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Art Exhibition at Badminton House: A Garden of Botanical Art

Badminton Estate proudly announces the opening of our inaugural art exhibition, “A Garden of Botanical Art: Paintings from the Collection of Mary Somerset, 1st Duchess of Beaufort.”

Step into the North Hall at Badminton House on Sunday, June 16th, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, as we unveil a beautiful collection of nature’s wonders. Delve into the rich history dating back to 1703 when the visionary Duchess Mary Somerset commissioned Dutch botanical artist Everard Kik to immortalise the extraordinary variety of plants cultivated in her gardens. The results, a breath-taking collection of 178 paintings, lovingly crafted by Kik and Mary’s footman-turned-artist Daniel Frankcom.

For the first time in over 300 years, these exquisite works of art will be showcased to the public, offering a rare glimpse into the Duchess’s botanical collection. From June 16th to 23rd and September 8th to 15th, 2024, visitors will have the opportunity to admire 30 reproductions of the finest paintings from the original florilegium. Additionally, guests can view the bound volumes containing the originals, steeped in centuries of history and horticultural expertise.


As you explore the exhibition, seize the chance to purchase limited edition copies of select paintings, allowing you to bring a piece of botanical history into your own home. These timeless artworks not only showcase the diverse flora nurtured by Duchess Mary but also highlight her profound influence on both scientific exploration and cultural appreciation of nature.

Reflecting on her passion for plants, Duchess Mary once wrote, “When I get into stories of plants, I know not how to get out.” Indeed, her legacy continues to flourish at Badminton Estate, where her early interests have shaped the stunning gardens and glasshouses that captivate visitors to this day.


Tickets for Sunday 16th June and Sunday 8th September are £5 if you visit as part of the Open Garden Day. Book here Garden Open Day Exhibition Tickets: A Garden of Botanical Art – Badminton Estate

For all other dates 17th-23rd and September 9th-13th 2024 tickets are £17.50 for adults and £14 for seniors/concessions. Prices include entry to the gardens. Book here A Garden of Botanical Art: Paintings from the collection of Mary Somerset, the First Duchess of Beaufort – Badminton Estate

Book now to reserve your place at “A Garden of Botanical Art” exhibition – an experience not to be missed!

Bunny Guinness interviews the Duchess of Beaufort.