Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Artists of the Florilegium

Beverly Allen

A graphic designer and illustrator Beverly has been a botanical artist since 1998. She has shown annually at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ‘Botanica’ Exhibition since 1999, and has exhibited with the American Society of Botanical Artists in New York and Washington. Her work is held in private collections internationally as well as at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation USA, Royal Botanic Gardens Herbarium Library Kew, the Highgrove Florilegium UK, and The Shirley Sherwood Collection. She co-founded The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Beverly exhibited eight Epiphyllum paintings at The Royal Horticultural Society’s annual botanical art exhibition in 2007. This important body of work took over two years to complete and was awarded a Gold Medal. One of the paintings, Epiphyllum hookeri was purchased by The Society for their Lindley Library and two of the others by the Library at Kew Gardens. Beverly is regarded as being one of the foremost botanical artists in the world today.


Deirdre Bean

Deirdre Bean has a popular following in USA, UK and Australia. Her work is held in private collections in Australia, the UK and the USA as well as being part of the prestigious public collection of the Kew Gardens in London. As well as receiving education in Botanical Art and printmaking, Deirdre has also been an RN and Medical Practice Manager perhaps explaining her wonderfully steady hands!

One of her paintings was chosen as the image for the Friends of The Gardens’ Christmas Card in 2004. She has been a previous exhibitor in Botanica as well as having exhibited at the Winchester Art Show and the Royal Horticultural Society, both in the UK and in 2007 took part in the Hunt Institute exhibition for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, USA. Deirdre has been recognised with various awards including the Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society, London in 2006.


Delysia Jean Dunckley

Delysia Dunckley is a self taught artist with a love of flowers and drawing. She has worked as a graphic artist for UNESCO in Fiji and it was there amongst the exotic orchids and tropical flora, that botanical art became her true passion. Her work is in collections in New Zealand, Canberra, and she has had paintings commissioned for presentation as gifts for Royalty and Heads of State. Six of her paintings of rare plants are in the Commonwealth Park Time Capsule. She has exhibited in many exhibitions including The Canberra Floriade exhibitions 1989-1991, James Hardie Wildlife Art Prize 1991. Delysia is a member of BASA and her aim is to record plants with her art for heritage.





Annie Hughes

Originally from Santiago; Chile, Annie Hughes has become a popular Botanical artist in Australia. Her paintings have been exhibited at the BASA annual exhibition twice, at Canberra Botanical and have also been seen at the BASA Wildflowers exhibition at Parliament House in 2006 and Botanica 2005, 2007, 2008. Her keen eye and sensitivity to texture has resulted in her being awarded the 1st Prize for Australian Natives and 1st Prize Peoples Prize both at BASA 2005. Her work is enjoyed in private collections in Australia, the USA and the UK.

Annie Hughes

Angela Lober

Studying both Landscape Architecture and Plant and Wildlife Illustration has brought Angela Lober into close contact with the subjects of her botanical watercolours. Her works have been exhibited at Botanica from 2002-2008 and also shown at the Eryldene Trust Exhibition, Fernbrook Gallery, the Glebe Art Show and the BASA QVB Tearooms Exhibition in 2002. Her paintings are included in the prestigious Shirley Sherwood Collection and have received a large amount of exposure in gardening books. 

Angela Lober

Fiona McGlynn

A former civil engineer and freelance artist and teacher, Fiona McGlynn has become a well-known and tremendously popular botanical artist. Her work has appeared at Botanica 2003-2008 and at Canberra Botanical 2003. Her talent has been recognized by numerous private commissions and her work forms a treasured part of many private collections. For the past few years she has concentrated on painting orchids, this interest coming from her father who grew them. She has become arguably the finest botanical painter of this flower in Australia. 



Fiona McKinnon

Originally from Sydney, Fiona McKinnon is long-time art teacher and has been teaching botanical art since 1996 at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. Fiona has exhibited at many group exhibitions including The Art of Botanical Illustration, RBG Melbourne 1994-2006, Botanical Art School of Melbourne 1996-2004, the 10th International Exhibition of Botanical Art, Hunt Institute, Pittsburgh, USA 2000 and was guest artist at Botanica 2005, an exhibitor at Botanica 2006 - The Masters’ Exhibition and Botanica 2008.

Fiona’s works are included in private and corporate collections throughout Australia.


Elaine Musgrave

Undertaking studies with East Sydney Art College and participating in Botanical Art Workshops have developed Elaine Musgrave’s skills and allowed  her to develop a career in decorative floral painting, floral card & paper design, fine art ceramic design including 3d floral and botanical art. Her works in watercolour and graphite have been widely exhibited in prominent galleries and exhibitions in Australia, the UK and the USA. Reflective of the esteem her work is held in, she won the Gold Medal at the Royal Horticultural Exhibition, London in 2003. As well as featuring in private collections, Elaine’s work has featured in publications like Country Style Magazine, 1999 & 2001, Art Gallery Society, Look Magazine and Better Homes & Gardens Magazine.

Elaine Musgrave

Julie Nettleton

Julie has been a botanical artist since 2002. In her previous career as an interior designer she was greatly inspired by the beautiful floral designs of William Morris and Co. and the architect Frank Lloyd Wright who embraced the natural environment in all his work.

Each year Julie exhibits at 'Botanica' and with the Botanical Art Society of Australia in Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden. She has won a number of prizes with BASA including three Firsts and the People's Choice. Currently Julie is working on botanical art projects in her local community, one with the North Head Sanctuary Foundation Inc. and the other with Frameworks and Manly Art Gallery and Museum.


Julie Nettleton

Tricia Oktober

Tricia Oktober is an Australian artist whose work has been exhibited around the world: in Paris in 1974, Quebec City Summer Festival 1975-1979 all the way through to Leura 1993-2004 and Botanica 2000-2005, 2007, 2008. She has worked as an Author-Illustrator on 25 books for children, mostly on Australian Flora and fauna and environment. She has had solo exhibitions in Europe, America and Australia and her work is also in private collections on all 3 of these continents.

Tricia has been awarded the Royal Zoological  Whitley Award  (6 times), the Environmental Award  1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, the UNESCO Award, Best Illustrator - Children’s Books 1992 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wilderness Society 2004. Her painting of paper daisies was featured as a postcard for Botanica 2004 and her Haemanthus coccineus was used for the Friends’ 2005 Christmas Card. 


Halina Steele

Halina Steele commenced painting with watercolours in 2000 and exhibited with Canberra Botanical 2003-2006; Wildlife and Botanical Artists (ACT) 2003-2006 (Canberra); Botanica 2004, 2005 and 2007-2009 (Sydney); Florilegium, the inaugural exhibition of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Inc (RBGSyd), Red Box Gallery, Sydney, September 2008 and the 10th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at the Filoli Center, California, USA in July 2008.

In November 2004, Halina was awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in Westminister, London for a series of 8 paintings depicting Australian Native Hibiscus. She has also received awards for her botanical works from the Wildlife and Botanical Artists (ACT). Halina’s paintings were accepted for the 12th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration held in September 2007 at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA where her paintings are now held in the Institute’s permanent collection. In July of the same year, she was invited to become a member of the Florilegium Society of the Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Halina is also a member of the Botanical Art Society of Australia and the American Society of Botanical Artists.


Narelle Thomas

Narelle Thomas is a dynamic and prolific artist who is also a teacher of visual arts and botanical art. Her works in watercolour and graphite have been exhibited widely in NSW and the ACT from the Bayview Galleries, Sydney to the Wagga & Regional Gallery to annual events like the exhibitions for BASA and Botanica to the Canberra Botanical CSIRO Discovery Gallery. Her solo exhibitions in Wagga Wagga and Berry have also been very well received. Narelle’s works have been used in publications like The Gardens magazine, the BASA newsletter and as a set of limited Edition Botanical Prints/Cards.


Colleen Werner

Born and educated in Sydney, Colleen spent many hours drawing at Taronga Zoo and the Australian Museum during her student days. Settling later west of Wauchope, NSW, she has developed a farm and a nursery, growing and propagating local native plants especially rainforest species. 

Colleen works in a variety of mediums, including oils, graphite and leadlight, however she most often uses watercolour. Her detailed work encompasses the natural world inspired from the bushland surrounding her home. Capturing the animals and plants Colleen draws the viewer into considering broader ecological questions. Her works are included in collections in Canada, Germany, Holland, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Colleen is a member of the Florilegium Society, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and was exhibited in the Florilegium exhibition at the Red Box Gallery, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.



Marion Westmacott

Living and working on cattle and sheep stations across Australia, Marion developed her skill in botanical art illustrating local native species and working with agronomists collecting and illustrating problem weed species.

The quality and spirit of Marion’s work has seen her commissioned for many pieces by a large range of organisations. She has completed commissions for, amongst others, Australian Geographic, Cattai Catchment Management, Environment Australia for Centenary of Federation and the Australian National Botanic Garden. As well as working in architectural, scientific and engineering drafting, Marion has also been a teacher of Botanical and Natural History Illustration. Her work forms a part of the Shirley Sherwood Collection and is also included in numerous private collections.