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, theSawpit 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.

laura Silburn botanical art


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

NEW COURSES: See below for new courses for the summer and autumn.


July 30th - Aug 1st

Three days of summer flowers at the Sawpit Studio in Heligan Gardens.

This will be an open course for all abilities to come along and use the bountiful summer flora as inspiration to start a watercolour painting. You will receive plenty of one-to-one tuition tailored to you, whether you are a complete beginner or have a project you are already working on that you would like to bring along. The course is £195 for the full three days which includes a two-course lunch each day. The studio also has a well-stocked library, lightbox and microscope and plant material will also be provided. A non-refundable deposit of £50 is payable on booking with the balance due two weeks prior to the course. For further information or to book please contact me.


Oct 4th-6th 2019

An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

This course will be using the autumn harvest from the Mediterranean and wider site at Eden to give a thorough introduction to the techniques used in botanical art. This course takes place in the wonderful setting of the Mediterranean Biome at The Eden Project in Cornwall. This course will teach you how to use accurate line drawing and tonal shading and watercolours to turn this into a finished painting. It is suitable for complete beginners but we also welcome those who wish to revisit the basics, want to try a new type of art or just want to spend three days painting plants in the Med! Entry to the Eden Project, lunch and drinks for the full three days are included. For further details or to book visit the Eden Project website or call the booking line on 01726 811972

Autumn in the Sawpit Studio

At the end of October I will be running a four-day course at the Sawpit Studio at Heligan Gardens. Further details of this later in the year.

Worth a Thousand Words exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library in London runs until 26th July 2019 and features my painting of Dryopteris erythrosora. 

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


Spring Bulbs April, Bucharest

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.