The first major exhibition of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA) is titled "Enchanted Forrest". It will focus on the plants brought back to Scotland by Falkirk-born plant hunter George Forrest, who was known as the "Indiana Jones of the plant world".
Venue: Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk FK1 1 YR.
Dates: Monday 12th September - Sunday 16th October 2016
Opening hours: 10am - 5pm daily apart from Tuesdays
The Scottish Society of Botanical Artists (SSBA) is a relatively new art society. It was formed in 2014 by a group of botanical artists based in Scotland, who were keen to provide a forum in Scotland for meeting with like minded artists, exhibiting their work, and promoting botanical art as a genre.
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Artists participating in the exhibition include:
About George Forrest
About Callendar House
The grounds of Callendar House are called Callendar Park and cover 170 acres and are included in the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes in Scotland, the national listing of significant gardens. In the 1970s the arboretum was planted with the descendants of the original specimens collected in Yunnan Province by George Forrest, over 100 years ago.
There was much new planting here in the 1970s, including native and exotic species, in the form of the George Forrest Collection. Some of 40 plants listed include Rhododendron (Rhododendron trichostomum, Rhododendron decorum), maple (Acer forrestii), Pieris (Pieris forrestii 'Wakehurst'), Fragrant olive (Osmanthus yunnanensis), Butterfly bush (Buddleia fallowiana), and Daphne (Daphne odora).
About Yunnan Provence
The Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, in conjunction with Kumming Institute of Botany, China, has established a botanical garden in Yunnan Provence, the Lijiang Alpine Garden, as well as the Jade Dragon research station, Britain's first joint scientific laboratory with China.
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