Kew Certificate in Botanical Illustration

Gain in-depth knowledge of all aspects of botanical illustration on this modular course leading to the Kew Certificate.

Aster trinervius Roxb., watercolour on paper


2021/22 programme begins September 2021


Kew Gardens


Certificate fee: £3,000 (£2,800 Kew members)

Deposit payable on enrolment: £500

Maximum capacity

6 places

A variety of short courses in the study and practice of botanical illustration have been successfully established at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew over the last 20 years.

We are now proud to include the addition of an annual programme of study, leading to the Kew Certificate in Botanical Illustration. 

The Certificate programme will give you a deep and comprehensive knowledge of all aspects needed for botanical illustration, botanical art, sketching and observing nature closely. You will also benefit from the unique and historic surroundings and collections at Kew.

The course comprises of two elements: course modules taught by professional botanical illustrators and self study coursework.

Please contact us to receive details of the September 2021 Certificate programme and the full prospectus.

How to book

Please email with a contact telephone number. 

Download our 2019/2020 course brochure (PDF)

COVID-19 (coronavirus) notice

You can book with confidence for our courses at Kew Gardens. Come along knowing that the safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of the upmost importance to us. We are continually monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic situation as it evolves.  

Current plans in place for the comfort and reassurance of our visitors include: 

  • Limited capacity to ensure social distancing
  • No shared equipment
  • Additional cleaning of the venue
  • Sanitising stations are available

We will continue to review the situation and communicate any further updates with participants.

If you’d like further information please contact Adult Education: