Past Exhibitions

Past & Present: Plants of Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Society's inaugural exhibition was held from November 2020 - January 2021 at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Library of Botany & Horticulture.

Selected artworks were also reprinted and displayed next to historical botanical illustrations of the same species outdoors at the SBG People’s Galleries.

The exhibition highlighted the beauty of our natural flora, and prompted a reflection on changes to our natural heritage over the years by showcasing the same plant species in historical botanical prints, next to a modern interpretation.

Botanical art in watercolour of Cananga odorata showing leaves flowers and fruits
Cananga odorata©Sharifah Osman
Watercolour painting of Garcinia mangostana showing a branch and fruit with dissection
Garcinia mangostana© Ai Hwa Goh
Photo of a wall at the Library of Botany and Horticulture, Singapore Botanic Gardens showing various botanical paintings

Library of Botany and Horticulture, Singapore Botanic Gardens

17 artists presented 44 beautiful artworks

Watercolour painting of Phytocrene macrophylla showing the vine with leaves flowers and fruit
Phytocrene macrophylla©Victor Wong
Watercolour painting of Nephelium lappaceum showing dried and curled leaves
Nephelium lappaceum©Sharmini Markandu
Watercolour painting of Clitoria ternatea showing branch with leaves and blue flowers
Clitoria ternatea© Ekatarina Fasolko
Botanical art in watercolour of Aeschynanthus pulcher showing branch with leaves, red flowers and buds
Aeschynanthus pulcher© Kelly Bassett
Watercolour painting of Garcinia mangostana showing leaves, several full fruits and one opened fruit
Garcinia mangostana © Justin Sih
Pen & ink illustration of Dischidia nummularia showing the vine, leaves, full flower and dissected flower
Dischidia nummularia © Xiang Yun Loh
Ink print of Tectona grandis showing a single large leaf
Tectona grandis© Michele Rodda
Watercolour painting of Couroupita guianensis showing a raceme with buds
Couroupita guianensis © Aarati Govinda Rao
Watercolour painting of Etlingera elatior showing leaves, a full flower and a bud
Etlingera elatior © Alexandria Prietama
Coloured pencil sketch of Aranda Lee Kwan Yew showing leaves and a stalk of yellow flowers
Aranda Lee Kwan Yew © Debbie Teo
Watercolour painting of Caesalpinia pulcherrima showing a branch with leaves flowers and fruits
Caesalpinia pulcherrima© Choon Ying Tan
Nephelium lappaceum© Anna Lu

Tropical Fruits

An exhibition of tropical fruit artwork by our members

In March of 2021, the Society held an open call for members to create tropical fruit botanical artwork, as the fruits are abundant and accessible in the region (even during the Covid restrictions).

Creating botanical artwork is a labour of love as artists spend a long time researching their subjects before even starting to put pencil, pen or paint to paper. We strive to be as scientifically accurate as possible. It is important to show, for example, how the leaf petiole attaches to the stem, correct venation direction, or exactly how many stamen a flower has. It's all in the detail, and it can take weeks or months for an artwork to be completed.

The 'fruits' of our member's labour were featured in our 2022 Calendar, as ornaments hanging on one of the Singapore Botanic Gardens 2022 Trees of the World Display trees, and here in this online exhibition. Enjoy!

Tropical Fruits Exhibition