Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Sydney Florilegium

Beverly Allen - Project management, Colleen Morris and Louisa Murray – Authors

Vicki Thomas, BAASA Western Cape, and Gillian Condy, BAASA Gauteng, were invited to contribute paintings for The Florilegium, a major collection of 87 works of contemporary botanical illustration that demonstrates the botanical and horticultural development of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, Australia, and its links with domestic gardens and the public landscapes of New South Wales over 200 years from 1816 to 2016.

Forty-one Australian and twenty-three overseas artists contributed one or more works of significant plants in the three Sydney botanic gardens by invitation. This collection is published as The Florilegium to celebrate the bicentenary of the gardens this year.

The illustrations were exhibited in the exhibition Florilegium: Sydney’s Painted Garden at the Museum of Sydney during July to October 2016, and will be at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, during the first half of 2018.

Erica verticillata by Vicki Thomas

Spathodea campanulata by Gillian Condy

Well done Gill and Vicki!


  1. Was lucky enough to visit that exhibition in October......and saw both paintings " in the flesh" ........gave me a wonderful sense of belonging!

  2. Thanks for sharing this with us all. Wonderful, and congratulations to Gill and Vicki. Great to have them there – lucky Aussies!


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