I'm delighted to be able to bring you photos of the three artists behind the inaugural botanical art exhibition at Easton Walled Gardens in Lincolnshire.
A Year in the Garden appears to be enjoying a lot of success! The exhibition includes 69 drawings and paintings, of which 22 are graphite and the rest watercolour, displayed in a well lit exhibition area.
Sue Vize SBA is a botanical illustrator, tutor and author (of Botanical Drawing Using Graphite and Coloured Pencils). Sue’s passion is to work with graphite and coloured pencil. She has previously exhibited at the 13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in the USA.
Sue told me
The exhibition is going really well. On the first day of Snowdrop Week the Easton Walled Gardens had almost 700 people through their gates and I must say that it felt as though they were all in the exhibition room at the same time! The Coach House is an amazing venue and it has worked exceptionally well. The hanging space has been split into three so that each artist has their own area with plenty of room for visitors and demonstrating tables. Snowdrop Week finishes on Sunday February 25th but the exhibition and gardens will be open again on March 4th, 7-9th and 10th. The snowdrops are out in force and well worth a visit to see them.
Norma Gregory GM SBA has won an RHS Gold Medal three times. Norma has also exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and works predominantly in watercolour and some graphite.
This is the first botanical art exhibition at Easton Walled Gardens.
Dawn Wright SBA is the resident tutor at Easton Walled Gardens. Dawn’s work has received ’highly commended’ for the Joyce Cuming Award at The Society of Botanical Artists’ Annual Exhibition. She also provides botanical art workshops across the East Midlands.
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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:
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