Deborah Lambkin

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Deborah Lambkin
Personal details

Deborah Lambkin is an Irish botanical artist who has been the official Orchid artist for the Royal Horticultural Society.


Deborah Lambkin was born in 1970 and trained in the National College of Art and Design. She spent a number of years living in Dublin and working as an artist. She worked for Motive Advertising and Design which she left in 1998 to focus on her own art. She then moved to London where she began working for the Royal Horticultural Society's Orchid committee in 2005 as the official artist. She has been commissioned to create the art for a number of magazines including Curtis's Botanical Magazine, books and exhibitions.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

She is one of only two Irish artists to win a gold medal at the RHS exhibition, the other being Wendy F. Walsh.[3] Her work is on display in the National Trust.[8]

Awards, Exhibitions and books[edit]

  • 1998 RHS Grenfell Silver medal.
  • 1999 gold medal for her collection of eight paintings of nerines at the February's Winter Series Exhibition at the Royal Horticultural Society in London.
  • 2014 World Orchid Conference Botanical Art Exhibition[4]
  • 2002. E. C. Nelson et alii The virtues of herbs of Master Jon Gardener. Dublin: Strawberry Tree.
Watercolour illustrations by Deborah Lambkin, Daphne Levinge, Frances Poskitt, Raymond Piper, Susan Sex and Wendy Walsh

Further reading[edit]

  • "What was lost, is found". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  • "Surrounded by beauty in the Botanic Gardens". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  • "Garden gifts". Retrieved 12 October 2016.


  1. ^ "An Evening with Deborah Lambkin – The Irish Society of Botanical Artists". Irishbotanicalartists. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. ^ "RHS: lindley library occasional papers". RHS Organisation:. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  3. ^ a b Jane Powers (22 May 1999). "Beauty at a brush stroke". Irishtimes. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Botanical Artists in Europe – Botanical Art & Artists". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  5. ^ "CONTRIBUTORS – 2015 – Curtis's Botanical Magazine – Wiley Online Library". Curtis's Botanical Magazine. 32: 91. 2015. doi:10.1111/curt.12098.
  6. ^ "Royal Horticultural Society – An Explosion of Colour at RHS Garden Wisley". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Irish Orchid Society". Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Drawing 226214". Retrieved 12 October 2016.