Plants, art & history in one beautiful Normandy location

If you’ve followed my Instagram page closely, you might have wondered what those round, grey faces were doing in amongst some unsettlingly neat topiary. These are sculptures in Les Jardins d’Etretat, hidden in the beautiful coastal cliffs of Etretat, Normandy. Les Jardins d’Etretat sculptures in The Emotions Garden These dynamic sculptures are the work of Spanish…

Your top 10 favourite floral paintings

We all have our definitions of what art is. For some, it’s Tracey Emin’s ‘My Bed’ or Damien Hirst’s ‘Mother and Child (Divided)’. For others it might be Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’. But whatever your preference, I think most of us can agree that a plant geek’s favourite art has to include floral paintings…

Why botanical illustration is a science all of its own

Why do plants fascinate so many of us? What is it that drives us to this persistent desire for the natural world. Obsessed with plants of all kinds, whether that be the exquisite elegance of an exotic species, a simple succulent, or a humble lichen creeping across a rock. They never disappoint, and always deliver…

Instagram Plant Spy: The most incredible art made with flowers!

Rather than traditional floristry, many Instagram users are taking their blooms and making something entirely different. I am gobsmacked at the skill used to make these compositions! Enjoy! I’m not sure I could ever be that creative, but maybe you could be. Have a go, and send me some pictures of how it went!  …

Instagram Plant Spy: Amazing art with autumn leaves

With autumn on the way, I thought our Instagram Plant Spy this week should focus on autumn leaves and their absolutely awesome colours. I’ve chosen 10 Instagram users who’ve been influenced by the autumn art of Andy Goldsworthy, the famed environmentalist and land art sculptor. Why not go for an autumn walk and create some…