Elegant and unconventional, this book of jewel-like watercolours by acclaimed Irish botanical artist Wendy Walsh portrays a personal selection of over 100 plants.
Presented thematically, the plants range from well-loved and distinctive native plants to exotic species introduced from the New World and Asia, unusual plants that grow in some of the more extreme environments in Ireland, and striking hybrids created by plant breeders.
Lively and accessible horticultural descriptions by distinguished botanist Charles Nelson accompany the paintings, celebrating the story of each plant along with its natural history. The great gardens, famous plantsmen, fascinating journeys and natural phenomena that have shaped the flora of Ireland spring to life in Dr Nelson’s engaging text.
'Reading this book feels a bit like a beautifully illustrated ramble in the countryside … an enjoyable book, designed to intrigue and delight … a real treasure'
'Such beauty! … a glorious new book from the always excellent Thames & Hudson. … If ever a book could lift the spirits it is this one'
The Irish Times