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Showcasing flowers in the arts, society and pop culture

World Famous Floral Paintings

Explore iconic flower paintings from Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" to Banksy's thought-provoking "Flower Thrower," each revealing unique styles, symbolism, and cultural context.
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World Famous Floral Paintings

Explore iconic flower paintings from Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" to Banksy's thought-provoking "Flower Thrower," each revealing unique styles, symbolism, and cultural context.
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Ten Famous Gardens Featured in Films

From Versailles' opulence to Monet's masterpiece, discover the allure of gorgeous gardens that have made appearances on the big screen.
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Book review: The Fair Botanists

In tandem with our Fleurs de Villes VOYAGE show at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh this month, we review Sara Sheridan’s delightful novel set in Edinburgh during the Enlightenment era, when the thirst for botanical knowledge and innovation was unquenchable.
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Film Stars and Flowers

Floral tributes to these six icons on the silver screen were displayed at Fleurs de Villes FEMMES shows around the world in 2022. We share their stories, and why flowers are significant to each of them.
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Kehinde Wiley

American portrait artist Wiley uses the traditional settings of Old Master paintings to create powerful images that celebrate and empower people of colour while challenging art historical conventions. 
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A Floral Guide to Wine Tasting

Embark on a fragrant journey through the world of wine tasting as we explore the captivating connections between flowers and wine.
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Our Top Floral Films

Featuring a feel-good comedy about feuding rose cultivators, a documentary about the secretive business of scent procurement and more - discover some of our favourite floral films and where to stream them.
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A floral tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

As part of the global tour of Fleurs de Villes FEMMES, a floral tribute to women who have had a significant impact on history and culture throughout the ages, Fleurs de Villes honoured Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show in Shropshire, England. 
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Queer Floriography

From Ancient Greece to the roaring twenties in New York to modern day Vancouver, flowers have been important to the LGBTQ2+ communities, with special meanings and symbolism. 
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Artist: Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti often featured flowers in his lush oil on canvas works - here are three of our favourites.
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Sḵwálwen Botanicals

Under the shadow of snow-capped mountains and at the Northern tip of the sparkling Howe Sound waters lies Squamish, home to Sḵwálwen Botanicals, a collection of sustainable skincare and home products.
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Floriography: The Language of Flowers

One bloom (dahlia) signifies “forever thine” while another (daffodil) speaks to self-love. Do you know what message you may be sending? We dig deeper into the language of flowers.
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Artist Alanna Airitam

Alanna Airitam has devoted her life’s work as a photographer to pay tribute to Black culture by addressing how her ancestors have been omitted from art history as a whole. Her approach is to create contemporary photographs that reference this accepted history of racial inequality.
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Dutch Master Florals

The roots of our current obsession for artwork portraying lush blooms against dark backgrounds – the artistic inspiration for Fleurs de Villes - come from the Golden Age of Dutch painting.
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