Florigelia were popular in the seventeeth century. Often illustrated by eminent artists, the lavishly produced books catalogued the plants in a garden, or collected on an expedition. Who can afford to produce such a book today? A prince, of course. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of Wales, who sponsored The Highgrove Florilegium, a collection of plants in the royal garden, and one of the most expensive books of modern times.
Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden is a collection of work that interprets the relationship between nature and the gardener as it grows at Wave Hill, a garden overlooking the Hudson River, in Bronx, New York. Our Q&A with Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts and Senior Curator at Wave Hill.
Painted from specimens in Kew's Herbarium, Rachel Pedder-Smith's Herbarium Specimen Painting is an 18-foot masterpiece of botanic illustration, and a tapestry with hundreds of narratives that depict a history of plant evolution and scientific discovery.