The Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society members meet at a room in the Palace, on the second Monday of the month, in order to paint, research plant material and to enjoy a variety of speakers and workshops. Occasional outside visits are also arranged to exhibitions, lectures or gardens.
Members are encouraged to explore the gardens and glasshouses, at Hampton Court, and have the help and co-operation of the Head Gardener and his team in their research of plants and sourcing of material.
Full Members are required to submit one painting in October, per annum, to be considered for inclusion in the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Archive. The works are scrutinised and judged, by an invited selection panel, on their botanical accuracy, colour matching, and standard of painting.
Paintings, deemed to be of the required standard, are donated by the individual artists to Hampton Court Palace, for the Archive. A Member who has had 3 paintings accepted becomes a Fellow of the Hampton Court Palace Florilegium Society.
At the end of 2015, there were 198 artworks in the Florilegium collection. These paintings are archived and stored by the palace conservation department, after being digitally recorded, for use by Historic Royal Palaces.
The paintings have occasionally been released on loan, by the Palace, for exhibitions such as the RHS Botanical Art Shows.
Florilegium Society Members have botanical paintings in both private and public collections in the USA, Europe and the UK and can be contacted via their individual websites or using the generic email address in Contact Us.
The Society is pleased to announce that we are affiliated with both the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and the Sheffield Florilegium Society, and our membership includes members of the Bedgebury Florilegium Society, at Bedgebury National Pinetum in Kent.