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"Florilegium-a gathering of flowers " for RBGE's 350th anniversary

Updated: Nov 13, 2020

The Royal Botanical Garden at Edinburgh is this year celebrating its 350th anniversary and as part of its commitment to learning and study, they put out a call for botanical artists worldwide to submit paintings to be considered for their permanent collection or Florilegium. I was very honoured and delighted that my painting of Liriodendron tulipifera also featuring Xanthoria.Sp. was accepted. It was quite challenging choosing which species to paint since we were on the first big lockdown with all of the botanical gardens closed. RBGE had provided a comprehensive plant list and the initial puzzle was to match the Latin nomenclature to plants actually accessible locally. After some discussion with the RBGE team I noticed that our tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera was just coming into flower and the team kindly approved my suggested choice. RBGE sent couriers to collect the selected paintings, framed them uniformly and they are very well set off by the green-grey walls in the newly refurbished Inverleith House in Edinburgh.

The exhibition is being held from October to December 2020.

A view of one of the walls of botanical paintings at Inverleith house in Edinburgh. My painting of the tulip tree is to the bottom right. Photo credit : Tom Nolan

A video of the Florilegium exhibition very kindly filmed by Mrs. Fiona Strickland.

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