Welcome to Sally Pinhey Botanical Illustration

Sally Pinhey is one of Britain’s foremost botanical illustrators. Her work is known for its liveliness, charm and detail as well as botanical accuracy, holding numerous RHS Medals. She has illustrated 6 specialist books.

They are:

  • The Botanical Illustrators Handbook by Sally Pinhey ISBN  978-1-84797-717-5 £22
  • Plants for Soil Regeneration - an illustrated guide by Sally Pinhey and Margaret Tebbs ISBN 978-1789243604
  • “Pears” by Jim Arbury and Sally Pinhey, ISBN 0-9532136-0-9.
  • “Plums” by Jim Arbury and Sally Pinhey ISBN 098104-49070

and both written and illustrated

  • "Natural Dyes” by Judy Hardman and Sally Pinhey, ISBN 978-1-84797-100-5
  • "The Botanical Illustrators Handbook".

Only postage within UK  is included in the price.  Purchasers from outside the UK should email sallypinhey@sallypinhey.com

Parts of other books were produced for Dorling Kindersley, Aurum Press, Top That Publishing and Church House publications. See BooksPaintings and Prints pages.

Sally accepts commissions for publishing and commercial work. She has never missed a deadline.

A trained teacher with a Masters degree, Sally has earned respect for her distance learning course “Drawing for Botanists”.  

Sally was an Art Tutor at Kingston Maurward College, Dorset between 1999 and 2021, Sally is also a former tutor at the Eden Project, Cornwall and The Springhead Trust, Shaftesbury and is available to tutor workshops at special request in drawing, watercolour, and/or botany for artists and gardeners.

She was an invited demonstrator from 2002 to 2005 at Art in Action.

Sally does workshops for organizations at special request. 

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"Sally is one of the most inspiring teachers I have ever come across.  Her enthusiasm never seems to wane and she has an extraordinary talent for opening people's eyes to the wonders of nature and has certainly made me want to know more about botany.  This combined with many years of botanical illustration makes for a mentor that will improve her students confidence and skills very quickly"

Sue Flynn

Sally's Work and Interests

Widely travelled, Sally's has completed collections of ferns and wine grapes in New Zealand, wine grapes in France and Australia, and fruits and flowers of the Mediterranean when she lived for three years in Italy. See the grapes page.

Some of Sally's designs are printed in card form and are available both wholesale and retail online too.

She has taken botanical artists trekking in the Himalayas.

She is a Fellow of the Linnean Society, and a Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegeum Society.

In 2003 her work "Egdon Heath" was purchased by the House Of Lords.

Passionate about recording plants for archives, Sally's longstanding interests encompass reforestation. Current studies include mangrove function and morphology and soil conditioning plants.

For practical effective water-harvesting see links for Excellent Development.

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