amanda willoughby botanical illustration, plant illustration


Marsh, Meadow, Mine, Moor and Metropolis

Hidden Habitat!
Inspired by Metallophyte Flora at an Abandoned Weardale Lead Mine

"Rushing, tea-stained water crashes over jet-black rocks and swirls through steep-sided cliffs of layered shale hung with swinging ivy and dripping ferns. The chinks, clinks, cusses and laughter of lead miners silenced a century ago and now I hear only the rush and ripple of water and the soft whisper of the air. All will soon be pink and purple, as the crushed ore stores and washing floors are reclaimed by carpets of thrift and low-growing clover and by mountain pansies flourishing with abandon alongside shy pyramidal orchids and sweet violets."
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 2012)


Amanda Willoughby is an award-winning artist with a love of nature. She uses her work to draw attention to the beauty and wonder of plants and their necessity to humankind.

Amanda has utilised her skills on several design projects stressing the importance of plant conservation and habitat preservation.

She exhibits her work on a national level and won the Lyra Award at the UK Coloured Pencil Society Exhibition in 2003. In 2004 she was awarded the Certificate of Botanical Merit at the Society of Botanical Artists Show.

Amanda has also won two Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals, for work exhibited at RHS London Flower Shows in 1997 and 2002. In 2016 she was a First Prize winner at Art in the Gardens in Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Amanda's illustrations have been published in a number of magazines, newspapers and books.

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Hidden Beauty!
Microscopic Flowers, the Underside of a Leaf and Unearthed Roots

Illustrations above:
D is for Dactylis glomerata
Detail from A Marsh Plant Alphabet
Tussilago farfara

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland

Illustration on left:
Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata

Detail from Plants of the Urban Wasteland

All illustrations by
Amanda Willoughby
(Copyright 1997 to 2018)

Complex Physiology!
The Phenomenal Functions of a Dry Dehiscent Fruit

Illustration above:
Great Willowherb
Epilobium hirsutum

Detail from Coal, Collapse, Colonisation


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

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

Illustration above:
Dying leaf
Detail from Curled, Crinkled, Folded, Furrowed

Intricate Morphology!
The Exquisite Spiralling Symmetry of a Flower Spike

Illustration above:
Ribwort Plantain
Plantago lanceolata

Detail from Metallophytes