Annie Hughes once gave me an important RHS Gold Medal winning tip - a botanical artist needs to find a good grower who specialises in a niche interest.
In other words, if you want to produce a great painting you need to have a great plant in good condition - and a grower who is both knowledgeable about the plant and can supply what you need.
I visited the Beth Chatto Gardens - just east of Colchester on Wednesday. She is one such grower.
About the Beth Chatto Gardens
The gardens are located around the bungalow which is the home of Beth Chatto. She started to create the gardens in 1960 when her husband retired and they moved to a new bungalow built on land which had been part of her husband's former fruit farm but not considered suitable for growing as parts were too dry (the area has a low annual rainfall) while other parts were too boggy and water did not drain away.
She started her garden in what was essentially an overgrown wasteland which included both parched gravel and boggy ditches!
Beth Chatto OBE (b.1923) is now a plantswoman renowned for:
A list of reasons why the gardens might interest botanical artists
The Best Botanical Art and Illustration Instruction Books is the section on my website which I've devoted to developing a guide to the best instruction / "how to" books available for students and practitioners of botanical art and illustration.
There's an awful lot of books out there.
I hope you'll find my guide useful. Maybe bookmark it for later - or even link to it?
There's more below explaining how this guide to the best instruction books for botanical art and illustration actually works.
A guide to the best "how to" books for creating botanical art and illustration for students of botanical art and and those wishing to develop their knowledge and skills
What does this guide have to offer?
What I've tried to do is:
As a guide I've also included the average ratings out of 5 stars for each book (in the UK and USA). Plus a guide to how to interpret these ratings as they are various factors - detailed in my guide - that influence how many ratings a book has got to date.
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