Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Tropical Splendour

Dr. Shirley Sherwood has opened her new gallery in the Botanic Gardens of Singapore... This of course is superb news. If you want to see what the gallery looks like and the exhibition, you can see it here at about 1.08 minutes into this mini film... 

Held at the CDL Green Gallery, "Tropical Splendour: Plant Portraits from the Shirley Sherwood Collection of Botanical Art is Dr. Sherwood's first curated show in Asia. It is also, rather excitingly, the first time that the Singapore Botanic Gardens has showcased works from various international artists. Let's hope this happens again...  

Using 55 illustrations by 36 different artists from Dr. Sherwood's enormous collection of botanical art, this show has been curated in such as way as to continue to focus on the gardens mission of connecting plants with people. Highlights of the show include highly detailed illustrations of plants found in the tropics and in the local region. Among these are watercolour paintings on paper by Thai artist Phansakdi Chakkaphak, a drawing of a ginger plant by Wai Wai Hove, an artist based in Singapore, and a notable artwork by Pandora Sellars of an orchid, Laelia tenebrosa, painted in 1989. 

The exhibition will run from 10 July to 1 November 2015, and is open from Monday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm, and is closed on every last Tuesday of the month. 


  1. What a fantastic location. I can't think of anywhere better to house such a prestigious exhibition. The gardens are amazing.

    1. I'd love to see it! Next travel destination Chris?!