Portraits of Flowers

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The Porcupine's Quill, 1995 - Art - 72 pages
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Patrick Lima's books and his articles in Harrowsmith magazine are considered required reading by garden enthusiasts across Canada. G. Brender Brandis is a renowned wood engraver who has taught botanical art at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. This book is their collaboration, a celebration of the beauty of flowers through Patrick Lima's fascinating commentaries and G. Brender Brandis's elegant engravings. Perfect for both gardeners and those who delight in the delicate craft of the engraver, Portraits of Flowers is a unique collection of inspired portraits.


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An exquisite gem of a book that I fortuitously stumbled upon in a tiny book-store. Each flower (including vegetables and other plants) is individually, succinctly & simply featured in a one-page description. Every plant & flower description is rendered & accompanied by a wood-engraving by Gerard Brender Brandis - for lack of a better word, "exquisite" is a limited understatement. A must-read for any garden enthusiast (or aspiring gardener). It is a joy for the eyes & mind that ought to be unhurriedly savoured. 

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magazine, he has been gardening organically, with his partner John Scanlan, on the Bruce Peninsula for the past thirty years. Their garden, Larkwhistle, has been profiled in many publications.

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