sometimes wading through the excesses of magazines is daunting.
I confess, I am just perusing some from March and April
To my delight, an unearthly fashion editorial in Departures magazine, styling by Amanda Ross and pictures by Sarah Maingot, reminded me of my trip to Kew Gardens in June of 2009. It was early days for little augury, so again, I confess, my obvious desire to go back.
Here from 2009, FLOWER POWER, and the fine specimens painted by Marianne North.
photograph by Sarah Maingot,
an overwhelming over door North Style
In looking at Marianne North's beautiful works of art, true labors of love- I am overwhelmed by the volume of work and the love. Marianne North waited until she was 40 to start fulfilling the work of painting some 900 botanical specimens. North was independently wealthy- having been sole heir of her family's estate-something necessary for such an undertaking especially for a middle aged Victorian woman.
Her passion led her and her brushes to North and South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, India and Sri Lanka. Armed with a few painting techniques, she traveled and painted: to record what she saw- not to paint beauty. The result of her travels- Both, an unprecedented record and beauty.
Her final journey led her to create a gallery with its interior modeled on a Greek temple for the nation of Britain at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (click to see the restoration)
one of the 900
(all photographs from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew unless noted) See all the paintings at this link
why not your own North Gallery- Finnis Style?
the inspiration of horticulturist Valerie Finnis.
A hall enlivened by horticultural photographs cut out of magazines in the Nottinghamshire home of the late Valerie Finnis. Pale Blue Muscari (grape hyacinth) and the silver-grey Artemisia bear her name. Valerie Finnis created gardens, specifically-after teaching at the Waterperry Horticultural School for Women for 30 years- Her own. Still- lifes by Finnis, more 55,000 transparencies survive, along with photographs of her gardener friends. To see Valerie Finnis' photographs (click)to read this wonderful post by Each Little World:Dressing for the Garden.
Room with a View II
Valerie Finnis Pale Blue Muscari
Valerie Finnis Artemisia
Valerie Finnis amongst her work
North and Finnis created their own worlds - abroad, at home: Both leaving their own lasting impressions on us. Think about a Finnis wall in your own world.
Departures magazine March/April issue
the Telegraph UK , Marianne North: The Flower Huntress by Kathryn Hughes
World of Interiors January 2008, Female of the Species, by Frances Spalding
www.kew.org, Restore a Painting, Save Our Heritage
World of Interiors, April 2009, Snug with a Pug and a Trug, by Amicia de Moubray