The John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Saturday, March 31, 2018
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.
Scottish Botanical Art Collective

The Flora Scotia exhibition is Scotland’s contribution to the international collaborative project Botanical Art Worldwide: linking people with plants through botanical art.

An exhibition of 56 artworks, most of which are watercolour on paper,  selected by a panel of artists and scientists following an open call.  The paintings document the research, explorations, and responses of 34 artists to their native plants, from rare and threatened species to everyday ‘weeds’.

Delivered by the Scottish Botanical Art Collective in partnership with Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, (RBGE) the exhibition reflects the botanical underpinnings of the artwork, and celebrates continuing links betweeen artists, botanists, horticulturalists and other plant specialists within Scotland and around the world. It has been a great opportunity to engage the public with the Scottish native flora and highlight some of RBGE’s vitally important biodiversity work.

Led by the American Society of Botanical Artists, the global project includes groups in 25 countries in 6 continents. There will be a special celebration on 18th May marking the ‘Worldwide Day of Botanical Art’ during which slideshows featuring selected works from each country will be shown around the world.

The project has generated workshops, classes and other events for the public, attracting new audiences, and has given rise to new partnerships and ways of working, both within the artists’ communities and across continents.