The aim of flower painting is to produce a decorative picture. The purpose of botanical illustration is to depict the diagnostic characteristics of a plant in accurate detail, usually for publication. It is very important in current plant classification and identification. Janet Dyer is a local artist. She will let you into the secrets of life as a plant illustrator working alongside botanists and collectors. Janet trained and worked as a line artist in the Herbarium of Oxford University, accompanying botanists to Kew and the British Museum. Later she also illustrated for botanists in the Herbarium at The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. Recently she has worked in colour, gaining a distinction in the RBGE Diploma of Botanical Illustration. She exhibits widely, gaining gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society: her specialist subject being 'Non-native plant invaders'. Her painting of Giant Hogweed was acquired by the RHS Lindley Library, London, and exhibited this summer. Her illustration of Balerno wild apples was shown at the recent 'Flora Scotia' exhibition at the Botanics. Janet is a founder member of the Pentland Art Club which, if you are inspired by her talk, is always looking for new members.