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Monday, March 16, 2009

Royal Passion results to The Highgrove Florilegium

(Helleborus orientalis by Elizabeth Cadman)

HRH Prince Phillip, The Prince of Wales has two passions above anything else: Horticulture and painting. These have resulted to a collection of more than 120 original prints from watercolor paintings celebrating the plants and trees growing at Highgrove in Gloucestershire - The Highgrove Florilegium. Distinguished botanists have been working with David Howard, the Head Gardener to HRH to ensure that a representative selection of species is selected. The Garden at Highgrove is now one of the most well-known organic gardens in the United Kingdom.
Fay Ballard, Josephine Hague, Kay Rees-Davies Kay Rees-Davis, Katherine Manisco, Kate Nessler and Jenny Phillips are among the botanical artists who have contributed to the work; Anne-Merie Evans leads the selection panel who ensure that the illustrations meet the required standards.
The first of the two volumes of the Florilegium with 61 illustrations was published in 2008 and the second volume is expected to come out in the summer of 2009. The edition is limited to 175 numbered copies and each of them are personally signed by The Prince of Wales. The images are printed on archival paper and the pages are collated and sewn by hand in the Yorkshire bindery by Stephen Conway.

You can ask for the subscription details from the Publisher, Addison Publications. Last but not least, the price for this fine-art facsimile edition is £10’950 ($ 15’338.7 with today’s exchange rate!!). All royalities from the publication are donated to The Prince’s Charities Foundation.

Some of the images can be viewed here, link

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