This week was meant to be something of a break, but I have been working pretty much flat out, with Volans doing a major email out to our contacts around the world – which has had me respnding to hundreds of email replies. Have also been working on a column for Director magazine, an article I’m co-authoring with Mark Lee and the WEC project. So this morning Elaine dragged me off to Kew Gardens, to give me a bit of exercise and get some fresh air in my lungs. And what a wonderful treat it was.
High points included (literally) the new aerial walkway and (aesthetically) the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. hadn’t thought I much liked botanical paintings, but there were many would have gladly grabbed off the walls here and run away with. Did buy Shirley Sherwood’s book A Passion for Plants, for its reproductions of many of the more recent paintings in the collection. One of the ones I liked best was by Regne Hagerdorn, Rosiers. It showed a series of different rose stems — and to my eye looked like a botanical score for some form of music that you would need some form of kinesthesia to hear.
Aerial walkway 1 Aerial walkway 2 Chestnut leaf-miner Leaf-miners 2 Walkway surface Temperate House Elaine, aerially Walkway again Support Elaine and metal tree Walkway embraces Fall leaves 1 Shirley Sherwood Fungi Fall leaves 2 Carved stomata Sculptural version of a tree root