The Highgrove Florilegium
This unique publication handsomely depicts Art and Science harmoniously brought together by superlative traditional craftsmanship and design that makes use of 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 garden of TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall - now HM King Charles III and HM The Queen Consort, at Highgrove in Gloucestershire.
The watercolours are reproduced in all their glory, from the exuberant Rhododendron to the more delicate Cistus. The 124 plates of plants, fruits and vegetables are collected in two volumes, each plate accompanied by a scientific botanical text describing their habitat and giving their Latin name and family.
The Highgrove Florilegium is a limited edition of 175 numbered sets – set number 1/175 being held by His Majesty, who wrote the Preface and has signed each numbered set. Royalties are donated to The Prince of Wales's Charitable Foundation.
The Highgrove Florilegium images : Copyright A.G Carrick Ltd.
The binding of the Highgrove Florilegium volumes has been painstakingly undertaken by the best craftspeople in Britain - from the gold embossing on the leather to the hand-marbling on the cover.
Original sketches of motifs from the garden at Highgrove decorate the text and the end papers. The decorative pictures include plants in the garden, the Princes’ tree house, the dovecote and the flock of Indian Runner Ducks. Drawings for Vignettes and Endpapers by Richard Shirley Smith.
Before delivery to a new subscriber, every volume is wrapped in a hand-crafted felt cover, made in Scotland by Liz Gaffney of Heartfelt by Liz.
“Something as special as The Highgrove Florilegium should surely come along just once or twice in every lifetime”
The Financial Times