The Kingcombe Centre

Environmental education centre in west Dorset. No longer runs courses, but independent groups can stay at the Centre to study in wonderful natural surroundings. Kingcombe is an open access Reserve and welcomes day visitors.

Plantlife International

The Wild-plant Conservation Charity

Dorset Wildlife Trust

Caring for Dorset’s wildlife

Society of Botanical Artists

The world’s first society for artists working in this genre. Membership is by rigorous selection. An Open Exhibition is held most years in London, and members-only exhibitions in other venues in Britain and abroad. The Society also runs a Distance Learning Diploma Course in botanical art.


The South West Society of Botanical Artists. A group of botanical artists whose aim is to promote and encourage botanical art to the highest standard. Exhibitions are held mainly in the south west of England.

Nature Play

An organisation dedicated to connecting children with nature. Playgroups are held outdoors and children are encouraged to engage with the environment rather than toys.


Institute for Analytical Plant Illustration. Botanists and Artists drawing together.

Shipton Bulbs

Native bulbs, bulbs for naturalising, native and non-native plants by mail order.
NB Guaranteed no bulbs or plants taken from the wild.

Two Rivers Press

Publishers of beautifully designed books, including Christina’s.

Jo Elswood

Multi-media and textile artist whose semi-abstract work is based on nature, especially coastal subjects. Jo has shared several exhibitions with Christina over the years.

Yale University Press

Publishers of ‘serious works that contribute to a global understanding of human affairs’, aiming to fulfill the motto of Yale University: lux et veritas, bringing light and truth.