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. 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.

THIS WEEK: Thurs-Sun I will be covering a course at the wonderful Sawpit Studio at Heligan Gardens for the lovely Mally Francis. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.


March 29th-31st 2019, An Introduction to Botanical Illustration with the Eden Project Florilegium Society

Our courses take place in the fantastic setting of the Mediterranean Biome at the Eden Project in Cornwall.  This course will be using spring flowers and fresh plant material from the Mediterranean biome to give a thorough introduction to the techniques used in botanical art, including accurate line-drawing and tonal shading to make your image three-dimensional and lifelike. We will be using these skills to produce a finished graphite drawing but the course is also designed to cover the preparatory drawing stages for those wishing to move on to watercolour following the course. Entry to the Eden Project, lunch and drinks are included. For further details or to book visit the Eden Project website or call the booking line on 01726 811972.

Spring Bulbs April 13th and 14th: 2-day course, Bucharest

I am thrilled to be returning to Romania to teach a Spring Bulbs workshop, organised by Irina Neacsu and the Romanian Society of Botanical Artists. Further information here.


May 9th-11th 2019, An Introduction to Botanical Painting with the Eden Project Florilegium Society 

This course will be using late spring and early summer plant material from Eden to give a thorough introduction to the techniques used in botanical art. The 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. Entry to the Eden Project, lunch and drinks are included. For further details or to book visit the Eden Project website or call the booking line on 01726 811972.

Cornwall Spring Flower Show 2019

Saturday 6th - Sunday 7th April

I will be joining the fantastic artist Susan Hillier on a stand at the Cornwall Spring Flower Show this year which will be being held for the first time at the Wadebridge Showground and promises to be a fantastic event! Come along for a selection of prints, cards and originals or just to say 'hello'!


Past News

​​​​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.

For anyone contacting me about prints please use my contact form. It was such a pleasure meeting so many wonderful people!

For more information click here.

Running alongside the show was an exhibition in the Lindley Library of recent acquisitions including my Geranium 'Patricia' (right).


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.


RHS Rosemoor Spring Flowers Course, February 2019
Many thanks to both the staff and participants for making this course such a successful an enjoyable weekend.