English Garden Fruits & Flowers
Hazel's botanical paintings of Classic English fruits and flowers are portrayed in watercolour, with sharp attention to detail. Her confident composition and sensitive use of typographic annotation echoes the 18th century tradition. The Royal Horticultural Society awarded Hazel a Gold Medal in 2005 for her collection of 12 Phlox paniculata, her first ever exhibition. Her botanical art has been purchased for permanent collection at the RHS Lindley Library, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, as well as English and European private collectors.
Since 2010 Hazel has spent many years completing a personal project to draw and paint the most iconic plants from the inspirational Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent, owned and maintained by the National Trust. Initially working to a list of 50 favourites compiled by former Head Gardener Alexis Datta, the project changed course in 2016 in line with the Trust’s drive to align the garden more clearly to the original design created by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson in the 1930’s. The collection A Sissinghurst Flora lists 30 iconic plants selected by the Head Gardener Troy Scott-Smith. Historical favourites of Vita and Harold, they convey the magic of this unique English garden. A hardback book will be published by the National Trust in spring 2018, a guide to the history of the gardens and a tour of the garden ‘rooms’ led by Hazel’s botanical plates. Exhibition date and sale of the plates is yet to be agreed.
The collection of English Garden Favourites as selected by Alexis showcases 35 plants from her list, many familiar and yet diversely rich in plant form and habit, colour and texture. All artworks and drawings are published in a stunning colour catalogue from which one gets a real glimpse into the distinctive style and atmosphere of a classic English garden. Exhibition English Garden Favourites April 2017 Stark Gallery, Canterbury.