Collectible Botanical Prints

Restio – Thamnochortus insignis male plant

Recently a renaissance has been occurring in botanical art and illustration. The reasons for this resurgence are many. In addition to the need for clear scientific illustration, botanical depictions continue to be one of the most popular forms of “wall art”.

There is an increasing interest in the changes occurring in the natural world and the central role plants play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. A sense of urgency has developed in recording today’s changing plant life for future generations. With their exquisite detail and gorgeous depictions of flowers and plants, botanical prints offer a chance to collect something lovely and also beautify your home.

Although depictions of beautiful flowers are what many people think of when they hear about botanical illustrations, these works of art actually cover a wide variety of plant types. You’ll see botanical art showing vegetables, fruits, leaves of various plants, ferns and grasses, herbs with medicinal properties, cacti, trees and shrubs, moss and lichen and fungi, often with cross-sections.

There are so many options out there that many collectors choose to focus on a specific type of plant, a dominant colour, a favourite artist, or a certain folio. This allows you to display your collection as a cohesive group and gives you a goal when you’re hunting for new items.

Gone to seed – Daucus carota

Rosemary and Parsley

Calendula (C. officinalis)

Hypericum perforatum

Crown Imperial – Fritillaria imperialis

Rhus lancea (Black Karee)

Pearl Millet (or Babala – Pennisetum glaucum)

Marigold (Tegetes patula)

Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

Viola oderata

Organisations devoted to furthering the art form are found in the US (American Society of Botanical Artists), UK (Society of Botanical Artists), Australia (Botanical Art Society of Australia), and South Africa (Botanical Artists Association of South Africa), among others.

For more botanical prints, you can visit my portfolio ART : Botanical and for more flowers here and here.

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