Orchids of Lindisfarne

A collection of paintings by Reinhild Raistrick

A painting of a purple and green orchid

Date and times

Tuesdays - Thursdays, 6 February to 11 April 2024

10am to 4pm


Library Reading Room, Herbarium Building, Kew Gardens


Free admission, no booking required.

Come to the reception in the Herbarium Building off Kew Green and you will be directed up to the reading room on the first floor.

Our new display, Orchids of Lindisfarne, presents carefully detailed paintings of orchids by botanical artist Reinhild Raistrick, displayed alongside other related objects from across Kew’s Science Collections. 

Over the past six years Raistrick has been immersed in recording all ten orchid species found on the island of Lindisfarne, Northumberland, including the very rare Lindisfarne Helleborine (Epipactis sancta), believed to be one of the rarest plants in Britain today. Enlisting the help of the Island’s Reserve Warden, she was able to locate each species in situ, spending hours with each orchid documenting them in intricate detail and translating them into carefully observed botanical illustrations.

These wonderful works are displayed alongside related objects from across Kew’s collections and feature in a new nature guidebook, Plants of Holy Island by Chris and Hazel Metherell.  

A painting of a yellow and green orchid
Epipactis sancta © Reinhild Raistrick
Paintings from the Illustrations and Artefacts Collection

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