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Herbier // The Cactus House

Herbier // The Cactus House

Apr 12, 2017 | No Comments

We’re looking forward to Ben Russell’s show The Cactus House at the Hignell Gallery, 11 May to 3 July, showcasing beautiful carved stone sculptures in a verdant environment created by East London-based botanical designers Conservatory Archives. The show also coincides with the Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and echoes current trends for bringing the outside in, […]

A Botanical World // Eggs Flora

A Botanical World // Eggs Flora

Apr 12, 2017 | No Comments

A little tutorial on how to create beautiful Easter eggs using natural dyes and pressed botanicals, produced for a shoot last year – a gift from us to you. Happy Easter!

A Botanical World // The Botanical Bible

A Botanical World // The Botanical Bible

Mar 10, 2017 | No Comments

So excited to announce that we’ve been commissioned to author The Botanical Bible (Collins / Abrams) to be published in Autumn 2018

Flower Power Now // People, plants and protest

Flower Power Now // People, plants and protest

Jan 20, 2017 | No Comments

As Trump makes his way into one of the most powerful offices in the world, we’re launching our own power play – FLOWER POWER NOW // #flowerpowernow – to coincide, more importantly, with the Women’s March on Washington and solidarity marches in London and elsewhere. Read all about the roots of our vision and the […]

A Botanical World // Time to reflect

A Botanical World // Time to reflect

Jan 19, 2017 | No Comments

A new year is always a good time to start a new project. Our main focus for 2017 is to reflect on where we are since launching in 2013 and expand our botanical world to include more collaborations, more opinionated writing and greater outreach to like-minded souls. Nature teaches us so much and there’s no better way to […]

Herbier // Flower Power – 1960s idealism or a movement that changed the world?

Herbier // Flower Power – 1960s idealism or a movement that changed the world?

Sep 20, 2016 | No Comments

Inspired by the V&A’s exhibition You Say You Want A Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966–1970, The Herbarium Project goes behind the scenes of Bernie Boston’s Flower Power, an era-defining shot that helped create the politics and cultural practices of a flower power generation

The Pressed Flower Garden // Lavender

The Pressed Flower Garden // Lavender

Jul 26, 2016 | No Comments

Lavender has a heady history that stems back at least 2,500 years, from the tombs of Egyptian kings and Cleopatra’s boudoir, via monasteries and manor houses, to the commercially grown lavender fields of today. Pressing a specimen is a great way to preserve a piece of this aromatic backstory

Press

  • Testimonial

    A lifelong fascination with nature led Sonya Patel Ellis to establish The Herbarium Project, which promotes the beauty of dried flowers. Here, she shows us how to create a fabulous floral Advent calendar… Read more >

    - Artist Profile // Gardens Illustrated // December 2015

  • Testimonial

    Floral cuttings hover in suspended glory, deceased yet striking in writer and illustrated book editor Sonya Patel Ellis’s herbarium display. Devising a traditional botanical press to seize collected specimens from her garden, flowers and plants remain in a perpetual state of serenity. Accompanied with other mixed media works, Ellis’s fascination for the taxonomy and etymology of all things horticultural is poetically enlightening in our age of digitised pursuits… Read more >

    - Exhibition Review // Time Out // April 2014