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The Florilegium Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney celebrating 200 years

Plants of the three gardens of the Royal Botanic Gardens and DomainTrust
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A quality production with full-page illustrations of 87 historically significant plants in Sydney’s three botanical gardens. 64 leading botanical artists contributed to this wonderful collection. The majority are Australian with 23 international artists also contributing. Almost all of the artists are represented in the major public and private collections around the world and have been awarded medals. The artists donated their work to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust to create this contemporary florilegium. A florilegium is a collection of paintings of plants from a particular garden or place. The paintings have been exhibited at the Museum of Sydney in 2016 and in 2018, the exhibition travelled to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew: a measure of its quality. 87 plants were chosen for their botanical and historical significance. Most have been painted life size, and then reduced by about half for reproduction in the book. The variety of contemporary styles represent individual artistic responses to the plants, while always retaining botanical accuracy. The foreword is by Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE, the foremost collector of botanical art; with an introductory essay by Beverly Allen, and historic overview by Colleen Morris is followed by text for each plant’s fascinating historic and cultural significance and a botanic description by Louisa Murray. Artist biographies far included. The book is an attractive contemporary design, printed on quality matt art paper (low gloss), allowing accurate reproduction of the colours. Careful quality control through the production process has ensured this. Text is on the left-hand page of each spread, with the artwork generally on the right, sometimes spreading over both pages. All profits from sales of the book will go towards conservation of books and artwork held at the Gardens. The artists have donated their work to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.
Colleen Morris initially worked as a pharmacist before turning to garden history. She undertook a Master of Heritage Conservation at the University of Sydney and in 1992 began a long association with the Daniel Solander Library at the National Herbarium, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Since 1994 Colleen has worked as a landscape heritage consultant. She devised the Colonial Plants database for the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and has prepared conservation plans for some of Australia’s most significant historic gardens, including the botanic gardens of Adelaide and Sydney and Sydney’s Government House and Domain. Colleen was the National Chair of the Australian Garden History Society 2003–2009. Her publications include Terrace Houses in Australia (1999), major entries for The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (2002). Sydney, NSW.
Preface Dr Brett Summerell, Foreword Dr Shirley Sherwood OBE, Introduction Beverly Allen, Historic Overview Colleen Morris, The paintings Botanical descriptions Louisa Murray, Historic text Colleen Morris, Endnotes, References, Biographies, Select bibliography, Index, Acknowledgement of subscribers.
* A beautiful collection of new botanical art by leading contemporary artists which reflects the renaissance in this genre. * 200 year history of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney illustrated through the paintings of significant plants in a unique publication. * The beautiful and precise works evoke an ongoing cycle of growth, reproduction, decay and renewal so familiar to garden lovers.

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