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Botanical Portraits by Kate Friend at Garden Museum until 18 March 2018

A photographic study of English plants. British photographer Kate Friend spent the spring and summer of 2017 touring a selection of England’s greatest gardens, gathering the subjects of her photographic study which makes up Botanical Portraits. 🌱 🌿 🍃

To select some of the best specimens of the season she worked with Head Gardeners at Chelsea Physic Garden, Great Dixter, Houghton Hall and Fern Verrow. For each photograph, a stem was isolated from its growing environment and photographed in a studio setting, inviting the viewer to focus on form and colour. With a nod both to the Japanese rikka (standing flowers) tradition and to Gertrude Jekyll’s still life photography of the 19th century, the aesthetic focusses as much on what is left out as on the little that is allowed in. Vases and vessels are of central importance to the final result, seen here are ceramics from Rachel Lucas-Craig, Laura Huston and Karen Downing.

Kate Friend’s selection criterion for the chosen plants was that they were native to England. On pursuing this path, she discovered that this was not a straightforward premise. Exploration, trade, colonialism and early globalisation have resulted in England’s rich and diverse international plant community. The eclectic nature of the final selection reflects England’s multicultural botanical heritage.

Visitors can see the ten photographs which make up ‘Botanical Portraits’, alongside a narrative wall, a separate display showing ‘behind the scenes’ photographs and location shots, both at the museum.


Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB

Sunday – Friday 10:30am 5pm
Saturday 10:30am – 4pm
Closed the first Monday of the month

£10 adult or less with concessions

IncrEdibles @ Kew Gardens / until 3rd November 2013


Open: from 09:30 to around 18:00 daily

@ Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Road, Richmond, London, Surrey TW9 3AB

Tickets: from £16 book online


Take a voyage through surprising edible plants this summer. Imaginative, informative and fun, IncrEdibles activities are set against the beautiful backdrop of Kew, where boating, barbecues and botany come together.

– Tutti Frutti boating experience with Bompas & Parr (ends 1st September)
– Rose Garden Tea Party
– Global Kitchen Garden

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