Botanical Art

The highest standard of botanical illustration combines impressive artistic talent with the accurate scientific depiction of a plant. To gain an RHS Gold medal artists must demonstrate not just the ability to paint one outstanding picture, but to create a set of at least six paintings executed to the same standard.

Botanical artists are invited to apply for space to exhibit at RHS Malvern Spring Festival, following a rigorous selection process where examples of their work is considered by the Picture Panel. Each exhibit is judged by a panel of experts according to specific criteria including: scientific accuracy, botanical information, artistic skill - draughtsmanship and painterly skills, as well as the overall presentation of the display and unity of the pictures.