We have been growing Heritage seed for some time at CAT to contribute seed stocks for the Heritage Seed Library. Over the past three years Angie has been working with C.A.T to produce 8 pictures of Heritage seeds. The pictures show the whole plant cycle (from seed to seed) and the different stages of growth. They have been exhibited at the Malvern Show.
As some of these plants are bi-annual, some pictures have taken two years to produce. In fact Angie was waiting on the radish to swell this year to finish the paintings ready for the show. Angie was very pleased to receive a Silver-Gilt medal from the Royal Horticultural Society (R.H.S.) in the Grenfell rage and to promote the work of The Heritage seed Library and The Alternative Technology Centre.
Angie is a botanical illustrator and teacher with over 20 years of experience. Her work has been exhibited at 7 R.H.S. shows and many exhibitions in the U.K. and abroad and has been used my card companies and publishers. She is a member of the Society of Floral painters, emeritus fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society and Honouree President of the Bath Society of Botanical Artists.
This is the second occasion when the R.H.S. has displayed work by botanical artists at its Malvern spring show. Twelve Artists from three countries displayed work this year Angie being one of them. Six pictures had to be produced on a theme of interest to the R.H.S. As in other displays the work has to be a high quality showing accurate plant detail and displayed to perfection.
CAT display gardener Chloe Ward said:
“As Senior Display Gardener at the Centre for Alternative Technology, I have been growing heritage vegetables to increase the stocks of seed for the Heritage Seed Library. To do this we need to take precautions to prevent vegetables crossing with other cultivars, so some require hand pollinating or isolation of the flowering plants with mesh. It is also important to retain genetic diversity by growing a good number of each cultivar.For some vegetables such as peas or radish we can produce seed within the same year. Others, such as kale and onions are naturally biennial so seeds are produced in the second season.
“Seed saving is part of an important mission to protect our vegetable diversity. There are many cultivars which are useful to us in our gardens, but are not sold by the seed companies. It is through the work of the Heritage Seed Library and seed saving by amateur gardeners that we keep these varieties alive for future generations. “I feel privileged that Angie has chosen our heritage vegetables in the CAT gardens to show the wonder of the vegetable world through her artwork.”
The CAT visitors centre is open all year round so you can visit the plants that inspired these images.