Nerdy but cool – I like RHS prints

For those of you not well acquainted with the world of gardening, RHS stands for the Royal Horticultural Society and they have an online shop of very beautiful, I think inspiring, prints. More of that in a moment, (scroll down if you’re impatient or go to www.rhsprints.co.uk).

RHS is the charity that set up the Chelsea Flower Show, the wonderfully artistic and expressive gardening extravaganza which started life in its first form in 1862. The RHS works to educate, promote community and neighbourliness through gardening projects and advance the science of horticulture. It includes an extensive specialist library and even some large buildings called the Royal Horticultural Halls in Victoria where I sat some undergraduate exams in my first two years at King’s College London.

Back to the prints. They range from bewitching and exactly executed renders of flowers and vegetables to swirling Art Nouveau style posters.

Colour plate from 'Dictionnaire Elémentaire de Botanique' published in 1783 by Jean Baptiste François Pierre Bulliard.

Cabbages are actually truly beautiful. Run the mouse over them for details.

Samuel Curtis is a genius, this is from his book, but not by him. T Baxter painted this beauty. Check out more images from Curtis' book by clicking the tulips.

Richard Smith & Co - Catalogue of Seeds

The front cover of the William Cutbush & Son nursery catalogue of Spring 1894 advertising their sales of flower, vegetable and farm seeds.

And just to finish off. I LOVE pictorially illustrated mushrooms and fungi. I found this when looking for images by the artists, but it isn’t an RHS one. It’s a John Hill illustration.

John Hill, 1714-1775. A general natural history: or, New and accurate descriptions of the animals, vegetables, and minerals, of the different parts of the world. . 3 v. London: Printed for Thomas Osborne, 1748-1752. Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Now stumble your way through www.rhsprints.co.uk or (little secret) if you go to their HQ in Victoria they give away the postcards for free.

Thanks RHS for the use of images and info.

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