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An Irish Florilegium

Wild and Garden Plants of Ireland

Wendy Walsh

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A unique collection of exquisite drawings by renowned botanical artist Wendy Walsh


Wendy Walsh, following in the traditions of botanical artists from previous ages, has put her exceptional skills to marvellous effect in this beautiful collection of watercolour drawings. She has painted here a selection of the native and cultivated flora of Ireland, where she lives, chosen not only for their botanical interest or attractiveness but also because they happen to have an interesting history: Ireland has produced a surprising number of devoted and intrepid plant-hunters who played a significant part in the introduction into Europe of plants from remote places.

Ruth Isabel Ross recounts the history of plant collecting and horticulture by the Irish since the earliest times, and Dr Charles Nelson has written extensive notes on the individual plants.

The main attraction of this book, however, remains the delicate and subtle watercolor drawings of Wendy Walsh, who works only from nature, painting the actual plants that are her subjects.

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'Wendy Walsh's intense and precisely observed watercolours have ensured her place in a great tradition of botanical painting'
Irish Times

'A book to be treasured ... I simply adore this book. It is a work of an extraordinary high standard'
Irish Garden Plant Society Newsletter

'A sumptuous book for serious botanists '
Harper’s Bazaar

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 35.5 x 27.9 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 48

Publication date: 18 April 1983

ISBN: 9780500233634

About the Author

Wendy Walsh exhibited widely and received many honours including gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society of London. She lived and worked in Ireland for over 50 years. In 1997 an honorary doctorate was conferred on her by the University of Dublin.

Ruth Isabel Ross was a well-known writer on horticulture, who authored Irish Wild Flowers, Irish Trees and A Year in an Irish Garden, as well as several books on traditional Irish cooking.

Dr Charles Nelson for 19 years held the post of horticultural taxonomist at the National Botanic Gardens, Dublin. An acknowledged expert on the wild and cultivated flora of Ireland, his encyclopaedia of garden plants of Irish origin, A Heritage of Beauty, was voted ‘Best Reference Book 2001’ by the Garden Writers’ Guild.

List of Contributors

Wendy Walsh, Ruth Isabel Ross, Charles Nelson