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In Pictures: Botanical art

The Shirley Sherwood Gallery

London's Kew Gardens has opened the world's first gallery dedicated to botanical art works. Credit: RBG Kew

Medinilla Magnifica by Margaret Ann Eden.

The 3m attraction will exhibit art from the collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and from collector Dr Shirley Sherwood

Yellow Lotus (Nelumbo lutea) by Beverly Allen.

Some of the illustrations of extinct species are thought to be the only surviving record.

Pleroma macranthum. Credit: RBG Kew.

The public will be able to visit Kew's Shirley Sherwood Gallery all year round.

Poppy Seed Head by Brigid Edwards,

Until now, most of the exhibition - which includes work by artists from 30 different countries - has not been seen in public.

Pink Rhododendron by Sally Keir.

The gallery is the first in the world dedicated to botanical art and boasts work by more than 200 artists.

Tulip, from the Kew Collection.

Kew believes the gallery can help raise the profile of the organisation's role in delivering plant conservation. Credit: RBG Kew



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