The Sheffield Florilegium Society

Background

The idea to form a Society whose aim was to establish an archive of botanically accurate artwork of national and historical importance to Sheffield Botanical Gardens was first proposed in 1995, about the time the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society was formed in London. It was hoped something similar could be established in the north and Sheffield seemed to be the most suitable location, using the talents in botanical art that were beginning to emerge from The University of Sheffield.

Early in the new millennium the idea became a reality, resulting in the successful launch of the Florilegium Society, with Valerie Oxley as Chairman, at the Sheffield Botanical Gardens in April 2002.

Aims and Achievements

  • To establish an archive of botanically accurate artwork of national and historical importance to Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

  • To record by botanical illustration, the collection of plants held within the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

  • To support the role of Sheffield Botanical Gardens as a centre of excellence for Horticultural and Botanical Education.


 Committee and Patrons

A committee is elected from amongst the members.

The Officers of the Committee are:

Chairman:                         Valerie Oxley

Secretary:                         Jill Holcombe

Treasurer:                          June Young

The Society appreciates the support shown by its eminent Patrons and is affiliated with other Florilegium Societies worldwide.

Patrons:

The Society appreciates the support shown by its eminent Patrons and is affiliated with other Florilegium Societies worldwide.

Artists and Selection

Members of the Society enjoy a programme which includes workshops lead by nationally acclaimed botanical illustration tutors, lectures given by eminent speakers and painting days when sketches can be made from cuttings of plants in the Gardens. Illustrations are submitted to the Selection Panel once a year for inclusion in the archive.

Associate Members are encouraged to put forward one or more botanical illustrations per year, for selection to the Florilegium Archive, at the AGM in April. Once a selected painting has been donated to the archive the artist becomes a Full Member of the Society. After three pieces of work have been accepted the Member becomes a Fellow. The Florilegium Archive is stored under archival conditions at the University of Sheffield Library.

The Florilegium Archive is currently held in the Special Collections Department of the Library at the University of Sheffield.  It is hoped to bring it to the Gardens once the proposed Education Centre is built.  Plans are now underway to support the Archive with a Herbarium of pressed specimens of the painted plants.

Contact

For further details, contact address and to view images of the archival work please visit our website:

www.florilegiumsheffield.org.uk