5 May 2011
A skilfully produced book that contains beautiful illustrations of garden plants grown at HRH Prince of Wales Highgrove garden is now available.
Published by Addison Publications, Highgrove Florilegium is the culmination of more than eight years work, from early discussions with HRH The Prince of Wales, to final publication.
Experts and craftsmen involved in the production include Anne-Marie Evans (a leading botanical painting expert from the English Gardening School), botanists (such as the late Professor Christopher Humphries and Dr Fred Rumsey from The Natural History Museum), high quality printers St. Ives Westerham Press and specialist book leather manufacturers J. Hewit and Sons of Edinburgh.
This two-volume set contains 124 original prints from botanical watercolour paintings by 73 leading artists from around the world. The Highgrove Florilegium measures 66 x 46 x 6cm (26 x18 x 2¼ inches) and weighs over 11kg (25lbs). It is produced in a limited edition of only 175 copies which are for sale at £12,950 per set.
Henrietta Pearson of Addison Publications commented: “In this throw-away, digital age, it is increasingly rare to find books which have been given such love and devotion from start to finish by traditional craftsmen. We are proud to be able to use the best of Britain’s traditional book craftsmen to produce our publications at a time when the talk is more of e-books than embossing”.