HF Prospectus

T HE HIGHGROVE FLORI LEGIUM T he art of depicting plants, originally as a means of identifying species for me- dicinal purposes, goes back some 2000 years and is still thriving today. It is widely acknowledged that there is now a renaissance of contemporary botanical art. The great period of botanical painting was from 1740 – 1840 and coincided with the voyages of discovery when new plants were introduced to Europe. The celebrated Franz and Ferdinand Bauer, Pierre-Joseph Redouté and Georg Diony- sius Ehret ( 1708-70 ) were all producing magnificent flower paintings during this time. The word florilegium, although currently used to describe a collection of pictures of plants, is a modern Latin word derived from the Greek ‘anthologia’, meaning a selection of literary passages. The term is generally accepted to have first been used for the book by Adrian Collaert ( 1560-1618 ) titled ‘Florilegium’ and published in 1590 . It is out of this European tradition of botanical painting that The Highgrove Florilegium is being created. Anne-Marie Evans founded the diploma course at the English Gardening School at London’s Chelsea Physic Garden and it was here that, with one of her students, her idea ‘to record for posterity a collection of plants from a chosen garden’ came into being. The proposal was discussed with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales who welcomed the suggestion that his Gloucester- shire garden, Highgrove, should be the subject of a florilegium. Lists of plants were drawn up by the head gardener David Howard, with addi- tional suggestions from other botanists including Professor Christopher Humphries

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