The SFS Book
Information about the forthcoming publication of the Salisbury Florilegium Book
Secret Gardens of the Close
Example pages of the Salisbury Florilegium Book.
(Click on images to view a magnified version)
Format: Hard Cover 120 pages
Author: Salisbury Florilegium Society
Book Dimensions: 30.0 x 1.5 x 24.5cm
Price: £25.00 + P&P
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.
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.