Enduring Beauty – Orchid Portraits of the RHS

For over 120 years, the UK’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has employed an official artist to render portraits of award-winning orchids. This stunning art is not only beautiful, but also precise in its botanical elements, making it better than photographs for discerning floral details. Since 1897, there have been nine official artists who have painted over 7,000 plants. The first was Nellie Roberts, whose superb watercolors left a high standard for those who followed her. The current artist, Deborah Lambkin, began the job in 2005. She creates art that captures the flowers’ award-winning qualities in perfect detail. Paintings show the exact size of the original blooms. Lambkin says “My aim is to achieve the highest level of scientific accuracy and the closest colour match possible.” To enjoy your own collection of these botanical masterpieces, check out The Orchid: From the Archives of the Royal Horticultural Society.

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