Original watercolours documenting the flora of Highgrove Gardens will be on display at a free exhibition at Chelsea Barracks from today (Thursday 5 August) and will run until September 26.
The Highgrove Florilegium: Watercolours Depicting Plants Grown in The Garden at Highgrove will coincide with the nearby Chelsea Flower Show from September 21-26 and will feature work by 72 artists from around the world, who captured the floral displays at the home of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.
The watercolours were painted for the book The Highgrove Florilegium, a two-volume set of botanical prints depicting the plants, vegetables, fruit and trees grown in the garden at Highgrove. This publication is a culmination of seven years of work by 72 of the leading botanical artists and is accompanied by text compiled by botanists at the Natural History Museum and was published in 2008 and 2009.
An exhibition of 89 of the 124 watercolours in the book, with representation of all 72 artists, is now open at The Garrison Chapel.