This is about the making, publishing and exhibiting of the very first British Royal Florilegium - The Highgrove Florilegium.
This post highlights some videos I've not seen before of the process of producing and then exhibiting the florilegium around the world. At the end if more information about the making of the garden at Highgrove - and how you can visit.
The Highgrove Florilegium
This is the first published British Florilegium about a garden. (Previously there has been the Flora Londinensis - which was a collection of plates and descriptions of plants that grow wild in the Environs of London).
It was created to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Prince of Wales (who became the new Patron of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in July).
Painting and horticulture are two major interests of the Prince of Wales - and these were very successfully combined in the project to develop The Highgrove Florilegium.
The publication is limited to just 175 numbered sets of two volumes of 120 watercolours dedicated by the Artists to His Royal Highness which record the plants in the gardens at Highgrove, the family home of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall near Tetbury in Gloucestershire . The first volume was published by Alecto Publications in April 2008 andThe Prince received his second and final volume in July 2009.
Two videos (below) show you:
Finally there is a list of the different places where some of the original watercolours and the two volumes have been exhibited - and a video about the gardens at Highgrove!
The making of the two volumes
The first video is about an interview with the distinguished typographer and scholar Iain Bain, (on the right below) who is a world expert on different printing techniques and the President of the Printing Historical Society.
The video covers the various processes involved in its production: Book Design and Layout, Monotype & Typography, Vignettes, Endpapers, Mould made Paper, Marbled Paper, Printing Plates, Collating and Sewing and Tooling and Gold Embossing
Bain was responsible for the design of two volumes which make up the florilegium.This is a video about the making of the Highgrove Florilegium and highlights
The Highgrove Florilegium Showreel
The artists and exhibitions
Of course the book started with the artists who worked over a period of some seven years to produce artwork for the book.
The second video covers:
Publication and Exhibitions
I wrote about the publication of Volume 1 of The Highgrove Florilegium - which was published in April 2008 (in the same week that the Shirley Sherwood Gallery opened at Kew!)
Subsequent to publication, exhibitions of this very important contemporary Florilegium took place around the world.
In date order, the Highgrove Florilegium has been exhibited in:
UPDATE July 2018
You can see a copy of the Florilegium - open at one page - in the New Prince and Patron exhibition in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace during August and September 2018
HRH Prince of Wales - gardens at Highgrove
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