Meet the artists behind the art, as we look over the shoulder of renowned botanical artists from the UK and beyond.

In these one hour sessions, delivered via Zoom webinars, artists will talk through their favourite projects or botanical art techniques. Their presentations will be illustrated with examples of their artwork and/or technique demonstrations, which will be followed by the opportunity for Q&A.

Talks are recorded and available to registrants 24 hours after the live session. They will then be available for 48 hours, making them accessible whatever your time zone!


  • Live presentations from experienced botanical artists.

  • Unique insights into working practices, recent projects or favourite techniques.

  • Tips and techniques for your own botanical art projects.

  • Meet artists from the UK and beyond, from the comfort of your own home.

  • Interactive Q&A opportunity.

  • Access to the recorded talk 24 hours after the live meeting for a further 48 hours, making it accessible across all time zones.

  • A 25% discount, if you book more than a month in advance.

Please read the important information at the bottom of this page.

Julia Trickey, Laura Silburn, Deborah Lambkin, Lizzie Harper, Lucy Smith, Martin Allen, Helen Allen, Mary Dillon, Sarah Morrish, Carrie Di Costanzo, Lara Call Gastinger, Ann Swan, Katherine Tyrrell, Gill Condy, Shevaun Doherty.

During Autumn 2021, a portion of my income from these talks (after expenses and speaker fees) will be donated to local projects, including Oasis Pantry. SEE HERE


21 OCTOBER 2021
7pm BST (2pm EDT, 11am PDT)



Sarah Gould


An extraordinary brilliance, luminosity and depth of colour can be achieved on vellum which is quite different from paper. In this talk Sarah will explain the types of vellum available, suitable paints to use, paint mixing and painting techniques and will demonstrate the methods she uses for preparing and painting on calfskin vellum.

Sarah qualified first as a Landscape Architect then later studied Botanical Illustration with Anne Marie Evans. She now works almost exclusively on calfskin vellum and has taught vellum painting techniques to a growing number of botanical artists who are rediscovering this medium. 

Sarah has been awarded two RHS silver-gilt medals for fruit and exotic fruit on vellum and her works on vellum are represented in the RHS Lindley Library, the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Chelsea Physic Garden as well as many private collections at home and abroad. 

£12 (£9 if booked before 21 September)

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18 NOVEMBER 2021
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST



Mariella Baldwin


Many tales from Midsummer Night’s Dream to Peter Pan feature key plants. Follow the journey from inception to exhibition of ten such botanical subjects. Discover how Mariella researched each specimen as they would have been at the time the stories was committed to paper, as well as the processes and issues encountered as she aimed to depict the lifecycle of each plant.


Mariella studied Botanical Illustration under the tuition of Anne-Marie Evans at the English Gardening School in Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She went on to become a tutor of the subject teaching at both the English Gardening School and West Dean College as well as running workshops at numerous venues around the UK.

She is a member of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and has exhibited both in the USA and the UK with paintings in both private and public collections.


£12 (£9 if booked before 18 October)

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7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST



Hosted by Julia Trickey

In this END OF YEAR SPECIAL, some of the popular artists from the 2021 series of talks get together to compare notes and explore tips and techniques as used for botanical art, together with insights into their own artistic journeys and projects. Don’t miss the chance to learn from these renowned practicing artists.

Laura Silburn, Martin Allen, Lucy Smith, Mary Dillon, Sarah Gould and Lizzie Harper are all experienced botanical artists and tutors, with years of experience in producing award-winning or commercial botanical images.

£12 (£9 if booked before 9 November)


Further details to follow, but confirmed so far:

20 JANUARY - Mary Dillon  BOOK HERE  
24 FEBRUARY - Laura Silburn    BOOK HERE  

24 MARCH - Lizzie Harper    BOOK HERE  

21 APRIL - Jess Shepherd.   BOOK HERE  

19 MAY - Elaine Searle    BOOK HERE  

23 JUNE - Rachel Pedder-Smith    BOOK HERE  

21 JULY - Jarnie Godwin    BOOK HERE  

2022 TALKS


You will need good internet bandwidth and a basic understanding of Zoom. (Your video and audio will automatically be turned off). 


It is not possible to give technical support during the talk.


Payment is taken via Paypal though you don’t need a PayPal account as there is a 'Pay by debit or credit card' option.



Zoom will then send you a unique meeting link. (and reminder, both 24 hours and one hour before the event.) 


The talk will be recorded and a link sent to you a day after the live session. You will then have a further 48 hours to revisit or view the talk.


If there are major technical difficulties during a talk, it may be rescheduled. 
(It hasn't happened yet!)


During Autumn 2021, a portion of my income from these talks (after expenses and speaker fees) will be donated to local projects, including Oasis Pantry.

‘Oasis Pantries are part of a growing network of community pantries opening in Bath, supplying low cost, high quality food each week to local residents. We’re partnering with Fareshare Southwest, who match up surplus, in-date food with individuals and families on low incomes.


In its first year, with the help of 31 volunteers and 2 staff members, we have redistributed 10 tonnes of food to over 75 members, saving them an incredible £18,573!'

CONTACT ME if you would like further details.