Down Under II at Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew

A couple of new exhibitions will open soon at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew, devoted to Australian and New Zealand plants. One will include selections from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney's Florilegium. The second will feature artworks from Shirley Sherwood's collection, illustrating plants from New Zealand and Australia. This second show, called "Down Under II" will include my painting of Phormium tenax, which I  studied at Chelsea Physic Garden several years ago. This was a huge and vigorous specimen, and with its bronze-y seed pods was a real knockout.  The two exhibitions run from March 31 to September 16. See more info on Kew's website here.

  Phormium tenax , New Zealand Flax, watercolor on vellum over panel, ©Carol Woodin

Phormium tenax, New Zealand Flax, watercolor on vellum over panel, ©Carol Woodin