Join botanical artists and tutors from The Eden Project Florilegium Society for a special three days at the Eden Project, where they will guide you through the techniques of accurate botanical drawing in pencil.

What you'll learn

Botanical illustration is all about looking at plants in a traditional but exciting way. Here’s what you’ll be doing…

History of botanical illustration: how the traditional methods of watercolour, pen and ink and graphite have been used for centuries and cannot be replaced by photography alone. 

Introduction to botany: you will be shown how to observe, what to look for and how to make plants come to life on paper. We will be looking at the fruits of Eden this autumn, from the familiar to the more unusual, to inspire us!

Botanical drawing: we’ll teach you how to do accurate botanical drawing in pencil, using shading to make your illustrations look three-dimensional and life-like. We’ll also help you to arrange your subject on the paper.

In a nutshell, you will have three days for illustration where we will concentrate on accurate drawing, tonal shading and finishing touches, allowing plenty of time for accuracy – the key to a beautiful illustration. Whilst attention to detail is important, botanical illustration is a very relaxing and enjoyable art form. 

Who it's for

The course is suitable for both beginners and improvers. There will be a maximum of 16 people in the group.

What’s included

  • Three days of expert tuition (10am – 4pm)
  • Materials*
  • Lunch and refreshments on each day
  • Entrance to the Eden Project
* We will provide all drawing and tracing paper, 2H and HB pencils of professional quality, a plastic eraser and 'paper stump' (or blender). We will have dividers and rulers for loan on the day. A notebook may be useful. 

About the tutors

Find out more about Ros Franklin, RHS Gold Medallist and Chairman of The Eden Project Florilegium Society, and Mally Francis, founder of the society. 

Read an interview with Ros Franklin.

Thank you...for your patient guidance and encouragement given to all of us attending the Eden Project course. We enjoyed every minute, and surprised ourselves with what we were able to achieve.

Previous course participant

I can't tell you how much that long weekend taught me... The botany day was a real eye opener.

Previous course participant

The course was delivered with passion and understanding; it was very clear and informative.

 Previous course participant

How to book

Book your place online.

If you’re an Eden Project Member, to get your discounted rate please log in to our bookings website before navigating to the ‘Courses’ top menu. Alternatively, book by calling our Box Office on 01726 811972.

Illustration by Mally Francis