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Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:00

Three painters with the Eden Project Florilegium Society are celebrating after receiving awards at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society London Orchid and Botanical Art Show.

The awards recognise the very best botanically accurate art exhibits in the world, as well as the most impressive orchid specimens. This year saw the biggest collection of art that the show has ever staged.

Eight Gold medals were awarded at the show, including one to Eden Florilegium member Laura Silburn for her illustrations of Varieties of Hardy Geraniums, one of only two British competitors to win the top accolade.

The work of fellow Eden Florilegium members Catherine Day and Ros Franklin, Chairman of the Society, were also recognised with a Silver Grenfell medal for their portfolio of work with the South West Society of Botanical Artists on the theme of Spots and Stripes.

Ros’s illustration was based on one of Eden’s fascinating parachute plants (Ceropegia sandersonii) which have small hairs in the flowers that trap flies and prevent them from escaping until the insects have spread pollen around the plant and pollinated the flower.

Ros Franklin said: “I am delighted that the Eden Florilegium Society has been so well represented in this year’s RHS show.

“With such a wealth of inspiration at the Eden Project and the standard needed to become a painting member with the Florilegium Society, it’s wonderful that the society’s work can compete on an international level. We are hoping to submit as a group in the near future.”

Eden’s Florilegium Society has been studying and illustrating Eden’s plants for the last decade, and their work has been used in signs and publications across the site.

Each piece is painstakingly worked on, sometimes taking many months to complete, before going through a strict assessment panel that includes both highly respected botanical artists and representatives from Eden’s horticultural science team.

The work of the Florilegium Society will be on display on the mezzanine level of the Core building at Eden until May 25.

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