Local residents can enjoy paintings and drawings of native plants from our district at the Selwyn Gallery Darfield from 27 September to 25 October. This exhibit is part of a larger body of work called the ‘Canterbury Plains Florilegium’, an illustrated record of indigenous plants.
In modern terms the word florilegium means a collection of botanically correct illustrations of plants, in this case from Riccarton Bush and the Canterbury Plains. The national significance of Riccarton Bush makes this exhibition important because it is the sole remnant of Kahikatea flood plain forest in Canterbury.
‘Part of our interest in this exhibit is that botanical art can act as the interface between art and science. It gives viewers an aesthetic experience and also educates them about the botanical subjects on display’, explained Malvern Community Arts Council Chair Philip Baldwin.
The art works on exhibit were created by members of the Botanical Art Society of NZ from 2010 to 2013, and were created to help celebrate the 150th birthday of the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
The aim of the not-for-profit Botanical Art Society of New Zealand is to ‘foster and promote botanical art and to stimulate interest in plants, conservation, horticulture, and the natural environment.’ The NZ membership ranges from full-time practising artists through to passionate amateurs.