Mary Grierson, who has died aged 99, was one of the world’s most accomplished botanical artists.
She embarked on her career only in middle age — and then only by accident — in 1960, while applying for a post organising exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.
Her first big project was from the publisher Paul Hamlyn, who invited her to illustrate a series of volumes on Orchidaceae. In the event, only one volume — which took 10 years to produce — was published, in 1973, but she regarded these illustrations as “the most spectacular of my work”.
Among her other works were A Hawaiian Florilegium, The Country Life Book of Orchids, and An English Florilegium.
Above, Amorphophallus abyssinicus (left) and Tulipa greigii (right), both watercolour and pencil.