200 Years of Botanical Illustrations – Curtis’s Botanical Magazine

Amazing, I just bumped into this on-line exhibit at the USDA National Agricultural Library with botanical illustrations from the Curtis Botanical Magazine, worth a look ! Many of your herbal favorites are captured in beautiful colour illustrations.

First published in 1787 as the “The Botanical Magazine” by William Curtis it continues to be published as ” Curtis’s Botanical Magazine” by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Searching for more information, I found the subscription information page    for the current issues and a collection of 54 back issues on a DVD at Ebay. You may also purchase articles from the Wiley Library Online for the issues from 1984 t0 2015.

|I could not find anything specifically to do with the Curtis’s Botanical at the The Vancouver Island Regional Library, however this book looks really interesting, The golden age of flowers : botanical illustration in the age of discovery 1600-1800 / Celia Fisher and hey ! if you would like a new project that will get you out into the garden more often, this book (also at VIRL ) might be the one……. Botanical illustration course.

Finally, probably the first place I should of looked….. Pinterest







Cowslip (Primula veris) a Sacred Druid Herb

Fairy Bells ( Primula veris ) a Sacred Druid Herb


Cowslip an early bloomer on Vancouver Island. Old myths claimed that fairies sought refuge inside cowslips in times of danger. The next time I have to trim the grass around the herb demonstration gardens with the stinky, noisy, old weed eater, I’ll check for any unusual mythical activity in the Cowslip patch…. now that would be a REALLY amazing day on the herb farm ! Cowslips have a long history of medicinal use and as an ingredient in magic potions. They are also know as St. Peter’s Keys, Palsywort, Cowslop, Fair Bells, Fairy Cup, Password, Peggle, and Keys of Heaven. Click on the image for information on the magickal properties of Cowslip.