Esmée Winkel
Scientific Illustrator & Botanical Artist

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RHS Botanical Illustration - The Gold Medal Winners

This book represents a cross-section of recent gold medallists from around the world, including an scientific illustration I made
for Dr. F. Adema at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. The RHS awards a gold medal only to the most outstanding exhibitions, encouraging the international artistic community to perform to the highest standard. This gold medal demonstrates an artist's abilities, and the illustrations gathered in the pages of this book show great attention to detail, masterful colour work and outstanding technical skill. Each picture is accompanied by insightful commentary on the artists' creative process.

It is the perfect book for the lover of horticulture, as well as an excellent reference both for botanists and aspiring artists. This collection of botanical art also includes an introductory essay that delves into the history of the RHS.

Author: Charlotte Brooks
Published: 5th June 2019
Published by: ACC ART Books ISBN: 978-1-78884-014-9
Available at:

Out of the Woods:  Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial at its new venue: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Where: Reedy gallery
May 9 – August 13, 2019
Address: Chaska,
Minnesota, USA.
Free admission for all on the third Monday of each month.

The Best of Contemporary Botanical Art at The Huntington Library - The triennial exhibition of the
American Society of Botanical Artists and the New York Botanical Garden. Forty-four selected artworks capture striking details of trees that grow in botanical gardens and arboreta around the world. These inspiring subjects have been depicted from seedpods to branches and bark to an entire forest floor. The exhibition highlights the role botanical gardens and arboreta have in educating the public about trees and their important ecological and utilitarian roles.

Past Venues:
- The New York Botanical Garden, November 18, 2017 – April 22, 2018.
- Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, May 19 – August 27, 2018.
Foundry Art Centre, October 5 - December 28 2018.
Tucson Botanical Gardens, January 25 – April 13, 2019.

Workshops Scientific Illustration 2019: The Hortus botanicus Leiden organizes workshops on Scientific Illustration. During each workshop attention will be paid to specific botanical subjects, the biology of the subject and how to create an illustration. Also aspects like how to approach an illustration, shadow and composition will be dealt with. The teachers are Esmée Winkel, scientific illustrator at Naturalis Biodiversity Center, together with Rinny Kooi, researcher and teacher at Leiden University, and Hanneke Jelles, illustrator and director education office Hortus.

Saturday 26 January: Tropical Plant Families
Saturday 23 February: Gymnosperms & Cones
Saturday 30 Maart: Orchids
Monday 15 April: Garlic and other Alliums
Monday 6 May: The Chinese garden at the Hortus
Monday 24 June: The Rose

Monday 23 September: Apiaceae
Saturday 2 November: Fungi
Saturday 30 November: Seedpods

Time: 10.30-15.00 h
Where: Hortus botanicus Leiden
75 per workshop, €7,50 for Students (bring your student card).

Only limited space available!

For more information or to register for one or more workshops please visit the website of the Hortus by clicking: Hortus botanicus Leiden.

Orchideen in de Hortus botanicus LeidenOrchids at the Hortus botanicus Leiden

A Dutch short Film, subtitled in English, on the beautiful orchid collection at the Hortus botanicus Leiden. Produced by Frank Schots Producties and presented by Rogier van Vugt, head of the greenhouses. At the Hortus around 4.000 orchid species are grown making this collection very important for research. New orchid species are still being discovered in the collection and in this video the process is explained of how new species are depicted, given a new name and then internationally recognized.


Pflanzendarstellungen zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst, Botanical Garden Vienna, Austria.


- Royal Horticultural Society, London, Gold Medal.
- RHS Lindley Library: Worth a Thousand Words, London, UK.
- "Florentia" International Exhibition of Botanical Art, Società Toscana di Orticultura, Firenze, Italy.
- World Wide Exhibition of Botanical Art 2018, Dutch exhibition, Lisse, Netherlands.


- "Focus on Nature XIV", Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI), USA.
- The Margaret Flockton Exhibition, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Australia.
The Beauty of Botanical Drawing, with the Art and Heritage Commision Maastricht University, the Netherlands.
- the 19th International Botanical Congress and Botanical art exhibition, Shenzhen, China.
- The Tradescants’ Orchard, an Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Paintings, London, UK. See also: An article by Katherine Tyrrell.

The Margaret Flockton Award

awarded Second Prize
for the pen and ink illustration of
Monanthotaxis pynaertii.

This illustration was made for the PhD thesis of Paul Hoekstra.


- Royal Horticultural Society, London, UK, Gold Medal.
- 19th Annual International, American Society of Botanical Artists, The New York Design Center, USA.
- The Illustration Biennial, Haarlem, The Netherlands.
- 18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli, California, USA.
- Bolbloemen onder de Loep, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists, Museum De Zwarte Tulp, Lisse, the Netherlands.
- Hermine van Bers Beeldende Kunstprijs, 2016, Honourable mention,
(jury report here).

American Society of Botanical Artists,

ASBA Botanical Illustrator Award for Excellence in Scientific Botanical Art.
ASBA Award


- 18th Annual International, American Society of Botanical Artists at The Horticultural Society of New York, the New York Design Center, New York, USA.
- "Flowering Bulbs and Tubers", The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, London, UK.
- "Botanisch tekenen de Midden Betuwe", 't Pakhuis, Hemmen, The Netherlands.


- “Focus on Nature XIII”, New York State Museum, USA.
- 21st World Orchid Conference, Botanical Art Exhibition, South-Africa.
- "16th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition", Filoli, California, USA.
- "Boek aan de Wand", TEAM Notarissen aan de Avenue Céramiques, Maastricht, the Netherlands.

  The Linnean Society of London,
Jill Smythies Award,
London 2014.
Linnean Library


- Royal Horticultural Society London Orchid Show and Botanical Art Show: April 2013; Gold Medal.
"Het Bloemenpaleis", Paleis 't Loo, the Netherlands, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.


BOTANICAL IMAGES SCOTIA, Edinburgh, Scotland; Gold Medal.
- “Focus on Nature XII”, New York State Museum, USA, Jury Award.
- Botanical Bulbs, 't Huys te Dever Castle, the Netherlands, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.
- FLORIADE, World Horticultural Expo, Venlo, The Netherlands.
- “Siebolds flower garden”, Middachten Castle, Netherlands, members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.


- “Botanical Moment”, Kasteel Duivenvoorde, Voorschoten.
- “Beauty in Science”, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam.
- “Siebolds flower garden”, Arboretum Kalmthout, Belgium.
- “Siebolds Blumengarten”, Japan Museum Würzburg, Germany.


- “13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration”, Hunt Institute for
Botanical Documentation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
- “Focus on Nature XI”, New York State Museum, Albany, USA.
- 4th members exhibition Dutch Society of Botanical Artists, Town hall Capelle aan den Ijssel.
- “Siebolds flower garden”, Japan Museum SieboldHuis, Leiden.


- “Illustrations for botanical research”, Gorlaeus laboratorium, Leiden.
- Castle of Arcen, members exhibition of the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists.