I have always been interested in plants, and at 11 years old my favourite solitary pastime was drawing plants from the woods behind my home. However, I trained as a teacher, then had 4 children, and eventually returned to special needs teaching. Through these years I occasionally had time to draw and paint, preferring fungi, flowers and plants above anything else. As I run a toddler group I also found myself regularly doing artwork for the craft sessions. Then I discovered RBGE’s certificate course in Botanical Illustration and realised I needed to be serious about making time for what I have always wanted to do. A course with deadlines and tasks concentrates the mind wonderfully! So, I have been delighted to spend the last three years focused on completing this Diploma in Botanical Illustration, learning more about the botany of plants as well as how to paint them.