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Herbier Views and reviews of nature-based art, books, culture and events // Flower Power Now New campaign celebrating the power of women and nature in the face of unrest // A Botanical World The Herbarium Project’s ongoing journal of ideas and inspirations // The Pressed Flower Garden Pressed botanicals meets botany for beginners

Herbier // The Cactus House

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, something that's very much on our radar as we start to compile material for The Botanical Bible (Miller Collins / Abrams), published in Autumn 2018. Go see. ...

A Botanical World // Eggs Flora

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

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

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 aims of our manifesto. Let's FLOWER POWER these fools off their self-appointed, narcissistic (sorry narcissus) pedestals. Let's do it NOW. Together. ...

A Botanical World // Time to reflect

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 get closer to it than in the field – work or play. Likewise, there’s nothing so powerful as sharing that knowledge and using it to make the world a better place. Let the journey begin… ...

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

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

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 ...

The Pressed Flower Garden // Crocosmia

Not only does crocosmia cut a dash across an an otherwise unruly midsummer garden, the racemes of red or orange starburst flowers hold their own in the flower press and, once pressed, keep their form and colour for years to come ...

Herbier // More than flowers – Georgia O’Keeffe at Tate Modern

Georgia O'Keeffe is most well known for her "blown up" flower paintings – but a new show at Tate Modern celebrates a much wider range of significant works including undulating landscapes, bone paintings and evocative portraits of the artist by her husband, the Modern art pioneer and photographer Alfred Stieglitz ...

Herbier // For the bees – The Hive at Kew Gardens

Not only is Wolfgang Buttress' beautiful 17-metre-high swirling structure The Hive and accompanying meditative soundscape designed to emulate a bee hive and the deep visceral hum of its residents, the sound and light within are also energised by the real-time activity and fluctuations of bees located nearby. A wonderful way to explore the story of pollination and be reminded of the many challenges facing bees today ...

Herbier // Down the park – Serpentine Pavilion & Summer Houses 2016

This year's Serpentine Pavilion – an 'unzipped wall' by the Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – is joined by four newly commissioned Summer Houses inspired by nearby Queen Caroline's Temple. Go to marvel at the architectural prowess and ideas behind each structure – see architects' statements below – then let your mind run free through the many wonderful vistas and histories of Hyde Park beyond ...

A Botanical World // In the field – Jekka’s Herb Farm

A great day was had by all at Jekka's Herb Farm in preparation for our Chelsea Fringe 2016 event, Herb Garden at The Marksman. Not only are we excited about the herbs we bought for our installation and exhibition, we were lucky to get a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants and flowers grown especially for Jekka's Chelsea Flower Show garden for St John's Hospice, A Modern Apothecary ...

Herbier // Off the press – Floral Patterns of India by Henry Wilson

Experiments in colour, pattern and form for our forthcoming Chelsea Fringe 2016 exhibition led us to a deeper investigation of the Floral Patterns of India by Henry Wilson, an intriguing and highly original exploration of Indian surface embellishment and architectural ornamentation ...

Herbier // On film – Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Exhibition On Screen's Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse is a delightful accompaniment to the Royal Academy's blockbuster show of the same name, treating viewers to a crowd-free, behind-the-scenes tour of the exhibition and artworks, the artists and their gardens, and the people and places inspired by them today ...

Herbier // Come closer – Dutch Flowers at the National Gallery

Get closer to nature and illusions of reality with a free exhibition of Dutch flower paintings at the National Gallery from 6 April 2016 ...

Herbier // Off the press – Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers

When Robert Mapplethorpe was given his first Polaroid camera in 1971, he learnt about light and exposure by photographing flowers. Mapplethorpe Flora: The Complete Flowers (Phaidon) is the definitive collection of nearly 20 years of flower portraits, from early snapshots to highly stylised black-and-white prints. Flowers don't get sexier than this ...

Herbier // Vita Sackville-West’s The Edwardian’s & All Passion Spent

Two of Vita Sackville-West's most celebrated works – The Edwardians and All Passion Spent – are given the Vintage Classics treatment this March. Together, they're a great introduction to the decadent and intriguing life and times of the author, poet, journalist and creator of one of the world's most celebrated gardens at Sissinghurst ...

Herbier // Through the lens – International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015

The overall winner of this year's International Garden Photographer of the Year – Tekapo Lupins (above) by the brilliantly aptronymic Richard Bloom – is a wonderfully composed, deeply pigmented celebration of the 'elegant symphony of plants and nature'. Find out how you can enter the 10th annual competition for the best garden-inspired image of 2016 ...

Herbier // Into the glamour pool – Vogue 100: A century of style

Dive into a hundred years of high-octane glamour, fantastical imagery and evolutionary escapism with Vogue 100: A Century of Style at the National Portrait Gallery ...

Herbier // On the muse – Art & Exhibitions 2016

Nature, nostalgia, space, psychedelia, summer houses, Shakespeare, revelations, retrospectives, health, happiness, utopia, punk and the Rolling Stones – here's our pick of the most inspiring art and exhibitions for 2016.... ...

A Botanical World // In Gardens Illustrated – Dec 2015

So excited to be the artist profile in the December 2015 issue of Gardens Illustrated December. The piece – entitled Pressed For Time – features a specially-made botanical Advent Calendar. Gorgeous images by Andrew Montgomery (taken last November) and lovely words by Matthew Biggs. Thanks Gardens Illustrated for featuring us. ...