In May 2016, the Friends of Salisbury Cathedral held a highly successful Open Gardens afternoon in Salisbury Cathedral Close. Hundreds of visitors were able to tour the ten private gardens open that year. These ‘Secret Gardens of the Close’ are usually hidden from public view – the visitors were delighted and the seed was sown for the formation of the Salisbury Florilegium Society.
It has grown into what is now the Salisbury Florilegium Society (SFS) , a growing collection of original botanical art depicting the plants from the private gardens within Salisbury Cathedral Close. The SFS aims to document some of the plant materials within The Close, using traditional methods of botanical illustration, adding to the archives of information about The Close.
The artwork will be used by The Friends of Salisbury Cathedral to generate funds to support the Chapter of Salisbury Cathedral.