Martin Gardner, Paulina Hechenleitner
and Josefina Hepp

Plants from the Woods and Forests of Chile

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

2015  · 420 × 300mm  · 202pp

For years, Martin Gardner of the RBGE's International Conifer Conservation Programme (ICCP) had wanted to produce a book that could represent the beauty and rich biodiversity of Chile’s forested habitats where he had often worked. In 2007, Martin was sitting in the RBGE staff canteen when he was re-introduced to three visiting Turkish botanical artists and was reminded of the quality of their work. By chance, the meeting coincided with a generous legacy to the ICCP for their work in Chile and enabled this extraordinary project to begin.

After eight years of intense work by the artists and authors, the project transformed into a large-format, beautifully-illustrated volume with fascinating accounts of all the featured species. It was published in 2015 to great acclaim: it won the 2017 Award of Excellence in Botanical Art and Illustration presented by The Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries and was a finalist in the 2016 British Book Design and Production awards.

As the designer, it was important that I was involved in the project at an early stage. This enabled me to guide the artists, authors and RBGE staff through the choice of formats, papers, printing techniques and how best to manage the tricky colour reproduction. Albe De Coker of Belgium expertly printed the book using their HUV press which allowed the vibrancy of artwork to be preserved, even when printed on uncoated paper (an FSC® certified stock made at the climate-neutral Lessebo mill in the forests of Sweden – adding further to the truly international range of this project!).


Chile Book Cover
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