Empire and Tree Peonies

Drawing Pink Peonies for the Empire Exhibition at the Rope works Gallery,

Montrose in July and August…….IMG_3677

They are amazing to look at, less amazing to draw but think I’m getting there, the first Peonies arrived from China to the UK in 1795, and a Peony grown from the original plant still grows in the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh. It took about 20 years to successfully get a plant back from China , the journey took several months at sea often in wild weather and then the plant had to be  propagated  successfully when it got to Kew gardens……interesting stories to tell.

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