Plants of the Qur’ān

A collection of botanical paintings by Sue Wickison, on display for the first time at Kew.

Watercolour painting of pomegranate flowers and fruit

Date and time

1 April to 17 September 2023

Daily, 10am to 5pm


Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Kew Gardens


Included with entry to the Gardens

Plants of the Qur’ān is a world-premiere exhibition of 30 brand-new botanical paintings by artist Sue Wickison.

In collaboration with Kew scientist Dr Shahina Ghazanfar, who has researched and written Plants of the Qur’ān: History & Culture, Sue has documented and illustrated a myriad of plants from garlic and pomegranate to grapes and henna.

This new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery showcases Plants of the Qur’ān in a whole new light, thanks to the perfect combination of plant science and botanical illustration.

Join us to engage with well-known and unfamiliar plants in new ways, exploring their cultural context and uses in modern medicine, food and gardens around the world.

Pre-order Plants of the Qur’ān: History & Culture

Gallery space filled with intricate botanical paintings
Plants of the Qur'an by Sue Wickison © Sam Lynch