Our selection of plant art events is London-centric this month, but with art from Japan and Germany, a talk focused on Scottish flora and apple appreciation in Kent, it’s still a cosmopolitan group.
1. RHS Shades of Autumn Show
Anne of Green Gables once said “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill–several thrills? I’m going to decorate my room with them.” A plant artist if ever there was one. This month, when all the joy of Autumn descends, trust the Royal Horticultural Society to celebrate it properly. As well as seasonal interest plants, there will be botanical art, a photography exhibit and 3D garden design printing, which sounds interesting. Runs 21-22 October 2014; 10am-7pm (Tue), 10am-5pm (Wed).
2. Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy
As the Royal Academy boasts, the Guardian has called their Anselm Kiefer exhibition that starts today “the most exciting show in Britain this autumn“. We are excited to see how many plants and plant-related materials appear in the German artist’s artworks.
3. Yoyoi Kusama Pumpkins at the Victoria Miro Gallery
See previous review for details – one not to miss.
Exhibition runs until 19th December 2014 at the Victoria Miro gallery, 16 Wharf Road, London, N1
4. A sign of independence? Scotland’s distinctive flora
They apparently have Twinflower (Linnaea borealis) in Scotland and a whole range of flora that we will never see in England. One big reason why we are so lucky to still have them. Organised by the London Natural History Society.
“A sign of independence? Scotland’s distinctive flora”. A talk by John Edgington. Tuesday, Oct 14, 18:30- 21:00, Imperial College London, SALC 10.
5. Apple Festival in Kent
We have a slight bias towards the Garden of England, and quality plant science, which is why this is the second of Brogdale’s festivals we are championing this year, having already featured their Hanami in April. Home of the National Fruit Collection, Brogdale has 4,000 Heritage Fruit Varieties in Kent, a large proportion of which are apples. You will get to taste some of these no doubt, bring a selection home for still-life inspiration, plus you can partake in interesting apple-related goings on. Runs 18 & 19th October, 10-5pm each day.