Hi, I am Vicki

Living in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom in South Africa is an enriching and inspiring experience and depicting the beautiful plants has been my passion.  Recently I have been co-ordinating the Grootbos Florilegium, a project depicting rare and iconic indigenous local plants.  Working with my fellow artists from South Africa and around the world on the project has been a joy and the culmination of my work.  I have now retired.


Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew – and also travelling exhibitions from this collection in the USA, Japan and Italy

Hunt Institute 12th International Exhibition – USA

Romanian Cultural Centre in London – The Transylvanian Florilegium

“The Journey of Plants” exhibition Buitenplaats Museum – Netherlands

Kirstenbosch Biennale exhibitions – Cape Town (gold medallist and one special award for best picture on show) Also as a judge for several of these exhibitions

Plant exhibition – Kirstenbosch, Cape Town – curated by Vicki Thomas

Botanical Art Worldwide exhibition – Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg



Highgrove Florilegium             Flowers from HRH Prince Charles’s garden

Transylvanian Florilegium      Wildflowers from Transylvania

Sydney Florilegium                 Sydney Royal Botanical Garden, Sydney

Grootbos Florilegium              Wildflowers from W Cape, South Africa

Scientific publications and monographs

All botanical artwork plates (64) for a monograph :

Southern African Plectranthus – by Ernst van Jaarsveld

Artwork included in the monograph:

The Genus Lachenalia – by Graham Duncan

Scientific illustrations published in:

Curtis’s Botanical Magazine – Royal Horticultural Society, UK

Flowering Plants of Africa – South African National Biodiversity Institute

Bothalia – SANBI

Insect Conservation A Global Synthesis by Michael J. Samways

Botanical art books

Publications from the Shirley Sherwood Collection:

The Shirley Sherwood Collection Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art

A Passion for Plants

Treasures of Botanical Art

The Art of Plant Evolution

Arte Botanica

South African Botanical Art – Dr Marion Arnold

Plant – Exploring the Botanical World – published by Phaedon

Kirstenbosch the most beautiful garden in Africa – by Brian Huntley

Botanical art teaching and lecturing

Visiting lecturer Stellenbosch University – Scientific Illustration programme

Teacher for Summer School at the University of Cape Town for several years

Visiting teacher Hampton Court florilegium artists – UK

Classes around South Africa and in the UK


Promotion of botanical art

Cythna Letty Medal awarded by the Botanical Society of South Africa

Founder member and past Chair BAASA Botanical Artists’ Association of South Africa

Honorary life member of BAASA

Several short documentary films have been made on Vicki, her artwork and botanical art in general

Several South African newspaper and magazine articles

A floral clothing range for the retail chain ‘Poetry”.