Marianne North:1830-1890

This week the BBC showed a film about a woman who was pioneer.

Marianne North decided to embark on travelling after her father died.

She used  her energy to a good purpose.

Grief did not get the better of her.

She travelled to see first hand the places where exotic plants grew.

These included Jamaica , Singapore,  India and South Africa .

She painted the plants as they appeared in their natural setting.

Some plants were even named after her.

Kew has great collection of her work.

The colours are stunning.

It was amazing for a woman to travel like this at the time.

Such people take great risks to catalogue plants .

We are lucky that such people have a taste for travel to such difficult places.


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