The Highgrove Florilegium
This unique publication handsomely depicts Art and Science harmoniously brought together by superlative and traditional Craftsmanship and Design, using 21st century technology.
Over seven years, a nominated group of leading botanical artists from around the world were invited to paint selected plants from the gardens of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at Highgrove House, Gloucestershire.
The watercolours were reproduced in all their glory, from the exuberant Rhododendron to the more delicate Cistus. The 124 plates of plants, fruits and vegetables were gathered in two volumes, each plate accompanied by scientific text describing their habitat and giving their Latin name and family.
The edition is limited to just 175 numbered sets – set number 1/175 being held by His Royal Highness, who wrote the Preface and had signed each numbered set. Royalties are donated to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.
Flora Japonica is a beautiful celebration of modern Japanese botanical art, featuring 80 specially commissioned botanical paintings of Japanese wild plants.
Japanese indigenous plants have fascinated botanists and horticulturalists for the past two centuries, and their discoveries still have a strong influence on the plants of today. Botanists such as Kaempfer, Thunberg, von Siebold, and Maximowicz visited Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries, and communicated and corresponded with many Japanese botanists; identifying, naming and classifying many native plants and sending specimens around the world. Many beautiful Japanese plants (e.g. Hydrangea, Lily, Hosta, Camellia) were introduced into European countries, influencing horticulture and the breeding of new varieties. And as a result, this interest in Japanese flora led to a stimulation of activity amongst botanical painters in Japan in depicting the native flora.
Flora Japonica is a beautiful celebration of modern Japanese botanical art, featuring 80 specially commissioned botanical paintings of Japanese wild plants, contributed by 34 of the country’s best contemporary artists. Each paintings is accompanied by text about the plant, including its natural history as well as botanical description and details of the specimen origin. Biographies of all 30 artists are included.
An introductory chapter by Professor Hideaki Ohba (University of Tokyo) explores the history of Japanese botanical illustration, and in particular the work of the botanist and illustrator Tomitaro Makino (1862–1967).
The book accompanies the exhibition of the same name at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, until 5 March 2017.
Special Kew price £20 (RRP £25).
The catalogue of Flora Japonica is essential for all garden libraries, not only for its excellent reproductions and entries for each plant, but for the opeing essay by Hideaki Ohba...on the development of botancial paintings in Japan.
The Financial Times
Highgrove Florilegium 2008, 2009
The botanist Dr John Akeroyd FLS, an authority on European plants who has been working on Transylvanian flora for over fifteen years, drew up a list of important plants and together with Helen Allen FLS, artist and Principal of The School of Botanical Art at The Chelsea Physic Garden, accompanied a highly accomplished group of international artists to Romania. The group represented the leading botanical artists from: America, Australia, England, France, Holland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Switzerland and Turkey.
Over the past six years more than 120 botanical illustrations have been completed - campanula, crocus, gentian, geranium, hepatica, hellebore, iris and orchids to name but a few. As with The Highgrove Florilegium, the paintings have been through a rigorous selection panel of artists, botanists and art historians to ensure a high standard of work.
Transylvania Florilegium 2018 and Polygala major
by Junko Iwata