Exotica: From the Shirley Sherwood Collection of today’s Botanical Artists

In this new exhibition, visitors can find exquisite paintings of curious plants. Many of the pieces were created in the plants’ native country, often in the tropics, although some specimens were drawn in Kew’s own diverse glasshouses. Species include gingers and banana passion flowers, insectivorous plants and jade vines, and waterlilies and lotuses - including the smallest waterlily in the world from Rwanda, now extinct in the wild. These plants each bring a dramatic flair of their own, and a flavour of the world’s exotic flora. ‘Exotica’ perfectly complements the drama and otherworldliness of Chihuly’s works.