From the illuminated manuscript of De Materia Medica through to works produced by illustrators aboard Captain Cook's 1770 voyage of exploration, botanical illustration has a long, proud and breathtakingly beautiful tradition. And despite the temptations of the digital age, it's clear that this long-established artform is just as popular as ever.
Artist and spokeswoman for The Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland, Lynda Young, says that botanical art conveys the beauty of plants while retaining scientific accuracy in scale, form and colour. 'It ranges from scientific illustration to realistic flower painting and uses a variety of media,' she adds.
Original artworks will be on sale along with a selection of cards, prints, calendars and bookmarks - which is great if you want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Morning and afternoon tea will be available for purchase. Demonstrations of the detailed work involved in creating botanical art will also be held during the exhibition.
The Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland is a voluntary, non-profit organisation formed to foster a greater knowledge, love and understanding of botanical art. The Society offers classes for those beginning or improving their art as well as opportunities for members to exhibit their work.