Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art

Join us for a new exhibition showcasing the exquisite highlights of the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

A painting from the Modern Masterpieces exhibition


16 November 2019 – 15 March 2020


The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art


Included with entry to the Gardens

Explore our new exhibition of stunning botanical art celebrating 30 years of the Shirley Sherwood Collection. 

Split into geographical regions, the exhibition will bring together a diverse range of work from across the world. There will also be an exhibition space dedicated to work by artists from the British Isles.

Admire the exquisite details of endangered plants and newly discovered species. From delicate colour palettes to theatrical arrangements, explore a variety of artworks that celebrate the diversity of botanical art. Don't miss the striking watercolour Strelitzia nicolai by Beverly Allen, or the dramatic Laelia tenebrosa by Pandora Sellars. 

The book accompanying the exhibition,The Shirley Sherwood Collection: Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art is available to buy from our shop.

Laelia tenebrosa by Pandora Sellars
Laelia tenebrosa by Pandora Sellars © Shirley Sherwood Gallery

Dr Shirley Sherwood 

Since 1990 Dr Sherwood has built one of the most important private contemporary botanical art collections in the world, comprising over 1,000 works by 303 artists from 36 countries.

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew is the first public gallery in the world dedicated to botanical art.