BSBA has an active programme of talks, visits and workshops.

Recent events:
Silver birch with tree creeper
Jan Robertson
Fritillary with Bee
Theresa Smith

What have plants ever done for us?

In October 2019, Dr Timothy Walker, past Director of the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum, gave a lively and informative talk in support of the 2019 exhibition.  He described the value of plants grown for new drugs, foodstuffs and energy sources, and concluded that without plants we quite simply would not be here.


In April 2018, members enjoyed an excellent one-day workshop painting on vellum, given by Ros Franklin.   A watercolour workshop on  painting spring flowers was given by Simon Williams in March 2019.  In May,  Julia Trickey presented a workshop on the use of colour in painting.  Penny Brown lead a one-day workshop in November 2019, showing how to cut and layer coloured craft papers to create stunning three-dimensional designs for cards.   Members learned new skills and techniques using pen and ink with Sarah Morrish at a workshop in January 2020.


In July 2019, a group of members visited Yeo Valley Organic Garden and Farm in Somerset, to enjoy seeing their wild flower meadow.  In February 2020, members enjoyed a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, visiting the Shirley Sherwood Gallery and an orchid show.



Workshop with Penny Brown
Kew orchid show


Watercolour workshop with Simon Williams
Julia Trickey’s colour workshop


Enjoying tea at Yeo Valley
Sarah Morrish at a workshop on pen and ink


Christine Lawes demonstrating the art of paper marbling
Josie White talking about her coloured pencil work