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Exhibition at Kew Gardens

Exhibition by the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Socity

at Kew Gardens

November 15 2008 – March 15 2009

In excess of 40 paintings are to be exhibited at Kew’s new gallery of Botanical Art, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. The exhibition focusses mainly on medicinal plants growing at the Physic Garden.  One of the paintings is my “Brugmansia x candida ‘Blush’” so if you have a chance to visit the gallery, please do so.  If you would send me your comment, it would be most appreciated.


News about Peru, No.1

San Ramón Truck


“Dozens Missing After Peru Landslides” by CBS News


“Mudslides leave 16 dead in Peru” by BBC News


This happened on Monday this week, and people lost their lives, lost their children, lost their houses in San Ramón in Peru where I went and stayed overnight last summer.

Weather forecast has still warned that more rain is expected in the coming days.  I just pray it will diminish. 

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, holds an International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration every three years, and the next exhibition will be held from 30 September 2007 to 21 December 2007.

I recently received a letter from Mr J White, the curator of Art, the Hunt Institute which told me that they would include my paintings for the next exhibition.  The two paintings which are accepted are:  Encyclia cochleata and Encyclia dickinsoniana.   Both of the paintings are included in this blog.

I am very pleased to hear it.  I will visit the USA for the first time next year.


Photo competition at the Orchid Society of Great Britain

Sobralia dichotoma

It was the last meeting in the year for the Orchid Society of Great Britain.  After a brief slide show, we had nice Christmas lunch and enjoyed eating and chatting over a glass of wine.

After that was the photo competition which is held once a year in December.  For me, it was the first time to attend the meeting in December, so as the photo competition.  I submitted several photographs which I took when I was in Peru, and I won the first prize for one of them!  

It was this, Sobralia dichotoma Ruiz & Pavón.  We saw this orchid in Paucartambo for the first time, but this particular Sobralia was at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel.  I thought it very interesting with an insect, possible pollinator.   Is this?

The prize was a nice bottle of champagne!  I will drink it in Christmas.