The Herbarium Project

A Botanical World

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The Herbarium Project was founded in 2013 by illustrated book editor, writer, artist and life-long nature lover Sonya Patel Ellis, as a platform to explore parallels between nature, art, books and culture through the multi-faceted prism of a botanical world // Inspired by research into the art of pressed botanicals, Sonya made her own traditional herbarium press and began systematically pressing plants and flowers from her own garden and further afield. Various exhibitions, events, workshops, writings and commissions followed and continue to evolve including collaborations with the Garden Museum, City of London, The British Library, Chelsea Fringe and the award-winning Marksman Public House and Restaurant // Sonya’s work with The Herbarium Project was also recently featured in Gardens Illustrated magazine and Time Out. Editorially, Sonya has worked with numerous clients including the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts, Macmillan, Quarto Group, Elliot & Thompson, Think Books, Butterfly Conservation, Friends of the Earth, Wanderlust magazine and the Sunday Times Travel magazine. Recent books include Nature Tales: Encounters with Britain's Wildlife with Michael Allen and a foreword by David Attenborough (2010), A History of the World in 500 Walks (Editor, 2016), A History of the World in 500 Railway Journeys (Editor, 2017) and The Bucket List: 1,000 Adventures Big and Small (Nature & Art entries 2017) // The Herbarium Project deals in words and pictures so please do get in touch regarding all things botanical – commissions, exhibitions, writing, styling or editorial work. We'd love to hear from you // For ongoing inspiration from the field visit our new Instagram page @theherbariumproject

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Flower Power // 1960s idealism or a movement that changed the world?

Flower Power // 1960s idealism or a movement that changed the world?

Sep 20, 2016 | No Comments

Inspired by the V&A’s exhibition You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966–1970, The Herbarium Project goes behind the scenes of Bernie Boston’s Flower Power, an era-defining shot that helped create the politics and cultural practices of a flower power generation


  • A lifelong fascination with nature led Sonya Patel Ellis to establish The Herbarium Project, which promotes the beauty of dried flowers. Here, she shows us how to create a fabulous floral Advent calendar… Read more >

    - Artist Profile // Gardens Illustrated // December 2015

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