Society Work

Learn more about the Salisbury Florilegium Society and what it does.

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 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 SFS was delighted to be able to donate £9,000 to The Friends in January 2020, which will go towards restoring a particular stained glass window.


Society Members 

SFS members are contemporary amateur botanical artists, many local to Salisbury, whose style is classic in presentation working in the traditional media of watercolour, graphite, coloured pencils and pen and ink. Short biographies of some of the members are on our Society Members page.


SFS Members Work

You can view all our artwork in the Portfolio pages, which show our finished work to date, divided into Flowers, Trees and Views.  Our Facebook page is a diary of work as it progresses.  Much of the original artwork was sold through an online Silent Auction, which took place on Thursday 31 October 2019. Please contact the SFS for a list of remaining unsold artwork. You can buy cards from the Friends, which illustrate some of our paintings and drawings - contact the Friends at 33a The Close, Salisbury, SP1 2EJ, on or (01722) 335161.


Become a Member

If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Sally Pond, who will ask to see samples of your work. Artists who are accepted become part of the Society with the commitment that they complete, and donate, at least two illustrations to the SFS. Artists may choose subjects from any garden whose owner has agreed to participate in the project. Additional artwork and continuation on the project may be requested by the Society.


Learn to Illustrate Plants

Sally Pond can introduce you to this absorbing pastime. A growing group of botanical art students in Salisbury come to Sally’s workshops at Sarum College, and some of them are now involved in the Florilegium. If your skills include landscape drawing/painting, then why not submit a ‘garden vignette’? Unlike the botanical work (which has to conform to an accepted style), a garden vignette could be in any style.


SFS Constitution

Our Constitution and Artwork Specifications can be downloaded here.

 ‘Florilegium’  a collection of botanically accurate paintings of plants, completed by botanical illustrators from life. 

Florilegium has typically meant the creation of a formal record of plants found in a garden of significance, illustrated by professional artists.


Highgrove House, the Eden Project and the Chelsea Physic Garden have all created a Florilegium.  Each has a record of their work for posterity in the form of a book of paintings.

Botanical painting has enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years due to the support of Shirley Sherwood who has a dedicated gallery at Kew Gardens.


There are now many courses available and the standard of contemporary botanical painting is amazing. Take a look at