laura Silburn botanical art


My painting of Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata' will be part of the 'Wonderful World of Water Plants' exhibition showing at the Shirley Sherwood Botanical Art Gallery in Kew Gardens until the 17th September 2023.

I was thrilled to be at the opening of the Hannarie Wenhold Gallery at the Grootbos Nature Reserve in South Africa for the opening events in September 2022. I have two paintings with accompanying vignettes on permanent display in this amazing collection: Blechnum capense (Cape Blechnum) and Gomphocarpus fruticosus (Milkweed). The gallery is one of a kind, depicting the plants in the Fynbos habitat which surrounds it. Artists from around the world have travelled to take part in the Florilegium there and the project is ongoing with many more plants to paint. The stunning Grootbos Florilegium book to accompany the exhibition has now been published. 

My painting of Dryopteris erythrosora was featured in the RHS Lindley Library online exhibition 'Worth a Thousand Words, Gold Standard Botanical Art' which opened on the 17th September 2019.

Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art opened at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew Gardens, on November 16th 2019 and will feature my painting of Dryopteris affinis 'Cristata'.

Worth a Thousand Words exhibition at the RHS Lindley Library in London ran until 26th July 2019 and featured 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 this painting and my painting of Geranium 'Patricia', both now in the Lindley Library.

My exhibit of six paintings of AGM Dryopteris ferns at this 2018's RHS Plant and Art Fair botanical art show in London won a Gold Medal and Best Botanical Painting Award for Dryopteris erythrosora. 

Florilegium: Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney exhibition will be coming to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens from April until September 2018 including my painting of Calathea zebrina.

'The Illustrated College Herbal: Plants from the Pharmacopoea Londinensis of 1618' was published in May 2018, with an exhibition of the original artworks from 20th-30th August at the Royal College of Physicians. My illustration of Laurus nobilis was included in the book and exhibition.​​

My work was shown in the stable galleries at the first Trevince Garden Festival near Gwennap  in Cornwall on 24th and 25th March 2018.

My painting of Aristolochia fimbriata appeared in the show 'Botanical Beauty' at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond from 25th February to 1st April 2017.
The exhibition showcased contemporary British botanical illustrations in a variety of styles.

I was pleased to be part of the 'Closely Observed Nature' joint exhibition of artists at the Terre Verte Gallery, Altarnun, Cornwall until May 21st 2016.

Calathea zebrina will be exhibited at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney as part of the Florilegium Society Exhibition Florilegium: Sydney's Painted Garden from 30th July to 30th October 2016.

Aristolochia labiata was exhibited at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration in Autumn 2016

Aristolochia cathcartii was exhibited from 10th July - 1st November 2015: Tropical Splendour - Plant Portraits from the Shirley Sherwood Contemporary Collection Exhibition at the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The 'Remembering Heligan' exhibition at Heligan Gardens in September 2015 showcased the work of the Mally Francis Group of Artists who meet to paint at Heligan.

At the RHS 'Shades of Autumn' show at the Horticultural Halls in Vincent Square, London on the 21st and 22nd October 2014 I won a Gold Medal and Best in Show for my exhibit of Aristolochia species from botanic gardens in England. Two works from this exhibit, Aristolochia cathcartii and Aristolochia arborea are now in the Shirley Sherwood collection, which is regularly exhibited in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens.

I am very proud to have also received the gold medal award for botanical art at the RHS London Orchid and Botanical Art Show 2013 for my series of paintings "Hardy Geraniums which have Received the Award of Garden Merit"