FOR THE ARTIST & LEARNING FROM THE TRAILBLAZERS
The Secrets of Great Botanists and What They Teach Us About Gardening
Matthew Biggs Mitchell Beazley/Royal Horticultural Society £15.99 Botanists are the trailblazers who first discovered how plants work and collected from around the world many of the species we have in our gardens today. This informative guide presents the stories of 35 plant collectors and gardening pioneers of the past and present, including Joseph Banks, Asa Gray and Marianne North. Each profile has their life story, discoveries and legacy, while special feature pages reveal their secrets – exploring the qualities that brought them success and showing what today’s gardeners can learn from them. Illustrated with beautiful period botanical watercolours and vibrant photographs.
A sumptuous and interesting book to dip into and find the background to some of your favourite plants.
Paint and Frame: Botanical Painting: Nearly 20 Inspired Projects to Paint and Frame Instantly
Sara Boccaccini Meadows Race Point Publishing, £12.99
Ideal for beginner artists, this pack comes with 15 stepby-step projects on how to paint beautiful, modern, botanical watercolours. It includes sheets of watercolour paper and paper frames so you can instantly display your masterpieces.
A lovely gift for a creative gardener.