I’m fundraising money to support Cancer Research by cycling at least 300 miles in September. Usually I ride my bike to fundraise for Fund4Trees (I’m a trustee of the small arboricultural charity), but our next event is some way away. Like so many people, I have experienced the pain and worry
In 1849 an influential group of subscribers came together under the care of Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) to sponsor a plant-hunter, John Jeffrey, and support his ambitious expedition to North America in 1850. But after his mysterious disappearance, just four years later, he was soon all-but-forgotten. I’m delighted to announce that the little-known exploits of John Jeffrey will be celebrated in public for the first time, fittingly in a new collaboration with RBGE.
The drawings in The New Sylva were created by internationally-renowned artist Sarah Simblet while she was artist-in-residence for environmental charity the Sylva Foundation. Now a selection of 80 special edition prints are being auctioned to raise money for its charitable activities. About the Special Edition Prints Artist Sarah Simblet rarely
” . . . any gardener or naturalist could only be delighted to be given The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the 21st Century by Gabriel Hemery and Sarah Simblet (Bloomsbury, £50), renovating John Evelyn’s classic, Sylva, of 1664. Beautifully illustrated with black-and-white pen-and-ink drawings
[The] “New Sylva” bespeaks a cultural relationship with the tree that may be missing in other societies and has to do with the way trees are permitted to grow old in Britain — as in centuries old — and the way they inhabit a seamless terrain between close-set garden, park
The New Sylva has won an award in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2014. In the category for general non-fiction, known as “trade illustrated”, it won against stiff competition to secure the prize. The judge’s comments: The New Sylva is beautifully designed and produced. The stunning and delicate