In 2016 I started the Salisbury Florilegium Society. Our aim was to paint pictures of plants and flowers from the gardens in the Close and exhibit them annually at  the Open Gardens Trail. Called the Secret Gardens of the Close it was run by the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral and was a great fund raising event for the Cathedral. 

For the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Cathedral in 2020, we decided to turn the 120 paintings into a book. With the help of co-editor Anne Oaten and the wonderful design by Nadja Guggi the Creative Director of Messrs. Dash and Dare, the book Secret Gardens of the Close was launched in 2019.

Sales of the book and artwork has so far raised £15,000 for the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral. The money was used to restore a stained glass window in the Cathedral which has been dedicated to the Salisbury Florilegium society.

Books can be purchased directly from the Friends’s office.
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