Plant - Art of the Botanical World
Plant - Art of the Botanical World
Plant - Art of the Botanical World

Plant - Art of the Botanical World

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The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers, featuring 300 of the most beautiful and pioneering botanical images ever

Following in the footsteps of the international bestseller Map: Exploring the World, this fresh and visually stunning survey celebrates the extraordinary beauty and diversity of plants. It combines photographs and cutting-edge micrograph scans with watercolours, drawings, and prints to bring this universally popular and captivating subject vividly to life.

Carefully selected by an international panel of experts and arranged in a uniquely structured sequence to highlight thought-provoking contrasts and similarities, this stunning compilation of botanically themed images includes iconic work by celebrated artists, photographers, scientists, and botanical illustrators, as well as rare and previously unpublished images.


"I am totally mesmerized by the extraordinary range of artists, scientists and technicians represented. Wonderful and absorbing and loving." -Edwina von Gal, Landscape Designer

"From the winning cover to the beautiful images inside, Plant is a complete pleasure covering centuries of botanical art. Artist information and provenance is dutifully recorded. Inspiration and imagination is there for the taking. This new book is classic Phaidon and bound to be a bestseller." -David Whitman, Pergola

"The timeless pleasure of looking at plants: a new illustrated book examines mankind's fascination with making images of plants through the ages... Compton's fascination with what different people have done within the remit of botanical art jumps out of every one of Plant's pages. The variety is astounding." -The Daily Telegraph

"An inspiring delight and great resource for those who cherish all things botany." -Emily Thompson, Emily Thompson Flowers

"The side by side juxtapositions of images here are brilliant. The clear pencil drawings of Van Gogh and Ellsworth Kelly my favorites, so delicate, just gorgeous." -Perry Guillot, Landscape Architect

"My award for sumptuous volume of 2016 has to go to Plant: Exploring the Botanical World, 300 works of botanical art from ancient times to the present in every imaginable medium... The images are thought-provokingly juxtaposed." -The Sunday Times, Move

"A breathtaking collection of botanical prints, photos, drawings, and even micrograph scans." -Martha Stewart Living

"Botanical art of all kinds, from a Minoan fresco of swallows billing among ocher red Lilium chalecondicum, painted circa 1600 B.C., to a hand-colored image from a scanning electron microscope of the seed of an alpine pincushion flower, its plum-colored skirts floating like a ballerina mid-jete. These are things of beauty, but they have a purpose beyond decoration. Plant's editors [...] don't confine themselves to the strictly scientific."-Newsweek

"Celebrates the beauty and diversity of plants from around the world across all media - from murals in ancient Greece to a Napoleonic-era rose print and cutting-edge scans." -The Guardian

"The ultimate gift for gardeners and art-lovers."-Goop

"300 of the loveliest botanical images ever collated." -Town and Country

"A glorious visual compendium of plants and flowers that spans thousands of years." -Atlas Obscura

"This beautiful new book is like having a botanical art exhibition on your coffee table." -Waitrose Weekend

"A glorious presentation of how we've represented flora and fauna in art and photography throughout history." -Outdoor Photography

"Gorgeous... Fascinating... [An] unprecedented range of artists... A highly nuanced curation of imagery from across the ages. An indispensable coffee table book for the green-fingered and mere admirers alike."

"It might be a bit early, but this one's already on our Christmas list." -BBC Focus

"Every once in a while, a book comes along that stops us in our tracks both with the content and the visuals. Plant is such a book with its perfectly-executed compilation and celebration of botanical art in all media and throughout history. Plant may start on your coffee table, but it won't stay there for long."-Flower Magazine

"A non-chronological approach illuminates intriguing contrasts and similarities in the artists' approach to capturing vegetation... Each page will surprise."

"A lavishly illustrated guide to the fascinating world of plants, this book is a feast for the eyes and will bring joy to anyone with green-fingered tendencies, or simply an appreciation for the diverse beauty of nature."

"More than 3,000 years of beautiful botanical art... The stories behind the pictures are just as eye-opening... A gorgeously illustrated survey that would make the perfect gift for a plant lover."-Daily Mail, Weekend

"Here's one you'll have trouble deciding whether to keep or wrap, and as you mull over the decision, each flick to a new page will shift you ever closer to finding some other gift for that art-loving or plant-loving friend... The images and stories are a reminder of our complex love affair with plants, and make for an addictive, page-turning treat." -The Sydney Morning Herald

"From ancient stone carvings and watercolour illustrations, to the first photography and cutting-edge scans, this history of botanical art explores our endless fascination with nature." -SA Life

"Plant: Exploring the Botanical World is a seriously beautiful book... The design is beautiful, as expected of a Phaidon publication, and the stories behind each of the artworks are fascinating. What I enjoyed most about it was the range of imagery included - this is not your average botanical illustration book but more a book of art inspired by plants." -The Planthunter

"What better way to spend a dreary winter afternoon than paging through gorgeous, full-color pictures of flowers? Not just flowers, but roots, stems, leaves, seeds and fruits, too, captured in 300 images of sketches, paintings, photographs, carvings, engravings and pressings that date from 1352 B.C. to the present... The greatest joy comes from stumbling upon the unexpected." -Atlanta Journal Constitution

 *CHRISTMAS DELIVERIES! - We strongly suggest placing your Christmas orders sooner rather than later this year given the delays that Australia Post have been experiencing over the last few months.

All Australian domestic orders are shipped with Signature. Please note that “Authority to Leave” may be requested by the Receiver but is not recommended as we cannot take liability for these orders if they go missing.

What are my shipping costs?

  • FREE Standard Post for orders within Australia and valued at $150 AUD or above*
  • $9.95AUD for Standard Post for orders within Australia under the value of $150 AUD
  • $14.95 for Express Post with Signature
  • $25.00 for International shipping 
*Note: there may be shipping costs required for one-off, larger items e.g. Beach Umbrellas

When will my order be shipped?

All online orders are processed and shipped daily Monday – Friday. If your order is placed before 8 am and your items are in stock it will usually be shipped the same day, however please note that this may be prolonged slightly during sale periods, and during the current COVID19 situation.

Can I change my order once placed?

Unfortunately, once you have placed your order you cannot make any changes due to packing and shipping procedures. This includes cancelling or swapping of any sizes or items within your order. Rest assured we do have a flexible returns policy should you receive your order and its not quite right for you!

How long will my order take to be delivered?

  • Domestic: Once shipped, delivery time is beyond our control and in the hands of Australia Post. Deliveries are generally between 3-5 days depending on which state you live in (we ship from The Blue Mountains, NSW)
  • International: Once shipped deliveries are generally between 14-21 days depending on which country you reside in and what their customs procedure is,again shipping times once your parcel has been dispatched is beyond our control.

Please note that this may be prolonged during holiday periods, sale periods, and during the current COVID19 situation due to increased demand with Australia Post.

My package appears to have been damaged in transit

We take great care in packaging your goods safely. In the unfortunate event that your items are damaged in transit through Australia Post, we cannot accept responsibility. All complaints are to be forwarded directly to Australia Post.

Please note - Sizing may vary between different brands. The above information is intended as a guide only. Please feel free to call us for more specific sizing information on 02 4751 6821. We would love to personally help you choose the perfect size for you...

If you’d like to visit us or reach out to us in any way, please refer to the below information. Looking forward to seeing and hearing from you soon! 

Store Address:

198 Macquarie Rd

Springwood NSW 2777

Opening Hours:

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