With stunning illustrations from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library collection and concise text by Royal Horticultural Society archivist Dr. Brent Elliott, Flora tell the fascinating story of the around the world botanical exploration undertaken during the last 500 years.
Founded in 1804, the RHS led the best way in sending collectors around the globe looking for new floral species, fostering the domestic cultivation of the garden flowers we know and love Nowadays. In the process the RHS has built an unrivaled selection of stunning artistic endeavors and rare books covering five centuries of plant history. The Society’s Lindley Library is without doubt one of the world’s finest horticulture archives, containing more than 250,000 paintings, illustrations and rare books.
The illustrations in Flora, many by the great names in botanical art, are notable not only for their historical value in charting the development of garden flowers, but also for their indisputable beauty and artistic merit. Flora is divided into six geographical sections: Europe; Middle East; Southern & Tropical Africa; Australasia & The Pacific; The Americas; and Asia. Biographies of the botanists and artists are also included.
The history of botanical illustration is long and broad. Nowadays, the art is undergoing a renaissance: botanical illustrations are found on the whole thing from greeting cards to wallpaper to expensive original artistic endeavors. This spectacular selection of Royal Horticultural Society illustrations will capture the attention of gardeners and art lovers alike.