SFS Artwork Auction

Buy original artworks that illustrate the flowers and trees growing in and around the private gardens of Salisbury Cathedral Close.

Original Artwork Auction: The Salisbury Florilegium Society is offering 113 original artworks, as published in the SFS book 'Secret Gardens of the Close', for sale on an online GalaBid Silent Auction. Bidding is easy with the GalaBid’s interactive auction platform; this is accessible via any desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. The auction is currently live and will close on the evening of Thursday 31st October 2019.


To connect to the Silent Auction, browse the online catalogue, and register as a participant, please follow the instructions below:

Silent Auction Instructions

To register online. 

  • Visit: https://app.galabid.com/sfs (or just click on the ‘Go to the SFS Artwork Auction’ button above)

  • Click on the 'Register' button

  • Enter your details and click 'Register'


To Register via SMS.

  • Text: sfs followed by your full name to: +44(0)7984351999 (example: sfs John Smith) 

  • Follow the registration link you are sent from GalaBid to log in and place your bid.

Don't have a smartphone?

  • Register as above, then you will be able to place bids via SMS or via the browser

  • Text bids to the same number +44(0)7984 351999

  • Enter the amount without any symbols followed by the letter 'L' and the item number with no spaces between.

  • Example: To bid £99 on item 33, text: 99L33


You will receive a text to your mobile phone with a verification link. Clicking the link will take you to the auction where you can log in with the password you entered during registration. You are now ready to bid.

If you attend our free Book Launch event, bring your smartphone or mobile if you want to take part in the Silent Auction on the night!

Successful bidders will be able to collect their artwork after 1 Nov 2019 from The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral at 33a The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EJ (+44(0)1722 335161) Tue-Fri 0930-1300. You will need to contact us via salisburyflorilegiumsociety@gmail.com if you wish us to post your artwork (a charge is involved).

All the proceeds of the book sales and the artwork auction will go to help Salisbury Cathedral.

About SFS

The Salisbury Florilegium Society (SFS) began as a direct result of the 2016 ‘Secret Gardens of the Close’ event - an annual Open Gardens event in Salisbury Cathedral Close, organised by The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral (‘The Friends’). The SFS members number some 24 contemporary amateur botanical artists, many of them local to Salisbury, whose style is classic in presentation and who work in the traditional media of watercolour, graphite, coloured pencils and pen and ink. The aim of the SFS is to document some of the plant materials of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close, using traditional methods of botanical illustration. It has produced a growing collection of original botanical art depicting the plants from the private gardens within Salisbury Cathedral Close. In addition, vignettes of some of the private gardens have been painted or drawn, to put the botanical illustrations into context. The Florilegium adds to the archives of information about The Close and will be used by The Friends to generate funds to support the Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral.

Sally Pond

The majority of the artists in the SFS come to Sally Pond’s workshops at Sarum College. Sally, a talented botanical artist, enrolled on the Botanical Painting course at the Chelsea Physic Garden in 2009 and graduated with distinction in 2011. She now teaches Botanical Painting in Salisbury and Beaconsfield. She is a member of Amicus Botanicus, the Alumni Society for graduates of the Chelsea School of Botanical Art and the South West Society of Botanical Art and has been awarded three silver-gilt medals from the RHS, two Certificates of Botanical Merit and a prize for composition from the Society of Botanical Artists Sally is a founder member of the SFS.