Margaret Erskine Wilson, late President of Kendal Natural History Society, was a keen amateur botanist and water-colourist. In 1999, she donated to the Society 150 sheets of watercolour paintings representing a thousand British and Irish plants in flower and in fruit, painted in situ over many years and in various places.
At the time she donated the paintings to Kendal Natural History Society, she wrote:
Begun in 1943/4 for a friend who said, ‘I might learn the names of flowers if you drew them for me, in the months they’re in flower’!
The result is this beautiful, previously-unpublished book of all her accurate and informative illustrations, painted over a period of 45 years.
This book today still serves Margaret’s original purpose in that it is indeed an attractive way to learn the names of our delicate and beautiful wild flowers.
Author: Margaret Erskine Wilson
ISBN: 978 1 910723 31 9
Published: September 2016
Format: 168 x 143 mm
No. of pages: 176
148 colour paintings
Reviewed by Caroline Reece, Waterstones (K of Westmorland Gazette in September 2016
Her accurate and informative illustrations, painted over a period of 45 years, still serves for us today Margaret’s original purpose, but it is much more than being an attractive way to learn the names of our delicate and beautiful wild flowers; it is something to treasure as a collection of artwork in itself.
It is one of those special books that you pick up to have a look at and simply cannot put it down again.
Reviewed by Constance Craig Smith of Daily Mail in January 2017
'An exquisite little book, perfectly sized for a walker's rucksack.
Her work is remarkable for the joy with which she captures the plants. Reading Wild Flowers of Britain makes you want to rush out and explore the countryside yourself.'
Reviewed in The Field in December 2016
'This book is a botanical treasure trove. As the wild flowers come in to bloom, they are captured in vivid style and named in the accompanying panel. Particularly useful when learning the names of hedgerow flowers, as a festive gift or an addition to your botanical bookshelf, this unique tome is top notch.'
Reviewed in Limited Edition, Kendal in December 2016
'Her book of accurate and informative illustrations, painted over a period of 45 years, is not just an attractive way to learn the names of our delicate and beautiful wild flowers – it is something to treasure as a collection of artwork in itself.'
Reviewed by Ray Collier of Highland News in October 2016
'A magnificent book that will be a treasure for all who put it on their bookshelves. It would make an ideal Christmas present.'
Reviewed in This England in November 2016
'This little book is pure magic and a great guide to our annual flora.
Botanists will be enchanted by this book.'
Reviewed in Shooting Times & Country Magaz in September 2016
'A month-by-month guide to 1000 wild flowers in Great Britain and Ireland....helping others to learn the names of our delicate and beautiful wild flowers.'