laura Silburn botanical art


I am a botanical artist working in Cornwall, where I am a Fellow of the Eden Project Florilegium Society and teach botanical painting and drawing courses at the Eden Project, the Sawpit Studio in Heligan Gardens and at RHS Rosemoor. I paint both to record species and celebrate plants. My work ranges from botanical documentation for archives and florilegia to artistic studies of plants exploring our relationship to them.

​​​Please use the menu at the top of the page for details of paintings, prints and cards, upcoming exhibitions and how to contact me.

Weekly courses for 2020

I will be taking over the weekly botanical art courses at the beautiful Sawpit Studio at the Wagon House in Heligan Gardens in Cornwall from January 14th 2020. Many thanks to everyone who has already signed up - I am looking forward to seeing you all there! If you are interested in joining for a 10 week term of one day a week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays then please contact me or to book direct with Charles Francis at the Wagon House.

My painting of the fern Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' is in the current show at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens. 'Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art'  The show opened in November 2019 and has an accompanying book and website.



Summer Flowers in Watercolours at RHS  Rosemoor 5th -7th June 2020 is now available to book here

We will be practising the step-by-step process used by botanical artists to document and celebrate plants with a particular emphasis on recording cultivars of summer flowers at their peak at this time of year.


Fresh Shoots and Spring Flowers
Sunday March 29th – Thursday April 2nd (5 day course)

We will be looking at everything bright and fresh that the season has to offer to inspire us for four days’ painting in the Sawpit. With the fresh greens of sprouting bulbs and perennials and the wealth of spring-flowering shrubs that Cornwall has to offer, from camellias to rhododendrons, we will have plenty of plant material to choose from.

Whether you are a complete beginner, an intermediate wishing to hone your skills  or an experienced painter wanting to work on a project, you will get plenty of one-to-one tuition with a maximum group size of eleven. The full cost of the five-day course is £350 (including the £50 deposit) and as usual this includes a fully catered two-course lunch every day.

​Tulips, Fritillaries and other April Flowers
Thurs April 16th – Sunday April 19th (4 day course)

Coming up to the height of spring there should be a beautiful selection of Easter flowers from showy parrot tulips to dainty lily-of-the-valley and fritillaries. You can look at the purpose and structure of ingenious bulbs or just relax and paint some flowers!

This is a course open to all abilities including complete beginners and you are also welcome to come along and work on your own projects if you wish. The course costs £280 (including the £50 deposit) and this includes a two-course catered lunch each day.

The studio also has a well-stocked library, lightbox and microscope and plant material will also be provided (though you are welcome to bring your own projects to work on).

On booking for either course a non-refundable deposit of £50 is payable with the balance due two weeks prior to the course. If you would like further information, or to book, or alternatively if you want to be removed from this email list, please contact me.

Botanical Detail one-day course at Truro Arts, Sunday March 8th 2020

Use small natural objects to focus in on detail and learn the steps to create a small but perfectly formed piece of botanical art. This workshop aims to introduce you to techniques you can use or adapt in your own work and is suitable for beginners, improvers looking to ‘tighten up’ or those wishing to try a new technique. See their website here for further details.

The RHS Botanical Illustration Gold Medal Winners book by Charlotte Brooks was published by Accart Books in June 2019 and also features my work now in the Lindley Library.


Past News

Worth a Thousand Words exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library in London ran earlier this summer and featured my painting of Dryopteris erythrosora.


Gamechanger Day at the Eden Project, July 2019

I had a fantastic day at Eden's training garden meeting amazing young people from the Gamechanger project and teaching a little about how a botanical artist communicates information visually.

Spring Bulbs in Bucharest, April 2019

I was welcomed by the newly-formed the Romanian Society of Botanical Artists in Romania  to teach a Spring Bulbs workshop, organised by Irina Neacsu and the RSBA

RHS Plant and Art Show 2018

GOLD medal and BEST BOTANICAL PAINTING for my ferns and painting of Dryopteris erythrosora at the RHS London Plant and Art Fair 2018. With around 40 exhibitors from around the world this was the biggest and best show I have ever seen. It was such a pleasure meeting so many wonderful people! Running alongside the show was an exhibition in the Lindley Library of recent acquisitions including my Geranium 'Patricia' (right).

For anyone contacting me about prints please use my contact form. 

Sydney Exhibition at Kew 

My painting of Calathea zebrina was part of the Florilegium: Sydney's Painted Garden Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney in 2016 and features in the accompanying book. The exhibition will be coming to the Shirley Sherwood gallery at Kew Gardens in London from April until September 2018.


Royal College of Physicians book and exhibition

'The Illustrated College Herbal: Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618' was published in May, with an exhibition of the original artworks last August at the Royal College of Physicians. My illustration of Laurus nobilis is in the book and was included in the exhibition. Further details of the book launch and exhibition can be found here.