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The Highgrove Florilegium



Magnolia grandiflora by Jenny PhillipsMagnolia grandiflora by Jenny Phillips.
Plate 4 of The Highgrove Florilegium.
Copyright A.G. Carrick
Rhododendron bascilicum by Lizzie SandersRhododendron bascilicum by Lizzie Sanders.
Plate 82 of The Highgrove Florilegium.
Copyright A.G. Carrick

Highgrove is the country estate in Gloucestershire of the HRH Charles, Prince of Wales and a showcase for his interest in organic gardening. The Highgrove Florilegium is a two-volume work completed in 2008 to record many of the plants in the estate’s garden. This is England’s first Royal Florilegium and each copy is signed personally by Prince Charles.

Over a five-year period, the best international botanical artists created this collection of one hundred and twenty prints. Among the artists are three members of Filoli’s Florilegium Guild: Jenny Phillips, Jessica Tcherepnine and Lizzie Sanders. Lizzie has recently completed Clematis armandii which was accepted into the Filoli Florilegium.

The complete two–volume set of the Highgrove Florilegium was generously donated to Filoli by Mrs. Constance Peabody. Mrs. Peabody has been a member of the Friends of Filoli for 25 years, was friends with the Roth family, the second family to own Filoli, a strong supporter of San Francisco Museums and an avid collector of English ceramics. Her interest in English ceramics, which are lavishly decorated with floral patterns, is what made this florilegium of such interest to her. While attending the annual picnic for the San Francisco Ceramic Circle, Tom Rogers, Filoli’s Curator of Collections at the time, was talking about the Highgrove and the fact it was on loan to Filoli for the summer. Mrs. Peobody was so interested she contacted Tom, came to Filoli to see the florilegium and, because she felt so strongly that Filoli should have this in our collection, made the donation. We thank Mrs. Peabody immensely.

For more information about the Highgrove Florilegium:

Prince of Wales web site: http://www.princeofwales.gov.uk

The publisher, Addison Publications: http://www.addisonpublications.com