dalton HookerFebruary 2017 News

February 2017

This beautiful palm was painted by Shirley for the 'Royal Botanic Garden Sydney Floriliegium and will be coming to Kew next year. Shirley will be showing a collection of new paintings at the RHS botanical painting show in RHS Lindley Hall, Westminster opening on 23rd February. This is a celebration of botanical art and horticultural masterpieces from around the world.

The Chelsea School of Botanical Art is again participating in the internationally renowned Exhibition and will be hosting Shades of Green, a drop-in Botanical painting taster session.

  • 23 February 6-9pm Preview Evening (Tickets £5)
  • 24-25 February 10am-5pm (Free Entry)

Fifty Shades of Green


by Joseph Dalton HookerJanuary 2017 News

January 2017

The Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, Suffolk – the birthplace of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker is celebrating Hooker’s anniversary and has commissioned CSBA Alumni to exhibit botanical paintings of plant species relating to Hooker.

The exhibition will preview on Friday 30th June, the birthday of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker and will be open to all visitors Saturday 1st July to Wednesday 19th July 2017, 11am - 5pm Monday - Saturday and 2 - 4pm on Sunday.

The Halesworth Gallery
Steeple End
IP19 8LL

Roots of MagicMay 2016 News

May 2016

Amicus member Louise Young is currently exhibiting eight small paintings on vellum at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. The exhibition features the work of six artists and is centered around a Garden design based on the ancient Welsh legend of 'Llyn Fan y Fach'.

The story of 'the lady from the lake' explains how the tradition of herbal medicine arose in the area of Myddfai in medieaval times and continued until the 19C.

Louise shows in her paintings some of the original 'cures' described in 'The Red Book of Hergest', one of the earliest Welsh manuscripts.

The exhibition is in the gallery at the wonderful Botanic Garden at Llanarthne near Carmarthen continues until 14th June. For opening times go to

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
e :
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.

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