Fox and Cubs, Pilosella aurantiaca L., 55 x 40 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021


Self-Heal, Prunella vulgaris L., 55 x 40 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021


Vipers Burgloss, Echium vulgare L., 55 x 40 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021


Red Clover, Trifolium praetens L., 55 x 40 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021


Yarrow, Achillea millefolium L., 55 x 40 cm, Watercolour on paper, 2021

Recipient of the Lizzie Sanders Award for Excellence, 2022

‘The Lizzie Sanders award for excellence’ 2022– is a prize which is awarded to the student showing an exceptional level of analysis, observation, understanding and a remarkable level of skill in recording the chosen plant group.

Lizzie was a greatly respected Botanical artist who contributed hugely to Botanical Illustration at RBGE, and worldwide. So much of her inspiration for her plant paintings came from the Gardens and over the years many of our horticulture staff and botanists worked closely with Lizzie. Her sharp focus, considered compositions and fine brush work have influenced many artists and students.

It was a challenge to select one student from the graduating group, all having faced the difficulties of working for their Diploma through the Pandemic. The standard of work was very high with wonderful depictions of plants telling many interesting stories from around the world.

We are proud to present the first Lizzie Sanders Award to Dr Amelia Grass - for her collection of ‘Wildflowers of Glyntaff’.

The species in the collection are wildflowers which are often ‘ignored or undervalued’ yet are recorded in an exceptionally detailed and exquisite way, the plant characteristics beautifully celebrated as you will see. Amelia aims to ‘highlight the beauty and complexity of these species which are vital components of our wildflower meadow ecosystems’.

Her work is skilful and her intensions to give importance to these wildflowers is a great success.

Congratulation Amelia.