About this event

  • Date and time Thu 19 Mar 2020 from 10:00am to 3:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Retired Fellows Society

Please note this event has been cancelled.

Lindley Library Art Curator Charlotte Brooks will join the Retired Fellows Society to explore the history of the RHS botanical art collection.

The contemporary botanical art collection at the RHS Lindley Library includes work by some of the finest artists from across the world. Located alongside the wealth of historical treasures that make up the wider library collection, it continues to grow every year. Comprised of over 30,000 paintings of plants, the collection ranges in date from the 1630s to the present day.

In this talk, Lindley Library Art Curator, Charlotte Brooks will explore the history of the RHS botanical art collection, its significance to the early work of the ‘Horticultural Society of London’, and continued development today. The first paintings of flowers to be awarded an RHS Gold medal were displayed at the Society’s flower shows in 1930. As Charlotte will reveal, from this point on, exhibits of botanical art at the RHS Shows have become increasingly popular, paving the way for the exceptional standard of the artwork we see today.  

Key speakers

Charlotte Brooks

 Art Curator, RHS Lindley Library in London

Speaker's biography

Charlotte has worked with the Society’s botanical artworks for over 15 years; caring for, documenting, researching and developing this world-renowned collection.  As the Secretary to the RHS Botanical Art Judging Panel, she supports a lively, international community of practising artists to exhibit their work and to be judged for medal awards at RHS Shows.  Her recent book RHS Botanical Illustration: The Gold Medal Winners published in June 2019, highlights the work of 60 contemporary RHS Gold medal-winning artists and their work, held in the Lindley Collections. A contributor to the Occasional Papers of the Lindley Library, she has written various short articles on aspects of the Lindley Collections and maintains a special research interest into nineteenth-century Anglo-Chinese botanical paintings. She is a Trustee of the newly formed Association of British Botanical Artists (ABBA) and Honorary President of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society.


View the programme

Botanical collection viewing with short talk

Taking place in the Heritage Centre

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction
Worth a thousand words: The botanical art collection at the RHS Lindley Library

Mrs Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator, RHS Lindley Library

Close of meeting followed by lunch

For those who have pre-booked

Botanical collection viewing

Taking place in the Heritage Centre


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom