“A Coming of Age –
Celebrating 18 years of Botanical Painting by the Eden Project Florilegium Society.”
This book celebrates the work of the first 18 years of the Eden Project Florilegium Society, fondly called the ‘Flori’ by all its members.
Each artist donates their time and paintings generously to the archives and the Trustees of the Eden Project, and I have never felt that words alone could thank them enough. So, I have put this book together with my love and gratitude, for the very special people that I have been privileged to know and call friends during my time with the ‘Flori’.
Ros Franklin – Chairman of the ‘Flori’ from Jan 2012 – March 2019.
*All Royalties will be donated to the ‘Flori’ once costs are met – Ros makes no profit at all from this book.
Botanical Artist & Tutor GM, FLS, SBA Fellow, FEPFS(2007-2022)
Ros works from her new, purpose-built studio at her home in Hampshire, in the Test Valley. She has been teaching botanical painting since 2008 through workshops in her studio; at The Eden Project, Cornwall; for The RHS at Rosemoor, Devon; for Field Breaks in Derbyshire; and for Botanical Art groups and Societies throughout the UK.
Ros is also a Tutor & Assessor for the prestigious SBA Diploma Course, which now takes up much of her time.
Her work is predominantly for private clients; The Eden Project Archives; and has also been included in several publications. She was awarded an RHS Gold Medal (2015) for her first solo exhibition “Arisaemas for the Sheltered Garden and Greenhouse”. The RHS Lindley Library, London purchased Arisaema speciosum var. mirabile for their archives and included it in their exhibition “Worth a Thousand Words”. It is also one of the selected works included in the book: RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners, by Charlotte Brooks (2019).
She was awarded an RHS Silver-Gilt medal for her second solo exhibition “Genus Asarum”, in 2021, which was exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Ros has exhibited internationally at the Palmengarten Botanic Gardens, Frankfurt in 2016 and 2018; and at Botanica in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia.
She has recently had her painting of Kennedia rubicunda accepted by The Florilegium Society of the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney, for an exhibition in 2021. It has been included in the publication: Botanic Endeavour: The Florilegium society celebrates the Banks and Solander collection, by Morris, Summerell and Allen (2020).
Her painting of Tulipa acuminata was exhibited at the Madrid Botanic Gardens in 2018, and published in Tulips, Tulipae El tulipan ilustrado, by Guillen and Argenta (2018).
Ros was awarded a Diploma with Merit from The English Gardening School, Chelsea Physic Garden, for Botanical Painting in 2004, studying under the renowned Anne-Marie Evans.
She is a Fellow of the Eden Project Florilegium Society (FEPFS, 2007-2022) and was Chairman from 2012-2019. She was elected to Fellow of The Linnean Society of London (FLS) in October 2013. Ros was made a Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists in November 2018 (SBA Fellow).