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Painterly Plants - Clare Foster

Painterly Plants

By: Clare Foster, Sabina Ruber (Illustrator)

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Flowers have long been a favourite subject among artists, and the development of many well-known horticultural varieties may be traced through their depiction on paper or canvas over the centuries.

Painterly Plants explores this fascinating relationship between horticulture and art through 14 of the most exquisitely beautiful flowers that nature and hybridisation can produce. Some are the subjects of history's most famous botanical masterpieces, while others look as if they themselves have been daubed with paint.

Each chapter focuses on an enduringly popular plant and its most spectacular varieties, providing a history including its artistic history with plenty of lively anecdotal information and a key botanical illustration that is discussed in the text.

In addition, gardens expert Clare Foster offers succinct practical information on cultivation and recommended varieties. The jewel-like colours and sculptural shapes of the flowers are captured in a series of superb close-up photographs by Sabina Ruber.

About the Author

Clare Foster is Garden Editor at House & Garden magazine, and was previously Editor of Gardens Illustrated. She has contributed to the Sunday Times and The Guardian newspapers, and is the author of Compost (2005) and Your Allotment (2007).

About the Photographer

Sabina Ruber is an acclaimed gardens photographer. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Gardens Illustrated, House & Garden, The Times and The Observer.


Very attractive book


Appealing book, mixed with good sized colour graphics/pics, mostly photos rather then paintings which I would have preferred but text makes up for it.

Sydney, NSW


Painterly Plants

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A feast for the eyes. - THE BALCONY GARDENER Painterly Plants is refreshingly different from the myriad of books on historical plant illustration and plant history, and will, I am sure, be a much appreciated gift for anyone remotely interested in flowers, floral art or photography. - THE ENGLISH GARDEN

ISBN: 9781858945552
ISBN-10: 1858945550
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st May 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 19.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.794