Liz Butler exhibition: Chelsea Physic Garden, a Year in the Life

Image above: The Olive tree at the Chelsea Physic Garden

Chiswick artist Liz Butler will be showing six of her paintings in an exhibition about a year in the life of the Chelsea Physic Garden.

Liz is a member of the Royal Watercolour Society, and you can see her Tulip and Peony images regularly, all over Chiswick on banners and posters on Chiswick Flower Maket days.

Chelsea Physic Garden asked a small group of artists from the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter Printmakers to record and respond to the Garden over a year of its life. Liz has been working on her six paintings, including the Olive tree, pictured above, over the previous 18 months throughout the pandemic.

Image above: Liz Butler at work in the Chelsea Physic Garden

For Liz, it was a refuge from the times we have been living through.

“Being close to nature, watching plants grow, and having an ongoing project to work on, have been very important for Me” she told The Chiswick Calendar.

She visited the gardens every Monday when they first opened after the first lockdown over a period of several months, gathering material in the form of watercolour sketches, done on the spot, and later transforming some of them into finished paintings in her studio. There will be some of these small studies also on display in the exhibition.

”The gardens were super overgrown when I first started visiting in June 2020 as there were only a few gardeners tending to the space” she told us. “It was rather wonderful, and I felt very privileged to watch the transformation once the gardeners were back in force.”

The exhibition, ‘Chelsea Physic Garden, a Year in the Life’ will be shown at Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH (next to Tate Modern) from 12-30 August and will open daily from 11.00 am-6.00 pm.

Admission is free or the exhibition can be viewed online at:

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