The Friends Painting Group grew from a workshop introducing botanical painting given by Sri Benham in the late 1990s.

A second followed and the idea for a regular group meeting was born with Sri as a regular tutor for the first few years. Exhibitions of members’ work followed, the first in a tent in the Gardens, then in the library.

Now annual exhibitions are held in the Visitor Centre Gallery. This friendly Group meets on the last Saturday of each month in the Friends Building with tutors invited to lead and support every second month. The focus is botanical but members are encouraged to try other subjects and a variety of media.