For seven years many of the leading botanical artists from around the world painted examples of the plants and trees growing at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. Distinguished botanists worked with David Howard, former Head Gardener to His Royal Highness, to ensure that a representative selection of species should display every facet of this great garden: with plants both decorative and useful, plants that are rare and in decline, the commonplace and the ravishing.
Anne-Marie Evans, MA FLS, the artist who developed the diploma course in Botanical Painting at the Chelsea Physic Garden, led a selection panel who ensure that the paintings meet the highest standards.
At the invitation of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, Addison Publications have published England’s First Royal Florilegium - a fine art facsimile of original watercolours painted of plants, fruit and vegetables in The Prince’s garden at Highgrove in Gloucestershire. The edition, dedicated by the Artists to His Royal Highness, is limited to just 175 numbered sets of two volumes. In total the two volumes contain 124 plates and The Prince received his second and final volume in July 2009 at the party given by The Prince to thank the artists and those involved in the production for their involvement in the project.
His Royal Highness, who has written the Preface, has kindly agreed to sign each numbered set. All royalties from the publication will be donated to The Prince's Charities Foundation. This is truly a magnificent Royal florilegium and we hope worthy of the love Their Royal Highnesses have for their Highgrove garden and the dedication the distinguished artists have for their craft.
Subscribers Include the Following Institutions:
RHS Lindley Library, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, National Library of Scotland, National Museum Wales, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, University of South Africa, University of Johannesburg, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney National Library of Australia, State Library of Queensland, The Auckland Museum, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand, University of Minnesota, Filoli, The Getty, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Teylers Museum, Holland, University of Melbourne, Les Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and the The New York Botanic Garden
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