Portraits of Flowers
Patrick Lima's books and his articles in Harrowsmith magazine are considered required reading by garden enthusiasts across Canada. G. Brender à 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 à 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 à 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.