Marsh, Meadow, Mine, Moor and Metropolis

Illustrations of the wonderful world of plants and their many habitats

Amanda Willoughby is an artist with a love of nature and an interest in illustration as a means of drawing attention to the beauty and necessity of plants and to the importance of their conservation. She has a background in graphic information design and has utilised her skills on several nature conservation and interpretation projects.

Amanda's work was awarded the Lyra Award at the UK Coloured Pencil Society's Annual Open Exhibition in 2003 and the Certificate of Botanical Merit Award at the Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Open in 2004.

She has also won two Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals (for excellent draughtsmanship, painting skills and scientific accuracy) for work exhibited at the RHS London Flower Shows in 1997 and 2002.

In September 2016 she was the First Prize winner in her category at Art in the Gardens in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Amanda exhibits her work on a national level and her illustrations have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and books. She works to commission and can be contacted on the link at the foot of the page.

Top left and right: Curled, Crinkled, Folded and Furrowed
Bottom left and right: Lemon and Tomato-apple
Illustrations by Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 1996 to 2016)


Heavy Metal-tolerant Plants of Abandoned Lead Mines in the North Pennines and the Peak District

Please see EXHIBITIONS page for the story so far.

Coal, Collapse, Colonisation
Plant Species Colonising the Decaying Industrial Features of an Abandoned Victorian Colliery

A project with the Friends of Hemingfield Colliery.
Please click here to read more!


14th BISCOT Botanical Images Scotia Exhibition
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
June 6th to 21st 2018

Botanical Images Scotia at Gardening Scotland
The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
June 1st to 3rd 2018

Above: Hemingfield Colliery Pumping Shaft (detail)
Top and middle left: Great Willowherb and Himalayan Balsam (details from Coal, Collapse, Colonisation)
Top right: Detail from D is for Dactylis glomerata
Middle right: Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland
Bottom left and right: Plum and Walnut
All illustrations by Amanda Willoughby (Copyright 1996 to 2018)

Please click here to contact Amanda