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Liz is unusually qualified in that she trained as a botanist and ecologist, is a botanical artist and a very experienced teacher of botany and biology.


Over the last 8 years, she has developed various intensive, short courses (1-3 day) to underpin and help students who are interested in plants as well as those students undertaking botanical art and illustration courses, that are taught by art specialists and not botanists.


Liz's courses help students to understand, observe and record the botanically significant features of plants in order to more accurately represent them in their artwork. She has an easy, humerous style of teaching and understands the level of detail required by botanical artists.


Her courses aim to enable students to approach an unknown plant with confidence, knowledge and understanding, so that they will be able to recognise a plant's most important features and avoid structural errors that ruin an otherwise beautiful painting or illustration.


Although she teaches groups of students, she is happy for students to work at their own pace and to provide individual attention where necessary.


Student Comments:

"Thank you for your fantastic course, Liz. I am so pleased to have attended. It has made a world of difference to my perception and understanding of plant structures. I am the only one of my botanical art class who is enthusiastically cutting up flowers and peering inside but it helps enormously with the painting and drawing."


"Excellent teacher"


"Enthusiastic and inspirational teacher"


Forthcoming Short Courses and Workshops 2013 - 2014


May 16-18 2014 - Essential Botany for Artists - West Dean College, Sussex. Book on West Dean website.


May 31st 2014 – Aspects of Botany for Botanical Artists - 1 day short course for South West Society for Botanical Artists, Longdown Hall, Devon. Book on SWSBA website.


15th July 2014 – Painting Umbels and the Apiaceae – 1 day short course for Hampton Court Palace Florilegium.


Liz is willing to tutor for new botanical courses on most subjects, as required. Just contact her to check on date availability. New courses will require more notice to allow for research and the production of powerpoint presentation.


Previous Course Topics, 2005-2014.


Botany for Botanical Artists.


Understanding The Botany of Orchids (to enhance Your Paintings).


Painting Mosses – Recognising and Understanding their Diagnostic Features prior to illustrating them. (advanced course)


Understanding Flowers.


Botany of Ferns.


Botany of Orchids.


Botany for Painters and Illustrators.


Essential Botany for Artists.


Focus on Foliage.


Fruits and Seeds.


Catkin and Cones.




Ferns and Mosses.


Orchidaceae Workshop.

Contact Info

Lizabeth Leech
2 Courtland Drive,
Kearsney, Near Dover,
Kent CT16 3BX, UK
Tel. 00 44 (0)1304 821132 Mob. 07720723500


BSc Honours Botany at University of Exeter, Devon.
MSc by research at University of Melbourne, Australia.
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching (PGCE) from Christ Church College, Canterbury, Kent.
Diploma of Botanical Art from the English Gardening School, 2002