Principal: Helen Allen BA (Hons), PGCert Ed, Dip EGS, FLS

Helen Allen trained originally as a textile designer and teacher, before studying at the English Gardening School in the Chelsea Physic Garden, London. She received the prestigious Diploma in Botanical Illustration and was a course tutor for a number of years before becoming the Diploma Course Director.

In January 2014 she founded a new school, the Chelsea School of Botanical Art at the Chelsea Physic Garden.  Helen also paints and teaches at her studio in Ham.

With an eye for detail, fascination for pattern and a great love of plants, she delights in sharing her experience through painting and teaching.

Helen has exhibited at galleries in the UK and overseas including Ebury Galleries, the Garden Museum, the Chelsea Physic Garden and Hortus in London, Ursus Gallery, New York and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Pittsburg, USA, the National Botanic Garden for Wales, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Hampton Court Palace. 

Helen’s work has been selected for inclusion in the Highgrove Florilegium and the Transylvanian Florilegium, a project she ran for five years for HRH The Prince of Wales. Her work can be found in private collections and the archives of the Hunt Institute, the Chelsea Physic Garden, Hampton Court Palace and the Kew Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives Collections.

For more information about classes taught by Helen, please visit her personal website: and join her mailing list here.