Our native Holly, Ilex aquifolium, decked out in its distinctive red fruits brings to mind winter weather, festive gatherings and decorative wreaths. It has been used for centuries to protect homes from evil spirits and as a fertility symbol, indeed the Romans sent Holly branches with presents during the festival of Saturnalia. Various names of… Continue reading The Holly and….
I chose to paint Rosa rubiginosa, also known as Sweet Briar or Eglantine, for this unique exhibition as I wanted to celebrate this beautiful ancient hedgerow plant, a fragment of a landscape dating back over a thousand years which is now lost to us. I am fortunate Rosa rubiginosa grows in a hedge along a… Continue reading The Sweet Briar – Julia Groves
I have always been interested in drawings and painting as well as gardening. I found that by doing the Diploma in Botanical Illustration Course – an English Garden School course tutored by Anne Marie Evans at the Chelsea Physic garden (part time from 2002 – 2004) I was able to combine the two. It wasn’t… Continue reading The Guelder Rose – Jackie Copeman