Ros Franklin FLS, FEPFS
After a successful career as a Geophysicist, and married with a young son, Ros retrained as a Garden Designer at Pershore College of Horticulture in 1994, where she also began teaching on RHS weekend courses - this was to begin her passion for plants.
She went on to teach Garden Design at Merrist Wood College near Guildford, and while she was there she was invited to join the Board at Kew Gardens as a Trustee. Whilst at Kew she was introduced to The Eden Project, then just an empty quarry full of mud. When her husband asked her what she would like as a Christmas present she asked to become a Founder and Lifelong member of The Eden Project. Life was never to be the same….
2002-2003: Diploma in Botanical Painting & Illustration from The English Gardening School at The Chelsea Physic Garden, London.
Ros studied under the renowned Anne-Marie Evans at The English Gardening School in The Chelsea Physic Garden, where she was awarded the prestigious Diploma in Botanical Painting & Illustration with Merit.
Ros is a Fellow of the Eden Project Florilegium Society (FEPFS), and she became Chairman in January 2012. Ros was elected a Fellow of The Linnean Society of London (FLS) in October 2013.
She works from her studio at her home in Dorset, where she has been teaching botanical illustration and painting since 2008. She also teaches at The Eden Project, Cornwall, RHS Rosemoor, Devon, and for The South West Society of Botanical Artists, and elsewhere.
Her work is predominantly for private clients, the Eden Project Archives, and it has been included in publications, and more recently purchased by the RHS Lindley Library.
Publication of works:
Eden Project: “Freaky Nature” Exhibitions 2012 & 2013.
Work reproduced in:
* Thurstan, M & Martin, R (2012) Exotics, with The Eden Project.
*Postcards published for "Freaky Nature", Eden Project
Articles in magazines:
*Dorset Magazine, July 2013
*Eden Project Archives, Cornwall, UK
*Gromit Unleashed exhibition & auction, Bristol, July - October 2013. Sponsored by AC Services (Southern) Ltd .
*The Prince's Trust "An Evening of Art", Dec 2013
*Shaun-in-the-City exhibition & auction, London & Bristol 2015. Sponsored by Walkers shortbread Ltd.